Capital Area Promise Scholars

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.

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


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.

View the brochure

Join Us!

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.

  • Make a one-time or annual investment in 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.
  • Plan now to make a future gift to the Capital Area Promise Scholars Fund through your will or estate plan.
  • Create long-term support for area students by making a gift of $100,000 or more to an endowed scholarship named in your honor.

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 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. 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.


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