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Our Community Thrives
when More Students Succeed

In Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, our growing economy depends on an educated and skilled workforce. This means that our region benefits when more students graduate from college. Today, only 38% of Riverside and 33% of San Bernardino high school graduates have completed the coursework required to attend college. Of those eligible, too few succeed.

Graduate Success, a program of The Community Foundation, is our promise to help low-income Riverside and San Bernardino County students earn their college degrees and obtain well-paying jobs – creating a brighter future for the Inland region.

13-38See statistics in both counties:
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Barriers to College Completion

Many students have the desire and ability to succeed in college. However, too many of our young people lack access to college guidance and financial resources as they transition from high school to college, and as they move from college entry to college degree.


Our Approach

In collaboration with the College Futures Foundation, The Community Foundation is working to increase a student’s potential to access, thrive, and succeed in higher education by providing need-based scholarships and college preparation services. By implementing this approach through partnering with schools and educational programs (CSUSB/Upward Bound and UCR/Trio), we will ensure that students have the highest chance to reach and complete college.

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to learn more
about our approach

Invest in Success:
How can YOU support the future of our region?

gold-arrow   Make a one-time gift or annual investment
Contribute to a pooled fund that provides annual scholarships and resources to low-income and underrepresented college students.
  • $1000 provides one scholarship
  • $2500 provides one to two scholarships
  • $5000 provides one to five scholarships
  • Pledge $_______ per year for 5 years

gold-arrow   Establish a Named Fund
Establish your own Named Scholarship Fund with a minimum of $50,000 to provide annual scholarships to low-income students.

gold-arrow   Make a gift in your Will, Trust, or Estate Plan
Consult with your professional advisor (lawyer, CPA, financial advisor, etc.) to determine the most advantageous ways to maximize your planned gift. Staff at The Community Foundation can also assist you with your charitable giving options

Together, we can provide scholarship dollars and related services to students for whom it makes the greatest difference.

Join Us

By supporting the Graduate Success Fund, you leverage your dollars with The Community Foundation and join with other donors and funders to maximize the impact on our region’s economic prosperity while helping students succeed in college.

To join with The Community Foundation in building a brighter future for Inland region students, click the button below.

Jose MarquezJose Marquez
Vice President of Charitable Giving
951.241.7777 ext:113
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Celia Cudiamat
Senior Vice President, Grants and Community Impact
951.241.7777 ext: 114
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