by Angela Schwartz, San Mateo Daily Journal
For 15 years, Students Rising Above has been helping low-income, first-generation college students graduate and the program only continues to grow.
This year, the program is bringing in its biggest class ever: 100 students from 58 Bay Area schools in nine Bay Area counties selected during their high school junior year. Previously, the biggest class was 65 students and the first class only had 10 students. Half of the students come from San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
“We’re taking kids who probably offer some of the biggest payoff to our communities,” said Executive Director Lynne Martin. “They’re the best possible role models.”