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Bright Futures Park City Changes Lives

Motivated First-Gen Students Get To and Through College

This May, eight hard-working first-generation students – from the first and second cohorts of Park City Education Foundation’s Bright Futures Park City initiative – will graduate from college!

As we honor their accomplishment, we also celebrate the dozens of Bright Futures students who are still hard at work to make their college dreams come true. 

Park City Education Foundation's Bright Futures (one of our eight Signature Initiatives) started in 2016 after a three-year research period.

The program walks alongside Park City's first-generation students as they prepare for, succeed in, and graduate college. We make a long-term commitment to our students, providing a college-readiness curriculum, individualized coaching, peer support and financial assistance from 10th grade all the way through college graduation - a minimum of seven years.

Our 52 current college students have collectively achieved a 90% college progression rate as of Winter 2023. An astounding number, especially when compared with the 11% national graduation rate for first-generation students battling economic inequity.


☀ 126 → Total current PCEF Bright Futures Park City students
☀ 52 → BF college students
☀ 68 → BF high school students
☀ 150+ → Students who will be enrolled in Bright Futures by May 2023

Direct College Matriculation:
 ► 98% → PCEF's Bright Futures direct college matriculation rate, contrasted with
 ► 52% → National average for first-gen students

College Retention:
► 90% → PCEF's Bright Futures college retention rate, contrasted with 
► 11% → National college graduation rate for first-gen students

*Winter 2023

It takes lots of support to get our hardworking students to and through college!

Support our students' graduation dreams with a contribution through this direct link

Your Impact This Year

  • Students Reached


  • Invested in Our Schools


  • % Parents Giving 2022/23


  • Programs Funded


  • Ascent Fund
    Ascent Fund
  • Beard Charitable Foundation
    Beard Charitable Foundation
  • Byrne Family Foundation Trust
    Byrne Family Foundation Trust
  • Dan & Terese Heintzelman Family Foundation
    Dan & Terese Heintzelman Family Foundation
  • Garen Family Foundation
    Garen Family Foundation
  • Lewis Family Foundation

    Lewis Family Foundation

  • Montage Deer Valley
    Montage Deer Valley
  • Park City Mountain Resort
    Park City Mountain Resort
  • Park City Municipal
    Park City Municipal
  • Parker Family Charitable Fund
    Parker Family Charitable Fund
  • Tatiana and Matthew Prince
    Tatiana and Matthew Prince
  • The Efrusy Family Foundation
    The Efrusy Family Foundation
  • United Way of SLC
    United Way of SLC
  • Zions Bank
    Zions Bank
  • Anonymous
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