Pacific Life Foundation Donates $1.5 Million to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast
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The Pacific Life Foundation announced in 2021 a $1.5 million transformational grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast. The donation will support a 5-year partnership with the College Bound program, a signature Club initiative that helps to prepare youth in Orange County, CA, for success after high school graduation. The funding will help scale up the program to provide more students access to the year-round program, including daily academic support, numerous college pathway activities, assisting with resource acquisition, and exploring career options. In addition, students will have access to additional college scholarship funds as part of the Foundation’s contribution.

“The College Bound program addresses a critical need in our community. The Pacific Life Foundation’s investment will help expand the program, providing equitable access to resources for students as they complete high school and move on to college,” said Tennyson Oyler, President, Pacific Life Foundation.

Primarily targeting at-risk Orange County youth who face high dropout rates and lack equitable access to resources, opportunities and mentors, College Bound also includes workshops and support for parents, since many of its graduates are the first in their families to pursue education beyond high school. By preparing students and families for the transition of life after graduation, College Bound removes major barriers facing Orange County students who might otherwise see college as unattainable or prohibitively expensive.


  • 5-year Partnership Goal: to scale the College Bound program enrollment from 2,500 to 4,450 students annually
  • $1.5M Investment Breakown: $1M toward growing and sustaining the program & $500K to support the College Bound Scholarship Fund
  • School District Partnership Impact: Newport Mesa Unified School District, Orange Unified School District, and Santa Ana Unified School District
  • Proof of Success: 100% of kids that have gone through the senior program graduate on time and move on to college or other post-secondary education; College Bound Alumni have gone on to attend Stanford University, John Hopkins University, University of California Berkeley, and UCLA

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Meet the Students

Evangelina Ocampo

Evangelina Ocampo has been a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast since 2018 when she was introduced to College Bound her freshman year at Orange High School in Orange, CA. Not only has College Bound given Evangelina the platform to advocate for teen mental health during Good Day LA’s “Your Take” and the Club’s annual Leadership Breakfast, she was also a candidate for the 2021 Youth of the Year scholarship. Now a senior, Evangelina’s goal is to attend an Ivy League school where she plans to double major in Computer Science & Chemistry and minor in Business & Political Science.

Valeria Cabrera

As a first generation college student, Valeria Cabrera knew she had to join the College Bound program in 2017 when first introduced to it at her high school, Samueli Academy in Santa Ana, CA. This year, Valeria was recognized as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast 2021 Youth of the Year, and was awarded $5,000 so she can pursue her higher education goals. Today, Valeria is an active member of the College Bound Alumni Program and attends the University of California, San Diego where she is majoring in Human Development.

Nicolas Sanchez

Nicolas Sanchez has been a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast since 2016 when he joined College Bound as a freshman at Samueli Academy in Santa Ana, CA. With guidance from College Bound, Nicolas was one of the recipients for the 2020 Angels Scholarships from the Angels Baseball Foundation. He was recognized as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast 2020 Youth of the Year and was awarded a scholarship of $2,500. Today, Nicolas is in his second year at the University of California, Riverside where he is majoring in Cell, Molecular, and Development Biology, minoring in Business and aspires to be a physician.  

2019-2020 College Bound Scholarship Recipients

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