The Community Scholarship Program was carefully designed based on research and a close partnership with Washtenaw Futures, the local college access network hosted by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College are also important partners in our efforts. Local data from Washtenaw Futures confirmed national findings that economically disadvantaged, youth of color, and first-generation college students often do not have access to the resources needed to thrive at college. In addition to the scholarship (up to $20,000 disbursed over up to 5 years), the Community Scholarship Program provides students with a College Success Coach and access to an Emergency Aid & Financial Assistance Program. The College Success Coach offers students encouragement, academic guidance, assistance accessing resources and making on campus connections, social and emotional support, and help understanding financial aid.