College Access Foundation of California was founded in 2005 to help low-income and under-represented students in California reach and succeed in college. The Foundation awards grants to community-based college advising and academic preparation programs, which use the funds to offer college scholarships to the students they serve. The Foundation recognizes that financial aid is crucial for low-income students but believes that financial aid is more effective when coupled with the advice and support that our grantee programs offer.
With an endowment of over $400 million, the Foundation is one of the largest independent college scholarship providers in California. Since its founding, the Foundation has awarded over $70 million in grants to over 100 organizations, which in turn have awarded over 30,000 scholarships to low-income California students.
The Foundation is committed to thoughtful, strategic grantmaking, informed by data collection and analysis. We require grantees to compile and submit demographic, economic and academic data on all scholarship recipients and we track the educational progress of those recipients to assess the impact of our financial support. We are also cultivating a learning community of grantees and other stakeholders to share and promote best practices.
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