Future Sacramento will be in the December issue of Comstock’s magazine thanks to the 8th annual profile donation from Patrick Willis.
For many local students, college remains an unrealized dream because they lack the financial means, individual guidance and encouragement, as well as knowledge of how to navigate complex college applications and financial assistance paperwork. Since 2007, Future Foundation of Sacramento has addressed these challenges by providing resources to overcome them for low-income, high achieving students. A rigorous selection process throughout Sacramento-area high schools identifies 10th grade students who meet the program’s high standards. The strongest candidates
are chosen from about 300 applications each year.
“We select students at the end of the 10th grade to eliminate the fear of not knowing how to pay for college and encourage students to remain on track to college admission,” says Elizabeth
Marlow, Executive Director. Selected students receive mentoring through high school and five years in college, and are awarded financial need-based scholarships. In addition to sustainable scholarship funding, on-going mentoring and peer support makes the program unique.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of this program is seeing our students succeed through their own maturation process from high school through college graduation,” says Michael
Anderson, Future Sacramento Board President. “We meet our candidates as 10th grade students during an in-person interview. We receive confirmation of the benefits of our mentoring and
scholarship when we hear our students present their college experiences at our annual Grant Napear ‘Fairway to the Future’ golf tournament and other special meetings. It is remarkable to
support these students for seven years, watching them become more effective communicators and achieve their degrees.”
Backed by Future Sacramento’s funding and guidance, and her parents’ strong work ethic, Aime Millan (pictured above, center) will graduate from UC Davis this month. Aime’s parents have humble backgrounds, but taught that hard work prevails. “They demonstrated that achieving goals requires more than talent or luck – time dedicated and courage to take risks ultimately lead to an objective,” says Aime. As a first-generation college student, though, Aime says, “This scholarship changed the way I saw higher education. What seemed unreachable was becoming reachable.” With guidance of Future Sacramento mentors and Elizabeth Marlow, she graduated from high school ranked in the top 10 of her class, had earned a weighted GPA of 4.0, and, feeling prepared for
college, enrolled at UC Davis. Once at Davis, though, Aime struggled to find direction and pinpoint her goals, and wavered in her academic course. “This is common for first-generation college
students,” she notes. “Our parents can’t guide us through education they didn’t receive and we lack awareness that asking for help doesn’t mean that we don’t belong in college.”
Five majors and only four years later, Aime’s on the brink of completing her undergraduate studies, having brought her freshman year GPA of 1.8 up to a 3.0, and will graduate with a double major in International Relations and Spanish. “Future Sacramento enhanced my entire experience,” she confirms. “The scholarship took stress off my family economically, and showed me that
more than just getting us into college, Future Sacramento is committed to helping us through college. Whether it was a phone call, an email, or a group meeting, Elizabeth and the Board of
Directors always ensured we felt their full support.”
FUTURESac-1217F Future Sacramento welcomes volunteers. Donors are greatly needed to fund scholarships. “Future Sacramento makes the most efficient
use of donated funds, ensuring all available resources are in place to help scholarship recipients through graduation,” concludes Marlow. “Please join us in helping more students attend and succeed in college.”