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At the Peralta Colleges Foundation, we believe that all students deserve the opportunities afforded by a college education and that motivated students should never have to choose between pursuing their education and paying their bills.

According to Time Magazine, the cost of community college has increased 31% over the last 10 years. Your year-end support to the Peralta Colleges Foundation will fund scholarships that provide access to post-secondary education AND can make the difference between a Peralta Colleges student staying in school or dropping out.

Together, we can provide access to high quality, educational programs and services that create opportunities and transform lives right here in our community.





The Peralta Colleges Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

The Peralta Colleges Foundation is using this #GivingTuesday to support students pursuing the career of their dreams and a well-paying job. Donations will support the Foundation’s Career Technical Education (CTE) Scholarship Funds and provide students with scholarships to pay for tuition and enrollment fees, text books and supplies, transportation to and from class and much more!

We believe all students have the right to a college education. Are you with us?





The Peralta Colleges Foundation is committed to providing students with access to post-secondary education and persistence services so they can complete college prepared for a successful career. The Peralta Promise enables qualifying students to attend their first semester at one of the Peralta Colleges – Laney College, Merritt College, College of Alameda, or Berkeley City College – for free!

Please join us in making the Peralta Promise and ensuring that our young people are prepared for success. Together, we can ensure that Peralta students have the expectations, resources, and skills to complete college and embark on a successful career.

Join us in fulfilling the Peralta Promise by making a tax-deductible donation today.


Alumni Stories

Erika Padilla“For twenty years I thought I was too stupid for college.  I had worked with youth in the Bay Area for over a decade as an educator teaching communication, arts, and video editing. I always told my students, “I believe in you.”  more»

Scholarships & Grants

thank_you_letterIn the Fall of 2015, the Peralta Colleges Foundation awarded 30 Foundation Scholars Awards. Hear what some of them are  saying about the scholarships they received. more»

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