7th Annual AlumNight

There's no other event quite like AlumNight! This grassroots, community effort supports and recognizes the value of dedicated individuals in our California public education system. It is a night of joint celebration with educators who aim to improve the system with equity at the forefront of each decision they make, and for the students who work tirelessly to open doors that have been previously locked to the generations before them. As a united group of community members, we raise a glass to the difference we can make in the lives of youth within our reach by continuing the work we do every day and bringing awareness to those outside the educational arena.

Join us and enjoy a night of music, awards, exciting drawing prizes, and most importantly, to hear some of our student's challenges, and successes from our Cal-SOAP Scholarship Recipients.

Cal-SOAP Scholarship Fund

South County Cal-SOAP understands the jump from high school to college is a tough transition for any student; for low-income and first-generation students, it can be nearly impossible. Financial stability is a constant battle, but with the help of generous donors (like you!), the support doesn’t stop when students need it the most. The Cal-SOAP Scholarship Fund has granted over $1.4 million worth of scholarships to both new and continuing college students.

Help us continue our efforts by donating to the Cal-SOAP Scholarship Fund today!

Giving Tuesday

GivingTuesday, November 30th, is a global generosity movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world.

Why does it matter to us?

As you know, our organization has been able to serve our youth and community by providing one-on-one services through accessible platforms. For instance, Cal-SOAP staff have held Cash-4-College Events, Parent Financial Aid Nights, and In-Class/After-School Tutoring.

Bianca Andrade

“South County Cal-SOAP was my home, a place to go when I was sad, happy, or needed any support. Cal-SOAP was my go-to place in high school... Being a part of Cal-SOAP opened up my eyes to what I can actually do beyond high school, that there was more to life and a purpose for everyone, no matter who you are. I grew up in Cal-SOAP and will forever cherish this place and the people I met along the way. I am almost done with my degree and it will all be worth it."

Sally Chavez

“I graduated from San Benito High School in Hollister, California, and am now attending McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. I chose McKendree University because I received a wrestling scholarship. I knew I wanted to continue wrestling in college, so I started researching all the colleges that provided women’s wrestling. South County Cal-SOAP helped me with applying to the schools, told me I needed to take the SAT/ACT tests, and helped with getting all of my other paperwork together. Since I am the oldest in my family, I did not have an older brother or sister guiding me through the process, so I did lean on my Cal-SOAP Advisors and high school advisers during this time.”

Maria Marquez

“Being a first-generation student, going to college is hard. Since my elders have never had the college experience they just assume and make it seem as if it’s easy, but it’s not; it’s like walking onto a plank blindfolded, without having your family there to lead you. You have no other choice but to ask for help from those around you. College programs like Cal-SOAP helped me to get where I am today. Without them, I would have no idea where I would be.”

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