$10M Rural Hope Fundraising Campaign

CEN’s Rural HOPE project



Pathways for

Each rural Texas student

by scaling the Rural P-20 System Model for college degree attainment, industry-based certifications, and work-based learning experience with minimal debt.

We Have

Donated Towards the $10 Million Goal

Your support will help us


Establish 12 CEN District P-20 Models

strategically around the state


Develop & Integrate

a robust outcomes data tracking & accountability system


Expand current institution

of higher education relationships



Operating capital support


Strengthen our non-profit

organizational structures, resources & systems

Thank You To Our

Biggest Supporters

Your support helps us reinvigorate education, revitalize local economies, and reimagine what’s possible for rural America.

The CEN’s Rural HOPE Project will secure public and private funding to support the establishment of 12 regional model school districts, one in each of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Districts. Since 2017, this CEN P-20 System Model, birthed in RCISD, will roll-out through five cohorts and result in the full expansion of the model across the state by 2023.

The CEN Rural HOPE Project will accelerate the CEN P-20 System Model and establish a model rural school district in each of the 12 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension districts across Texas. This distribution of transformational rural schools will provide a foundation for continued expansion beyond the initial years by positioning strong, regional model districts to serve as innovation hubs and to foster replication by additional districts. Scaling the CEN Model involves moving from the current seven CEN ISDs served (either in planning or implementation stages as of July 2021) to all 12 AgriLife Extension districts by 2023.

This strategic scaling is projected to increase the number of rural Texas students served from 4800 to more than 7200 by 2023. The intention is to reach and serve 300 Texas schools by 2030 and 600 schools by 2036 (serving an estimated 200,000 rural students).