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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: To assist low-income, underserved and often overlooked first-generation college students from the Mid-Peninsula in their quest to graduate, and to help them achieve their education and career goals.

Results: Since its inception in 2005, the Peninsula College Fund has defied the odds: more than 97% of Peninsula College Fund scholars have graduated from college or currently attend college on the path to completion. Nationally, only half of first generation college students complete four-year colleges in six years.

Target demographics: Motivated low-income students from the Mid-Peninsula who are the first generation in their families to attend college.

Programs: Scholarships: providing college scholarships for talented and motivated low-income, first-generation college students. The average scholarship is $3,000 per student, per year for four years. Scholarship funds are used to pay for college tuition, books, college fees and other educational expenses. Mentoring: providing trained and skilled one-to-one adult mentors to each of our scholars to give them the advice, role modeling and strong relationships necessary to succeed in college and prepare for post-college careers. Each mentor commits to mentoring a scholar from freshman year in college through college graduation. As the first generation in their families to attend college, peninsula college fund scholars gain particular value from the guidance that successful college educated mentors can provide. College and careetr success training: providing targeted and intensive college and career success workshops and individualized assistance to our scholars to enable them to maximize their growth during college and graduate from college prepared to lanuch their careers. Summer internships: providing support in finding and securing meaningful summer employment to prepare for post-graduation careers. Networking and support: providing a variety of on-campus and local opportunites for scholars and their families to build support networks with one another, peninsula college fund mentors, and allies of the program in order to help the scholars successfully navigate college and the path to post-college careers. Events include celebrations, team-building, and informal dialogues.

Community Stories

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a mentor for one of the PCF mentors and came to know what a wonderful organization. Its commitment to its students, not only providing a monetary scholarship and a mentor but help with gaining internships and instruction about finding and applying for a job when they graduate. And it has been successful with 90% of PCF students graduating from college compared to approximately 30% of first generation students in the general college population.

Donor

Rating: 5

PCF's faith in US education and college system and in its scholars - generates the energy to ensure every scholar succeeds.

This passion is displayed by everyone PCF touches - PCF mentors, PCF community, PCF donors, PCF team and PCF scholars. I wish I had known them even earlier.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

An amazing group of passionate people all with one goal in mind - mentoring 1st generation kids in our community go through the college adminission process. I highly recommend spending time getting to know this organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization! 90%+ graduation rate, within 4 years! Make sure your high school student takes advantage of the application process, for those participating high school.

Board Member

Rating: 5

HI,

PCF, thanks to a great number of staff and volunteers, has exceeded my wildest expectations in helping first generation college go to and successfully graduate ! The combination of money, mentoring, internships and classes has had a wonderful impact on our community.
Thanks to all who have helped with our success!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization, with an incredibly high acceptance rate for 1st Time Generation College Students. I highly recommend high school students applying to this fine non-profit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is truly amazing. I'm a mentor of a student and they really have helped prepare me to help my student in the best way possible. We have a great relationship and I'm lucky to be a part of this group.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I just made the decision to fund a scholarship through Peninsula College Fund. When we learned that the students were first generation in their family to go to college we quickly realized this is the greatest gift we could ever make to ensure we change the lives of these families for ever. What better gift to give than ensuring a college degree and we also learned that statistically from that student on their children will also not only graduate high school but graduate from college.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Peninsula College Fund takes a holistic approach to supporting students, providing not just scholarship funds but a personal mentor and career coaching/prep. They set students up for success not just in college but in the transition to a successful, meaningful career.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Peninsula College Fund serves an important function in our community. Rather than simply providing just scholarships, PCF also provides mentoring and job readiness programs that help its students reach the finish line and graduate. The vast majority of first-generation college students do not graduate even if they've enrolled in college. I have volunteered as a scholarship application reader twice now and it's a very rewarding experience. I highly recommend supporting PCF if you believe a college education sets young people and their families on the road toward success. It's the American Dream!