Dear College Track Community,
As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of College Track in 2023, we have been reflecting on the journey of this organization, from our first cohort of 25 ninth graders in East Palo Alto, to our nearly 5,000 alumni, high school, and college scholars around the country today. Twentyfive years since our inception, College Track’s mission— equipping students confronting systemic barriers to earn a bachelor’s degree in pursuit of a life of opportunity, choice, and power—remains as urgent and vital as ever.
To transform a struggling education sector, we continue to push for real equity—practices and policies that identify students from all walks of life as assets to every campus and field of inquiry. To heal our fractured democracy, we advance self-determination and full participation, particularly within vulnerable communities that are so often shut out. To move through and past the sweeping damage resulting from a climate in peril—a global crisis that impacts our very existence—we ground ourselves in the voices of
Looking ahead toward the next 25 years, we know that many challenges are on the horizon within the communities that College Track scholars call their own. As we rise to meet them, we will take our cue from the students and communities we serve. In many ways, College Track at 25 is the same as College Track on Day One: a community fueled by an unwavering belief in educational equity and dedicated to transformative change in the lives of our scholars. That certainty and resolve has defined us from the beginning, and it will continue to define us in the years to come.
Thank you for standing with us as we embark upon these
“We began with 25 ninth graders, knowing that if we changed just one of their lives, the whole effort would have been worth it. And today, we’re serving thousands of students in more than a dozen centers across our country, accompanying them, supporting them, on their journeys through high school and college. There is no higher or better use of your time on this planet than to be helpful to others. I learned this at College Track.”Laurene Powell Jobs Co-Founder & Chair of Board of Directors Chair of Board of Directors Shirley M. Collado, Ph.D. President & CEO
Inspiring a Movement to Democratize Potential
At College Track, we believe in the potential of all students. We believe in students who want to be the first in their families to go to college. We believe in learners who have a thirst for knowledge and a drive to succeed—regardless of the quality of their public school system, their ethnicity, their GPA, or their standardized test scores. We believe that a bachelor’s degree is for people from all walks of life and that it has an impact far beyond the individual who earns it.
For two and a half decades, we have held fast to our beliefs. They are embedded in our vision. They manifest in our mission.
At 25, College Track sits at an inflection point: one that connects our successes—past, present, and future—to the reality of a world that desperately needs our scholars’ talents, passions, perspectives, and leadership.
Our Scholar Demographics
*Data from FY22, which ended June 30, 2022
Our scholars amplify talent within their communities and inspire a movement to democratize potential.
To equip students confronting systemic barriers to earn a bachelor’s degree in pursuit of a life of opportunity, choice, and power.
Who We Serve*
2,006 High school students
1,515 College students
An Intentional Evolution
Because our 10-year partnership with each scholar spans high school to college to the launch of their career, the programs and opportunities we deliver have changed over time in a holistic, nimble way. Our iterative approach has not only nourished our movement. It has provided a responsive foundation for success—one that embraces the need for change while remaining true to our vision and mission.
Our first era honed College Track’s programming and practices to effect a singular goal: access to a college education for our scholars.
In 2005, we celebrated a major milestone: the graduation of our first cohort of college students.
By 2009, we grew to four centers, with nearly 1,000 high school and college scholars, and 60 college graduates.
By 2016, College Track had eight centers and more than 2,000 high school and college scholars. We had 300 extraordinary alumni, with a bachelor’s degree in hand.
With more of our scholars now enrolled in college, we responded by investing in resources and programming to facilitate both college access and college completion.
In 2017, we published our first Social Mobility Report, providing irrefutable data in support of the importance of a bachelor’s degree—and in support of our mission and model.
By 2019 we had 11 centers around the country, including our first on the East Coast, which opened in 2018. Our 3,000 high school and college scholars now spanned the nation, and 600 alumni had launched into their careers.
Now, in our 25th year and with 12 centers across the nation, we are iterating once more. This era requires a sustained and responsive evolution of our programming and the deep need to expand our college and university partnerships. We continue to build upon our successes and leverage the opportunities that emerge from our challenges.
