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SCHOLARSHIPS ARE
THEIR FUTURE. 

 

For young people in foster care, the impact of receiving a college scholarship is lifelong. All our college scholars are considered low-income and most are young people of color. With our scholarships, they can become the first in their families to graduate from college.

OUR IMPACT

Since 2000, we've awarded over $2.5M in scholarships that make earning a college degree possible for foster youth. Our academic record speaks for itself:

PIVOTAL SCHOLARS EARN A BACHELORS DEGREE AT 10X THE RATE OF OTHER FOSTER YOUTH.

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100 Pivotal scholars will have a paid summer internship this summer. 

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100% of our San Mateo County scholars graduated from high school in 2019. 

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95% of our community college scholars transferred to a 4-year university in 2018.

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CLOSING THE OPPORTUNITY GAP

87% of our scholars are young people of color. Our scholarships move the needle towards improving the racial and socioeconomic inequities that typically prevent students from under-represented communities from pursuing a college education.

MEET SOME OF OUR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS! 

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Theresa Graduation
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IT'S NOT JUST THE MONEY 

We know it takes more than just dollars to keep first-generation college students on track. Here's some of the extra support that Pivotal gives foster youth.

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COACHING

94% of our high school scholars were satisfied with our program and plan to re-enroll next year. 

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TUTORING

In 2018, 74% of our scholars who received tutoring achieved a C or better in their classes. 

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SUMMER INTERNSHIPS 

In 2018, 95% of our summer interns successfully completed a 10-week professional internship.

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"I've been a Pivotal scholarship donor since 2014. I continue to give to scholarships because they give foster youth the greatest chance for success. " 

-Liza Beshoff, Beshoff Infiniti