The Objective

Increase access to college for low-income students through scholarships, and help them develop persistence and achieve success in college.

The Issue

There is an increase in low-income students, students of color, and English-learners in Marin, and their education levels lag significantly behind those of the other economic, ethnic, and racial groups, primarily due to insufficient supports in the home, schools, and community.

Our Approach

We will continue to support Marin-based nonprofit organizations and select public school partners in Marin that work with a significant number of low-income and students of color. The goal of the college access and success work is to support established partnerships between schools and nonprofit organizations in order to increase college readiness and completion rates for our target population. 


This initiative uses an invitation-only application process. Grantmaking in this area is completed for 2017. For the 2018 funding cycle, proposals are expected to be invited in February 2018, with a decision expected in May 2018. The current roster of grantees appears below.

Current Grantees

Reports & Resources




Edsource |Financial Aid is Key to The Final & Often Tough Choice of Colleges

New York Times | Nudges That Help College Students Succeed 

KQED | How Mentors & Scholarships Help Community College Students Succeed

Education Week | Groups Help Low-Income Students Enter College. A good explanation of why BFF invests in college access.

Education Week | Counselors Work to Get More Students on College Path. The importance of the role of the school counselor.

Education Week | School Counselors Boost Students' College, Financial Aid Chances, Study Finds. The impact of counseling on financial aid applications. 

Education Week | Students Report Weak Support Systems for College, Career Preparation.

The Chronicle of Higher Education | Closing The Gap For First Generation Students


Why 10,000 Degrees? (video)

Closing the Gap: 10,000 Degrees Summer Institute (video)

For questions regarding this initiative, please contact

Marcia Quiñones

Director for Education