about us

our mission

To inspire, enable, and support Columbus City Schools students in pursuing and completing a college education.

our story

I Know I Can (IKIC) was founded in 1988 as a result of the foresight, dedication, and generosity of community and civic leaders who believed that no child should be denied a college education simply because they could not afford it.

I Know I Can is the only college access program in Columbus and one of the largest and most successful in the nation. Since its beginning, I Know I Can has made higher education a reality for tens of thousands of Columbus City Schools students who dreamed of a college education and worked hard to get it.

our plan


To inspire students to make college a part of their future by providing them with knowledge about the benefits of post-secondary education.


To enable graduates with I Know I Can Grant assistance and leveraging additional financial assistance.


To support graduates once in college with support services to help ensure degree completion.

our programs

The mission of I Know I Can is apparent every day through our long list of programs. With a team of dedicated staff and advisors, as well as partnerships with Columbus City Schools, we offer everything from children’s books to one-on-one counseling and in-depth college planning blueprints that ensure success for all grade levels.

our success

awarded over

22,000 grants

to Columbus City
Schools graduates

valued at nearly

$23 million

and leveraged
additional financial aid

worth more than

$300 million

to Columbus City
Schools graduates

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