Equality Can't Wait Challenge

Last Mile Education Fund: Investing in Degree Attainment for Technical Women (Finalist)

Digital Harbor Foundation/Last Mile Education Fund

Last Mile facilitates degree attainment for low-income women in high-demand sectors of technology and engineering, increasing both women's earning power and contributions to technology innovation.

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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
Equality Can't Wait Challenge
STEM education
Current Work Location(s):
  • Georgia, United States
  • Texas, United States
  • District of Columbia, United States
  • North Carolina, United States
  • Alabama, United States
  • New York, United States
  • Illinois, United States
  • California, United States
  • New Mexico, United States
  • Mississippi, United States
Priority Population(s):
  • Adults
  • LGBTQ people
  • Women
  • Young women
  • People of Asian descent
  • People of South Asian descent
  • People of Southeast Asian descent
  • People of African descent
  • People of Latin American descent
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Alaskan Natives
  • American Indians
  • Native Hawaiians
  • Multiracial people
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income people
  • People with disabilities
  • Students
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 4. Quality education
  • 5. Gender equality
  • 8. Decent work and economic growth

Executive Summary

Last Mile empowers and elevates low-income women through technical degree attainment via just-in-time basic-needs support offered with an abundance-minded investment approach. Since 53% of undergraduate women live below 200% of poverty ($51,000/yr for a family of four) and less than 20% of low-income students complete a bachelor's degree within 6 years, addressing the graduation rate among aspiring technical women represents a huge opportunity for growth. Last Mile invests in striving, low-income, undergraduate technical women with 4 or less semesters to graduation, enabling women to get to the finish line and into a high-paying career more quickly or at all. We have calculated that investing in 7,500 of these high-potential students over five years will yield a cumulative $1.34B in additional earnings by 2031, enabling social mobility and wealth building, increasing women's contributions to technology and innovation, and kickstarting an alumnae reinvestment engine enabling long-term sustainability.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Digital Harbor Foundation/Last Mile Education Fund

website: https://www.lastmile-ed.org/
Organization Headquarters
Maryland, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$5.1 to 10 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
26 to 50

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