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Alumni

Since our founding in 1998, our mission has remained College For Certain – for all students.

It is our goal that in partnership with Aspire students, families, and teammates, we prepare and empower scholars to explore and select post-secondary programs that align with their passions and culminate with a smooth transition to a career of his or her choosing.

Did you know?

67% of students in *2020 matriculated to a 2 or 4-year college

*Due to the lasting impacts of COVID-19, the matriculation rate is lower than in prior years. The rate will be updated soon to reflect the current matriculation of our scholars.

Over 180 Colleges attended by our Alumni!

Our process: 

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Aspire Specific Scholarships

Our alumni have shared yearly that finances are the number one concern when persisting in college. Aspire has been able to offer over 40 scholarships so scholars can continue to focus on their education. 

Aspire Shining StarsThis scholarship recognizes one graduating senior from each of our 9 Aspire high school campuses for being active in their school community, tenacious, and persistent. 

Changing the Odds – Created in 2009 to honor Aspire’s founder, Don Shalvey, the award recognizes alumni who – like Don – are the first in their families to graduate from college, give back to their communities, and continue to demonstrate determination in the pursuit of College for Certain. Three winners are selected each year across our three regions. 

Senior Support Scholarship – Started in 2018, this scholarship recognizes Aspire high school graduating seniors for their resilience and dedication to pursuing a fulfilling future. 

Alumni Spotlight

We’re proud to say our scholars come back to serve the community in various capacities. Learn more about what our alumni have accomplished and what they are up to now by visiting our Aspire Alumni social media on Facebook and Instagram as well as past media spotlights here

To learn more about our post-secondary programming, please contact Luangchee Xiong (Lu-won-see Zong) for questions about the Central Valley, Ivonne Polanco for questions about Los Angeles, or Valerie Estrella for questions about the Bay Area.

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Past recipients of the Don Shalvey Changing the Odds Award:

2021

  • San Juana Deloa – Aspire Pacific Academy, Huntington Park, CA
  • Melissa Medina – Aspire Vanguard College Preparatory Academy, Modesto, CA
  • Juan Bolanos – Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, Oakland, CA

2020

  • Ernesto Diaz – Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, Oakland, CA
  • Alondra Gonzalez – Aspire Pacific Academy, Huntington Park, CA
  • Samuel Renfrow – Aspire Vanguard College Preparatory Academy, Modesto, CA

2018

  • Carlene Ervin – Aspire California College Preparatory Academy, Berkeley, CA
  • Malik Flourney-Hooker – Aspire Langston Hughes Academy, Stockton, CA
  • Gisell Alvarez – Aspire Pacific Academy, Huntington Park, CA

2017

  • Carla Hernandez – Aspire East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy, East Palo Alto, CA
  • Nicole Segura – Aspire Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy, Stockton, CA
  • Jazmin Guerrero – Aspire Pacific Academy, Huntington Park, CA

2016

  • Xavier Taylor – Aspire California College Preparatory Academy, Berkeley, CA
  • Shane Hong – Aspire Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy, Stockton, CA

2015

  • Jocelyn Cachux – Aspire East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy, East Palo Alto, CA*
  • Hong Van Nguyen – Aspire Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy, Stockton, CA

2014:

  • Jessica Beas – Aspire Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy, Stockton, CA
  • Elsa Casanova – Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, Oakland, CA

2013:

  • Sarah Blankenship –  Aspire Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy, Stockton, CA
  • Rena Stone – Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, Oakland, CA

2012:

  • Joshua Callejas – Aspire Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy, Stockton, CA
  • Brenda Membreno – Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, Oakland, CA

2011: Carolina Hernandez – Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, Oakland, CA

2010: Allison Bell – Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, Oakland, CA

2009: Darryl Brumfield – Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, Oakland, CA

 

 

 

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