San Francisco Scholarships

Since launching our partnership with San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) in 2017, we have expanded to seven SFUSD high schools—amplifying college access opportunities and college success outcomes for San Francisco students from low-income backgrounds. In addition, merging with the well-established Meritus College Fund in 2018 allowed us to further expand our four-year college success programs. Our College Access program helps under-resourced, understaffed schools serve more students in need, and our College Success program guides students matriculating to City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and those transferring to and graduating from four-year colleges. SFUSD has ranked us as a top collaborative partner.

Established in


High School Students Served Annually

High School Participants
College & Financial Aid Workshops

Scholarships in FY23

Awarded to
$ 500
College Students

Partner Schools

High Schools

Balboa High
Burton (Phillip and Sala) Academic High
Downtown High
Abraham Lincoln High
Marshall Thurgood High
S.F. International High
Ida B. Wells High


San Francisco City College
San Francisco State University

The Opportunity in San Francisco

Meaningful change. Lasting impact.

San Francisco is one of the wealthiest cities in America with high-priced real estate and a median household income of $126,187. Yet even in this vibrant city of industry, innovation, and transformation, San Francisco’s education landscape is struggling to meet the increasing needs of its most vulnerable students. The college dream remains out of reach for many San Francisco high school students, as the troubling statistics at right demonstrate.

What we do: We work directly with San Francisco students from low-income backgrounds to:

  • Foster a college-going culture
  • Introduce 2- and 4-year college pathway options
  • Assist students with college applications and enrollment
  • Help students apply for and manage free financial aid (FAFSA & CA Dream Act)
  • Provide scholarships and near-peer mentoring to successfully navigate the entire college journey
  • Offer community college transfer support
  • and more!

Our support extends to, through, and beyond college: We offer paid internships and career development opportunities through our local business partners.

of San Francisco high school students are socioeconomically disadvantaged
0 %
of San Francisco high school seniors graduate without meeting the academic requirements to attend a four-year college
0 %
of San Francisco high school students did not submit applications for free financial aid
0 %

Your gift to 10,000 Degrees will allow us to help more San Francisco students from low-income backgrounds achieve their college and career dreams.

What our partners, students, alumni, and staff have to say about 10,000 Degrees

Regional Stories

Student Stories​

San Francisco County, Student Interview
San Francisco County, Student Interview
San Francisco County, Student Interview
San Francisco County, Student Interview

Regional Leadership Team

Christopher Gonzales - Chief Strategy Officer in 10,000 Degrees

Christopher Gonzales

Chief Strategy Officer

Jose Jimenez - Director of College Access in San Francisco & Silicon Valley

Jose Jimenez

Director of College Access, San Francisco & Silicon Valley
Lara Morgan Rush - Regional Director in San Francisco

Lara Morgan Rush

Regional Director, San Francisco

San Francisco Advisory Board

Mary Wolfe, Chair
Jacob Barrera
Tomas Boatwright
Chris Boyd
Melinda Bradley
Carmen Castro-Franceschi
Vanessa Holton
Derek Ku
Vikki Ku
Matt Kugler
Margy Lowdermilk
Kevin Lowry
Rick Moreno
Alyssa Ng
Roshani Pandey
Aaron Price
Alicia Raisinghani
Robert Retana
Ellie Shephard
Jon Xu
Laura Young
Mona Zhao

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