Finish Line Scholars Program

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Eliminating Regional Achievement Gaps: Student Scholarships and Emergency Financial Aid

 The California Community Colleges Finish Line Scholars Program supports students to ensure they stay on track with their education and complete a degree, certificate, or transfer to a four year college or university.

The program is intended to help eliminate regional educational gaps through distribution of emergency financial aid to students facing unexpected hardships and scholarships to students who are well on their way toward a finish line goal of transferring to a college or university or completing a certificate or degree.

The Jay Pritzker Foundation has pledged $100 million, over a span of 20 years, to support this program. For the first five years, starting in 2020, scholarships and emergency financial aid will be distributed to students through 34 colleges that are in the three regions of California with the lowest percentage of adults who have college degrees: the Inland Empire, the Central Valley, and the Far North.

Focusing on these regions aligns with goal six of the California Community College system’s strategic plan, Vision for Success: Strengthening the California Community Colleges to Meet California’s Needs. That goal is to eliminate regional gaps in higher education achievement. These regions have the lowest rates of educational attainment of adults. They also have a high percentage of students without access to broadband, students living below the poverty line, high school students who receive free or reduced price lunch, and other factors that make them a priority. Increasing the number of people who have a college education in these regions will help decrease poverty and increase local opportunities.

Eligible Colleges

Far North

  • Butte College
  • College of the Redwoods
  • College of the Siskiyous
  • Feather River College
  • Lassen College
  • Mendocino College
  • Shasta College


  • Bakersfield College
  • Cerro Coso Community College
  • Clovis Community College
  • College of the Sequoias
  • Columbia College
  • Fresno City College
  • Madera Community College
  • Merced College
  • Modesto Junior College
  • Porterville College
  • Reedley College
  • San Joaquin Delta College
  • Taft College
  • West Hills College Coalinga
  • West Hills College Lemoore

Inland Empire

  • Barstow College
  • Chaffey College
  • College of the Desert
  • Copper Mountain College
  • Crafton Hills College
  • Moreno Valley College
  • Mt. San Jacinto College
  • Norco College
  • Palo Verde College
  • Riverside Community College
  • San Bernardino Valley College
  • Victor Valley College


The full pledge of $100 million over 20 years is expected to be the largest philanthropic support for community colleges in the nation to date. Charitable gifts can connect students and colleges to urgently-needed funds that help increase economic and social mobility for Californians, and combat income inequality in California’s communities. If you are interested in making a gift, please contact the Foundation for California Community Colleges at

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Jodi Samuels, PhD
Director of Strategic Support for Colleges & Scholars 

California Community Colleges Finish Line Scholars Program

T: 916.283.7660

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