Mission & Goals

We see a day when all children in Richmond have access to high quality education, excel from high school to higher education, attain a postsecondary degree or certification, thrive in the field of their choice, and become a leader of positive change in their community and the world.

The Richmond Promise is an independent 501(c )3 nonprofit charitable foundation. Launched in January 2016, the Richmond Promise is a community-wide college success initiative to build a college graduating culture in Richmond, CA. The Richmond Promise scholarship is made possible by a 10-year, $35 million seed-investment from the Chevron Corporation’s Environmental and Community Investment Agreement with the City of Richmond.


Increase the number of students, particularly who are low-income and first in their family to go to college who:

  1. Are exposed to college resources, role models, and experiences throughout K-16
  2. Successfully transition to an accredited university/college directly from high school
  3. Successfully transfer from community college to 4-year university
  4. Complete an associates degree, bachelor degree, or career + technical education

Our Opportunity:

We see a day when all students in Richmond not only go and persist, but graduate and thrive through college.  College Promise initiatives are local, collaborative cross-sector initiatives that aim to address barriers to college through scholarships and wrap-around supports for students who live within a local geographic area. Our strategy rests on effective and long-term collaboration with institutional and community partners to address 4 main barriers to college success, and couple the scholarship with the critical wraparound supports we know can make a difference.