At the start of 2023, nearly 4,000 high school and college scholars and 1,100 alumni around the United States are a part of the College Track community.
College Track Nation
Our high school students attend our program in one of 12 College Track centers nationwide— in California, Colorado, Louisiana, Maryland, and the Washington, D.C. Metro Area.
Our scholars launch to college fueled with courage and determination, and they may travel far and wide to achieve their dreams. Over the past 25 years, College Track scholars have graduated from or currently attend 277 colleges and universities across the country and abroad—some of which are represented on this map.
Their extraordinary talents and lived experiences are changing the face of higher education, from large public universities to small liberal arts colleges to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).
Our National Expansion
Our 10-Year Promise to Scholars
College Track’s 10-year promise to each of our scholars is what sets us apart. We make a decade-long commitment that begins as early as the summer before a student enters ninth grade.
Refined and expanded for two and a half decades, our program is carefully designed to prepare and guide our scholars through the stages of college preparation and access; the completion of a bachelor’s degree; and the launch into a meaningful career.
We are most proud of our steadfast belief that, if every scholar has the educational resources they need to earn a bachelor’s degree, they will undoubtedly achieve their dream of a future defined by opportunity and choice.
Our application process is intentional. We look for students with a “fire in the belly” to reach their full potential through the power of higher education. We embrace young scholars from underserved communities, regardless of their previous academic record, and welcome them with open arms into the College Track family.
What We Offer
High School: Years 1–4
At each of our 12 centers, high school students prepare for the academic, financial, and social-emotional demands of college. Our program focuses on four pillars of learning:
strengthening through study strategies, math acceleration programs, SAT/ACT test preparation, and more
Includes leadership development, dreams and purpose declaration, community service, and career exploration
College: Years 5–10
College Access College tours, college application workshops, financial aid and scholarship research, college selection, and transition support
Individualized and small group counseling, stress management tools, health assessments, and more
Once our scholars enroll in the college or university of their choice, they not only focus on their academic success, but also on how their degree will set them up for future success—whether that means pursuing a job that is aligned with their passions or a graduate degree in a field that inspires them.
During these years, College Track provides:
A College Success Advisor who meets with scholars regularly for both academic and wellness check-ins
Financial assistance, including information and advice on merit-based and need-based scholarships
Career & Beyond: Years 10+
Career readiness opportunities to explore career paths, develop job skills, and grow professional networks
When our scholars reach the incredible milestone of earning a bachelor’s degree, they become College Track alumni poised to navigate a career path that fuels a life of opportunity, choice, and power.
Our alumni can continue their journey with their College Track community through our national networking platform, and many give back to our next generation of scholars by volunteering as mentors or working part time as academic advisors.
College Track scholars graduate at more than 2.5x the rate of firstgeneration students from low-income communities.
Our Scholars’ Success
The movement to democratize potential starts with our scholars. We are proud to partner with talented and driven high school and college students with limitless potential as they navigate systemic barriers to choose their path forward and realize their dreams.
Since our first class of ninth graders matriculated to college in 2001, 53 percent of College Track scholars have graduated with a bachelor’s degree within six years— more than 2.5 times the national average for first-generation college students from underserved communities.
We not only celebrate their success—we learn from it as we continually evolve to best support our scholars’ journey.
Six-Year College Graduation Rate
* Percentage of students who return to college for their second year
Mobilize a Vision of Equity
College Track alumni are role models for their families, their communities, and our nation. And that’s just the beginning.
They are change agents and truth-tellers. Entrepreneurs and pioneers. Artists and creators. Leaders who mobilize a vision of equity rooted in possibility.
Our alumni have the agency to choose a path grounded in who they are, what they believe in, and how their talents will change the world. A majority launch their careers after participating in an internship, which provides important opportunities that plant seeds and shift paradigms.
The push toward justice spans every sector of society—including education, healthcare, housing, banking, and the environment. Equipped with a bachelor’s degree, our alumni are interdisciplinary thinkers who understand the necessity of collaborative, bold solutions.
A Meaningful Career
College Track alumni seek to leverage their bachelor’s degree in professions that are both meaningful and aligned with their career aspirations.
