07 May 10,000 Degrees to Support Every Student With Need in Marin
Last week at the Marin County Board of Supervisors, 10,000 Degrees scholarship recipient and UCSF Ph.D candidate, Angel Ku, presented a notice of intent on behalf of the organization: “This year the Board of Directors of 10,000 Degrees, with the generosity of the Marin community, is making a commitment to all of the students from low-income households living in Marin. By 2018, every student with need living in Marin will have the support they need to get to and through college.”
The commitment was the same as the one made by 10,000 Degrees President, Kim Mazzuca, at the organization’s yearly gala, Scholarship Night. The April 25 gala netted $285,000 to support students with need in Marin County.
“We believe 10,000 Degrees and our work throughout the North Bay will be in the unique position to influence statewide and national discussions on the issue of equality,” said Mazzuca. “We’re not just celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech this year, we’re paying close attention to the widening achievement gap between the rich and poor. When Dr. King addressed the nation 50 years ago this year during the march for Jobs and Freedom, he illustrated so vividly a future of diversity and equality. The Census tells the story, diversity just is. But equality, freedom and jobs, those are aspects of American life that favor the well educated. And the vast of the well educated continue to be representatives not of our diversity but of our wealthiest.”
The US Dept of Education recently stated: “Earning a college degree is the clearest path to the American dream and the benefits and security of the middle class — it is an imperative, not a luxury.” We couldn’t agree more.