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Outreach, Diversity and College Access

The CSSSA Foundation supports a variety of initiatives designed to grow and strengthen each year’s pool of CSSSA applicants and to provide the education and opportunity for CSSSA students to continue their training at the college level.

Outreach and Diversity
One of CSSSA’s critical objectives is to serve a student body that is representative of California’s cultural and socio-economic diversity. In 2016, CSSSA Foundation initiated a pilot program that assigns Regional Outreach Coordinators to select areas of California, including East Los Angeles, the Central Valley, and the Bay Area. The goal of the program is to raise awareness of the CSSSA program and recruit more students from these underrepresented areas to apply in 2017. From November through March, these coordinators connect with schools and community organizations in their assigned regions to build relationships with key leaders that align as part of a recruiting pipeline for CSSSA.
CSSSA Foundation is partnering with College Track and other community organizations to increase our visibility and access to talented and motivated students living in underserved regions of California.

College Access
The CSSSA Foundation administers 23 college scholarships each year to outstanding CSSSA students for their continued education at a collegiate level. These awards include the Herb Alpert Foundation Scholarships for Emerging Young Artists, the Mel Swope Performing Arts Scholarship, and the Cal Pritner Theater Scholarship. Students who receive these scholarships are also provided with financial aid counseling and online resources.

CSSSA Foundation’s Bridge to College program provides support for all CSSSA alumni as they navigate the path to college. Our membership with the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) yields rich online resources to students and parents in English and Spanish. Affiliation with NACAC furnishes application discounts to college-bound students along with helpful information for every step of the process.