November 18, 2017

Maria Carvalho Receives 2017 College Access Practitioner Award of Excellence from National College Access Network

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Providence, R.I., September 13, 2017 – Maria Carvalho of East Providence was honored this week by the National College Access Network with the 2017 College Access Practitioner Award of Excellence. Carvalho is Director of High School & Postsecondary Operations for The College Crusade of Rhode Island, which is based in Providence. The award was announced at the National College Access Network’s 22nd annual conference in San Diego, Calif. Rick Torres, president and CEO of the National Student Clearinghouse, presented the award, which recognizes the dedication, hard work, and innovation of an individual working at a college access program.

Maria Carvalho is responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of The College Crusade’s high school and postsecondary operations. She oversees a team of High School Advisors who serve students in grades 9-12 and a team of College Advisors who serve students enrolled in a number of the state’s institutions of higher education. Carvalho also oversees The College Crusade’s dual enrollment program and other initiatives focused on helping students make a smooth transition to postsecondary education. Carvalho was involved in developing and implementing the Access & Persistence Program with the RI Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and Community College of Rhode Island and is a member of the program’s Advisory Board at each of the state’s three postsecondary institutions. She is also a former Regional Council Member at Large for the College Board. Maria received the Leader in Action Award from New England Counselors of Color Bridging Access to College (NECCBAC). Previously, she served on the College Goal RI FAFSA Completion Planning Committee. As a result of this successful effort, she was invited to attend the FAFSA Summit at the White House hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of the Reach Higher Initiative. Maria holds an M.Ed. in Adult Education from the University of Rhode Island and a B.S. in Human Services from Springfield College.

The National College Access Network (NCAN) is based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to build, strengthen, and empower communities committed to college access and success so that all students, especially those underrepresented in postsecondary education, can achieve their educational dreams. More information about the College Access Practitioner Award of Excellence is at ow.ly/FG3G30f4D69.

The mission of The College Crusade is to increase high school graduation, college and career readiness, and college completion for youth in Rhode Island’s low-income communities. For more information, please visit www.thecollegecrusade.org.

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