The College Scholarship Leadership Access Program (CSLAP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (PSJA) North High School alumnus Thomas Ray Garcia.
CSLAP hosts college access events and provide near-peer mentorship for high school students attending schools in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) in South Texas. We cultivate the development of college readiness culture throughout the RGV, social and cultural capital in high schools, and leadership & professional skills in students. By connecting students with local mentors, we aim to increase college enrollment and completion rates.
From 2013-2017, we hosted summer institutes for rising seniors at PSJA ISD. We raised awareness about applying to college through workshops and seminars, provided mentorship through year-long communication, and served as a support system for graduating seniors. Our curriculum served as the basis for PSJA's "University Scholars Enrichment Course."
In 2019, we became an incorporated nonprofit organization in the state of Texas. We have continued our work by partnering with local school districts to host events in classrooms and nonprofits to uplift our community outside the classroom.
We are actively seeking to host events at school districts and recruiting new mentors. If you are a high school counselor or administrator, please contact us. If you are interested in hosting your own event by becoming a mentor, fill out our interest form.