Alumni Success Programs

The Alumni Success Program connects UA alumni to the resources they need to complete college and build successful careers. Our vision is to be the most successful high school alumni support program in the country based on six-year alumni college graduation rates.

College Readiness

Senior Class College Trip

UA Foundation funds the annual senior college trip. The Class of 2023 visited several colleges in St. Louis including Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis University, Lindenwood University, Harris Stowe State University, and University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Senior Seminar Visits

The Alumni Success Program Director attends senior seminar weekly and occasionally teaches classes covering important college topics

Enrollment Verification

Recent UA grads are awarded a monetary award for showing us they are enrolled in college in the fall.

Summer Bridge

An event for recent UA grads to get their questions answered and gain information about important tasks that need to be completed the summer before college.

College Send Off

An event that celebrates the recent UA grads going off to college and also provides them with info to be successful their first year.

College Completion

Campus Visits

University Academy Foundation regularly visits UA alums at their college campuses throughout the academic year to reconnect and to continue to build the network.

UA seniors help stuff care packages for UA alumni in college.

Care Packages

Each semester before finals, University Academy Foundation sends care packages to our alumni in college to offer encouragement and to show support.

College Incentive Program

University Academy Foundation offers UA alums College Incentive Program rewards of $100–$1,000 per semester for up to six years post-high school graduation based on certain benchmarks as they pursue higher education.

Grad School Test Prep Assistance

UA alumni that have graduated with their bachelor’s degree are eligible to receive assistance with paying for grad school tests or test prep materials. 

Student Emergency Fund

Finances present one of the major hurdles to college completion. The Student Emergency Fund provides limited emergency financial support to UA alumni currently enrolled in college who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship which jeopardizes their ability to continue their education. 

Three students in the class of 2019 were accepted to Ivy League colleges!

Support and Coaching

Alumni Success Program staff members are available to respond to the needs of UA alumni. Our staff offer counseling and support and start working regularly with UA students before they graduate from high school. The strong relationships our program staff foster with UA students before they graduate make the difference when those same students become UA alumni working toward college and career goals.

Vocational Incentive Program

UA grads that pursue vocational or trade programs are eligible for a scholarship that provides cash grants to students for enrollment verification and program completion. Students receive a $200 enrollment verification award and a $250 award for program completion.

Career Success

Career Services for Alumni

UA Foundation provides personalized career coaching and application services for every UA alum, regardless of where they are in their education or career journey. We offer assistance with:

  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • LinkedIn profile creation
  • Networking
  • Job search guidance


UA Foundation has partnered with Parker Dewey to provide UA alumni with the opportunity to take part in flexible, professional, paid work experiences through Micro-Internships. These are short-term (2-4 weeks) projects with real companies that students get paid for! Project pay amounts can range between $200 and $1,200.

Start Your Life Grant

Graduating college and transitioning to the workforce is a big deal. UA Foundation is here to help. A one-time $250 grant awarded to alumni that graduate college and secure full-time employment in their desired career fields. The grant can be used toward moving expenses, office supplies, professional clothing, etc.

Interns standing next to CEO of Commerce Bank
2022 intern cohort with the Chairman and CEO of Commerce Bank, Kevin Barth

Summer Internship Program

UA Foundation’s summer internship program connects UA alumni currently enrolled in college with meaningful summer internships. These summer internships are essential experiences for college students to achieve their career goals upon graduation.

Questions or ready to get started?

Contact Maya Tilmon, Alumni Success Program Director, at 816-937-0240 or [email protected].

Success by the Numbers



Number of UA alums
who received exclusive
internships through
the Career Acceleration
Program (CAP)


Combined enrollment/ graduation rate for UA alumni from the classes of 2016-2020


Amount given in College Incentive Program (CIP) semester
GPA awards to UA alumni persisting through college


Number of area businesses that participated in the Career Acceleration Program (CAP) through internships, career workshop presentations and hosting business events for UA alums


Average GPA of UA alums persisting through college who participated in the College Incentive Program (CIP) in fall


Care packages sent to UA alums persisting through college


Alums served through UAF programs