Setting Up for Success
Participating in an internship increases the probability of being employed by roughly 20 percentage points compared to graduates who did not have an internship.
College Internship Rates at College Track
80% of our recent college graduates have completed one internship
47% of our recent college graduates have completed two or more internships
“My father didn’t make it past the third grade because he had 10 siblings and had to stop school to work in the field to help produce crops for his family. And my mom didn’t finish high school. So for me it was always education. I didn’t know what college was, but I knew I was going, and College Track made that a reality. I don’t have a safety net. College has been my safety net.”Betsayda B.A., Political Science, Stanford University
76% of employed alumni feel their current job is meaningful
The Foundation of a Movement
College Track began with the deep belief that a bachelor’s degree is a lever for lasting social, financial, and professional mobility.
Each year, we conduct an alumni survey to better understand the impact of the College Track experience—the impact of earning a bachelor’s degree. Our graduates share how their college years exposed them to new ideas, people, and opportunities. They share their career choices in the public and private sectors. Their commitment to civic engagement. Their “aha” moments.
Our scholars—and the bachelor’s degrees they earn—fuel a movement that affirms communities and generations.
The Multiplier Effect
The children of college graduates are much more likely to complete a bachelor’s degree.
84% of College Track alumni report sharing knowledge and experiences with younger people in order to help them obtain a college degree
$91,633 Average salary reported by College Track alumni 30 years and older
Average Debt for Recent Graduates by Race
place a value on what College Track gave us, because it was so much more than tutoring and a scholarship. It gave me a sense of worth. Seeing others succeed, who look just like you, who are cut from the same cloth—it helps relieve the impostor syndrome that creeps in.”Jose
Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley
61% of recent College Track graduates with no student loan debt report strong alignment of their job with career aspirations
Mobile User Acquisition Manager, Amazon Music
Championing Our DREAMers
Since our organization’s founding, we have mobilized to ensure that every student has the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree, regardless of their citizenship status. Even before the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program began in 2012, College Track worked to secure in-state tuition for our undocumented California scholars and began distributing scholarships specifically for all our undocumented students, who are not eligible for federal aid or many citizenship-based scholarships.
With DACA, many of our scholars are able to legally work, travel outside of the country, and build a more stable future. However, the ongoing uncertainty of the DACA program continues to jeopardize our DREAMers’ futures and their communities.
In the past decade, we have added dedicated DREAMer support staff and services including legal aid for immigration cases, financial-aid advising, scholarships, emergency funds, and paid internship programs.
Equipping our undocumented scholars for a life of opportunity, choice, and power lies at the heart of College Track’s 25-year commitment to educational equity and social justice.
College Track’s Undocumented Scholars*
88 College students and alumni with DACA protection
139 College students and alumni without DACA protection
50+ High school students without DACA protection
*As of February 2023
“One way for me to pay forward the privilege that I received— being a College Track student, going to UC Santa Cruz and graduating—is by offering services to the community members who need them. I know firsthand what it is like to live in fear, in the shadows. So any chance I get to help someone come out of that space, I want to be able to do that.”
B.A., Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz
Senior Paralegal, immigration law firm
“Every time I visit our students, I see them as my younger self or one of my siblings. I have earned their trust to be able to be that educator in their life that they can come to for any immigration issues or related questions.
Scholars ask me, ‘Why should I go to college?’ And I tell them, ‘A degree from an American university is valid anywhere in the world. You’re opening the door to opportunity, choice, and power everywhere, not just in this country.’”Darwin B.A., International Studies and Global Politics, University of San Francisco Manager of DREAMer Services, College Track Esme
Evolving Our Approach to College Partnerships
Traditionally, college access programs for first-generation scholars from underserved communities are focused on preparing students to be ready to step onto college campuses.
As more and more College Track scholars have attended colleges and universities around the nation, we have listened to them tell us about their experiences in spaces that have not been built for their success.
Over the past 25 years, we have learned that we must flip the script and partner with colleges and universities that are committed to fulfilling the promise of learning environments that welcome and affirm scholars from all walks of life.
