Transforming Lives through
Postsecondary Education Equity
St. Louis Graduates is a collaborative network of K-12 and higher education, youth serving non-profit organizations, business and philanthropy committed to eliminating equity gaps in postsecondary educational attainment for low-income students and Black students.
What We Do
St. Louis Graduates is proud to be designated as a Talent Hub by Lumina Foundation and Kresge Foundation.
St. Louis is one of 26 cities committed to eliminating deep disparities in educational outcomes for low-income students and students of color. The St. Louis Talent Hub is built around strategies identified in the Degrees with Less Debt research, including just-in-time academic supports and flexible financial aid. In addition to St. Louis Regional Chamber and St. Louis Community Foundation, five colleges are partners with St. Louis Graduates in the Talent Hub: Maryville University, Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), University of Central Missouri (UCM), University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), and Webster University. In 2019, the network of partners expanded to a dozen colleges in the Postsecondary Equity Network.
Why It Matters
Two-thirds of all jobs require a certificate
or degree beyond high school.
There are significant disparities in who has the training and education to access well-paying jobs and career pathways.
in degrees between
African Americans and the population overall.
of the lowest income students complete a degree compared to 62% of those from the wealthiest families.