Financial Aid, Partnerships and Sponsorships
ATS is a self-supporting, nonprofit organization which receives no federal or state funding. In the past, some support has come from Sac State, corporate sponsors, local organizations, and individuals seeking to provide academically challenging opportunities and experiences for a diversity of students from throughout the Sacramento region.
Participant fees are charged for each course to cover program costs. Students may also be required to purchase textbooks.
ATS recognizes that some families' financial circumstances make it difficult to participate in classes. To provide equal educational opportunities for all qualified students regardless of the financial resources of the family, ATS offers scholarships and financial aid for summer classes. Over $59,000 in testing fee waivers and financial aid was awarded to students last year.
Each year, ATS provides generous financial aid to students from low-income families who otherwise might not be able to attend due to costs. The ATS Financial Aid Committee carefully reviews each application and allocates funds for full or partial support for one class. Applicants whose family income levels are lowest are awarded larger scholarships than those reporting higher incomes. Because funds are limited, scholarships are provided for only one class per student. This allows ATS to provide support to the greatest number of applicants possible.
The Target Schools campaign was established to increase access to academic opportunities for students who otherwise may not be able to attend due to economic hardships. Through this project, ATS identifies schools in the Sacramento area who have a statewide rank of 3 or lower on the Academic Performance Index and that serve a high percentage of low-income families. Once selected, highly able and motivated students from these Target Schools are encouraged to participate in academically advanced courses in ATS.
Gregory Glenn Memorial Scholarship
Established by the late Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Thomas, in honor of their son who died in 1973 at the age of 21, the Gregory Glenn Thomas Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an economically disadvantaged student from the Lodi/Stockton area who demonstrates outstanding academic potential.
Kinder Morgan Foundation
The Kinder Morgan Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Kinder Morgan, one of the nation’s largest energy transportation, storage, and distribution companies. The foundation is committed to investing in today’s youth by increasing the availability of opportunities for them to learn and grow. It proudly supports programs that advanced the academic and artistic interests of K-12 math, music, and science students. The Kinder Morgan Foundation is a 2014 supporter of ATS’ Target Schools Campaign.
Rodger Bishton Memorial Scholarship
This award honors the memory of Dr. Rodger Bishton, Sacramento State Professor Emeritus, who served as Director of Research for Academic Talent Search until his passing in 2003. The scholarship is awarded each year to an economically disadvantaged student who displays outstanding merit and achievement.
Voula Steinberg Memorial Scholarship
These scholarships, established by the late Mr. David Steinberg, honor Mrs. Voula Steinberg who taught mathematics at John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento for many years. Mrs. Steinberg's students learned to love the beauty and simplicity of mathematics. During the 1980s, Mrs. Steinberg also taught Fast-Paced Mathematics with ATS. These scholarships are awarded each year to economically disadvantaged students who seek to further their mathematical excellence through ATS' Fast-Paced or Transition math courses.
The Golden 1 Credit Union
The Golden 1 Credit Union is the proud sponsor of ATS' Money Management course. As California's leading financial cooperative, The Golden 1 Credit Union is the sixth largest credit union in the United States with $6 billion in assets and more than 600,000 members. The Golden 1 Credit Union has 74 offices, more than 270 ATMs, and more than 25,000 network ATMs nationwide. A wide range of low-cost consumer financial products and high-quality service are provided to members.
Sacramento Theatre Company
The Sacramento Theatre Company (STC) is pleased to offer one full scholarship to its Young Professionals Conservatory to an outstanding ATS acting student. Sacramento's premiere professional theatre company, STC presents over 300 performances of contemporary and traditional works each year. Through its Young Professionals Conservatory, an intensive 10 month after school and weekend program, STC is training the next generation of theatre artists.