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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

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.