It has been a 3-year journey that our 100 Catalyst to College students have been through. Saturday May 25, 2019 marked an important milestone when each student walked on stage to declare to their families, teachers, and friends their college, major and life choices. Many have received prestigious scholarships such as the Meadows Neighborhood Scholarship, Wells Fargo/Earthquake’s Goals for Education Scholarship, and our own SVEF scholarship. While the majority of our students chose a college for their next 2-4 years, a few have chosen to serve in the military and then to return to their college journey after their service.

Here is the list of colleges our students have chosen for themselves and their families:

  • Community Colleges: DeAnza, Evergreen, Mission, San Jose City, Menlo, West Valley
  • Cal State Universities: San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, CSU Long Beach, Cal State Northridge
  • University of California: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside
  • Other colleges: Dominican University, the University of Arizona

What’s next?

To prevent summer melt, we continue to engage and support our first-year college students until the end of the first semester of college. This summer, all students are enrolled in the Pre-College Retreat at Google on June 11 and 12 to prepare for their college journeys. Some of them are also working part-time to support Elevate [Math] College Discovery field trips to San Jose State University, Santa Clara University and UC Berkeley.


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Catalyst to College primarily serves first-generation college students, those who will be the first in their families to attend college. Students and families receive help in applying for financial aid as well as guidance in navigating the college application process. Through working with community and education partners, Catalyst to College connects students from underserved backgrounds with resources available in the community to inspire, motivate, and bolster their efforts in getting accepted to college.