UC Merced, Class of 2013

"Being a POE recipient didn't only mean that college would be a bit more affordable, it also meant that the sponsors truly believed in my success."

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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

  • 75%

    POE’s graduation rate is 75% compared to national low-income average of 27%

  • $5.0M

    POE has contributed over $5.0million to help our students

  • 575

    POE has helped more than 575 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

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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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