College & Alumni Program (CAP)
CAP supports Making Waves Academy graduates and low-income Bay Area high school graduates through the successful completion of their college degrees, as quickly and with as little debt as possible.
For first generation students from low-income backgrounds, the deck is stacked: only nine percent of low-income students graduate from college. We’re working to change that. We provide financial literacy training, one-to-one college coaching, and need-based scholarship funding for all CAP students. CAP provides hundreds of qualified students annually with:
Need-based scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 per year
All eligible CAP & CAP Bay Area students receive access to a need-based scholarship to ensure that our Wave-Makers are not kept out of higher education due to financial barriers.
One-to-one college coaching
CAP coaches guide students through the process of college preparation, academic and personal success in college, and life after graduation. They work individually with students to create an annual plan centered on goal setting in six areas: academics, communications and connection, professional development, time management and organization, wellness, and financial management.
Personal financial coordinators
The financial services team helps students with college selection, financial planning and literacy, developing budgets, completing financial aid forms, and graduating from college with limited and manageable debt.
Professional networking opportunities, internships, and workshops
CAP hosts alumni mixers throughout the year and promotes opportunities to meet professionals in various industries to ensure students remain connected to a community of peers and create a broad professional network.
Giving back to the community
CAP provides opportunities for Wave-Makers to volunteer at annual community service days and mentor younger students.
College coaching after graduation
CAP coaches continue to support students in four core areas: careers (finding a job after college and pursuing professional growth), academics (earning a postgraduate degree), finances (creating a budget and managing finances), and life skills (navigating life after college).
CAP works – learn more about why CAP matters.