High School Students

College Access Program

We are dedicated to helping high school students from low-income backgrounds get to college, whether you enroll at a four-year university or community college. Students at our partner schools can receive support from Fellows right on campus, and attend financial aid and college readiness workshops and events all year.

Our College Access Program for high school students starts with the 10,000 Degrees College Opportunities Summit, which kicks off with an amazing college immersion program in the summer before your senior year. We then provide you with informational, action-oriented workshops to help you learn about your college options, apply for free financial aid and the 10,000 Degrees scholarship, apply to colleges, and more. We also provide broad college readiness support all senior year at our partner high schools on campus.

Our Fellows Support With:

  • Connecting you with school resources, centers, and organizations
  • Supporting your transition to college
  • College pathway exploration
  • Financial aid 
  • Access to workshops, such as Financial Aid Submit Process, Understanding Your Financial Aid Offer Letter, and Money Matters
  • A-G awareness
  • Colleges & college applications
  • “Transition to College” programs for newly selected scholarship students, a series of 6 events to help you feel prepared to start your first fall in college/university!
  • After-school and virtual events & family spaces
College Access Programs Low Income Students

Student Stories​

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The 10,000 Degrees Scholarship

If you want to go to college—but don’t believe you can afford it—we encourage you to apply to the 10,000 Degrees Scholarship. We have NO GPA requirement!

Student & Family Resources

We’re committed to helping our students achieve their college dreams. Check out our online resources and tools for students and families.

Once You Get to College...

Support for students awarded a 10,000 Degrees scholarship doesn’t end with a check! 10,000 Degrees scholarship recipients may receive one-to-one support from our trained Fellows, who provide connection to resources and ongoing mentorship both on and off campus during your entire college journey. After graduation, our Career and Alumni Success Team provides career mentorship, guidance, internship opportunities, networking events, and more.

Transition to High School

The 10,000 Degrees High School Readiness Summit is a free and in-person early college and career summer program for rising 9th grade students attending West Marin Elementary, Tomales Elementary, Hamilton Middle School, San Jose Middle School, or Martin Luther King Jr. Academy. The program focuses on preparing them to feel confident entering high school. 

Partner High Schools

Contra Costa
Sylvester Greenwood Academy
John F. Kennedy High

American Canyon High
Calistoga Junior/Senior High
Napa High
Valley Oak High
Vintage High
New Tech High

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

Archie Williams High
Madrone High
Marin Oaks High
Novato High
Redwood High
San Andreas High
San Marin High
San Rafael High
Tamalpais High
Terra Linda High
Tomales High

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

San Mateo
Woodside High

Casa Grande High
Creekside High
Elsie Allen High
Archbishop Hanna High
Healdsburg High
Laguna High
Petaluma High
Piner High
Rancho Cotate High
Santa Rosa High
Sonoma Valley High

Lower Lake High

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