Empowering students
on the path to college

Empowering students on the path to college

WELCOME TO MISSION SCHOLARS

Mission Scholars gives high-achieving, low-income students access to expert guidance on the path to college. Our mission is to help level the playing field by providing our scholars with academic advising, mentorship, and college admissions counseling, along with the skills to thrive as college students.

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ABOUT MISSION SCHOLARS

Last year, only 10% of low-income high school graduates from the Santa Barbara Unified School District matriculated to a 4-year college or university compared to 20% statewide. Mission Scholars’ primary goal is to equalize educational opportunity by providing local, low-income, high achieving students with expert guidance and skills necessary for college enrollment and completion. The elevated educational achievement will improve social fairness and family outcomes in American society. Among the Mission Scholars Class of 2020, 100% of students will enter a 4-year college with financial aid.

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OUR HISTORY

There is an urgent need for supplemental professional help in navigating the college landscape, especially in the underserved community. Santa Barbara has abundant resources for low-income families, but our experiences with these students have demonstrated a striking, ongoing inequity in college admissions guidance for high-achieving students without financial means. Mission Scholars was founded in December 2018 to address this inequity.

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Our Success

100

of Mission Scholars from the Class of 2020 will be attending 4-year colleges
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82

of Mission Scholars four-year cost of attendance will be covered without the need for student loans
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20

return for your investment in Mission Scholars. In total, every $7,500 contributed by our donors yielded more than $150,000 in scholarship value
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OUR PROGRAM

Each Mission Scholar receives:

  • A summer SAT course
  • Multiple college admissions workshops
  • Individual meetings throughout application season
  • Family workshops for our Class of 2020 parents
  • Team-building retreats
  • A Southern California college tour
  • College transition and success workshops

OUR SPONSORS

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