Early Academic Outreach's mission is to increase the number of low-income, underrepresented, and first-generation college-bound students who aspire toward and are eligible to enroll in a university degree program.  Our current programs and services rely on a diverse set of funding sources that range from state dollars, to industry donations, grant funding, K-12 educational partnerships and individual/family donations.  

Your donation today will help current K-12 students and their families aspire, plan, and eventually apply to college!  Please follow the link below to make the donation to the University of Arizona Foundation.  


We know there are lots of giving options, please know that Early Academic Outreach is committed to using your gift responsibly to more widely open the door to college for our youth.  Thank you! 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Johanne Jensen-Ives at


In the 2018-2019 academic year, individual/family donations have made the following programs possible:

  • Algebra Academy - seventy eight 8th grade students participated in a 120-hour summer program focused on learning math through hands-on, small group projects that apply algebra to the real world.  Students walked away with 1.0 unit of high school elective credit and a graphing calculator.
  • College Academy for Parents - Families of elementary school students devote over 12 weeks to the development of a college plan for their children. Approximately 100 families were introduced to the Tucson Festival of Books, as a community resource available to families.  Families interacted with a local author associated with Disney’s Coco movie, and the associated children’s books.  Each family left with at least three free books to add to their family library.  Donations also support a culminating graduation ceremony where children see their parents graduate from the program at the UA campus, recognizing the family’s commitment to their family’s education.
  • College Knowledge for Counselors - This year over 100 counselors gathered for a 1-day professional development conference that helps middle school and high school educators build upon the college-going culture of Arizona's schools and communities.  For the first-time ever, there was a pre-conference that provided counselors with a half-day professional development on strategies for increasing the numbers of students who complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • MESA (Mathematics, Engineering Science Achievement) - sixty middle and high school math and science teachers received STEM kits that provide them with resources to engage their students in a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics majors and career paths.  These STEM kits contributed to the participation of over 1,000 middle and high school students in our Arizona MESA Day, a statewide competition where 297 teams competed in 9 distinct STEM competitions.
  • Native American Science & Engineering Program (NASEP) - Twenty four students will receive technology that allows for the program to remain in contact with students across the academic year and engages students in a college-level research project involving water quality research.  NASEP received the Top Community Organization award at this year’s SARSEF Science & Engineering Fair, due to 15 posters that were entered in this year’s fair.  The technology not only helps students in their research, but also allows them to explore and apply to colleges, universities, financial aid, and scholarships.
  • Scholarships - For the last two years, Early Academic Outreach has been able to award 13 scholarships to participants in our college access initiatives due to a generous endowment from the Morgan Family Foundation.  Next year, scholarships will include six $2,000 renewable scholarships, that will serve recipients for four consecutive years.  Another family has made a four-year commitment to add one more $2,000 scholarship bringing the number of renewable, four-year awards up to seven for next year!