A 4 photo collage of different students posing in white Wave Maker grad stoles.

Making Waves Education Foundation Grants Scholarships to Pittsburg High School Graduates 

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Making Waves program offers college scholarships, coaching, and more 

Making Waves Education Foundation awarded 15 Pittsburg High School graduates an annual college scholarship. In addition to the scholarship, Making Waves’ college and career success program partners each student with a college coach, financial coordinator, and career specialist.

This holistic partnership throughout their college and career journey aims to support students in overcoming obstacles and thriving in college and beyond. 

Dr. Kristina Wright, vice president of student success at Making Waves Education Foundation, was fundamental in the success of programming this year. Dr. Wright hosted events on Pittsburg High School’s campus, inviting students to actively participate in conversations about college and about applying for the Making Waves Education Foundation scholarship. 

Dr. Kristina Wright presents students with Making Waves stoles for graduation.

Scholarship recipients celebrated becoming Wave-Makers at Pittsburg High School’s scholarship assembly. Each student received a certificate from Dr. Wright and, later on, a Making Waves stole to wear to their high school graduation. 

2023 Pittsburg High School Scholarship Recipients

These newly minted Wave-Makers have diverse plans for their higher education. 

In mid-June, graduates joined an additional 100+ Wave-Makers from the high school class of 2023 for First Year Kickoff, an event dedicated to prepping students for entry into Making Waves’ college and career success program. Besides meeting other Bay Area Wave-Makers, students met their coaches, learned how to maximize their benefits in the program, and prepared for their college life. 

Students sit and learn at Making Waves Education Foundation First Year Kickoff
Senior College Coach Manager Ayasha Tripp presents to Wave-Makers at First Year Kickoff.

“Welcoming our incoming freshman at First Year Kickoff brought new exciting energy into our Making Waves Education Foundation office space,” shared Senior College Coach Manager Ayasha Tripp.

“My heart was full of so much joy to see how comfortable our students engaged with staff. We were planting the seeds of community and the partnerships between student, coach, and financial support coordinators were blossoming right before our eyes. It was a full day filled with fun, information, excitement, and community. I’m looking forward to seeing how our partnership grows with these new group of students and what amazing things they will accomplish as they begin their college journey.” 

For more than 30 years, Making Waves has been committed to creating more equity in education. The foundation supports Making Waves Academy, a public charter school in Richmond, California, and through its college and career success program, supports more than 500 college students from across the Bay Area as well as a network of more than 600 alumni. The foundation’s program alumni earn their degrees and land jobs at more than twice the rate of their first-generation, low-income peers, with 84% graduating debt-free. 

“Making Waves believes all students should have access to an excellent education, the agency to pursue their dreams, and the support to help them succeed,” shared Patrick O’Donnell, CEO of Making Waves Education Foundation.

“We’re thrilled to welcome our 15 newest Wave-Makers in our college and career success program, which provides academic, career, community, financial, and wellness support based on students’ unique identity, interests, and aspirations,” he said. 

With this new cohort, Making Waves Education Foundation is now supporting nearly 50 students who graduated from Pittsburg High School during from 2020 through 2023 and are currently at colleges ranging from Sacramento State University to Southern University and A&M College to UC Berkeley to UC Davis. With their determination and the support of the community, these graduates are poised to make waves in college and beyond, creating a brighter future for themselves and their communities. 

About Making Waves Education Foundation

At Making Waves, we are committed to educational equity. Making Waves Education Foundation is a Bay Area nonprofit that supports Making Waves Academy – a public charter school with more than 1,100 5th through 12th grade students – and leads college and career programming with more than 430 college students.​

Knowing the opportunities that come with a college degree, we partner with historically underrepresented and underserved students to help make college affordable and graduation attainable. Centering the journeys of our students, our personalized approach includes college and career coaching, scholarships, and financial planning.​

Our alumni network includes more than 730 college graduates, who earn their degrees and land jobs at more than twice the rate of their first-generation, low-income peers, with 85% graduating debt-free.

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