Learn about the impact of our work & why your support matters.

10,000 Degrees® is the leading, equity-focused scholarship provider and college success nonprofit in California.

Who We Serve

We support 12,000+ students and families across eight Bay Area counties:
San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Lake, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.


Low-income backgrounds


Black, Indigenous, Latinx & People of Color


First in family to attend college

How We Do It & How We’re Different

We believe in the potential of all students.

Unlike other college support organizations, there is no GPA or test score requirement to participate. Our approach is equity-focused, student-centered, and strength-based.

An innovative Fellowship program.

Guided by our knowledgeable Program Managers, our Fellows are recent college graduates and mostly 10,000 Degrees alumni who share lived experiences and backgrounds with our students. Their deep content expertise and strength-based approach allow these near-peer mentors to connect meaningfully with students to help them navigate their college success journey.

Strong community college pathway.

Whether our students aim to graduate from a community college or transfer to a four-year institution, our teams provide broad community college support.

Comprehensive support to and through college.

We continuously customize and adapt to meet the needs of students, schools, and communities to provide wraparound support; college pathways awareness & preparation; college & financial aid advising and navigation; scholarships & financial aid management; college success support; community college transfer support; career & graduate school readiness; and alumni success.

Core Values

We Believe

  • In the great potential of all students
  • Every student should have equitable opportunities to a quality education and to graduate from college
  • All our students and alumni are changemakers
  • Students and their families, schools and communities each play a critical role in educating our youth and strengthening our communities’ economic and social health
  • Educating all students to achieve their full potential is an urgent moral, social, and economic imperative
  • Education is the foundation of a just and equitable society

What We Do

Support to, Through, and Beyond College

  • College Pathways Awareness & Preparation
  • College & Financial Aid Advising and Navigation
  • Scholarships & Financial Aid Management
  • College Success Support
  • Community College Transfer Support
  • Career & Graduate School Readiness
  • Alumni Success

How We Do it

Equity-Focused, Student-Centered, and Strength-Based

  • No GPA or Test Score Requirement
  • Innovative Fellowship Program
  • Near-Peer Coaching
  • Embedded on Campuses & Virtually
  • Community, High School & Post-Secondary Partnerships
  • Campus Practitioner Workshops & Training

Our Impact By the Numbers

More Financial Support & Less Student Debt


10,000 Degrees Scholarships Awarded

*As of Nov 2022


Total Financial Aid Leveraged

*As of Nov 2022


Less student debt

Our college students graduate with 87% less student loan debt than their national peers.


FAFSA & CADA Completion

10,000 Degrees Students Complete the FAFSA (84%) or CADA (13%) vs. 66% of their national peers.*
* Education Data Initiative – “Financial Aid Statistics” (Feb 2021)

For more information, contact:

Vanessa Bishop
Chief Program Officer

Phone: 415.524.7327
Email: vanessa.bishop (at) 10000degrees.org

Jose Jimenez
Director of College Access, San Francisco & South Bay

Phone: 415.599.6408
Email: jjimenez (at) 10000degrees.org

Hugo Que
Director Of College Access, Marin & Contra Costa

Phone: 707.328.4402
Email: hque (at) 10000degrees.org

Tania Requenes
Director of Community College Success

Phone: 415.246.8283
Email: trequenes (at) 10000degrees.org

Karla Santiago
Director of 4 Year & Alumni Success

Phone: 415.720.9063
Email: ksantiago (at) 10000degrees.org

Eli Weinzveg
Director of College Pathways, Sonoma, Lake & Napa

Email: eli.weinzveg (at) 10000degrees.org