Future “T Sacramento he Future Foundation of Sacramento paves the way to college for local students who otherwise might never attend – those who excel academically, but lack funding, college-graduate role models, and family resources,” says Elizabeth Marlow, Executive Director. Launched in 2007, this scholarship and mentoring program takes on four new 11th graders per school year, and supports them through two years in high school and five years of college, for a total of 28 participating students each year. “We conduct a rigorous selection process throughout Sacramento-area high schools for students who meet the program’s high standards,” says attorney Michael J. Anderson, Future 86 PAVING THE PATH TO COLLEGE SUCCESS CAPITAL REGION CARES 2017 | comstocksmag.com Sacramento Board President. “The strongest candidates are chosen from about 400 applications each year and receive financial-need-based scholarships and mentoring through high school and college. Along with the critical ongoing scholarship funding, one-on-one mentoring makes the program unique.” With Future Sacramento’s funding and guidance, first-generation Vietnamese-American Diem Le realized her dream of graduating from UC Davis in 2016. Her parents came to America for a better life, but finances, language and cultural barriers made the family’s transition difficult. However, even by age 10, Diem was dreaming of UC Davis followed by pharmacy school. “I lost all hope of achieving my dream in high school when my dad was diagnosed with Hepatitis C,” Diem says. “Just as I was giving up, I was awarded the Future Sacramento scholarship, which made college possible by relieving financial burdens. Future Sacramento made the dream become reality when I was admitted to UC Davis to major in Environmental Toxicology with an emphasis on Pharmacology and minor in Psychology.” Diem’s college journey has been challenging, but Future Sacramento provided critical support. “I struggled to maintain my grades, social interactions, and sense of self. The Future Sacramento scholarship and peer students helped me to persevere.