Explore the possibilities of your future 

Making Waves Foundation provides college advising services and scholarships and coaching that encourage students in discovering themselves, growing their strengths, navigating college life, and reaching their career dreams.

Since 2020 Making Waves Foundation has been partnering with Pittsburg Unified School District and Pittsburg High School, providing college planning workshops as well as the opportunity for selected seniors to receive scholarships and college coaching.

Pittsburg Graduates Reaching Their College Dreams

Hear more from Pittsburg High graduates about their experiences working with Making Waves.

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Workshops

Our college advising and planning workshops are designed to equip juniors and seniors with knowledge and tools to support your success.

24/7 Text Support

Our free AI college advisor answers questions about college admissions, decisions, and financial aid – when you need it, direct to your phone. 

Scholarships

Our college and career success program offers scholarships, coaching, and budget planning to support you on your path to college graduation and your first job. 

Anthony with his coach on the UC davis campus.

“Being a part of Making Waves Foundation allows me to graduate college and provide a better lifestyle for my family. Helping me pay for tuition and providing me with an amazing coach have both been fundamental to my sanity. I really appreciate them, and everything they do in helping me break generational barriers.”

Anthony Jacobo Gonzalez, Pittsburg High Graduate and Wave-maker at UC Davis

Making Waves College Planning Services

When it comes to college, it can be hard to know where to begin. Our college planning services provide the information you need about college admissions, decisions, and financial aid – when you need it – so you can make the most informed choices about higher education and your future. 

Our college advising services include hybrid programming: on-site senior seminars and 1:1 advising as well as online resources and text support.

Pittsburg High School graduates in graduation gear

“The best part is I know that they’re going to be there throughout the whole experience,” shared Re’Niyah Oliver (left), who is attending Texas Southern University to study business.

Brenten Williams (right), who is also attending Texas Southern University to study business, shared: “It means a lot having a team by my side as I go through this journey.”

2022-23 Workshop Schedule

Our workshops are designed to equip Pittsburg High School juniors and seniors with knowledge and tools to support your 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.

DATESession TypeTopic
September 14Introductions and 1:1 MeetingsWho is Making Waves Foundation? Why are we here at Pittsburg High School and how can we help support your college journey?
September 21Session #1Finding the Best Fit for Your College Experience
October 121:1 Meetings 
October 19Session #2Making a Balanced College List and Exploring College Affordability
November 9Session #3
1:1 Meetings
Learning About Financial Sustainability in College Planning
December 71:1 Meetings 
December 14Session #4Making the “Best” Choice for Your College Decision
February 1Re-Introductions and 1:1 MeetingsWho is Making Waves Foundation? Why are we here at Pittsburg High School and how can we help support your college journey?
February 8Session #5Learning About Financial Sustainability in College Planning
March 11:1 Meetings 
March 8Session #6Navigating How to Best Utilize the Resources Available to Support Your College Journey
April 51:1 Meetings 
May 3Session #7Preparing for Your First Year of College

For more information and to attend a session or meeting at Pittsburg High School, please contact Director of Learning and Design at Making Waves Foundation Dr. Kristina Wright at kwright@making-waves.org.

24/7 Text Support

Reduce unnecessary stress. Get free college advising, direct to your phone. 

Our free AI college advisor helps streamline the college admissions process so that more students can earn that diploma. This includes: 

To sign up to receive text messages from Making Waves’ AI-powered college advisor, please fill out this brief webform.

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Making Waves College and Career Success Program

Don’t overpay for college. Apply for our scholarship program. 

Our college and career success program offers scholarships, coaching, and budget planning to support you on your path to graduating college with minimal to no debt and set up for your first job. 

Our students, known as Wave-Makers:

Blue graphic with text for College Scholarships Available for Pittsburg High School Students and images of seven Pittsburg gradates in graduation attire
Program Benefits
Student Eligibility
Application

The Making Waves Foundation scholarship application for Pittsburg High School opens in January 18, 2023 and closes February 20, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Decisions will be made the week of March 27, 2023.

Wave-Maker Stories

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Paid College Visits

Many college and universities provide paid visit experiences for first-generation college students (students who are the first in their families to go to college), for students who would otherwise not be able to afford campus visits, and/or underrepresented students. These programs are known as “fly-ins.”

Scholarships

In addition to Making Waves Foundation’s scholarships, there are numerous other scholarship opportunities.

Contact Information

We are here for you!

Dr. Kristina Wright

Director of Learning and Design