The College Awareness Program will award two “Book” Scholarships in 2017! For details, email [email protected] or call the College Awareness Program at 510 569-3864.

The new scholarships will be awarded in memory of Don A. Provost, co-founder of The Scholarship Awareness Program.

This year CAP will postpone its annual College Awareness Night that was scheduled for the last Monday in September 2016. CAP will continue its mission with future events and programming in 2017.

On Friday morning, August 19, 2016, Don A. Provost (age 76) went home to be with his Lord.

dsc_7144Born in Houston, Texas, Don was a graduate of Phillis Wheatley High School and served his country in the Air National Guard.  In 1969, he married Lorraine Kennix.  Don’s love for learning and commitment to higher education began when he studied Architecture at The College of Environmental Design at The University of California – Berkeley where he received is BA in 1972. He completed advanced studies at Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA.

Throughout his career, Don focused on important community work and served in various leadership capacities in the city of East Palo Alto and the Bay Area. In Oakland, he served as Director of Big Brothers of the East Bay and Director of Oakland Citizen’s Community of Urban Renewal. He worked on the BART project with Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Tudor, Bechtel in San Francisco and the MARTA project for the city of Atlanta. Don also worked for the Senator Don Perata before retiring from the state of California, Department of Caltrans, in 2003.  His commitment to the community extended to his volunteer work as well.  He served as a leader in a variety of groups including: Oakland Economic Development Council, East Oakland Fruitvale Planning Center, and East Oakland Credit Union.

His passion has always been education. In 1992, he and his wife Lorraine founded the College Awareness Program (CAP). CAP is a community based organization that encourages, recruits, and places highcongressional-record school students in HBCUs as well as other colleges affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. CAP activities include: College Awareness Night, where students meet with college representatives; Financial Aid Seminars; College Awareness Experience, which provided exposure for high school students to travel to the colleges and universities to experience the life of a college freshman; and continued support services, which provide an extended support system to students in need. Don’s commitment to the community through CAP made it possible for several hundred youth in the Bay area to attend college.

Don deddad-away1icated his life to community service. He was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church. Don served as Commander of the American Legion of Veterans, Former President of the East Oakland Rotary, associate member of East Oakland Hayward Section, National Council of Negro Women, and a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. He volunteered for various community boards and programs. He served on the Committee on Ministry with Presbytery of San Francisco. Many will remember him as an educator, mentor, and friend.

Don will be missed by his wife Lorraine K. Provost, children Chad A. Provost and Shani A. McPherson, grandchildren Cole and Carter Provost, daughter-in-law Nicole Provost, son-in-law, Tian McPherson, his father Percy Provost and a host of brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Stillman College Recruiter Shambria Davis.

On Monday, September 28, 2015, CAP held its 23rd Annual College Awareness Night at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Oakland, CA. Over 125 people  filled the intimate social hall. Several high school students were in attendance to learn about higher education opportunities from local colleges and universities. Many historically black college and university alumni and recruiters were present to provide admission information. Stillman College Admissions Recruiter Shambria Davis attended the college night, “I had the distinct honor and privilege to be a part of the College Awareness Program on behalf of Stillman College as a recruiter and I must say I am thoroughly pleased with the program. Mr. and Mrs. Provost has such an amazing organization that captivates the true essence of empowering and encouraging high school juniors and seniors to attend college,” said Davis.

The college night is held annually every fall. For more information, please contact [email protected]



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Introducing the CAP Diamonds with CAP Co-Founder Lorraine K. Provost (far left)! We’re hard at work preparing for the next generation; hope to see you at the College Awareness Night. If you’re a CAP alum and would like to get involved, please email [email protected]


CAP is hosting it’s 23rd Annual College Awareness Night, Monday, September 28, 2015 from 6-9:00 p..m. at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. Click on the following image for more information: Revised Save the Date082515

In early April 2015, CAP traveled to North Carolina to check in with some of its advocates and to learn first-hand why they continue to support the program. Check out the following video clip and hear first-hand from longstanding supporter JCSU Director of Alumni Affairs Ron Matthews:

cap boardOn Sunday, April 12, 2015, the Montclair Presbyterian Church, Oakland, CA held an information session brunch on behalf of The College Awareness Program. Directly following the church service, members of the congregation and local community were invited to learn more about CAP and its programs.

The Montclair Presbyterian Church is one of the local congregations in the Bay Area that has supported CAP since the 90’s with donations. “It’s important for us to get out into our communities to share our mission. Additionally, financial support is essential to the sustainability of our programs; we are all volunteers and rely on donations and contributions from supporters.” –Lorraine K. Provost, CAP Co-founder.

CAP and Stillman College alumni Chad Provost and Catamera Bobino were present. CAP Board members in attendance included: Traci Harris-Dudley, Marilyn Stovall Bobino, Aumont Phipps, Jean Gregory, and co-founders of the program: Don and Lorraine Provost. Other CAP team members included: Lance Kennix, Joewoen Gregory and Judy Gallardo-Kennix.

If you would like to host a CAP information session, please call 510-569-3864 or send an email to [email protected]

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, CAP attended an award ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina for former Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) President Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy. JCSU named its information and technology hall in honor of Dr. Yancy. The technology center was one of many facilities built on campus during her tenure at the University. She also upgraded the technical capabilities of the school by making JCSU the first HBCU to become an IBM “Thinkpad” University. As a result, every undergraduate student received a laptop.

During the ceremony, CAP presented a small token of appreciation to Dr. Yancy for her invaluable contributions to the program. Dr. Yancy has supported CAP for more than a decade, traveling to Oakland, CA on several occasions to participate in its College Night.

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September 23, 2014

The College Awareness Program founded by Lorraine & Don Provost, 22 years ago, still looking for “Diamonds in the Rough.”  Diamonds in the rough are students that we find, take them off to see the colleges, get them in and follow them until they graduate.

They are “shined and polished” – educated and they become contributing adults in our communities. The program was founded originally in Oakland to introduce students in the Bay Area , to less familiar, small liberal arts colleges, that have lots of scholarships to offer to deserving students.

Over the years, hundreds of students have been introduced to these colleges, as well as many other colleges, via the “Annual College Awareness Night.  Not only will there be representatives from these colleges promoted by the Provosts, but many other colleges, including representatives from some local colleges.  Admission criteria, financial aid, scholarship opportunities and college life will be just some of the topics. Admission is free to all, including refreshments with a few prizes to be given away. The program is on Monday, September 29, 2014, Saint Benedict’s Church Social Hall, 2245 – 82nd Ave. and Bancroft Ave., Oakland, CA, 6:30 – 9:00 P.M.  Students are advised  to bring copies of their transcripts and to be accompanied by their parents ,  guardians, church members or organization members to support them and  assist them  in understanding information distributed.  For additional information, contact L. Provost at 510 569-3864.