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FACT: 9 out of 10 low-income, first-generation college students will not earn a degree by age 24. They drop out at 4 times the rate of students whose parents earned a college degree.

Jesse Sanchez

MEET JESSE SANCHEZ… Growing up, the son of an immigrant mother who earns $7,000 a year cleaning houses, college was only a dream. With support and a scholarship from Center for Student Opportunity, Jesse beat the odds to graduate from Harvard University and go on to become a Fulbright Scholar. Our scholarship provided financial assistance and gave Jesse an outlet to find a passion for sharing his story to inspire future first-gens, as I’m First! Scholarship winners chronicle their college journeys on our blog, virtually mentoring thousands of students who use our resources annually.

“Because no one in my family had ever gone to college, I had no one to turn to for support and advice. Luckily, I had CSO. They provided me with the resources necessary to make it to where I am now. I couldn’t have done it without them!” -Jesse Sanchez

Our critical work is not possible without the generosity of our donors. Please join our cause with a gift so that more students like Jesse can proudly declare, “I’m First!”

Here are just a handful of ways your gift can impact the lives of the first-generation college students we support:

$25Cost of producing and distributing one I’m First Guide to College to a first-gen college-bound student, underserved high school, or community-based organization

$50Cost of sending a personal care package to a first-gen college student during final exam week

$250Average cost of sending an aspiring first-gen college student on a campus visit

$500Cost of producing and distributing a classroom set of 25 I’m First Guide to College books to an underserved high school or community-based organization

$1,000Average cost to offer a college prep workshop in an underserved community

$2,000Cost of funding one I’m First Scholarship award for one year of college

$8,000Cost of funding one I’m First Scholarship award winner for four years of college



BECOME A CHAMPION

Help us further reach underserved communities, raise widespread awareness of our programs and resources, increase participation, and build greater support for first-gen college students with an annual gift of $5,000 or more. Learn more



OTHER WAYS TO GIVE

ENDOWMENTS AND PLANNED GIVING
Please contact the Office of Development at (301) 363-4228 to discuss endowment and planned giving opportunities.

FOUNDATION SUPPORT
Grant making organizations play a critical role in supporting CSO with general operating and project-based funding. Should you wish to invite CSO to apply for a specific grant with your foundation, please contact the Office of Development at (301) 363-4228.

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
We welcome the opportunity to work with your company or organization on special projects that help further our shared missions. You may make a general donation or contact the Office of Development at (301) 363-4228 to discuss ways we can work together to empower first-gen college students on the path to and through college.

ADDITIONAL WAYS TO GIVE
We also accept stock, in-kind contributions, and matching gifts. Please contact the Office of Development at (301) 363-4228 to discuss options.

Prefer to mail your gift instead? You may complete our donation form and send to:

Office of Development
Center for Student Opportunity
4641 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 513
Bethesda, MD 20814