Collegiate Crossings was envisioned by Carey McClure, Executive Director, while serving as development director at Habitat for Humanity. She noticed children of low-income families were less likely to pursue higher education, in large part because they were unfamiliar with and overwhelmed by the planning, application, and financing processes associated with post-secondary education. She assisted seventy-five students working only part-time for two years before filing nonprofit status in summer of 2012.
Through our work, we discovered a need to support high school counselors, in addition to students and families. The average high school counselor is managing 402 students in the State of Colorado and averages 38 minutes of guidance on college admissions throughout a student’s high school career. Collegiate Crossings was designed to help alleviate the counselor’s caseload and focus specifically on college planning.
Additionally, Collegiate Crossings saw an opportunity to provide extra support low income and first generation students who are especially at risk for missing key opportunities.
Since 2012, 100% of Collegiate Crossings’ students have been accepted to at least one school and 100% were awarded some form of financial aid and/or scholarships. In 2014, Collegiate Crossings’ students averaged $33,000 in scholarships and in 2015 the average jumped to $100,000 in scholarships per student.
A little more about our Executive Director and Founder
In the last twenty years, Carey served as a fundraising consultant for more than 65 nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to founding Collegiate Crossings, Carey was Development Director with Habitat for Humanity in Colorado. She holds a BA in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and has a Certificate of Fundraising Management from the University of Indiana, School of Fundraising. Carey also has a Master’s Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA.
Carey’s huge heart, passion for education, and endless commitment to our students is the soul of our organization.