Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) is a groundbreaking program that provides opportunities for higher education to incarcerated individuals in prisons across the country. BPI creates pathways for incarcerated students to earn Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees through an academically rigorous liberal arts education, and supports students post-graduation as they transition back to civilian life. Through its work, BPI seeks to improve the availability, affordability and expectations associated with prison higher education in America. This funding will support BPI’s program at Taconic Correctional Facility (Taconic), which is currently the only female prison with a path for higher education. BPI’s work at Taconic demonstrates the importance of incarcerated women’s access to educational opportunities.