Under the leadership of College Track’s first-ever Chief of Education, Rosanna Ferro, Ed.D., we are evolving our approach to college and university partnerships to shift the landscape of higher education.
Realizing a Shared Vision
At the close of 2022 we announced an innovative, intentional new partnership with the Colorado State University (CSU) System— the first systemwide partnership for an organization such as ours. Already a favored destination for College Track’s Colorado scholars, the CSU System has long been a champion of firstgeneration college students, and this groundbreaking agreement signals a new approach to nurturing our scholars’ success:
► Dedicated on-campus space: A College Track student center at CSU Spur—College Track’s first-ever location on a higher-education campus—will open in fall 2023.
► Designated co-leadership: A CSU cabinet-level leader will work with College Track’s Chief of Education to ensure the success of scholars.
► Cohort-based admissions: Guaranteed admission for at least 25 Colorado-based College Track scholars every year.
► Financial commitment: The CSU System will both offer financial support to the CSU-College Track cohort and offset College Track’s administrative fees.
Our partnership with the CSU System is the standard bearer for our college and university partnerships nationwide. We forge ahead deeply inspired to develop formal alliances with many like-minded higher education institutions—public and private, large and small, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).
“The question is no longer ‘Are our scholars ready for these colleges and universities?’ The question we’re asking now is, ‘Are these institutions ready for our scholars?’”
Rosanna Ferro, Ed.D. Chief of Education, College Track
Funding Our Movement
As we enter our 25th anniversary year, we are serving nearly 5,000 scholars and alumni. We are excited by the momentum of our movement to democratize potential and know that we must remain steadfast in delivering on our mission in order to fully realize our vision for impact.
We do this by focusing on our scholars and our communities while simultaneously adapting and innovating to meet a shifting higher-education landscape and a dramatically changing world. Our tenacity is matched by that of our partners and supporters. We honor their investment with a commitment to financial sustainability and strategic, data-driven decision-making.
Together, we will give voice to our broader movement and provide pathways to success for the talent that is necessary to lead our country forward.
*In thousands; FY22 Annual Audit, fiscal year ending June 30, 2022
“I’m the first one in my immediate family to graduate from college, and only the second person I know of in my extended family. Being a college graduate is important to me because it’s a stepping stone for the next generation.
I was part of College Track New Orleans’ third cohort of scholars, and now I work here as a Student Life Coordinator. College Track has done so much for my personal growth, and I feel like I can give that back to our scholars, parents, and other alumni. We’re all creating this beautiful network across the country—I look forward to how College Track will grow in our next 25 years.”George Aidoo
B.A., Business Administration, Dillard University Student Life Coordinator, College Track
NBA Champion and founder of the Durant Family Foundation, speaking to the inaugural class of college-bound scholars from College Track at the Durant Center, which he established in his childhood community of Suitland, Maryland.
Lynn Feintech & Tony Bernhardt
A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
The Ron Conway Family
Danhakl Family Foundation
Durant Family Foundation
The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Google.org Charitable Giving Fund
i.am Angel Foundation
The Ive Family
The Johnson Family
Len Hill Charitable Trust
Prince George’s County Public Schools
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Diana Kapp & David B. Singer
Tipping Point Community
The Anne Wojcicki Foundation
$249,999 – $100,000
Aurora Public Schools
William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation
James V. & June P. Diller Family Foundation
Fight for Children
Amy & John Fowler
Fairfax Dorn & Marc Glimcher
Klarich Family Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
M. Klein & Company
Marks Family Foundation
Oakland Fund for Children & Youth
The Peery Foundation
Leesa & Martin Romo
San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families
University of Southern California
Webb Family Foundation
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Melissa & Jeff Williams
Yellow Chair Foundation
$99,999 – $50,000
The Ahmanson Foundation
The Anschutz Foundation
Beach Reads Boxset Authors & Readers
Benevity Community Impact Fund
The Bisconti Family Foundation
Kate James & Hans Bishop
California Community Foundation
Vera R. Campbell Foundation
Johnny Carson Foundation
City of Los Angeles - Council District 15
Simone Otus Coxe & Tench Coxe
Denver Public Schools
Joseph Drown Foundation
Entergy Charitable Foundation
Evelyn & Norman Feintech Family Foundation
Jean Marie & Raul Fernandez
Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation
Eric & Suyun Kim Charitable Fund
Lynn & Ted Leonsis
Mildenhall Gros Family
The Moriah Fund
Pacific Education Foundation
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
The Rose Hills Foundation
The David C. Butterfield and Alfonso D. Rubio Memorial Foundation
Sand Hill Foundation
Sony Music Group
Laura & Greg Spivy
U.S. Bank Foundation
WarnerMedia funded by the AT&T Foundation
Warriors Community Foundation
$49,999 – $25,000
Tom Adams Philanthropic Fund
Gifts in Honor of Andi Arrick
Bank of America
Baptist Community Ministries
Kirsten & Michael Beckwith
“You’re pioneers. You hold so many generations on your back right now. You’re young, you probably don’t see it. But to be a pioneer and inspire generations coming after you—that means a lot. Thank you so much for the hard work you’ve put in for four years. We’re looking forward to even more as you keep going.”
