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 provides personalized one-on-one sessions for high school students attending schools in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) in South Texas. CSLAP expands opportunities, enhances applications, and grants scholarships. In doing so, CSLAP aims to increase college enrollment rates and form a support system for students going to and through college.
From 2013-2017, we hosted summer institutes for rising seniors at PSJA ISD. We raised awareness about applying to college through workshops, provided mentorship through year-long communication, and provided transition support for graduating seniors. Our curriculum became PSJA's University Scholars Enrichment Course.
In 2019, we became an incorporated nonprofit organization. We have continued our work by partnering with local school districts to teach college access lessons and with nonprofits to uplift our community outside the classroom.
CSLAP is founded by college freshmen and PSJA North graduates. Begins hosting summer institutes at PSJA ISD.
CSLAP is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Begins partnering with local school districts and organizations.
CSLAP hosts third summer institute at PSJA ISD. Develops academic year curriculum on college access.
CSLAP expands operating model to deliver college access services in classrooms, award scholarships and grant community aid.
CSLAP hosts fifth summer institute. Expands to University Scholars Enrichment Course for 9th-12th graders at PSJA ISD.
CSLAP works with school districts to ensure every student is college ready by providing high quality college access services.