The College Awareness Program

Not your average college tour

Unlike most college tours, CAP offers students the rare opportunity to travel to different college campuses and become a part of the college life for a week. The participants receive dorm housing and meals, sit in on class sessions, and attend events while visiting the schools. Students also meet with academic advisors regarding admission opportunities.

CAP Alum: Maurice Williams

Hometown: Oakland, CA
College: Stillman College
Maurice graduated from Stillman College with a BA in History, in 2007. He attended Pepperdine University in 2008, graduating with a MA in Public Policy in 2010.

CAP Alum: Sherice Nelson

Hometown: Oakland, CA
College: Johnson C. Smith University
Sherice Nelson graduated from Holy Names High School in 2005. She graduated from Stillman with degrees in English and History in 2008.

CAP Alum: Zubida Bakheit

Hometown: Oakland, CA
College: Johnson C. Smith University
Zubida provides her personal narrative about her CAP experience: “First, I would like to give the highest honors and credit to Mr. Don Provost for the College Awareness…

What is the College Awareness Program?

The College Awareness Program is a community based program that encourages, recruits and places high school students into Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other colleges related to the Presbyterian Church USA.

In Their Own Words

Making my decision to join the College Awareness Program solidified a gateway to countless opportunities and a new found perspective on what it means to achieve.

–Jade Mapp, Shaw University


  • Maurice Williams

    Maurice Williams
    Hometown: Oakland, [...]
  • Sherice Nelson

    Sherice Nelson
    Hometown: Oakland, [...]
  • Jade Mapp

    Jade Mapp
    Hometown: Sacramento, [...]

The College Awareness Program

Diamonds in the rough