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10,000 Degrees Opens New Scholarship for Napa Students from Low-Income Backgrounds & New Napa Headquarters

New scholarship coupled with in-person support by 10,000 Degrees Fellows aims to ease pathway to college for Napa seniors 

Napa, CA, February 4, 2020 –10,000 Degrees, a leading nonprofit in California whose mission is to support students from low-income backgrounds to and through college, announced a new scholarship available for Napa Valley high school seniors and a new Napa headquarters in the Napa Valley Community Foundation offices.

This is the second year 10,000 Degrees has provided programming in Napa, and the first year it is offering a Napa scholarship. 10,000 Degrees saw a need in the Napa area after discovering that more than 50% of the Napa Valley Unified School District 18,000 students are from low-income backgrounds, and that more than half are not eligible to attend any University of California or California State University.

“We believe that every student has a fundamental right to a college education. Only 50% of NVUSD’s graduating seniors are eligible to attend a four-year college, and it is a trend in California we’re determined to change. Removing financial barriers like through our new Napa scholarship and providing near-peer support are just a few keys to that puzzle. We’re thrilled that we can begin providing these types of services to the Napa students and families who need it the most.”

Kim Mazzuca, President & CEO of 10,000 Degrees.

To apply for the Napa Scholarship, which is available for up to 100 students, there is no GPA requirement – a key differentiator of 10,000 Degrees compared with many other scholarship funds. To be eligible, students must:

  • Be a graduating senior of a Napa Valley Unified School District high school
  • Be an incoming freshman at any community college for Fall 2020 (not just Napa Valley College)
  • Demonstrate financial need / come from a low-income household
  • Complete a 500-word essay due June 1, 2020

To apply or for more information, visit http://www.10000degrees.org/napa-program.

“If you had asked me when I was a high school senior where I saw myself in 10 years, I could not have imagined that I would be a first-generation college graduate, a 10,000 Degrees alumni, or fortunate enough to work for an organization that truly believes that all students should have the chance to go to college. Thanks to the 10,000 Degrees Scholarship, I was able to be a part of and graduate from a great university – California State University Stanislaus. I’m so proud to now be working with 10,000 Degrees to help Napa students reach their own higher ed goals.”

Hugo A. Que, 10,000 Degrees Program Manager for the Napa region.

Along with the Napa scholarship, 10,000 Degrees connects high school seniors to one-on-one, personalized support through its Fellows, near-peer coaches who are recent college graduates, from low-income backgrounds, and often alumni of 10,000 Degrees. The Fellows lead and drive and their innovative model by believing in, which has at its core the belief that all students should have the opportunity to earn a college degree.

“We’re so excited to be easing the pathway to college for our Napa students with the most need by equipping them with the tools and support they need to enter and be successful in our local 2-year community college and beyond.”

Ira Schwartz, 10,000 Degrees Napa Advisory Board member.

Schwartz, a long-time Napa resident, Napa Valley College Foundation Board Member, joined the 10,000 Degrees Napa Advisory Board after being introduced to 10,000 Degrees by Napa Valley Community Foundation CEO, Terence Mulligan. Schwartz and his wife, Judy Myers, opened their home on January 24 to 50 guests who were interested in helping more Napa Valley students with the greatest need get to and through college through 10,000 Degrees programs.

10,000 Degrees receives funding for their College Success program from a growing number of generous Napa Valley individuals and community partners, including the Napa Valley Community Foundation, Napa Valley Vintners, and Community Projects, Inc. The organization is also actively partnering with other Napa nonprofits and local schools.

Over the next three years, 10,000 Degrees goal is to raise over $1.4 million to expand their college success programming and staff, and to reach over 2,000 students and their families in Napa with personalized wrap-around support. Establishing a footprint in Napa enables 10,000 Degrees to extend their impact and presence within the community with an easily accessible location for local students to take advantage of their resources. The new Napa office is located at 3200 Claremont Way, Suite 2, Napa.

Napa is one of seven counties 10,000 Degrees serves with scholarship support, college mentorship, and more. 10,000 Degrees also operates in the counties of San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.