Santa Clara County

Founded in 1981, 10,000 Degrees has expanded to eight Bay Area counties serving more than 12,000 high school and college students each year. Since launching our College Access and Success programs in Santa Clara County in 2020, we’ve awarded millions in scholarships to local students from low-income backgrounds, and now support 2,200+ Santa Clara County high school and college students annually. Our local impact includes near-peer mentoring, financial aid advising, scholarships, and college matriculation support for students at four ESUHSD high schools. Our Community College Success team supports students attending De Anza Community College in Cupertino and Evergreen Valley Community College in San Jose, as well as in nearby San Jose City, Mission, Foothill, and West Valley Community Colleges.

Established in


High School Students Served Annually

High School Participants
College & Financial Aid Workshops

Scholarships in FY23

$ 0
Awarded to
College Students

Partner Schools

High Schools

Andrew P. Hill High
Independence High
Overfelt High
Yerba Buena High


Evergreen Valley College
De Anza College

The Opportunity in Santa Clara County

Meaningful change. Lasting impact.

Despite the vast prosperity and tech innovation in Silicon Valley, not all communities have benefited from the wealth generated from decades of economic boom. Black, Latine, and Vietnamese students in this region face significant barriers to college attainment. This achievement gap perpetuates a cycle of limited opportunities and economic inequity, hindering the region’s potential for growth, innovation, and prosperity. San Jose’s East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) is an area of particularly high need, as the troubling statistics at right demonstrate.

What we do: We work directly with Santa Clara County 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.

0 %
of San Jose’s East Side Union High School District students are socioeconomically disadvantaged
0 %
of high school seniors at San Jose’s East Side Union High School District graduate without meeting the academic requirements to attend a four-year college
0 %
of East Side Union High School students did not submit applications for free financial aid

Your gift to 10,000 Degrees will allow us to help more Santa Clara County 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

Regional Leadership Team

Christopher Gonzales

Chief Strategy Officer

Jose Jimenez

Director of College Access, San Francisco & Silicon Valley

Eileen Tsai

Regional Director, Silicon Valley

South Bay Advisory Board

Mark Adams
Gordon Chaffee
Lorena Chavez
Peter Katz
Hana Ma
Mike Marcellin
Alexa Pacis
Nikhil Sharma
Maria Valle
Glenn VanderZee
Shveta Venkatram

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