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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I have been a mentor for one of the PCF mentors and came to know what a wonderful organization. Its commitment to its students, not only providing a monetary scholarship and a mentor but help with gaining internships and instruction about finding and applying for a job when they graduate. And it has been successful with 90% of PCF students graduating from college compared to approximately 30% of first generation students in the general college population.


Rating: 5

PCF's faith in US education and college system and in its scholars - generates the energy to ensure every scholar succeeds.

This passion is displayed by everyone PCF touches - PCF mentors, PCF community, PCF donors, PCF team and PCF scholars. I wish I had known them even earlier.


Rating: 5

My husband and I just made the decision to fund a scholarship through Peninsula College Fund. When we learned that the students were first generation in their family to go to college we quickly realized this is the greatest gift we could ever make to ensure we change the lives of these families for ever. What better gift to give than ensuring a college degree and we also learned that statistically from that student on their children will also not only graduate high school but graduate from college.