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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Peninsula College Fund is a phenomenal organization. I was PCF's Program Coordinator from 2011-2013, and in my time there I had the great privilege of getting to know all the students in the program as well as the staff and volunteers who make it all happen. I am 100% confident that PCF is changing lives for the better and doing it in a strategic, efficient way. The students build strong relationship with their volunteer mentors, the staff of the organization, and their fellow students. It is a rich, closely knit community where everyone has a home. PCF is there to celebrate student success and provide personalized, compassionate support in hard times. In a world where low-income, first-generation students often don't have the support necessary to persist in college, PCF is unfaltering in its commitment to college completion for its incredibly deserving students.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PCF is a fantastic resource that smiles on the world and empowers students to achieve their dreams. I had the privilege of meeting and working with the leadership, as well as the students at a recent workshop, and I was impressed by the energy, enthusiasm, and dedication of everyone I encountered. I feel proud to be associated with this wonderful group of people. I hope to be able to contribute my time and talents to this worthwhile nonprofit again in the future.