Oakland Promise sends 300 need-based high school seniors to college

– It’s estimated that only 10 percent of Oakland Unified School District students will go on to graduate college in within five years.

That’s startling statistics from the East Bay College Fund. City leaders say those figures are unacceptable, which is why hundreds of college-bound seniors were given scholarships Friday night to help end that cycle.
“We believe in their brilliance and their potential. We believe that every child in this city is college material,” says Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

The city along with East Bay College Fund is banking on that with a program called Oakland Promise. It gives need-based scholarships to Oakland high school graduates. The 300 students in attendance are the latest recipients and the largest class to date.

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