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10,000 Degrees

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our mission is to achieve educational equity, and support students-with-need to access and complete higher education to positively impact their communities and the world. Our vision is that every student has the support and resources to earn a college degree and achieve his/her potential,regardless of race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status.

Results: 84% of our students graduate from 4-year colleges compared to 54% of all students nationally. || 100% of our students are from low-income backgrounds and 90% will be the first in their families to attend college || 84% are students of color. We award scholarships and help students find other financial aid grants, which has resulted in a total package of $21,148 per student.

Target demographics: underserved students get into and through college.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,300 students and parents through our programs

Geographic areas served: the North Bay

Programs: college admission and financial counseling, mentoring, workshops, scholarships, and support throughout college.

Community Stories

92 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Before discovering 10,000 degrees college was not an option for me. After enrolling in their program and applying for their scholarship I am now attending Sonoma State and am on m way to graduate in the near future. I would never have thought that this would be an option to me. I am so grateful for having found them and academic wise it has been one of the best decisions I've made

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I can say without a doubt that 10,000 Degrees is one of the top non-profit organizations I've ever experienced. As a low income, first generation senior at San Rafael High School in the 2010-2011 school year, I received a multitude of support in my college applications, scholarship assistance, test preparation, and expectation pressures for my role in society. When I received my 4-year acceptance letter, my relationship with 10,000 Degrees never ceased.

Now as a a first year Teach for America teacher in Richmond, 10,000 Degrees has helped instill college bounded minds inside my sometimes challenging, but incredible 6th graders. 10,000 Degrees came to deliver fun, goal oriented, and inspiring workshops and coupled the education with a staff and first generation student led student panel and field trip to UC Berkeley! They did all this and I am already an alumni.

Starting off as a student served, transitioning to a college student working as a Student Advisor for rising juniors and volunteering as a Mentor for a sweet senior, to currently a young professional serving as a Board Member of one of their scholarship organizations, and maintaining my ties with the beautiful staff: 10,000 Degrees is an infinity organization in my heart.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees is one of the main factors I am in college right now. From the college application process to the financial difficulties, this program has taught me how to succeed in college while helping me ease my worries on finances.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Extremely helpful and caring organization! Who have suported me throughout my college experience!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

10,000 degrees has been more than helpful in my college career! They help you with anything! They are always there also reminding us about important dates and keeping in touch with us.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees is one of the best nonprofit organizations in Northern California. This organization embraces the true meaning of family and integrity. Without 10,000 Degrees my dream of attending college would not be possible

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

10,000 degrees has been a huge help for both me and my family. I believe that they are the reason that I was able to succeed through high school. The whole staff is a friendly crew and have been some of the best advisors for me.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees really helped me prepare financially and emotionally to go to college. Such a great program filled with caring and compassionate people who genuinely want to help students achieve their dreams!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a first generation, immigrant student who grew up in a single parent household, I can easily say that 10,000 Degrees definitely made a difference in the path I chose for myself. While growing up, I was always told that I had to attend college, but I did not know what that implied. Luckily, one day I filled out a random application and this turned out to be the 10,000 Degrees application for a summer program. I was accepted into the program and over the summer I learned so much about college. I learned that there are perks to it as well as difficulties. Somehow, rather than feeling discouraged by the difficulties of it, I learned that I could prevail through these struggles. It was thanks to the alumni and the current students in the program that I realized this because there was a big sense of support and it was a safe space for those who doubted their ability to get to and through college. I am very thankful today to have become part of this organization that has taught me so much and that I continue to learn from. Today, I am a student who is ready to transfer to a four year university and my goal to mayor in the field I am passionate about isn't an impossible anymore. Today, I strive to do the kind of good that this organization had provided me with to my community.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has helped me out in more ways than one. They have provided me with an opportunity to further expand my education and to be able to acquire the resources needed to be successful in college. This has allowed me to focus more on school and less on finding means to pay for it. As a result, I have taken more from my experiences in college and am putting in all of my effort towards finding more opportunities. The staff at 10,000 Degrees are extremely helpful and show interest in helping young adults reach their maximum potential. They welcome you and make you feel like family which is very comforting. This program is dedicated to students and is great at giving students the motivation and inspiration to go the extra mile in life. I highly recommend students to look into 10,000 Degrees and talk with the wonderful staff about improving their futures and opening up the doors to success.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm an alumni of 10,000 degrees and I can easily say that without its support, college may not have been a viable option for me. I am extremely thankful for the continued help I received throughout college and will always be grateful for the scholarships that allowed me to focus on my studies in business. Furthermore, the staff at 10,000 have always been very accessible, friendly and supportive, and for that I am also grateful. To this day, I strive to give back and pay it forward largely because of the generous support I received.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an alumni of 10,000 Degrees, and I am very thankful for this non-profit organization & it's donors. Six months ago, I obtained my first full-time job in my field of education, however as underprivileged, first-generation college student, I could not have reached my educational/career goals without their support. It's also great to see how this org supports one another as a family, and together we're making a difference in our communities through our degrees.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm currently a junior at UC Berkeley and I can unequivocally say that without 10,000, college wouldn't have been possible for me. They offered financial aid during a time in which my family was struggling and have continued to provide support during my time in college. From reminders about financial aid deadlines to offering summer job positions, they've always there. 10,000 Degrees has been a blessing to me and countless others.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a college student who grew up in Marin County. My investment in educational equity was perhaps a product of the cycle of poverty I grew up in. With that, I've been involved with a lot of ways to be engaged in college access programs and community uplift.

