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Peninsula College Fund

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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

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Peninsula College Fund is very helpful and motivational. They provide their students with several resources as well as mentors and financial support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

PCF has not only provided me with financial support for my college , but has also given me the appropriate guidance and mentor that has allowed me to achieve my academic and personal goals. without PCF I would be lost. It has allowed to to have an extra support system in my life, and has allowed me to exceed my expectations as a student.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PCF is a blessing organization, that has walked into my life. A thank you will never be enough to repay what they are going for me. Without them I wouldn't be able to pay for college, nor learn valuable lesson of life. I'm a incoming PCF Freshman that won't take there help for granted. I've made so many friends that are in the same grade and upper level, in which I would cherish for the rest of my life. THANK YOU PCF, for now and for ever.

Client Served

Rating: 4

It is a great organization with an inspiring motive. I, being the first in my family to attend a four year institution have lacked the academic guidance because my mother doesn't have the experience to attempt to support me in that way. The mentors that are provided are there to help their students with that transition and answer those nerving questions.

Keneisha

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I decided that I wanted to go to college, I had the passion, but not the means. I had no idea who would help me reach my goals, but Peninsula College Fund stepped up to the plate.

They gave me resources, support, and what I needed most, support.

I am so grateful for all that they have done for me. Without them, I would not be where I am now-of this I am sure.

Peninsula College Fund is more than a scholarship-it is a helping hand, a pat on the back, and a loving smile. PCF has changed my life and, for that, I am forever grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a recipient of this scholarship, I can honestly say that this sets the standard for what other scholarships should be structured like. College is not all about going into financial debt, you should be able to explore your interests and skills in a safe academic environment without the constant worry that you wont be able to pay back your college loans. To avoid going into debt, students apply to scholarships. However, most scholarships don't bother to go any further than to write a check. However, it's not the financial support that puts students though college, its the moral support. PCF does an amazing job in that it pairs with an amazing mentor to help you through the lows that you will have in college. They also provide several excellent and well organized events during the summer in which you get to meet many of the other clients.

I highly recommend supporting this organization

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Client Served

Rating: 4

You get so much more from PCF than just money for college. The program provides you with the essentials needed to succeed in college, mentors, work shops, internship opportunities and so much more. The board is full of such amazing people who want to help you and see you succeed in college.

Andre3

Client Served

Rating: 5

To simply put it, I would not be able to attend my top school Boston College without the support of PCF. As an incoming freshman this fall, I have experience just the tip of all the support PCF gives and will help me graduate within four years. The people here and fellow scholars are so motivated for each other to succeed and support obstacles that we may face in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a PCF scholar, class of 2017. PCF is an AMAZING program. It exceeds the expectations a person may have on a scholarship. PCF is way more than a scholarship, it not only helps you with college tuition, it provides you with many opportunities such as networking, career exploration, mentorship, career preparation, education planning, and a supportive system. PCF at first was just another scholarship, but then I heard Charles (founder) call it a team but now I consider it my family. PCF's staff is great they make sure you be successful. I am truly grateful to be part of this amazing scholarship.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Peninsula College Fund made it possible for me to attend college. They not only provide funding, but provide additional resources to their students. They have made my life easier and I am very grateful for their services.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Peninsula College Fund has given me the opportunity to go to college and follow my passion. I'm very grateful for them to help me financially but by also offering me mentoring services throughout my college experience. No other scholarship offers there students mentoring and aid throughout college. This is a great program designed to help passionate and motivated students to reach theirs dreams. I am very proud to be apart of the PCF family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PCF has helped me a lot during this short time. PCF staff always puts us first and makes sure we are getting the best out of things. PCF is like a family rather than just a simple scholarship. I love how many activities and events we have to get to know each other and the staff.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program not only has provided me with financial assistance but has also given me support during the college transition fcae. I have been appointed an mentor who helps me with any struggles i am facing in college. Networking is very important and this program makes sure that the doors to networking are wide open. Over all it is a great program that offers a massive amount of support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PCF has made it possible for me to dream big. Thanks to their donations I am determined to achieve my goals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a first generation college student. This scholarship helps me not only with monetary help but also with mentors and help me get internships that will help me a lot when I am out of college. I have been in this great organization for the past 4 years and I will never be able to repay PCF for everything they have done for me and I am sure many of the students in this organization feel the same.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a first year student at PCF and it has been one of the best experiences for me. I appreciate that not only does it provide you funding for college but the support and guidance to be successful beyond college. PCF is truly a family and is very comforting. The college process and college itself is not a crystal clear process, their will always be many highs and lows and through that roller coaster PCF is always there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Peninsula College Fund, helped me get into the college of my dreams. I know without the guidance from them as well as the motivation to keep moving forward during my college years, that I wouldn't be going to the college I am going to. My mentors are great, the staff is tremendously helpful whenever and with what ever I need, I know I can count on them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Peninsula College Fund has helped me with my college journey and they have been amazing moral and finical support. They have helped me achieve my dreams of attending a 4 year college and are always there for me with whatever obstacle comes my way. Along with their amazing financial support, they provide students with mentors who are available to students throughout their 4 years or however many years a student attends college.

My mentor has made a huge impact on my life because I know that I will always have someone to support me throughout my college journey. She is almost like my big sister!

PCF is a great organization aimed at helping young students achieve their lifelong dreams and are always changing lives one student at a time.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a first generation female student and a recipient from Peninsula College Fund. Peninsula College Fund gave me a reliable source of financial aid to continue and pursue my education at a higher institution. I was also given a mentor who was able to guide me and provide me with the basic needs that my parents couldn't afford. Thanks to their College Success Weekends, I am able to know what I must do before I graduate to go into the next stage of my life which is finding a job and applying to graduate programs. Peninsula College Fund is really a program that understands the needs of minority students that go beyond financial assistance in the Mid-Peninsula.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Peninsula College Fund has made it possible for all of us Low Income & First Generation students to have all the support needed to attend college and make a positive change.