Carlos Cortez When Carlos’ mother, Elizabeth, migrated to the U.S. form El Salvador in 2003 she was certain that her children would go to college. This spring Carlos walked across the Greek Theater stage as an IDEAL Scholar with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from UC...

This year 10,000 Degrees turned down 732 scholarship applicants, and Jin Choi (pictured with his sons at the 2012 Intensive closing ceremonies), was often on the front-line with students and their families.  As Financial Aid Coordinator, Choi manages our direct and other (like the Marin...

Nina and John Cobb When a family friend said that she was a mentor for 10,000 Degrees, John and Nina Cobb of Kentfield each applied to become one of the most important members of the 10,000 Degrees family — a mentor.  Mentors include community members, educators...

10,000 Degrees Institute alumna and UC Berkeley junior, Kaila McDonald. I was raised by my great grandmother in San Leandro.  My mother had substance abuse problems and I never knew anything of my father.  When I was sixteen, the generational gap at home became unbearable.  As...

We celebrated our biggest Summer Intensive ever — twice!  On July 28 at Sonoma State University and on August 4 at Dominican University, we honored 153 Bay Area students at closing ceremonies for our week-long Intensive.  We also welcomed our new campus partner, CSU East...