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I am extremely grateful for the support from the PROMISE Scholars program. Former foster youth will prosper here because there are resources and people who will invest in your success.
--Dora Barrera '17

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Pacific PROMISE Scholars
(209) 946-3917
McCaffrey Center, 1st floor
Monday-Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Pacific PROMISE Scholars

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The Pacific PROMISE Scholars program helps former foster care and homeless students see higher education as a path toward achieving their dreams. Since 2012, we have worked with students to develop a foundation for success in college through advocacy, assistance and support. Pacific believes it's important to help these students as they do not always have the support needed to be successful in college.

Student Stories

Megan Walters

"I am a recipient of the Fleming Family Scholarship, which has truly helped me afford my education at Pacific. When I joined the women's softball team, I gained a family in my teammates and coaches. And as part of the PROMISE Scholars Program, I've received resources, support and encouragement from the program staff and generous donors to help me be successful. Through all the transitions in my life, it was the stability of sports and the influence of caring teachers that kept me going. At Pacific I'm discovering my passion for teaching and one day soon, I will be able to give back and help students like me achieve their dreams."

--Megan Walters '18

Xavier Mountain

"Help is something that is difficult to ask for because many foster youth suffer from mistrust and disappointment. My acceptance into Pacific as a transfer student and the PROMISE Scholars Program helped me begin to step out of my comfort zone. The PROMISE Scholars Program made me feel like I did not have to fight alone and allowed me to embrace discomfort to step out of it. They gave me an opportunity to improve myself and succeed at a collegiate level."

--Xavier Mountain '17

Dora Barrera

"The walls I built up when I was in the foster care system made asking for help painful. I felt that no one would understand what it means to be a foster youth. But there are people who sincerely want to help. I have explored various leadership roles in the past three years at Pacific. Now I am the Eberhardt School of Business senator in the Associated Students of the University of the Pacific and the chair of MEChA de Pacific. I am involved with Latino Community Outreach, the SUCCESS Trio Program and Pacific PROMISE Scholars."

--Dora Barrera '17