Bright Prospect empowers high potential, low-income students to gain admission, succeed and graduate from four-year colleges and universities by providing a comprehensive counseling and support system throughout their high school and college years.

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Our Success

  • Bright Prospect has grown from serving 12 low-income students in 2003 to 2,600 students in 2018.
  • 98% of our high school students matriculate to college.
  • 86% of our college students graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • 25% of our college graduates continue on for an advanced degree.
  • Bright Prospect students have graduated from 14 of the 15 top colleges and universities in the nation (among them Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, Dartmouth Amherst, Swarthmore, Bowdoin, Wellesley, Pomona and Williams). Others attend or have graduated from a University of California or California State University campus while a smaller proportion get their start at a community college and then transfer to UC or Cal State.
  • The Bright Prospect program is open to all students in the eight high schools we serve. Wherever our students attend college, Bright Prospect supports them through to graduation.
  • We accomplish all of this for an annual cost of close to $1,000 per student per year. This cost-effective program is scalable and we are replicating it in Northern California and Utah.

The Challenge

  • The cycle of poverty that pervades too many nearby communities erodes the very fabric of our nation. Economic disenfranchisement leads to crime, drugs and dependency—a waste of many smart young students who mistakenly perceive they are trapped in a world without opportunity and give up in despair.
  • For youth in low-income communities, education is the only viable way out of poverty. College graduates earn an average of one million dollars more over their lives than high school graduates. That not only provides better lives for them and their families, it also equates to a million dollars of increased economic contribution each college graduate will make to their community and to society.
  • In America, only a small fraction of low-income students start college, and of those who do start, only 1 in 9 actually achieves a Bachelor’s Degree within six years. If only Bright Prospect could reach these students, 86% might graduate!