Students Rising Above Selects Its Largest Class Ever

100 Students From 58 Bay Area High Schools To Enter Unique College Program

SAN FRANCISCO, July 16, 2013 – Students Rising Above, (SRA) a nonprofit that helps Bay Area high school students rise above poverty through education and job training, today announced it has selected 100 students to enter its program.

The 2014 class, which will enter college in Fall 2014, is the largest group of students to be enrolled in the program to date. Previously, the biggest SRA class was 65 students.

“Students Rising Above is thrilled to welcome its largest group of students in the history of the program,” said SRA Executive Director Lynne Martin. “Through their determination and hard work, these very talented students have overcome tremendous obstacles to put themselves on the path to a college degree and long-term success for themselves and their future families.

More than 500 high school juniors from the 11-county Bay Area applied to SRA, which works with students to navigate the college application and financial aid process in their senior year. SRA also provides one-on-one counseling and financial support throughout a student’s college career and provides job readiness training upon graduation.

“Students Rising Above believes that a college education is one of the surest ways to break the cycle of poverty,” said SRA Director of Student Programs, Barb Hendricks. “The 100 who were chosen were outstanding. We sincerely wish we could have accepted all 500 who applied. Every applicant was deserving.”

Since 1998, SRA has helped more than 310 students graduate from a four-year college. Nearly all SRA students are the first in their families to attend college. Ninety percent graduate from college, twice the national graduation success rate for low-income, first-generation college students.

Students Rising Above selected students from the following high schools:

  • Abraham Lincoln High School
  • Alameda Science and Technology Institute
  • Analy High School
  • Aragon High School
  • Archbishop Hanna High School
  • Archbishop Riordan High School
  • Arise high school
  • Aspire California College Preparatory
  • Academy
  • Bay Area School of Enterprise
  • Bellarmine College Prep
  • Berkeley High School
  • Casa Grande High
  • Castilleja School
  • Castro Valley High School
  • City Arts and Technology
  • Cloverdale High School
  • De La Salle
  • Downtown College Prep
  • East Palo Alto Academy
  • Eastside College Preparatory
  • El Camino High School
  • Envision Academy Arts and Technology
  • Everest Public High School
  • Fremont High School
  • Galileo Academy of Science & Technology
  • Hercules High School
  • Hercules Middle/High School
  • Holy Names High School
  • Immaculate Conception Academy
  • Jefferson High School
  • John F. Kennedy High School
  • John O’ Connell
  • Leadership Public Schools Richmond
  • Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy
  • Live Oak High School
  • Lowell High School
  • Marin Catholic High School
  • Menlo School
  • Mercy High School
  • MetWest High School
  • Middle College High School
  • Milpitas High School
  • Mission High School
  • Napa High School
  • Napa New Technology High School
  • Oakland High School
  • Oakland Technical High School
  • Pinole Valley High School
  • Richmond High School
  • San Jose High School
  • San Rafael High School
  • Santa Clara High School
  • Skyline High School
  • Sonoma Valley High School
  • St. Ignatius College Prep
  • Terra Linda High School
  • The College Preparatory School
  • Thurgood Marshall

About Students Rising Above

Students Rising Above is an award-winning nonprofit organization that enables low-income, first-generation college students to attend a four-year college and achieve their educational aspirations. Students Rising Above serves students in the 11-county Bay Area and provides personal guidance and mentoring, internships and career guidance, and financial support from college application, through graduation and into the workforce. A 501(c)3, Students Rising Above is funded by individual donations, and grants and contributions from corporations, foundations, and other nonprofit organizations. For more information or to apply to the program, visit

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