Martin
UC Santa Cruz, Class of 2016

"The financial help from POE is amazing, but the greatest thing about POE is their mentoring."


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The Pursuit of Excellence Mission

Our mission is to help low income, hard-working students earn a college degree by providing financial support, mentoring and enrichment opportunities (workshops, internships) for the entire time they are pursuing their degree.

At a Glance







  • 73%

    POE’s graduation rate is 73% compared to national low-income average of 27%


  • $3.5M

    POE has contributed over $3.5million to help our students


  • 450

    POE has helped more than 450 students attend college


  • 98%

    Over 98% of all donations go directly to support students

Pursuit of Excellence is committed to graduating low-income students from college

  • Why POE?

    We see ourselves as the tipping point for students being able to afford college.

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  • Success Stories

    POE has helped more than 450 students attend college - meet some of them here.

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  • For Students

    POE provides financial support, mentoring, workshops and internships. See if POE is right for you.

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  • News & Events

    Read more about us in the news.

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Get Involved

Whether it be mentoring, reading student applications, teaching a training session, or providing internships for students, there are many ways to volunteer.

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