Join us to increase the number of local students who achieve their college dreams, changing the future of our community
We value the opportunities that education makes possible and are committed to helping local students attain them — particularly those students who are too often left behind due to financial and academic barriers. Our Capital Area Promise (CAP) Scholars program aims to increase college completion rates among local students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education by pairing public financial aid awards with private scholarships and wraparound services that promote college attainment and completion, such as academic advising for college-readiness.
To learn more about the Capital Area Promise Scholars program — and why we and our community partners believe it will make higher education accessible for local students — please view our CAP Scholars brochure.
The Capital Area Promise Scholars program pairs strategic, need-based scholarships with comprehensive advising services and support — ensuring Scholars have the tools to succeed in college.
We all hope for a thriving economy and vibrant culture in the Sacramento region and research shows that improving college achievement is critical to ensuring our region's future economic and civic viability.
That is why we believe that investing in the young people who fill our college-bound pipeline can change the trajectory of their lives and make our community more vibrant. It's why we believe that every local student who aspires to go to college should have the opportunity to complete a four-year degree. We invite you to join us and many other generous donors throughout California as we support our region's students' dreams and build a better future for our community.
We need more students, from all segments of our community, to achieve college degrees. Learn why — and how the CAP Scholars program will help — in our brochure.
Invest in the future of our region and make the dream of higher education possible for local students by contributing to the Capital Area Promise Scholars Fund. This fund has already attracted significant investments from generous individuals and major foundations, so the impact of your gift will be amplified.
For more information about investing in the Sacramento region’s bright future, please contact our Fundholder Resources team.
To launch this innovative program as part of our initiative to expand educational opportunities for local students, Preparing Students to Succeed in the New Economy, the Foundation was awarded a substantial grant from College Futures Foundation, a statewide philanthropic organization that has studied the experiences and achievements of 20,000 low-income California students who have received scholarship funds. We are one of seven community foundations in California chosen to partner with College Futures as part of its initiative to improve college graduation rates for low-income and underrepresented students.
In addition to our own direct investments in CAP Scholars, we have also received funding from the Frank H. and Eva B. Buck Foundation, the Central Valley Foundation, and many generous individual donors.As part of the program, we have partnered with local nonprofit organizations that use methods proven to increase college completion rates among traditionally represented students: Sacramento State, Sacramento Cal-SOAP Consortium, Improve Your Tomorrow, and Luther Burbank High School.
The Foundation was recently awarded a $1.1 million grant to advance the early success of our Capital Area Promise (CAP) Scholars program, which aims to improve access to higher education for local students—particularly young men of color, who encounter the greatest barriers to college success.
Through our education initiative, we are helping area students pursue equitable educational opportunities
Our annual Summer Institute encouraged local students to embrace their strengths and empower themselves to find success.
Pairing scholarships and guidance makes a difference for many students
The Foundation’s CAP Scholars are bound for four-year universities