History of the San Francisco Promise Program

The Robert and Joyce Corrigan SF Promise Endowed Scholarship partnership was created in July 2008 with funding from San Francisco Mayor’s Office, Department of Children, Youth and Families. The Mayor’s Office committed funding for the first four years, of $250,000 per year.

Photo of young people at an education rally in front of San Francisco City Hall

Funds supported a mentorship program in five middle schools within the San Francisco Unified School District. College students enrolled at SF State served as mentors who provided middle school students to instill a college-going perspective. The mentor program has since been phased out because of difficulty sustaining the staffing needed to coordinate mentors and placements.

Since the program began, the number of freshmen enrolled at SF State from SFUSD high schools has grown by 52 percent.

SF Promise builds college opportunity for youth by:

  • Providing guidance on how to prepare for college admission.
  • Assisting students in securing the maximum financial aid for which they are eligible to pay the cost of tuition and other educational expenses.
  • Sponsoring a college fair in cooperation with SFUSD where all seniors can meet with college representatives from many institutions.
  • Sponsoring a Spring “Frisco Day,” where graduating seniors are bussed to locations for early orientation experiences based on where they plan to attend college (CCSF, UCs, CSUs or private institutions). 
  • Offering SF Promise scholarships to graduates from SFSUD who attend SF State. Scholarships will be cover four years as long as the student maintains a GPA of 2.5 or higher.