Our Fellows Lead the Way

Our Fellows partner with students to make their college dreams true. Guided by our knowledgeable Program Managers, these near-peer mentors are recent college graduates and mostly 10,000 Degrees alumni who share lived experiences and backgrounds with our students. Their deep content expertise, strength-based approach, and belief in every student’s potential allow them to connect meaningfully with students to help them navigate their college success journey. 

Fellows Since 2012
Who are 10,000 Degrees Alumni
Current Fellows

Supported By

Program Managers
Who are 10,000 Degrees Alumni
Current Fellows

10,000 Degrees was the support team I never knew I needed. They let me know that they were on my side, wanted me to succeed, and that their dedication to students was genuine. Now I work as a Fellow, showing up for students the same way 10,000 Degrees
showed up for me.

Diego Cobos

10,000 Degrees Fellow, North Marin
10,000 Degrees Alumnus
University of California, Santa Barbara, 2020

Our Model

Believe. Partner. Connect.

Our Core Values

We believe

  • In the great potential of all students
  • Every student should have equitable opportunities to a quality education and to graduate from college
  • All our students and alumni are changemakers
  • A college degree changes lives, families, and entire communities 
  • Education is the foundation of a just and equitable society

What We Do

Support to, through, and beyond college

  • College Pathways Awareness & Preparation
  • College & Financial Aid Advising and Navigation
  • Scholarships & Financial Aid Management
  • College Success Support
  • Community College Transfer Support
  • Career & Graduate School Readiness
    Alumni Success

How We Do It

Equity-focused, student-centered, and strength-based

  • No GPA or Test Score Requirement
  • Innovative Fellowship Program
  • Near-Peer Coaching
  • Embedded on Campuses & Virtually
  • Community, High School &
    Post-Secondary Partnerships
  • Campus Practitioner Workshops & Training

Who We Support

12,000+ students and families served each year

  • 100% Low-income Background

  • 89% Black, Indigenous, Latinx & People of Color

  • 85% First in Family to College