Community Involvement Program (CIP)
What is CIP?
The Community Involvement Program (CIP) is a comprehensive, need-based scholarship program for first-generation college students from the Stockton community who have demonstrated the potential for sustainable leadership, community awareness, and involvement. The program serves the educational needs of low-income students by providing access to college along with a wide range of support to the CIP Scholars as they pursue higher education.
It was established in 1969 by a group of students, community members, faculty, and staff who wanted to provide educational opportunities to the local community and diversify the University of the Pacific campus. More than 1,000 students have graduated from the program since its inception.
What are the Benefits of CIP?
In addition to substantial financial support, each cohort of CIP Scholars form a learning community. The program includes a co-curricular experience with an emphasis on leadership development and community service. CIP Scholars have access to comprehensive retention services, including tutoring, peer mentoring, as well as academic enrichment. These students also have opportunities to explore and enhance career success by networking and engaging with CIP alumni.
What contributions are CIP Scholars making?
In addition to outreach which CIP Scholars perform at local schools, each student has their own individual and continous service projects. Also, CIP cohorts have community service projects they design and lead as a group to "give back" to their local Stockton community. Please see the pictures below to view some recent events that CIP Scholars have coordinated.
If you are interested in supporting the Community Involvement Program and our CIP Scholars, please CLICK HERE to make a gift to CIP.
Family Day at the Park - CIP Scholars Literacy Campaign
CIP Scholars dressed up as super heroes and read to local children in an effort to promote literacy in the Stockton community.
Thanksgiving Turkey Drive at St. Mary's Social Services
CIP Scholars donated 25 turkey dinners to families in need at St. Mary's Social Services.
CIP is a unit of the Educational Equity Programs.