The History of Helios Education Foundation: Creating a Lasting Legacy to Improve Education

Posted on: September 27, 2010

In celebration and commemoration of the vision and foresight of the managing staff and members of the board of Southwest Student Services Corporation, we are pleased to present you with this video presentation — The History of Helios Education Foundation: Creating a Lasting Legacy to Improve Education. This seven-minute presentation is a condensed version of the full 30-minute video which chronicles the determination, hard work, challenges and triumphs of a team of individuals at Southwest Student Services all committed to improving the education landscape in Arizona and Florida — and ultimately paving the way for the impact that Helios is making today.

What began in 1982 as a vehicle to bolster the student loan market by creating more financial opportunities for college students to achieve their dreams, Southwest Student Services grew into the eighth largest holder of student loans in the country.  But in the early 2000s, the company’s visionary board of directors sparked an idea for change. They realized that changing lives through education not only empowers individuals, but it could empower whole communities— in perpetuity. And, philanthropy was the vehicle.

Today, Helios Education Foundation is creating opportunities for every individual in Arizona and Florida to achieve postsecondary education success, and for that we say thank you to those visionary leaders whose bold steps led to our creation. We hope you enjoy this presentation and encourage you to share this story with your family and friends.

Hard copies of this video and the full 30-minute history video are also available upon request by contacting Claudia Clair at (602) 381-2260 or

Thank you.

Category: Foundation Feature

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