When I was a high school sophomore, I was accepted into 10,000 Degrees and went through their weeklong summer program. After that, throughout high school AND college, I have been engaged with their support, workshops, scholarships, and other activities.

10,000 Degrees is one of many college access/scholarship programs. But what sets them apart is how grand they are in relation to how involved they are with individual students.

I don't know many organizations that have as many students as 10KD does. With such huge reaches around colleges, you'd expect them to seem less involved with students. This is not the case.

I have greatly felt the involvement of 10KD staff in my life. They have a constant presence, often visiting my school to provide support, and even going out of their way to pester me about submitting my application for their scholarship. It feels like they are just as invested in my success as I am, which I dont feel from many other forms of authority.

They're great.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

10,000 degrees has open so many doors for me . I was awarded a scholarship, but they didn't just give me the award, they stood by me . If I had any questions, doubts , or anything at all, I knew I had a reliable resource. This program helps those who come from a low income background. I am from a low income background but this program helped me see that I don't have to be. I can change it with an education and be something greater.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I come from a low income family. None of my parents went to college nor graduated High school. At times, going to college was but a distant dream to me, but thanks to the amazing program that 10,000 Degrees is, I was able to pursue my goal and dream of attending a 4 year university. With out them this would have been a very difficult goal to pursue. Anything that you need help with they are always there. They are also very organized and it's really easy to get in contact with them. 10,000 Degrees can give you give all the tools to help you succeed. At the end 10,000 Degrees ends up being a family not a program and this among many other is my favorite part anout the program. So for those reasons and many more is why I would recommend 10,000 Degrees.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees turns dreams into realities. They make me feel--Like I'm worthy of Dreaming.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would be beyond lost without the amazing benefits of this loving organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees is amazing. They've given me scholarships (even ones I didn't apply for that I qualified for!!!). I owe it to them to be able to pay expenses where my financial aide could not. They have wonderful staff as well and it's always a pleasure talking to them.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been part of 10000 degrees since my sophomore year of high school. Today I am a freshman in college. I am so great full for all the support I received from 10k. I would never be caught up on my deadline or even understand how to apply for colleges, scholarships and financial aid. 10k has always taken the time to assist me in any way possible and I can only appreciate all they have done for me. I would recommend this nonprofit to anyone. Their goal to represent, educate and give a better chance to minorities is an effective way to give us a higher chance of success in college. Thank you 10k!

2 Halea W.

Former staff

Rating: 5

I am so incredibly thankful for this organization! 10,000 Degrees was introduced to me at a very vulnerable time in my life. I was in community college and doing well, but I had no idea how I was going to pay for my education once I transferred. I also did not know how to transfer or how to navigate the college system. 10,000 Degrees staff instantly calmed my fears by sitting down with me and answering ALL of my questions that I had written down in a notebook. Each of the staff member's are wonderful. They are always patient, kind, and humorous. I am so fortunate to be a part of this community. I don't know if I would have had the courage to apply to both UC Berkeley and UCLA, then get accepted to BOTH without the help of the staff at 10,000 Degrees. I am so happy this non-profit was founded and is helping so many students in need!

