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, such as academic advising for college-readiness.

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

WHY FOCUS ON DEGREE COMPLETION?

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 investing in the young people who fill our college-bound pipeline can  make our community more vibrant, and why 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 we launched the program, more than 240 local students have received CAP Scholarships. In 2018, nearly 60 percent of recipients were young men of color, the students who have historically encountered the greatest barriers to college success, indicating the progress this collaborative effort has made to empower area students.

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.

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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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WHO'S BEHIND THE PROGRAM?

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: Sacramento State, Sacramento Cal-SOAP Consortium, Improve Your Tomorrow, and Youth Development Network.

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Educational Access from All Angles

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Foundation Awarded $1.1 Million to Grow Education Initiative

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