I don't think I would have gone straight to a four-year university without the help of the program.”
As a 12th-grader with a 3.5 GPA, Cyntia had no plans to attend a four-year college when she began working with LoyalTeach in October, 2016. LoyalTeach helped her with last-minute registration for the SAT and encouraged her to make her third attempt to pass geometry, which she did with a B. Cyntia went on to Cal State Channel Islands, where she graduated in December, 2021, with a degree in health science and a GPA of 3.55
A high achiever, Erika contacted LoyalTeach late in her college application process, just in time to be pointed toward several private colleges she had never heard of that would meet her full financial need if she were to gain admission. She is now thrilled to be attending one of those--the University of Rochester--where she earned a GPA of 3.5 in her first two years as a pre-medical student.
Before beginning to work with LoyalTeach In 10th grade, Fernando earned a 1.84 GPA, including an F in biology and a C- in history; in his second semester, he earned a C and a B-, respectively, in the same courses. The following summer, he took the first semester of biology again, replacing his F with an A. As a junior, he earned a 2.95 GPA in six college preparatory classes. Today, Fernando is nearing completion of his associate's degree in automotive technology at Allan Hancock College.
Low-income and first-generation LoyalTeach students are attending: Allan Hancock College, Berea College, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Fullerton, CSU Northridge, CSU Sacramento, Center for Employment Training, University of Chicago, University of Colorado Boulder, Cuesta College, Fort Lewis College, Cal Poly Humboldt, Linfield College, Northern Arizona University, University of Notre Dame, Occidental College, University of Redlands, University of Rochester, San Jose State University, Santa Barbara City College, University of Southern California, University of Washington.
Graduates have earned degrees at: CSU Channel Islands, UC Davis, Mount St. Mary's University.
Among "first-generation" LoyalTeach students, the college persistence rate is 92%, compared to a national average of 48%.
LoyalTeach students include two Questbridge Scholars, two Hispanic Scholarship Foundation Scholars, one AnnBryce Scholar, and a Dell Scholar. With the help of LoyalTeach, our students have earned grants and scholarships from, among others, the Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo, Kiwanis Club of Santa Maria, the Los Alamos Foundation, PublicSquare, the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation, and the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. Three LoyalTeach students have received four-year funding from an anonymous foundation committed to seeing that students graduate debt-free; two others have been named semi-finalists for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship and Young Scholars Program, respectively. LoyalTeach has also supported students with successful applications to Adventure Risk Challenge, Engineering Possibilities in College at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the Santa Barbara City College Honors Program, Steam Ahead Camp, and the Summer Health Institute at Arizona State University.