Making Waves Foundation’s College and Alumni Program, known as CAP, is a college success program that provides need-based scholarship funding, one-to-one college coaching, and financial literacy training for first-generation and underserved students in the Bay Area, focusing particularly on students from Contra Costa County.

Our expert team knows from experience that college completion is a game-changer for first-generation students and their families. Coaches help students refine their life dreams—and then pursue them. The goal is to enable motivated students facing systemic barriers to earn a college degree or credential, as quickly and with as little debt as possible.

Since 1989, our students and alumni, known as Wave-Makers, have been a part of cohorts, known as Waves, from Richmond (now Making Waves Academy), San Francisco, Pittsburg, and the greater Bay Area. Currently, we support students from Making Waves Academy, Pittsburg, and the Bay Area.

Making Waves Academy (Richmond, California)

As part of its commitment to rigorously and holistically prepare students to graduate from college, Making Waves Academy graduates have the opportunity to enroll in Making Waves Foundation’s College and Alumni Program, known as CAP.

Program Benefits
Student Eligibility
Current Program Status

Making Waves Academy students currently opt-in to the program.

Contact information

If you have questions about this program, please email info@making-waves.org.

Pittsburg, California

In 2020, Making Waves Foundation developed the CAP Pittsburg program with Pittsburg Unified School District and Pittsburg High School, providing college-readiness workshops as well as the opportunity for selected 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.

Our workshops are designed to equip juniors and seniors with additional tools that will support their future success. Each workshop is comprised of information as well as interactive self-reflection components. While our focus is on students and their experiences, we welcome parents and guardians to join the sessions along with their students.

Program Benefits
Student Eligibility
Current Program Status

This program is currently accepting applications from Pittsburg High School students through this online application system until February 20, 2022 12 a.m. PST.

Contact information

If you have questions about this program, please email capphs@making-waves.org. Please put “Workshop Question” or “Scholarship Question” in the subject line depending on your question.

If you’d like to know more about supporting our expansion in Contra Costa County, please email development@making-waves.org.

Bay Area, California

In 2015, Making Waves Foundation developed the CAP Bay Area program, serving high school graduates from the nine Bay Area counties to and through college. The program accepted its fifth and final cohort of Bay Area students in 2020.

In total, this program has admitted 500 college students with more than 170 of these students having graduated so far.We currently have more than 300 students enrolled in college from this program with an intended program end date of 2025. These students will continue to take full advantage of the coaching and scholarship support we provide and participate as lifelong alumni of our community.

Program Benefits
Student Eligibility
Current Program Status

This program is no longer accepting applications.

Contact information

If you have questions about this program, please email capbayarea@making-waves.org.

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