The Capital Group Companies
The Chrysalis Fund
Carol and James Collins Foundation
DC Housing Finance Agency
Roberta & Steve Denning
Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
Mark & Sally Ein Foundation
Mrs. Donald G. Fisher
Glass Half Full Fund
Phillip B. Golberg Fund of the Denver Foundation
Maud and Burton Goldfield Family Foundation
Greenbridge Family Foundation
Traci & Monty Hoffman
Janus Henderson Investors
The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation
JMA Solutions Inc.
Franklin and Catherine Johnson Foundation
Jordan Brand - A Division of Nike, Inc.
The Kimball Foundation
Ashanthi & Dash Kiridena
Joan Fabry & Michael Klein
Elizabeth & Darell Krasnoff
Alden & Margaret Laborde Foundation
Maverick Capital Charities
MCN Build Foundation
Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation
The Paige Foundation
Chris Paul Family Foundation
Mindy & Jesse Rogers
Rosewood Family Advisors LLP
Cynthia & Bruce Sewell
Casey Broughton Stringer
The Swig Company
U Street Parking, Inc.
United Way of Southeast Louisiana
$24,999 – $10,000
2U, Inc DC
An Anonymous Fund of MCF
Arrow Electronics Inc.
Boston Scientific Foundation
Cristel de Rouvray & Jonathan Bruck
Charles Schwab Foundation
Closing the Gap
College Futures Foundation
Patrick and Anna Cudahy Fund
Ray and Dagmar Dolby Fund
Dunn Family Charitable Foundation
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
The Fardshisheh Family
Fenwick Community Fund
Finsbury Glover Hering
Flora Family Foundation
Chara Schreyer & Gordon Freund
William G. Gilmore Foundation
Greater New Orleans Foundation’s IMPACT Program
Judith Ward & Rod Hall
HealthONE - HCA Continental Division
Margaret & David Hensler
Herb Block Foundation
Mark Hughes Foundation
The Hurlbut-Johnson Charitable Trusts
Brian Chand & Anita Joseph
Keller Family Foundation
Nick & Natasha Lawler
Renate & George Lee
Lorraine Gallard & Richard H. Levy
Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
Sandi & Joe Martignetti
Nora & Marc Mazur
MGM Resorts Foundation
Nussdorf Family Foundation
Gloria Principe & John O’Farrell
Gayle Saldinger & Ed O’Neil
The Oakland Athletics Community Fund
Perkins Coie Foundation
Pro Bono Publico Foundation
RCA Community Fund of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation
Redbrick LMD, LLC
Laura & Jeff Robbin
Stephen and Sandy Rosenthal Fund
Nicole & Amir Rubin
Sacramento Region Community Foundation
Salazar Family Foundation
The Eileen and Fred Schoellkopf Family Foundation
Douglas Spreng Fund
Kristen & Jay Thomas
TJX Companies, Inc.
Unify Financial Credit Union
Ventana Property Services, Inc.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation
Linda & Craig Yoder
“Since coming to this program, my son has transformed from a shy loner to a social justice advocate. Sam is already an outstanding boy in my eyes, and he’ll be an even better man.”
