AUSTIN, Texas, June 22, 2020 (Newswire.com) - Jonathan Carr, president of Christian Brothers Automotive Foundation, and his wife, Beth, are providing low-income families with equal access to education through their commitment to back the launch of ACE Scholarships Austin.
"Creating educational opportunity for low-income families is as important now as it has ever been," says Norton Rainey, president of ACE Scholarships. "I am incredibly grateful for Jonathan and his efforts to increase the number of children we serve." With Carr's commitment to bring ACE Scholarships to Austin, the organization will have a presence in five major metropolitan areas across Texas, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.
The Carrs and Christian Brothers Automotive have a long history of serving the community. Each year, their franchises–with the help of local ministries and churches–give free services to people in need of oil changes and safety repairs. This year, they launched Hub Garage, a project that provides single moms who lack transportation with reliable vehicles.
In addition to his backing of ACE Scholarships Austin, Carr will join the ACE National Advisory Board, where he will work to provide children of low-income families with access to private schools in grades K-12. Since 2000, ACE Scholarships has awarded over 42,000 scholarships worth over $102 million, giving children from low-income families across the nation the chance to succeed. "And succeed they have," says John Oliver, ACE Scholarships chief programs officer. "Ninety percent of ACE students graduate high school. And most of our graduates go on to college." In fact, ACE scholars graduate from college at a rate nearly double that of their peers, with 73% graduating with a bachelor's degree or higher.
In Texas, there are over 3 million children of low-income families. And with the current COVID-19 crisis, these numbers are expected to rise. Bound by income, many Texas children are trapped in schools that are not the right fit for them or their families. Yet, there are over 10,000 open desks at ACE partner schools across Texas–schools eager to make a difference in a child's life. ACE Scholarships works to put deserving students in these schools by covering part of a student's tuition cost. The family typically pays for a portion of the tuition, and the school covers the rest. Through this model, everyone is invested in the child's success.
"We are excited to bring our history of success to the people of Austin," says Shelley Rogers, president of ACE Scholarships Houston. "We are just starting to see the lasting impact COVID-19 will have on our education system. Families need programs like ACE now more than ever. I am incredibly grateful for Jonathan, Beth, and Christian Brothers Automotive Foundation for advocating on behalf of children and education during this time of crisis.”
Source: ACE Scholarships