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 scholarships for college-bound target students. In addition, we will explore and invest in models and programs that can effectively assist students after they enter college. We will also promote school and community partnerships that provide meaningful supports for parents.


The College Access and Success initiative uses an invitation-only application process. Applications opened on February 7, 2017 and were due by March 6, 2017. Following a decision in May 2017, the new roster of grantees appears below.

Current Grantees

  • 10,000 Degrees 
  • Bridge the Gap College Prep
  • Campaign for College Opportunity 
  • Canal Alliance 
  • College Dream Team Program 
  • Education Trust-West
  • Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
  • Hannah Project Partnership for Academic Achievement 
  • Huckleberry Youth Programs, Inc. 
  • Marin Community College District 
  • Marin County Office of Education 
  • Marin Promise Partnership
  • National College Access Network (NCAN)
  • Next Generation Scholars
  • Parent Institute for Quality Education

Reports & Resources




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

New York Times | Nudges That Help College Students Succeed 

Excelencia in Education | College Counseling for Latino & Underrepresented Students

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