Promise Student postcard 2019

Columbia College Promise 

The Columbia College Foundation is pleased to offer the Columbia College Promise for local high school seniors enrolling at Columbia College. The Promise program makes it possible for every qualified local public or private high school graduate or GED or CHSPE earner to attend Columbia College fulltime, tuition free, for  two full years  of consecutive semesters if they enroll immediately after graduation. The program service area includes high school graduates throughout the college service area which includes Oakdale and Waterford, and to Mariposa and Calaveras, both adjacent rural high school districts. The program, a three-year pilot launched in Fall 2018, is funded by Columbia College and gifts from individuals and community partners who care deeply about education for local youth.

Learn more here (FAQs): High School Class of 2020 or High School Classes of 2018 and 2019 

To be eligible for the Promise a student must reside in one of the following counties or cities:

  • Tuolumne County
  • Calaveras County
  • Oakdale
  • Waterford
  • Mariposa County

The application period for Fall 2021 semester is now open.  Scroll down and complete the application below.

DUE TO COVID, high school graduates from Class of 2020 are eligible to apply for Fall 2021.

For information: Email or call 209-588-5055.

Columbia College Promise News:

Thank you to our community partners for generous support of the Columbia College Promise: Sonora Area Foundation, Calaveras Community Foundation, Black Oak Casino Resort, and Chicken Ranch Tribal Council.


PRESS RELEASE: Columbia College Foundation plans Promise Program expansion September 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Columbia College Foundation receives $2 million endowment gift from local family  September 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Columbia College Foundation plans Promise Scholarship opportunity

Donate to the Columbia College Foundation to support this program.

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