College Opportunity Programs

The College Opportunity Programs department is made up of several programs each specializing in helping students reach their higher education aspirations.

College OPTIONS

College OPTIONS mission is to strengthen the college-going culture in the North State by increasing opportunities for students to pursue postsecondary education, and ensuring that all students can make informed decisions about their education and their future.

College OPTIONS Scholarship Programs

College OPTIONS offers scholarship opportunities to students from Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity Counties through private foundation funding.  Students in grades 9 – 11 have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to attend a pre-college summer program on a college campus. High school seniors have an opportunity to apply for a scholarship for college.  More information is available by clicking the link above.

Educational Talent Search

The UC Davis Educational Talent Search (ETS) program is a federally funded TRIO program that seeks to assist low-income, first generation students in Sacramento, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Tehama, and Yolo Counties. The goal of the program is to provide services that assist students in completing secondary school and enrolling in post secondary institutions.

GEAR UP

GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  GEAR UP provides federal funding for 213 state and partnership grants serving over 748,000 low-income students in 48 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Palau, and Puerto Rico. The goal of the program is to significantly increase the number of low-income middle and high school students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. 

Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a Federal TRIO program designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in post-secondary education. Our focus is on high school students who are potential first generation college students. The University of California, Davis Upward Bound Project has been in operation since 1968.