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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

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.

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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!

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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.