A college degree positively changes the trajectory of students, their families, and their communities.
Wave-Maker students at Making Waves Academy
Wave-Maker college students
Wave-Maker college graduates
College Success Impact
With a unique focus on college attendance and college graduation, Making Waves Education Foundation provides educational opportunities for historically underrepresented and underserved students in pursuing their dreams. Making Waves Education Foundation leads a college success program, formerly known as CAP, that supports predominately first-generation college students with coaching, scholarships, financial planning, career support, and more.
Students have tremendous talents and skills and are capable of achieving their college, career, and life goals. We believe providing students with opportunities and guidance ensures they are equipped to overcome systemic barriers, live choice-filled lives, and achieve these goals.
2021-2022 Fast Facts
- 575 Wave-Makers in college
- 89% are first-generation college students
- 71% are eligible for Federal Pell Grants
- 93 Wave-Makers graduated from college in 2021-22
- 71% 6-year graduation rate for bachelor’s degree students – more than twice the rate of their national peers
- 84% graduated debt-free and the average debt was only $977 per student
- 57% of Wave-Makers obtained a full-time job or began graduate school within a year of completing their undergraduate degree – more than double the rate of their national peers
2021-2022 Making Waves Education Foundation Impact Report
Making Waves Academy Impact
Making Waves Academy is a public charter school in Richmond, California, serving predominately students from socioeconomically disadvantaged households. Making Waves Education Foundation supports Making Waves Academy as their facilities provider and with intellectual resources, as well as support for college access and community building activities. Graduates from Making Waves Academy have the opportunity to enroll in Making Waves Education Foundation’s college success program.
2021-2022 Making Waves Academy Impact Report
What’s it like to be a first-generation graduate?
Hear from Christian, a Wave-Maker who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University after being a part of the first class to graduate from Making Waves Academy.
What does the coaching relationship look like?
Hear from Wave-Maker Jamaya and Director of Learning and Design Dr. Kristina Wright about Jamaya’s journey to college and finding success.