Ashaki Succeeds at Davis with Help from Campus “Crews” program

Ashaki Scott (2011 Scholar) benefitted from the Campus Crews program when she faced unexpected academic challenges at UC Davis.

Ashaki (holding sign) is surrounded by the UC Davis Campus Crew and Diane Dodge, Executive Director (lower left).

Ashaki (holding sign) is surrounded by the UC Davis Campus Crew and Diane Dodge, Executive Director (lower left).

“The beginning of college was extremely difficult for me. Coming out of high school with a 3.9 GPA, I would have never imagined getting on academic probation. My first college GPA was well below a 2.0, and I was in danger of being dismissed.  I was fortunate that through East Bay College Fund, I was a part of the UC Davis Cohort, which provided much needed support to me during that difficult time.

The cohort meetings were a great opportunity for me to speak up and get help. We talked about how our classes were going, we were provided with planners, extra follow-up meetings, extra study sessions as well as practice midterms and finals. I studied with cohort leader Bersabel Woldemariam (2008 Scholar) and earned a B in Spanish with help from fellow Scholar Inocente Rios-Oregón. It really helped me get off of academic probation and I was able to raise my GPA to above a 2.5.”

Ashaki’s experiences demonstrate how the cohorts allow Scholars to be both friends and teachers to one another and create an East Bay College Fund community outside of the Bay Area. As a direct result of the cohort program, all of our  UC Davis freshmen and upperclassmen either persisted or graduated!

East Bay College Fund Scholars are leading cohort programs at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Cruz. This unique model is an exciting addition for us as more and more Scholars are getting the peer support they need to be successful in college.