Amarillo College is being recognized for its efforts to help underprivileged students.

The college was awarded the prestigious Bellwether Legacy Award for their No Excuses Poverty Initiative on Monday at the 25th Anniversary Community College Futures Assembly in San Antonio.

The program uses a systemic approach that is structured to help students overcome poverty barriers by connecting low-income, first-generation and academically underprepared students with social-services assistance.

Since the start in 2012, the poverty initiative has recorded steady gains in A-to-C pass rates and fall-to-fall retention, three-year graduation/transfer rates, the percentage of students who attend full time.

The Legacy Award honors outstanding Bellwether winning programs, that have illustrated five or more years of successful implementation that other colleges might choose to replicate.

Amarillo College won the award in 2017.