The Challenge

For some students in our community, college seems an unattainable goal. At the same time, for our city to be competitive in the 21st century, we need a skilled, diverse and educated workforce that can attract new investment and spur growth.

Louisville is capable of doing more, but a dramatic change is needed to improve academic outcomes and post-secondary attainment.

The Solution

Evolve502 aims to remove the persistent barriers to college education in three important ways:

The Evolve502 Strategy


Provide scholarships and grants

Evolve502 will give every JCPS graduate the opportunity for a tuition-free, two-year college degree or specialized training in fields with shortages of skilled workers.


Coordinate wrap-around services

Evolve502 will create broad-scale impact by leveraging the work of Louisville’s existing government, education and social service partners to provide children with vital services.


Facilitate systems change

Our broad partnership is committed to helping students today while knocking down the barriers that keep students from success.

An Evolution: Louisville’s Education Movement


Greater Louisville Project publishes education pipeline “leakage” report.


55,000 Degrees sets 2020 goal: 50% of adults with a college degree.


Mayor Fischer launches Cradle to Career framework.


To reach 10-year goals, 55,000 Degrees Board issues call to action to close equity gaps and increase college affordability.


Louisville engages Say Yes to Education and Harvard University to build Louisville Promise.


Louisville Promise becomes Evolve502: Louisville’s Promise from Cradle to Career.