Thelma Parent, College Track at the Durant Center
$9,999 – $5,000
Elizabeth Dodson & John Bodrozic
Bright Funds Foundation
Diana & Brett Bullington
College Track Young Professionals Board
Mark Cordova, Centennial Bolt, Inc.
Denver College Access Success Corporation CO
Diane Harwood & Andy Dreyfus
The Esch Family
Blair & Tena Frank
The John & Marcia Goldman Foundation
Goodwin Family Memorial Trust
Walter & Elise Haas Fund
Nancy & Tim Howes
ICM Community Partners Foundation
Kabacoff Family Foundation
Cynthia & Bert Keely
Stacey & Charles King
Mikuni Charitable Organization
Penske Motor Group
Anke Hebig Prophet & Tony Prophet
Wendy & Ted Ramsey
Susan Lewis & Joseph Reventas
Elisabeth & Scott Roberts
Amy A. Ross, Ph.D.
Patty & Kurt Schneider
Kirk & Bonnie Steele
Erna & Isaac Stern Foundation Inc
Tracy & Gene Sykes
Renee & Owen Taylor
Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation
Vermont Community Foundation
Heather & Pic Walker
$4,999 – $1,000
Sandra Stewart & Michael Abrams
AMCREF Community Capital LLC
John & Blakely Atherton
Carolyn Lynch & Gonzalo Baigorria
Ballard Spahr LLP
Jessica Goldberg & Jason Bandlow
The Bookworm Box - Book Bonanza
Sally Glaser & David Bower
Susan S. Browne & Peter D. Browne
Amy & Grady Burnett
Wilfrido Loor Canizares
The Charitable Foundation
Clients of Obermeyer Wood Investment Counsel
Ariana Wall & Tyler Demorest
The Denike Family
Arne & Karen Duncan Fund at the Chicago Community Foundation
Rae Ann Bories-Easley & Nate Easley
Eliot Family Fund
Barbara Jo Pease & Tim English
Lynette & Mitch Ferguson
Sheilah & Harry Fish
Danah & Paul Fisher
Laura & John Fisher
Five Star Bank
Shanna & Robert Frati
Suzanne & Steven Goodspeed
Sandra Luo & Mudit Goyal
Mary & Douglas Ireland
Cindy & Michael Kane
Lakeview Oaks Neighbors Folsom
Annie & James LaPlante
Nancy & Thomas Lue
Pragna & Madhukar Mehta
Tracey Briscoe Monroe
Montinola-Raiche Family Fund
Benjamin & Caley Orwin
M. Thomas Pablo
The Pietri Family
Amy Rao & Harry Plant
Anne Marie Burgoyne & Brad Roberts
Lauren Lax & Daniel Rosenfeld
Victoria & Wendell Samson
Katie Albright & Jake Schatz
Shingle Springs Honda
Brittany Jerlinga & Adam Silver
Vanessa & Chris Spencer
The Tangherlini Family
Sarah & Jay Thayer
Hollis Harris &Tim Tomashek
Mallory & Schuyler Ullman
Ellen Goldsmith-Vein & Jon Vein
Dr. Ann Tsukamoto-Weissman & Dr. Irving Weissman
Eric Murphy & Tim Wu
Catherine Sanger & Brandon Yoder
Fatima Iqbal-Zubair & Fazlul Zubair
Managing Director at Mayfield, a global venture capital firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mayfield made its first gift to College Track in 2020 and has partnered with us over the past three summers to launch and scale a formalized internship program for our undergraduate scholars.
National Board of Directors
Laurene Powell Jobs
Chair & Co-Founder
David B. Singer
Vice Chair & Treasurer
Charles D. King
Timothy C. Wu
“Mayfield is committed to investing in relationships to advance diversity and inclusion in tech. We partnered with College Track on our Access for All program to provide students with careeraccelerating opportunities to intern at high-growth tech startups. Our portfolio founders have been inspired and energized by the work of the interns, and we are honored to have participated in furthering College Track’s mission.”