Higher Education Partnerships

Say Yes students have the opportunity to receive scholarships to colleges and other post-secondary institutions, whether two-year, four-year or vocational – public or private.

Higher Education Compact

The 120 private colleges and universities in the Say Yes Higher Education Compact are located in more than 26 states and the District of Columbia — and provide applicants from Say Yes communities with an array of options. Our higher education partners range in size from small liberal arts colleges to major research universities and include the nation’s most selective institutions as well as others whose admissions processes are less competitive. Local Say Yes Scholarship Directors work with counselors, and students themselves, to help identify institutions that may match their academic and other interests.


Where We Work

Say Yes to Education was founded in 1987. For its first two decades, Say Yes provided scholarships and support services to cohorts of 50 to 300 children each in chapters in Philadelphia; Cambridge, MA; Hartford, CT and Harlem in New York City. Armed with the lessons learned during that experience, Say Yes began piloting its community-wide strategy in 2008 in the upstate New York city of Syracuse. It has since established community-wide chapters in Buffalo (2012), and Guilford County (Greensboro-High Point), North Carolina (2015), and Cleveland (2019).

Meet Our Higher Ed Partners

Say Yes partner colleges offer full tuition scholarships (after Pell Grants and other aid) to eligible Say Yes Scholars. See the full roster here.

Meet Our Scholar

Philadelphia, PA

Contact Us

Are you inspired by the goals and approach of Say Yes? We invite you to reach out to the Say Yes National office or to a Say Yes chapter, to learn more about how you can get involved.