10,000 Degrees® is the leading, equity-focused scholarship provider and college success nonprofit in California.
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.
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.
Whether our students aim to graduate from a community college or transfer to a four-year institution, our teams provide broad community college support.
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.
* “Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States: 2019 Historical Trend Report,” Pell Institute
We provide over $4.5M in scholarships and help to leverage over $27M in free financial aid.
Our college students graduate with 88% less student loan debt than their national peers.
Chief Program Officer
Email: vanessa.bishop (at) 10000degrees.org
Director of Strategic Growth & School Partnerships
Email: cgonzales (at) 10000degrees.org
Director of College Access, Marin & Contra Costa
Email: rgibson (at) 10000degrees.org
Director of College Access, San Francisco & South Bay
Email: jjimenez (at) 10000degrees.org
Director of Community College Success
Email: trequenes (at) 10000degrees.org
Director of 4 Year & Alumni Success
Email: ksantiago (at) 10000degrees.org
Director of College Pathways, Sonoma & Napa
Email: eli.weinzveg (at) 10000degrees.org