Our Story 


The College Success Foundation (CSF) was established in 2000 by Bob Craves and Ann Ramsay-Jenkins to provide college scholarships and mentoring to low-income, high-potential students. The foundation evolved from former Washington State Governor Gary Locke’s 2020 Commission of the Future of Post-Secondary Education, which recommended the establishment of an independent, non-profit organization to build and sustain public understanding of the need for higher levels of educational attainment and lifelong learning.

In 2010 we celebrated our 10-year anniversary and our proven model of success–inspiring underserved, low-income students to finish high school and providing the unique integrated system of supports and scholarships they need to graduate college and succeed in life.  Over time the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Costco Wholesale have been generous supporters, believing in the vision of the CSF co-founders to increase college access and success for underserved students. These supporters have backed their belief with scholarship and funding commitments over time. 

We are headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, near Seattle.  In 2007 the College Success Foundation – District of Columbia opened to serve deserving young people in wards seven and eight in the city.  In 2009 we opened a branch office in Tacoma, Washington.  In 2014 we began operations in Spokane, Washington.

Over the past 18 years, CSF has been a leader in improving college access for thousands of underserved, low-income students on both coasts.