By the Numbers

The Richmond Promise Scholarship

Scholars Served: 3,300+
Amount Pledged in Scholarships: $21 million
Amount Awarded in Scholarships: $8.8 million

Currently Active Scholars: 1,500+

RP Scholars who identify as People of Color and/or Indigenous: 91 percent

  • Latinx/a/o: 65%
  • Black or African American: 14%
  • Asian: 12%

Scholar Background
RP Scholars who are first in their family to pursue higher education: 64%

Scholars by Gender
Female: 56%
Male: 44%

College Access

Number of Scholars accepted into 2023 cohort: 475

Percentage of students RP serves who completed their financial aid requirements in the 2022-23 school year: 

  • De Anza: 79%
  • El Cerrito: 78%
  • Kennedy: 75%
  • Sylvester Greenwood: 73%
  • Richmond: 69%

Percentage of the Class of 2023 who have participated in Summer Bridge & filled out required documents: 93%

Number of 1-on-1 Coaching Appointments hosted by RP Summer Associates to ensure understanding of higher education resources (all-time): 325

Near-Peer Ambassadors hired to facilitate programming (all-time): 192

Number of first-year prep chats between incoming first year & current students (summer 2023): 352 

College Success

RP Scholars attending a 4-year institution: 70 percent
RP Scholars attending a 2-year institution: 30 percent

Summer Melt Statistics

*Summer melt is defined as “the phenomenon of college-intending students who have applied to, been accepted by, and made a deposit to a college or university, but fail to matriculate to that college (or any other) in the fall following their high school graduation.” – National College Attainment Network (NCAN)

Percentage of RP Scholarships claimed in 2016: 67%
Percentage of RP Scholarships claimed in 2023: 93%

Institutions & organizations Richmond Promise partners with to provide College Success Support:

  • Contra Costa College
  • Berkeley City College
  • UC Merced
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University
  • Beyond 12

Top schools our Scholars are attending (by concentration of Scholars):

  • Contra Costa College
  • San Francisco State
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • Sacramento State
  • San Jose State
  • Cal State East Bay
  • Berkeley City College
  • UC Merced
  • Sonoma State

Schools across the country attended by RP Scholars in 2023 (no particular order):

  • University of Alaska
  • The George Washington University (D.C.)
  • Howard University (D.C.)
  • Yale University (Connecticut)
  • University of Hawai’i
  • Berklee College of Music (Mass.)
  • Spelman College (Georgia)
  • Columbia University (New York)
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • Lewis & Clark College (Oregon)
  • Richmond YouthWorks
  • FYIA
  • The Practice Space
  • Ed Fund

*Page Updated August 2023