History of Wily
When Wily was founded in 2015, comprehensive support programs for college students had been around for over two decades. But we knew there was a gap to be filled. All of these programs were tied to specific universities, most only accepted former foster youth, and none were filling the need in the greater Boston area.
The Wily Network was the first program of its kind in the United States to accept any qualifying student at a four-year college, regardless of which school they attend. We started working with the first two Wily Scholars in 2016, and expanded quickly. By the time we celebrated our first graduations in 2018, we served more than 25 students.
We started out with the goal of supporting 50 students by 2020 – we hit that goal a year early. Today, the Wily Network works with more than 70 Scholars and has celebrated over 30 graduations. And we’re eager to continue growing and working with more Wily Scholars.