College Access Foundation of California Awards $4.5 Million in Grants

The has announced grants totaling more than $4.5 million to twenty-six community organizations working to provide scholarships to low-income students in the state.

Both current and future college students with significant financial need will receive scholarships to attend two- and four-year colleges, beginning this fall. One- to four-year scholarships averaging $2,600 per year will be awarded to help students attend the college of their choice, with preference given to those who are the first in their family to attend college and students in communities and schools that have low college attendance rates.

The organizations receiving grants offer college preparation, mentoring, and financial aid advice to students in urban and rural regions throughout the state. The grants include $366,000 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund; $300,000 to the Cal-SOAP East Bay Consortium; $300,000 to Project GRAD Los Angeles; $251,000 to Cal-SOAP/Upward Bound North Coast; $225,000 to the Eastside College Preparatory School; $200,000 to A Place Called Home; $200,000 to Summer Search; $200,000 to the Bay Area Leadership Foundation; and $190,000 to College Track.

"Students and their families are struggling to afford the cost of college, particularly in these tough economic times," said College Access Foundation of California president Julia I. Lopez. "For many, these scholarships will mean the difference between going to college or not, and for others it will help them attend the school of their choice."

For a complete list of , visit the College Access Foundation of California Web site.

"." College Access Foundation of California Press Release 03/01/2010.