The Foundation’s CAP Scholars are bound for four-year universities
Sacramento, Calif. (6/30/2017) — At the conclusion of its inaugural year, the Foundation’s Capital Area Promise (CAP) Scholars program awarded scholarships to 120 students from four Sacramento County school districts to attend four-year colleges and universities.
All of the Scholars are from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in higher education, have high financial need, and many are the first in their families to attend college. Of the 120 recipients, 50 are young men of color who are the most underrepresented in higher education. The scholarships—which total $300,000—help Scholars close the financial gaps that are often barriers to college success, and are supported by the CAP Scholars program’s comprehensive college-readiness and financial aid advising.
“The other night, I was actually trying to plan out my financial situation and figure out how to pay off the rest of my tuition and fees for college,” said Samantha Sahagun, a senior at Cordova High School who is attending UC Irvine in the fall, when she learned she received one of the scholarships. “This will definitely help me lift the weight off my shoulders and become more focused on academics instead of money.”
Launched in 2016 as part of the Foundation’s initiative to Prepare Students to Succeed in the New Economy, the CAP Scholars program is a long-term and large-scale commitment to provide strategic, need-based scholarships, mentorship, and college counseling to area students as they pursue their college and career goals.
“Starting when they are rising juniors, this program puts the Scholars at the center of our focus,” said Priscilla Enriquez, the Foundation’s Chief Giving Officer. “We collaborate with local nonprofits, high schools and colleges, the students, and their families, to ensure the Scholars are prepared for the demands of college. Their commitment, together with the program’s financial and college-readiness resources and community partners—that’s a powerful chemistry.”
To make the dream of higher education possible for CAP Scholars, the Foundation is working closely with the College Futures Foundation, a statewide philanthropic leader that has studied the experience and achievements of more than 20,000 low-income California students who have received scholarship funds. In addition, the Frank H. and Eva B. Buck Foundation, the Central Valley Foundation, and many generous individual donors have joined the Foundation in building the CAP Scholars program.
The CAP Scholars program supplements the Foundation’s traditional scholarships, which have grown substantially in recent years. Last year, for the first time since the Foundation’s inception in 1983, it awarded over $1 million in scholarships to support local students working to achieve their dreams.