About GAR


Education is GAR Foundation’s highest funding priority. GAR will continue to advance high-quality, evidence-based programs that support children and families across the educational continuum, Cradle to Career. Consistent with our commitment to maximum community impact, GAR will continue to support all children in Summit County, but with added focus on low-income children. 

Our education grant making focuses on the following priorities:

  • Ready to Learn: Support programs that engage families and providers to support positive outcomes in preparing children to be ready to learn. 
  • Assure Third Grade Literacy Proficiency: Support programs or initiatives that put learners on track for reading proficiency by the end of the third grade.
  • Assure Eighth Grade Math Proficiency: Support programs utilizing interdisciplinary, project-based learning that promote math proficiency by the end of the eighth grade.
  • Support College and Career-Ready High School Graduation: Support programs that increase the percentage of students  completing high school with a score of 21 or better on the ACT. Increase the number of students who continue on to post-secondary education. 
  • Improve Retention and Completion of Post-Secondary Education: Support efforts that help students to succeed in post-secondary educational programs.
  • Support Systemic Change and Improvement: Support well-conceived state-wide policies that seek to improve the overall function of and outcomes produced by the education system. 

GAR has supported numerous educational efforts in Summit County including: Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK), Asian Services in Akron International Community Empowerment Program, and Building for Tomorrow

Awarded Grant Archive

Richard Chenoweth Qualified Scholarship Fund 

Applications for the Richard Chenoweth Qualified Scholarship Fund  are now available. Please visit our Chenoweth Scholarship webpage for more information and qualifying criteria.