The Richard King Mellon Foundation is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) that aims to serve young adults ages 14 to 24 years old who are from low-income households in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties as they navigate enrollment, persistence, and completion of postsecondary education. For the purposes of this RFP, postsecondary education includes any type of education, occupational training, or skills development that occurs after a young adult obtains a high school diploma or GED and that results in a certification, diploma, or degree. The Foundation will consider all submitted proposals that:

  • Expand the number of these young adults who enroll in and complete postsecondary education within six years of enrollment
  • Assist students with maximizing the potential economic and personal benefits that they might gain from their postsecondary education

The Foundation also strongly encourages collaborative proposals that engage multiple partners in the proposed activities, including sharing missions and goals, co-creating and sharing programs and services, and partnering in systems change.