2 Abril B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was 13 years old I moved to the United States. I was a child with many hopes and the goal to get a higher education. I was a sophomore in high school when I told my counselor that I want it to go to college but I didn't know how. In the same year I fill out an application that I didn't know that would change my life. I applied to 10,000 degrees and with only expecting help to go to college I receive more. They help me to attend college and guide me to get the financial help that I needed. They inspired me to dream big and actually work to get it. They encourage me to never give up and guided me to be a great student. I build friendships and memories that I wouldn't change for nothing. I am very proud to say that I am one degree.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel blessed to be part of this amazing community that has provided more support than any other program. Without 10,000 degrees I would not be able to focus on my studies because instead I would be stressing about my payments. This program has made my transition from a high school student to a college student ten times smoother. I cannot thank them enough.

Emile A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cool, Helpful and always there for their students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

10KD helped me get into college and supported me throughout the the four years it took me to graduate with my bachelors degree. They helped me financially, gave me amazing advice and believed in me when most people didn't. I would not have made it through high school or college without their support and caring staff!

1 edeng

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees made my entire college experience possible, and I owe it to this incredible non-profit and its donors. With their generosity, I was able to attend four years at a University of California, completely debt-free and with the great opportunity to study abroad for one semester. Both my parents are immigrants to this country, and throughout high school, my mother was battling mental illness and unemployment. It was with 10,000 Degrees' support that I was able to attend college and support my family at the same time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees is an amazing local non-profit that enabled me to gain a four-year college education without taking out any student loans. I owe this foundation all the incredible opportunities I've had in my college career to earn a Bachelor's, complete undergraduate research, and study abroad while at the University of California, San Diego. All of the staff at 10,000 Degrees are extremely personable and dedicated to all their student recipients, and I have always felt very supported throughout my four years of receiving financial scholarships.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would not be in a four year institution if it weren't for ten thousand degrees. I am truly blessed for all the help and support I have received from the hardworking angels that make up ten thousand degrees. Going to college was absolutely terrifying for me and what made it worse for me was that I didn't have siblings or parents who went to college but with the reassurance and guidance of the staff I felt safe and prepared. Ten thousand degrees is an amazing organization that helps make dreams come true by slimming down the educational gap.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am incredibly grateful for the support and guidance 10,000 Degrees provided me, first as a student and now as a staff member. As a high schooler, I knew nothing about navigating the college process. Without the resources and one-on-one check-ins with staff members, my college experience would have been markedly different. The staff members believed in me, pushed me, and taught me that anything is possible with the right resources and a strong sense of determination.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I tell everyone I can about 10000 degrees. They not only help students, such as myself, achieve our educational goals financially, but they encourage community activities and offer resources for applications and essays. This non-profit is helping to bring people together and offers educational resources. Thank you 10000 Degrees!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 degrees has helped me in so many ways. I'm financially making it through school, I have hands on help with my scholarships, and I feel worth it when I attend one of their events. I am so blessed to be able to be part of this program.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My parents brought my sisters and I to the US for one reason; to go to college. This was always a message for us. But, we didn't know how. This is when 10,000 Degrees came to the rescue. Because of 10,000 Degrees I was given the tools to succeed in college. Not only on how to navigate my pathway but also how to finance my path way. As I look back at my years in college, i know for a fact that if it wasn't for 10,000 degrees, i wouldn't have made it.
Thank you for believing in me 10,000 Degrees!

Sergio T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before I met them college was just a dream. I never would have gotten the help and resources anywhere else being AB540. They did not just get me into college, they also have been helping me the whole way through my educational journey always enthusiastic to answer my question from all the staff.

