About Us

Our Mission
To achieve educational equity and to support students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to realize their full potential and positively impact their communities and the world.
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Who We Support
We support 16,000+ high school and college students annually. 100% come from low-income backgrounds, 93% are Black, Indigenous, Latine & people of color, and 92% are the first in their family to attend college.
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Our Values
Education is the foundation of a just and equitable society. Students and their families as well as schools and local leaders each play a critical role in educating the next generation and strengthening the economic vitality and social health of our communities.
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Our Vision
We envision a world where all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background will have the full range of educational opportunities, support, and resources to realize their full potential.
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Our Model

10,000 Degrees Scholarships
Who We Support

No GPA or test score required, just your potential. Equity is core to our mission: our high school and college students are 100% from low-income backgrounds, 93% BIPOC, and 92% first-gen.

What We Do

From college dreams, to graduation day, to your first career, we’ll be there for your entire journey—with near-peer support, scholarships, financial aid assistance, resources, and more.

How We Do It

With our student-centered, strength-based approach, we apply a powerful formula of scholarships + comprehensive support to help you soar toward your college and career aspirations.

How We're Different

What sets us apart? An unwavering belief in every student, an innovative Fellowship program, and wraparound support to, through, and beyond college.

Why 10,000 Degrees

Join Us!

Our ONE Amazing Community of Supporters

Our growing community cares deeply about our students and is committed to a more beautiful, just, and equitable world, where everyone belongs. Our supporters include school leaders, scholarship funders, internship providers, corporate partners, foundations, mentors, volunteers, donors, and more. All are part of our ONE Amazing community. Join us!

10,000 Degrees is the most efficient and effective way to help a large and diverse student population transform their lives for a brighter future through a college education. A college degree changes lives, families, and entire communities.

Our Core Values

We believe...

  • In the great potential of all students.
  • Education is the foundation of a just and equitable society.
  • Every student should have equitable opportunities to a quality education and to graduate from college.
  • All our students and alumni are changemakers.
  • Students and their families, schools and communities each play a critical role in educating our youth and strengthening our communities’ economic and social health.
  • Educating all students to achieve their full potential is an urgent moral, social and economic imperative.


Our dedicated Board members contribute their experience from diverse fields to help us build a sustainable organization while keeping students core to our mission.


Join us on our mission to achieve educational equity. Apply to work with our passionate team to make a difference and give back to your community.

Annual Report

More Students. More Communities. More Degrees.

Look back at the incredible stories and outcomes from Fiscal Year 2023, and discover how we are working to achieve educational equity and support our students’ college and career aspirations. 

The Next Five

More college graduates changing the world.

Our goal for 2026 is to significantly expand the number of students and regions we serve while maintaining the high standard of student outcomes and college graduation rates. We know we can do it, with your support.

42+ Years with Equity at Our Core.

From providing scholarships to just a small cohort of Marin students in 1981, to now reaching 16,000+ students and families from low-income backgrounds every year, we’ve become the leading equity-focused scholarship and college support provider in California. Discover the stories of all the amazing people who got us here.

Awards and Recognition

10,000 Degrees is top rated for leadership, efficiency, and accountability.

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