Following an early track record of success serving students from Making Waves Academy, CAP saw the need to serve more low-income students throughout the Bay Area.

Through a competitive application process, CAP Bay Area serves an additional population of low-income high school graduates from the nine Bay Area counties. Through generous contributions from donors, CAP partners with Bay Area schools and community-based organizations to grow and refine this pilot program.


  • 1:1 College Coaching
  • A personal Financial Services Coordinator
  • Up to $5,000 of need-based scholarship funding annually (for a maximum of 5 years)
  • Professional and peer networking opportunities

Eligible Students Must:

  • Graduate from high school
  • Gain admission to a four-year college or university
  • Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) below $5,000 (from the FAFSA)
  • Residence and attending high school in one of the nine Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma


  • The application for high school students graduating in 2020 is closed.
  • The application for high school students graduating in 2021 will be available in October 2020.


  • Application Opens October
  • Outreach and Recruitment – October-December
  • Application Deadline – December
  • Semi-Finalist Notification – December
  • Final Application Deadline – February
  • CAP Bay Area Wave-Makers Announced – March
  • College Preparation Workshops – June

If you have questions about the program or application process send an email to the CAP Bay Area team:

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