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
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
- 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.
The latest news from 10,000 Degrees.
More Students. More Communities. More Degrees.
Look back at the incredible stories and achievements from Fiscal Year 2022, 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 supporting 12,000+ students 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.