1 Ingrid10

Client Served

Rating: 5

10kd is a fantastic organization. As a 1st generation college student they provided me with all the resources to get accepted to college. The staff at 10kd are caring, sweet and very knowledgable. Seriously don't know where I would be if it wasn't for the help of Scott and Rondell. Thank you all! You guys are amazing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without 10,000 Degrees, college would have not been possible. They have offered continued financial support through my college career for all four years, and they help you get the scholarship as much as possible. I have never seen such a selfless non profit that truly wants to help it's recipients. I owe my college education to 10,000 Degrees.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IAm a 23 year old student that still hasn't graduated from college yet but without the help of 10,000 degrees and their reminders about submitting fafsa or other scholarships if it weren't for them I don't know where I'll be. They actually care about every student, and with wonderful mentors to help us out every step of the way. I'm beyond grateful for them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Without 10,000 Degrees I would be a college drop out. Even through high school they would have a mentor to pushe me and my fellow classmates to exceed everyone's expectations. Without them I think I would have not made this far to my dream college.

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees has been an amazing nonprofit organization that has helped me a great deal. Being a full-time student and also being a mother to a 6 month old baby boy, the help I have received has kept me motivated to finish school and be the first one in my family to obtain a degree from a university. They have done everything to help the students and they deserve to receive recognition for everything they have done!! My family and son thank you! Thank you 10,000 Degrees!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Honestly, I appreciate 10000 degrees so much. This scholarship has helped me stay in college. I buy books, food and pay rent with it. If I didn't have it, I probably would have had to drop out by now.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I honestly do not know where I would be today without 10,000 Degrees! They are an amazing and wonder non-profit organization who truly love and care about their students. As the majority of the students within this organization, I am the first to go to college within ny family and it feels great to know organizations like 10KD exist and have my back. I am truly greatful for their help and for everything they have done not only for me but for my family as well. Helping them with how they can get involved and making them feel included. This organization should definitely be recognized because they have truly made a difference within thousands of students and families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without the help of 10,000 Degrees, I would not be in college today. 10,000 Degrees provided me with the resources, information, and support I needed in order to make college a reality. As a first generation student, I was at a disadvantage due to lack of knowledge of resources I needed in order to not only succeed in high school but also college. With their help, I have become the first in my family to attend college. This is a great organization that not only changes students' lives but also families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would not be in college today had it not been for 10,000 Degrees and their desire and dedication to help students, like me, achieve their goals and dreams of attending the university of their choosing. 10,000 Degrees is such an amazing organization and I hope every prospective college student considers them for financial aid. Not only do they provide financial aid, they had a free college workshop that thoroughly prepared scholarship recipients for college. Everything about this organization is truly amazing and I am beyond blessed to have been able to receive a scholarship from them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program has been nothing less then amazing in more ways then one. 10000 degrees gives people like me some type of hope that their future can be bright. Not only do they help us with money, but they make sure we are given the proper tools to succeed in college. This program is absolutely amazing. I can't begin to thank you all enough

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

10k not only has helped me go to college but also my friends and family. This is my forth year at a CSU and I could not have done it without the help of the advisors of 10k. They have guided me through my financial status and academics. In addition they always remind students about important dates and job opportunities in order to help each one of us succeed. I am very thankful to be able to be part of this community and also proud to say I am a 10k degree student.

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000* was tremendous help, and it started in high school. They kept me up to date with different college tours and new scholarships available. Because of 10,000* I was able to choose the university I wanted to attend and they helped me financially as well. 10,000* truly helped me reach my educations goals both financially and genera support.
-thank you to everyone at 10,000*

Ashley151

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees made it possible for me to attend my dream school of UC Santa Barbara. Without their financial and emotional support it would have be nearly impossible. Much thanks.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would not be where I am today without the constant reliable support of everyone at 10,000 Degrees. The staff has always made themselves an available resource for any and every question or concern I've had. Whether it be regarding financial aid, college planning, or just encouragement and recognition of my hard work, I can always turn to them when running around campus gets too stressful. I am so glad to have been honored with their assistance in affording tuition! I have been working my hardest because I don't want to let them down.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This inspiring organization has made college a possibility for me. With their financial aid and many useful resources, I have been able to pursue the education that will lead me to my goal of being in the medical field.

