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Dozens of Sacramento Students Awarded College Scholarships

Students with Financial Needs Benefit from New Program

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More than three dozen Sacramento-area high school students are getting help paying for college thanks to a new, grant-funded scholarship program.

The students received their scholarships—ranging between $1,500 and $2,500—at the Sacramento Scholars Awards Ceremony and Reception, June 5, 2007, at the California Secretary of State Auditorium.

In January, the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP)—a project administered locally through the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE)—received an $80,000 grant from the College Access Foundation of California to provide college scholarships.

The Cal-SOAP program provided college scholarships for students with financial needs who have been admitted to and plan to attend a four-year college or university, or community college.

"We are proud to support Cal-SOAP in Sacramento," said Caroline O. Boitano, president of College Access Foundation, "and wish the recipients of these scholarships much success as they pursue their educational goals."

Students from the following schools received scholarships through the Cal-SOAP program:

  • In the Sacramento City Unified School District:
    • Luther Burbank High School,
    • Rosemont High School,
    • John F. Kennedy High School, and
    • Sacramento Charter High School.
  • In the Grant Joint Union High School District:
    • Foothill High School,
    • Grant High School,
    • Highlands High School, and
    • Rio Linda High School.
  • In the Folsom Cordova Unified School District:
    • Cordova High School.
  • Summerbridge Sacramento, a Sacramento Country Day School program.

The Sacramento Cal-SOAP directly serves students in 50 middle schools and high schools throughout Sacramento County. The project provides tutoring services to students and delivers a college and financial aid advising program to approximately 5,300 students in nine high schools.

College Access Foundation of California, the largest grantmaking organization of its kind in the state, helps California students attend college. The Foundation provides millions of dollars in grants to community-based organizations that are helping students prepare for and enter institutions of higher learning.

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