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Partners in College Success

  • Partners in College Success
  • 10075 Rue Chantemar
  • San Diego, CA 92131
  • (858) 472-5466

Program Description

High potential first-generation college students are already part of our communities. The challenges they've faced have taught these kids to be courageous, resilient and that they must work hard to earn a safe, stable future for their families.

PiCS is committed to help ensure their admission to college, support them to degree completion and equip them with the skills and experience to excel in careers that contribute to San Diego's prosperity. When these students succeed, it benefits all of us.

PiCS guides and supports students to complete the FAFSA as soon as it is available. Working with strategic partners we offer financial literacy education, maintain lists of scholarships, and provide help with essays and scholarship applications. Finally, we direct our community college students to need-based aid and support them in applying for transfer to University of California, SDSU, and other universities with encouragement and superb essay assistance.


Many first-generation students do not have personal relationships with adults working in well-paid, professional jobs.

Connecting college students with a mentor who is working in the student's major field of study can be game-changing. PiCS offers workshops in resume writing, interviewing, and networking skills.

Mentors offer students job shadow opportunities and internship connections.


The single most important thing we offer our students is our belief in them. We consistently remind them that graduating from college is possible. Mentors provide the guidance, inspiration, and problem solving to help them keep going.

College success and professional employment for San Diego's large number of low-income and disadvantaged students means stable futures. Most first-generation students graduate with plans to return and contribute to their communities.

Services Provided

  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 200
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • San Diego State University
  • University of California-Los Angeles
  • University of California-San Diego
  • University of California-Santa Barbara