Capital Area Promise Scholars

Join us to increase the number of local students who achieve their college dreams

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.

Students at our Capital Area Promise Scholars Summer Institute

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.

Learn about the initiative that inspired this program


Investing in our community's young people will make our region's civic and economic future more vibrant. 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 support our region's students' dreams and build a better future for our community.

Since the program launched in 2016, we have awarded over 650 need-based scholarships of up to $2,500 to Scholars. One hundred percent of the Scholars in the latest cohort are from low-income households, and 95% are students of color. Over half are young men of color, the students who have historically encountered the greatest barriers to college success. Through our partnerships, and with the support of this community, we are working to help ameliorate those barriers.

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.

View the brochure

Join Us!

Invest in the future of our region and make local students' college dreams possible by contributing to the Capital Area Promise Scholars Fund. Your gift will be added to the gifts of others and will go to work immediately to support local scholars in their pursuit of a degree.

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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 three substantial grants 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. 

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.

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Still Supporting Students' Dreams
February 17, 2021
Still Supporting Students' Dreams

By Carmen Ross, Program Manager

Together with partners, we worked diligently to meet student needs as they evolved in 2020. I’d like to share some of what we accomplished.

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Keys to Getting the Degree
April 17, 2020
Keys to Getting the Degree

By Carmen Ross, Program Manager, Impact Strategy

What we've learned from following three cohorts of Capital Area Promise Scholars through their first years of college.

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April 15, 2019
Educational Access from All Angles

A $1.1 million grant is increasing college success for young men of color and strengthening institutional partnerships

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March 29, 2019
Foundation Awarded $1.1 Million to Grow Education Initiative

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.

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December 19, 2018
Building Strengths

Through our education initiative, we are helping area students pursue equitable educational opportunities

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