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, 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.