Mia K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees has not only helped me immensely in my academic career, but they are BEYOND helpful in every which way. They are kind, caring, optimistic, and provide all the information a student needs to succeed. I love this program to the 10 thousandth degree!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees is a great NonProfit that truly does it just to help young people realize their dreams. I, just like everyone else that received a scholarship, likely would not have been able to attend the University I do if it wasn't for them. As a minority student raised by a single mother who lost her job during the recession, and who was the first in my family to go to college, I can not be more appreciative of the opportunity that they have afforded me, and others like me. It really is a shame that the thing stopping many underprivelaged youths from receiving the education they desire, is due to the insane cost of tuition and student loans. What separates 10k Degrees from other scholarship sites, is it isn't a machine where you have these deadlines, and no help completing applications or interaction with the employees. They always message me on Facebook and via email, and anytime i've ever needed anything they've helped.

Client Served

Rating: 5

10000 Degrees is an amazing program. I'm so honored to be a part of it. Everyone who works there is supportive and nurturing. I wouldn't be able to achieve my dreams without them. Thank you so much to everyone at 10000 Degrees!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been part of the 10,000 Degrees family since I was a Junior in High School. I have never loved an organization more, than I love these people. I would not have thought about attending college if it wasn't for them. They are the most amazing, helpful, charming, kind, and motivated people I know. They are willing to help anyone, and they are going to be there for you 24/7 if necessary. 10KD is a great organization that are willing to do as much as they can for you to be successful. I just love every single one of the people that work here, because they motivate me to keep going.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees made it possible for me to continue with my education at Sonoma State University, because without their support it would have been very hard. Thanks for their scholarship, mentoring and continuous support.

THANK YOU 10K!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without 10,000 Degrees I wouldn't be able to afford attending a four year college in the first place! They are one of the kindest people I've ever met, they are truly like a family to me, thanks 10,000 Degrees!

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees is a nonprofit organization that hels students that are low-income &/or first generation achieve their dream of going to college. My educational life changed for good all thanks to them. I am so happy to be part of this program and I hope that many other students take the time to be part of this unforgetable and amazing program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

10KD helped me enormously with the college application process as a first-generation student. The advisors were always approachable and friendly, and explained the entire process in a very understandable way. They also provided a significant amount of scholarship funds to allow me to attend a four-year university after graduating high school. I would not be where I am today without the help of 10KD and all the resources it provides first-generation college students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees made it possible for me to get my 4-year degree at SDSU. Without them, I would not have been able to afford the full college experience. I am forever grateful to 10,000 Degrees!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing and super supportive organization! People there are caring and efficient!

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 degrees has been awarding me scholarships for about 2 years now and without their support I don't think I would still be in college. It is difficult to work and go to school but most of us need to work so we can pay for college. 10,000 degrees has made it easier to pay for college. Now I can work less and study more.

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees is an amazing organization! They have given me the support and guidance that I need to be successful in college. They were also able to provide a scholarship that helped me pay for my tuition and books! I can't thank them enough for everything they have done for me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 degrees is by far the best organization! Not only did they help me financially with scholarships they also show each student that they're educational career is important. Before becoming a Freshman in college they helped a stressed senior student (me) apply to colleges and they also helped me apply for more financial aid. This goes to say they are invested in ones good, and it makes me proud to be part of their amazing organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees is an absolutely phenomenal program! They helped cover the cost of my tuition and books, which when combined with university scholarships left me with zero debt after graduation. I cannot thank them enough and hope they receive the recognition they deserve. Their staff is hand down one of the most caring group of people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

10000 Degrees has been very influential in helping me afford college. However, unlike other scholarship programs, the team at 10kD reaches out to me frequently to give me tips and advice as I navigate my freshman year. Their generosity and support has been unmatched!

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees has been wonderfully supportive on my college journey. Not only did they provide a scholarship, they offered opportunities to connect with other students and faculty at my school to form relationships. I also got information on funding for grad school. They are great!

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees has been a constant for me throughout my college experience. They have always made sure that each applicant is in the loop and getting as much assistance as they possibly can. They helped me obtain my scholarship through studying abroad and being a part-time student senior year. Each person I have interacted with is professional and still truly cares about each of us. My only shortcoming is not being more involved!