UMass Boston Partners with FUEL to Send More Low-Income Students to College

Office of Communications | October 07, 2011
UMass Boston Partners with FUEL to Send More Low-Income Students to College

Nonprofit Promoting College Access for Needy Families Joins Forces with Boston’s Only Public University in Unique Scholarship Program

The University of Massachusetts Boston and Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL) announced a partnership today that will further promote their mission of college access for all deserving students by providing full scholarship opportunities to qualified FUEL participants.

The UMass Boston-FUEL Compact will offer up to 10 fully-funded UMass Chancellor’s Scholarships each year for well-qualified students in the growing FUEL program, allowing them to graduate from college debt-free. The opportunity is available to families of high school seniors at each FUEL site in Boston, Chelsea and Lynn, Massachusetts. In addition, the Compact program will help coordinate financial aid opportunities for all other FUEL students, providing  up to $12,400 per year in grant aid to help pay for tuition, fees and books.

“At UMass Boston, we always aim to cultivate a diverse and ambitious student body. Our partnership with FUEL will further our goal of admitting students who may face financial challenges but are excited and proactive about their own futures,” UMass Boston Chancellor Keith Motley said. “We look forward to having FUEL students on our campus for years to come.”

The UMass Boston-FUEL Compact represents a significant expansion of the Compact initiative. FUEL’s first Compact program, the Chelsea Compact, launched in the spring of 2010 in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Bunker Hill Community College. The program is available to Chelsea, Mass., students who participate in FUEL, and provides up to 20 full UMass Amherst scholarships annually and up to five full Bunker Hill scholarships annually.

“The UMass Boston-FUEL Compact is incredibly unique in its aspirational nature, as it’s presented to students as soon as they become involved in the FUEL program, as early as their freshman year of high school,” FUEL Founder and Executive Director Bob Hildreth said. “We’re elated that an institution of UMass Boston’s stature is partnering with us as we continue to grow and experiment with innovative strategies.”

The UMass Boston-FUEL Compact requires students to participate in and meet all requirements of the FUEL College Savings program while attending high school; be admitted to a UMass Boston undergraduate degree program through the school’s admissions process; complete all required federal financial aid documents; and meet all federal Pell Grant program requirements. When these prerequisites are completed and the student is accepted to UMass Boston, the Compact helps coordinate financial aid opportunities and begins the selection process for the 10 full-tuition scholarships. The first annual full scholarship winners will be announced in spring 2012.

About Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL)
Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL) is a nonprofit organization that provides financial incentives and educational resources to low-income families for their children’s college education. FUEL was founded by Robert Hildreth, a banker and social entrepreneur, in January 2009. FUEL is currently running successfully in Boston, Chelsea and Lynn, Massachusetts. The program is set to launch at other sites in 2011-2012. More information is available at

About UMass Boston
With a growing reputation for innovative research addressing complex urban issues, the University of Massachusetts
Boston, metropolitan Boston’s only public university, offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s eight colleges and graduate schools serve more than 16,000 students while engaging local, national, and international constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service activities. To learn more about UMass Boston, visit

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