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College and Career Success Program
Making Waves Academy

Making Waves Education Foundation partners with Making Waves Academy to make college affordable and graduation attainable. Our college and career success program provides need-based scholarship funding, one-to-one college and career coaching, and financial planning to support students on their path to graduating college with minimal to no debt and set up for their first job.

All eligible Making Waves Academy graduates have the opportunity to enroll in our college and career success program.

Personalized support for your college and career journey

Our participants graduate from college and land jobs at twice the rate of their peers – and most earn their degrees debt-free.

Am I eligible?

Making Waves Education Foundation’s college and career success program is currently available to high school seniors attending Making Waves Academy in Richmond, California.

Meet your team

Ashley Allston

College Success Coach, Transition Specialist

Miguel Mendoza

Financial Services Manager

Dr. Kristina Wright

Vice President of Student Success

Mysia Pierce-Lewis

Operations Coordinator

Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible?

All Making Waves Academy graduates who are interested in attending a four-year college or community college after high school can apply to the Making Waves Education Foundation college and career success program.

We want you to have ownership over the pathway you are choosing after high school, so by applying into this program you are communicating that you want to engage in all aspects of the program – including, personalized coaching support, college budget planning support, and scholarship funding.

What are the scholarship amounts and how many years does the scholarship cover?

If you graduate from Making Waves Academy during AY23-24 and beyond, you are eligible for a need-based scholarship of up to $5,000 per year for up to six years following high school graduation.

  • “Need-based” means the scholarship is intended to cover gaps in your college financial plan, so the maximum amount you are eligible for is $5,000, but your actual scholarship amount each year depends on your cost of attendance after accounting for other funding sources.
  • The total cost of attendance (for example tuition and fees, books, housing, meals, transportation) minus other funding sources (for example financial aid, expected family contribution) equals the cost of the attendance gap.

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The deadline for the application is 11:59 P.M. PST on February 26, 2024.

Are undocumented students eligible for the program and scholarship?

Yes to both!

Are there other requirements associated with receiving scholarship funds?

To receive scholarship funds, you must participate in all aspects of the program, which includes personalized coaching support, college budget planning support, and scholarship funding.

To remain eligible for scholarship funds, you must remain in “good standing” with the program by:

  • Engaging in regular communication with your college coach and financial services coordinator
  • Earning a 2.0+ GPA each term
  • Earning full-time units
  • Completing specific tasks that support your college and career journey (for example completing FAFSA, and submitting transcripts)

We are here to support your journey! Your college coach and financial services coordinator will support you in navigating college life, including program-specific requirements.

What can I use my scholarship funds for?

Scholarship funds can cover most costs associated with going to college including, for example, tuition and fees, housing, books and required supplies, meal plans, and transportation.

I still have questions, who can I contact?

Please reach out to Ashley Allston our College Success Coach and Transition Specialist at aallston@making-waves.org

Making Waves Education Foundation is a Bay Area nonprofit committed to equity. We partner with historically underrepresented and underserved students to help make college affordable and graduation attainable.​ Knowing the opportunities that come with a college degree, we lead college and career programming with more than 430 college students. 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.