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The Cabrillo Advancement Program (CAP) is a combination of innovative mentoring activities designed to increase the academic success of socially, educationally, and economically disadvantaged students in local middle and high schools. The goal is for participating students to graduate from high school and enroll at Cabrillo, receiving $2,000 in scholarships upon enrollment for their first and second year at Cabrillo. A full-time Coordinator/Counselor administers the CAP program. CAP is sponsored by Cabrillo College and primarily funded by the Foundation through private donations.

a man giving a student a cap scholarshipThe CAP program began in 1991 at E.A. Hall Middle School in Watsonville with twelve scholarship recipients and ten alternates. CAP has grown to include 350 participants in fourteen schools throughout Santa Cruz County.

Sixty CAP scholars are selected through a competitive process open to students who qualify for free or reduced lunches under Federal guidelines, show academic potential, and have a good school attendance record. As a part of the application process, students are required to write a personal essay describing their goals and interests. Students, parents, and Cabrillo College formalize their mutual commitments by signing a CAP contract. Once in the program, students and their families have access to tutoring, counseling, and parent education.

The Cabrillo College Foundation considers the CAP program one of its most successful outreach efforts. The program is attracting talented students to attend Cabrillo who might otherwise miss the opportunity to obtain a college degree.

CAP students, many of whom never dreamed of going to college, now have it within their reach. The following excerpts from grateful CAP students speak for themselves:

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 "I was amazed when I got the first letter saying that I was chosen from 20 students to get a scholarship. My heart accelerated with happiness because I didn’t believe I could get a scholarship. Being in CAP is a great experience. I get to hang out with my friends, and even better, get to meet new people. Being in CAP is such a great opportunity to learn things. I thank you for donating money for me - even though you don’t know me! I am so glad I got the opportunity to earn a scholarship. I wasn’t sure if I was going to go to college, but now, I’m sure I am. Thank you again."

 "Thank you for this opportunity to be in CAP and being able to have a scholarship. If it wasn’t for you, my parents couldn’t afford to send me to college. With this opportunity my dream can come true. I can become what I always wanted to be, a nurse. Thank you very much and I hope you can keep on helping other people. Thank you again for making me feel like a very special person."

Below is a news story, in Spanish, from Univison Monterey Salinas talking about the CAP Awards Program on March 5, 2013.

If you would like more information on the CAP Program, please contact Eileen Hill at 831.479.6458, or via email: Eileen Hill.

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