Fifty-six students from throughout Sacramento and Yolo counties received grant-funded scholarships through programs designed to help young people with financial need prepare for and enter college.
At a May 24th ceremony inside the Secretary of State Auditorium in downtown Sacramento, 56 high school seniors representing 21 Sacramento-area schools were awarded college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $4,500 for use toward community college or four-year college or university programs.
"The scholarships being awarded tonight place higher education within reach of deserving students," Deputy Superintendent Sue Stickel told attendees. "We congratulate our recipients for their achievement and place great confidence in them as they begin their freshman year of college."
The scholarships were awarded through the Sacramento Cal-SOAP (California Student Opportunity Access Program) Consortium, a project administered locally through the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE).
Sacramento Cal-SOAP scholarships are funded by a grant from the College Access Foundation of California. Scholarships range from $1,000-$4,500 and are awarded to students planning to attend a community college or a four-year college or university. The College Access Foundation of California is the largest grant-making organization of its kind in the state, providing millions of dollars in grants to community-based organizations that are helping students prepare for and enter institutions of higher learning.
California Cash for College scholarships are funded by the Education Credit Management Corporation (ECMC). The $1,000 scholarships are awarded to selected students who participate in Cash for College workshops held January and February throughout California and who complete financial aid applications.
The Sacramento Cal-SOAP Consortium directly serves students in 27 middle and high schools throughout Sacramento County. The consortium provides tutoring services to students in 22 schools and delivers a college and financial aid advising program to approximately 5,500 students in nine high schools.
For more information about the Sacramento Cal-SOAP Consortium, call (916) 228-2656.