College Access Plan Receives Two Local Grants in Support of Growing Programs

Published : Monday, April 22, 2013 | 3:07 PM

College Access Plan (CAP) (, a Pasadena nonprofit organization, has received two $10,000 grants from prestigious Pasadena foundations: The Pasadena Community Foundation and Student Philanthropists Advancing Real Change (SPARC) (formerly the Pasadena Independent Schools Foundation).

The grant from The Pasadena Community Foundation, which is celebrating 60 years of working to “improve the lives of people in the greater Pasadena area” (, is one of four awarded through this year’s Education Grants Initiative. This grant will support the addition of a new CAP staff member who will oversee programs at five PUSD schools next fall, including all four major high schools and Washington Middle School. The SPARC grant is in support of one-to-one college advisement and small group workshops provided by CAP to the students of John Muir High School. CAP’s relationship with Muir spans six years, and programs at this school have reached hundreds of students, including about 50% of the past four graduating classes.

“These local grants are fundamental to our plan to grow CAP’s reach in Pasadena over the next few years,” states Mo Hyman, CAP’s Executive Director. “We have plans to increase the breadth and depth of our services to PUSD students and graduates, but this will simply not be possible without the investment of local foundations, businesses, and individuals.”

This school year, CAP has provided individualized programs to nearly 500 students at four schools in the district. It is hope that with the generous support of these two institutions, CAP will expand its reach over the coming years to provide holistic, drop-in, individualized college readiness support to all Pasadena Unified high school and middle school students who wish to receive it. CAP’s programs assist students in completing college applications, provide SAT test prep, help students to navigate the complex college-selection process, assist students in identifying scholarships and other financial aid, guide students in writing effective personal statements, help students to build effective study and goal-setting skills and long-range plans, and more.

About College Access Plan

College Access Plan is a Pasadena nonprofit that prepares underserved students to succeed in college. CAP provides drop-in college advisement and topic-specific workshops at Blair Magnet, Pasadena, and John Muir high schools, as well as Washington Middle School, including support for over 200 PUSD seniors this past fall as they completed applications to four-year colleges and universities. CAP’s programs are open to all students who aspire to Dream Bigger about their futures.

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