10,000 Degrees is a community-based organization dedicated to achieving educational equity. This organization, located in San Rafael, CA, aims to support low-income students who demonstrate a need for access to higher education. Participants leave this program poised to impact their communities and the world.
Every 10,000 Degrees participant comes from a low-income household. Ninety percent of students are first-generation, and 84 percent of participants are people of color. The organization offers multiple programs to provide college accessibility.
One program is the 10,000 Degrees Institution. This four-day program is open to rising high school sophomores and juniors from Marin or Sonoma County, Calif., who demonstrate financial need. Participants receive a crash course in college life during The program; they live with a roommate, learn how to choose a college and pay for tuition. They also receive tips for succeeding on the ACT/SAT.
After attending the program, participants automatically become a part of the 10,000 Degrees Year-Round Program. A 10,000 Degrees college advisor guides students through the college application and financial aid processes.
10,000 Degrees has prepared 18,700 students for college. These alumni often return to assist the 6,200 students and families that 10,000 Degrees serves each year. 10,000 Degrees students also receive $14.4 million annually in financial aid. Each student receives an average financial aid package of $16,000 each year. The aid does not include loans and does not need to be paid back.
Students served by the organization are annually awarded $2.6 billion in scholarships. The 10,000 Degrees Undergraduate scholarships are open to students who demonstrate financial need. Applicants must be enrolled in a program full time toward their first associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or teaching credential for the 2017-2018 school year.
10,000 Degrees offers a number of undergraduate scholarships. The majority are open to students from Marin and Sonoma County, Calif.. A few, however, are open to students from the Bay Area.
Apply for the 10,000 Degrees Institution by March 2.