About T&R

The T&R Fund is a private 501(c)(3) foundation formed in 1997. In its early years, it operated broadly within its charitable mission, including support of various infrastructure projects and efforts involving children always within Colorado.

In 2002, T&R entered into a ten-year agreement with the University of Colorado Foundation to support low-income, single parent scholars by providing the CU Foundation with funding for scholarships where the use of funds was not restricted. Over time, we came to understand how tremendous the need was for this type of support.
Given limited resources, effective January 2008, we decided to concentrate our efforts on the expansion and refinement of our Flying Solo Single Parent Scholarship Program®.  Effective 2012, we further consolidated our go forward efforts.  For the foreseeable future, T&R will only offer the program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Community College.
The Program has grown from an initial offering of fifteen $5,000 scholarships in the 2008/09 school year to offering 55 scholarships in the 2012/13 school-year.  Historically, a goal has been cautious program expansion based on experience.
Thanks to a dollar-for-dollar matching grant obtained by T&R from The Pioneer Fund, we were able to raise $2,000,000 to fund the Flying Solo Program. Our goal is to spend all program funding raised under the Pioneer matching grant, including principal, within a maximum of 15 years from 2008.  We expect to expend the majority of the challenge grant proceeds by the end of the 2017/18 school year by offering fifty $5,000 scholarships per year at UCCS and PPCC.
T&R insists that 100% of every dollar given to support a scholar under the Flying Solo Program goes to the scholar.  Neither T&R management nor any participating school receives any form of financial remuneration for running this scholarship program.
Long-term, we hope the Flying Solo Scholarship Program will provide a model for enhancing the probability that disadvantaged, single parents can obtain a college degree and break the cycle of poverty.  Over the next five years, we intend to expand the scope of our program beyond simply offering unrestricted funding to better impact the various factors that impede single parent success at graduating from a 4-year college.
Expansion will likely require an additional fundraising component.  The expansion effort is being undertaken in accordance with a business plan that is updated annually. The business plan is underpinned by research and program results analysis provided under the terms of a grant provided to T&R by the Boettcher and Hansen Foundations.
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