SCHOLARSHIP, MENTORING, & PARTICIPATION
The Pay It Forward Scholarship and Mentoring Program, through private funds, provides a $20,000 four-year scholarship at California State University, Monterey Bay, to local Monterey County, first-generation college students. Each scholar is mentored by a community leader who helps the student navigate the challenges of college life. In turn, the scholars must maintain a four-year graduation track and a 2.5 GPA. They "Pay It Forward" by mentoring a FCF participant, creating a cycle of local college students who are contributing to the community even as they study.
Since the program's inception in 2008, a total of 2.1 million dollars in scholarships have been distributed with an additional $850,000 raised for future distribution to current students.