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The Wine Press: Trinchero Foundation supports 10,000 Degrees

From the Napa Valley Wine Insider Digest: Oct. 2, 2021 series
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San Rafael – The Roger Trinchero Family Foundation has made a a five-year $100,000 annual grant to 10,000 Degrees to support the organization’s college success program in Napa County.

10,000 Degrees is an organization dedicated to empowering students to enter and graduate college in seven Bay Area counties

The Trinchero grant will allow two 10,000 Degrees fellows to work with Napa Valley Community College students and community college-bound students from the Napa region to engage high school students from across the valley. 

According to the California Student Aid Commission, 56.7% of Napa County high school students are Latinx, and of those students, 74% are from financially disadvantaged households, 36% are English language learners, and only 41% meet A-G requirements. Nearly 60% of Latinx Napa County students graduate from high school without meeting the academic requirements to attend a four-year college.

According to the California Department of Education, more than 80% of students entering community college nationwide indicate a desire to earn a four-year degree, but less than 14% do so.

By comparison, students participating in the 10,000 Degrees college success program transfer to and graduate from four-year colleges at three times the national average.

About the Roger Trinchero Family Foundation The mission of the Roger Trinchero Family Foundation is to support early childhood education and other causes impacting children in Napa County.

In addition to 10,000 Degrees, the Foundation’s current early education recipients are Community Resources for Children, ParentsCAN (a child advocacy network), St. Helena Cooperative Nursery School, St. Helena Preschool for All, the Scout Hall renovation fund, Napa Valley Vine Trail, St. Helena Carpy Gang and Cheer (a recreation program for boys and girls), and CANV – Community Action of Napa Valley - Food Bank.

“If you had asked me when I was a high school senior where I saw myself in 10 years, I could not have imagined that I would be a first-generation college graduate, 10,000 Degrees alumnus, or fortunate enough to work for an organization that truly believes that all students should have the chance to go to college,” said Hugo A. Que, 10,000 Degrees program manager for the Napa region.

“Thanks to receiving a scholarship with the help of 10,000 Degrees, I was able to attend and graduate from California State University Stanislaus. I'm so proud to now be working with 10,000 Degrees to help Napa students reach their own higher education goals.”

To learn more about 10,000 Degrees, visit

NVC's existing student food bank will widen its scope to assist students with food and housing insecurity in seeking other types of aid.

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