If you have questions about the program or application process, send an email to capphs@making-waves.org.

Please put “Workshop Question” or “Scholarship Question” in the subject line depending on your question.


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CAP Pittsburg

Making Waves Foundation (MWF) is expanding its presence in Contra Costa County. The Foundation has committed $2M to Pittsburg to increase educational opportunities for students in need. We are pleased to announce that MWF launched the first phase of this program in December 2020 with Pittsburg Unified School District and Pittsburg High School. CAP, MWF’s college success program, is providing college-readiness workshops as well as the opportunity for up to 32 PHS seniors to receive scholarships and college coaching.

Our team has been working closely with Pittsburg High School’s college counselors, principal, and others to design this initial program. The effort aims to help socioeconomically disadvantaged youth be prepared to enroll in college and ultimately graduate in a timely manner with little to no debt.

There are two components of our collaboration with Pittsburg High School (PHS) beginning in December 2020:

  • CAP will provide a series of facilitated online workshops for PHS students
  • CAP will conduct an application process to admit 32 students from PHS’ senior class to receive scholarship support and college success coaching beginning in their first year of college during the 2021-22 academic year.

PHS Workshop Program

Our workshops are designed to reach juniors and seniors regardless of their destination after college.  We are hoping to equip students with some additional tools that will support their future success. Each workshop will serve as an information source as well as have an interactive self-reflection component. A session may involve one or more of the following: polls, surveys, and activities. The intent is that each participant is able to apply the learning to their own situation. While our focus is on students and their experience, we warmly welcome parents/guardians to join and engage in the sessions along with their students. In addition, a monthly newsletter will be sent out to all parents/guardians with general information about their student’s college experience and how to support them as their family transitions together.

Workshops will be conducted virtually with program staff. Access to these workshops will ONLY be available through direct contact by the program.

Workshops for Juniors
October 13th
November 17th
December 8th

Workshops for Seniors
September 17th
September 22nd
October 15th
December 10th

These PHS workshops are currently only available to PHS students. ALL details and access links will be sent out through the PHS counselors or our email communication.

CAP PHS Scholarship

***Now accepting applications!***
Read the below criteria to see if you qualify to apply.

Program Benefits:

  • 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

The College Success Scholarship is currently taking applications from Pittsburg High School seniors who meet the following criteria:

  • Plan to attend a four-year college or university
  • Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) below $5,000 (from the FAFSA or Dream Act Application)
  • Attend Pittsburg High School at the time of application

Selected applicants (announced in March 2022) must graduate from high school in the Spring of 2022 to fully qualify.