COLLEGE DEGREES PAY OFF FOR OUR WHOLE COMMUNITY
We all want to build a thriving economy, safe neighborhoods and a vibrant culture in Stanislaus County. And we recognize that our success depends on preparing students for the workforce. Growing the number of students who earn college degrees and obtain well-paying jobs makes a bright future for Stanislaus County.
But right now, we’re falling behind.
The startling fact is this: Many local students have the ability and desire to succeed in college. However, these students often lack access to college guidance and financial resources that support the transition from high school to college, and from college to career.
WHY AREN’T WE DOING BETTER?
Public college costs have risen dramatically in the last three decades, much faster than the rate of inflation. Government-funded financial aid has not kept pace, especially for low-income students whose families must spend a disproportionate amount of their income to cover education expenses.
STANISLAUS FUTURES IS A SMART INVESTMENT
Stanislaus Futures is a long-term and large-scale commitment to provide low-income Stanislaus County students the opportunity to achieve their college and professional goals.
Stanislaus Community Foundation is working closely with the College Futures Foundation, a respected statewide leader that has studied the experience and achievements of more than 20,000 low-income California scholarship recipients. We’re also collaborating with The Modesto Bee, Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE), several area K-12 school districts, Modesto Junior College and Stanislaus State to build scholarship funds, align systems and deepen family engagement to ensure students gain needed financial aid and college resources.
STANISLAUS FUTURES FOCUS AREAS
“Receiving the scholarship made me realize, ‘Here’s the seed, just water it. Let it grow.’ I don’t know if life would’ve turned out the same or gone different if it weren’t for that small seed that grew and blossomed.”
UC Merced student,
2014 Stanislaus Community Foundation scholarship recipient