What is REAP?
The Rural Education for Americans Project (R.E.A.P.) is a non-profit foundation in California’s Central Valley that strives to promote educational opportunities for children of immigrants in rural farming communities. California’s agricultural industry has flourished as a result of the labor of hard-working immigrants. It is the aim of the REAP foundation to provide their children with guidance and incentive to seek higher education and become leaders and role models for future generations. REAP targets students from low income families in which the parents are first generation immigrants without college degrees from the United States. In other words, REAP strives to help those students whose parents are least equipped to help them get to college.
Create a college-going culture in communities with few graduate role models by incentivising students to achieve academically
Familiarize students and their families with the various pathways to college and help them stay on the college track
In addition to providing REAP scholarships, help students identify and secure additional college funding
Encourage students to set high standards and create opportunities for them to develop and practice leadership skills
REAP allowed for many of us to leave our little farming community and learn and be successful, REAP told us that our hard work did matter. I am forever grateful for the help REAP gave me, it gave me reason to push myself in high school and allowed me to be able to attend a CSU.
REAP helped me stay motivated in high school to get better grades. Then while in college, my REAP scholarship decreased the financial burden and allowed mem to focus on my studies.
Having the support from REAP was incredible because it helped a lot of first-generation students receive a great education which changed our lives. I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now if it wasn’t for the support that REAP provided to me and other students at LHS. Education has the power to transform lives and I am certainly an example of that.
I majored in Political Science/Journalism. I plan to continue working in public policy that focuses on social equity and opportunity for youth in the child welfare and justice systems. Programs like REAP help break socioeconomic barriers and make higher education more obtainable for first-generation and low-income students.
The REAP program makes the college aspiration a reality. I think it shows Lindsay learners that assistance in education does exist, and that going to college is a possibility.
I graduated with a double major in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies. I am currently in law school working on my J.D. with plans of becoming a criminal defense attorney. REAP allowed me to pursue a goal that seemed unattainable before. For many people like myself, it is a source of courage and freedom to tread new waters and reach our full potential as students.
Incentive-based scholarships that promote elevated standards supported by peer mentorship
REAP-funded Club Advisors provide additional support for students along the college track
Student and parent workshops help in the preparation and transition process into college