10,000 Degrees 4-year College Students Who Earn Bachelor's Degree
Class of 2022 Graduates - Our Largest Graduating Class Ever!
Rate that 10,000 Degrees Community College Students Transfer to and Graduate from Four-year Colleges
Community college is a strong pathway to a 4-year degree.
of 10,000 Degrees Students Complete FAFSA (84%) or CADA (13%) vs. 66% of their national peers 5
All students are statistically more likely to attend college if they complete FAFSA/CADA.6
Without them, I would not have made it this far to pursue my bachelor’s degree in both Sociology and African American studies at UC Berkeley! They continuously come through for me with academic, financial and personal guidance, and I cannot thank them enough! I am ONE DEGREE.”
They’ve given me amazing tools to continue to excel and reach all my personal and college goals. Before 10,000 Degrees, I was scared of how anxious and difficult college was going to be, but I have only felt ease on my journey. I truly believe I have people there who will help me if I ever do run into issues. I am super grateful!”
10,000 Degrees’ alumni are transforming the world in ways large and small. Many of our alumni come full circle by mentoring and supporting 10,000 Degrees students as 10,000 Degrees Fellows, as employers and internship providers, and as volunteers and mentors for our Career Success program.
Alumni are also invited to join the Young Professionals & Alumni Council (YPC), a group of young leaders with a common interest in giving back by supporting students from low-income backgrounds in pursuit of their college and career goals.
Finance: “As a Chief of Staff, I lead a team of sustainability professionals to enable companies worldwide to become sustainability leaders and am dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion. From deciding on my major to landing my first internship, Meritus (now merged with 10,000 Degrees) was with me every step of the way. I would not be where I am today without the supportive staff and mentors who guided me through my college and career journey. As 10,000 Degrees YPC co-chair, I’m excited to give back to this wonderful organization and uplift other 10,000 Degrees scholars.”
Government: Utilizing her experience as a victim of human trafficking to advocate for children and adults.
Transportation: “As a college graduate, my impact has been encouraging the next generation to pursue a higher education and the importance of having a vision. Coming from Richmond, exposure to violence, drugs, and poverty is a story shared by many. My experience with 10,000 Degrees helped me become an ambassador for change who is empowered by success, as well as providing the opportunity to save my own life.”
The Arts: Connecting Latinx folks with their culture.
Law: Supporting small businesses pro bono at USF Law’s Internet & Intellectual Property Justice Clinic.
Financial Technology: Building inclusive banking products & opening doors to future Latinx generations.
Public Health: “Growing up in a low-income community, it was difficult to access resources and navigate higher education. I knew I wanted to go to college and study something to make an impact on the world, but I didn’t know how to get there. 10,000 Degrees’ one-to-one mentorship was so invaluable and rare. Through 10,000 Degrees’ financial support plus additional scholarships, I was able to study abroad twice and graduate from undergrad and grad school debt-free! 10,000 Degrees continued to support me when I returned to Berkeley to obtain a Master’s. As I graduated into an uncertain job market due to COVID-19 where global health job opportunities evaporated, 10,000 Degrees was still there with career counseling and employment workshops— helping me to secure a position at UCSF, where I’ve been able to contribute to COVID-19 response programming statewide and globally, as well as to maternal, child health, and HIV projects in India and Jamaica. I am grateful I had the opportunity to support my community throughout the pandemic and excited to see where my work takes me.”
Education: Supporting students from historically marginalized communities.