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Since 2003, East Bay College Fund has supported Oakland students to graduate from college at a rate of 80% which is 4x the national average for this demographic group.


East Bay College Fund is looking for mentors for our students! Visit their site to learn more and get involved.

We’ll be adding more volunteer opportunities soon. Stay tuned!

Mentoring Program Summary

The goal of our mentoring program is to provide a sustained, community-based network of personal support, information and resources to East Bay College Fund Scholars and their families, to help each Scholar achieve a successful college experience and expand future opportunities.

  • Provided over $5.5M in scholarships
  • History of relationship with Oakland Unified School District in developing college advising at school sites and strong results in partnership with the African American Male Achievement Initative.
  • Robust persistence services in counseling, mentoring, CREWS Peer Mentoring, skill-building retreats, career development, and Reboot program.

Students We Serve

  • Granted over 400 scholarships since 2003 (totaling $5.5 million)!
  • 107 college graduates, the majority of whom are giving back to the community
  • Over 330 Great Expectations Awards granted to-date (nearly $5.3 million in scholarships)
  • Granted 141 new scholarships to the senior class of 2015 (Great Expectations and Launch Scholarships).

Dates for 2017 Mentors:

Early August :       Mentor/Scholar Summer Retreat (Saturday, August 5th)

Early January :      Mentor/Scholar Winter Retreat     (weekday evening)



Complete the Volunteer Interest Form here. Mentor interviews are held from September – April. Scholar match events begin in May with the official match before the end of the month. Mentors and scholars are required to attend several events in the summer before the student’s first semester in college. There events are intended to deepen the relationship between the mentor-scholar pair and familiarize both with East Bay College Fund.