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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.

Based in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, CSLAP teaches college access classes focused on every aspect of the college admissions process. From college discovery to college graduation, our 27 modules are designed to support students from all backgrounds as they apply, transition, and graduate from college. Our programming has been developed for over 10 years, and our lessons are aligned with the high school English TEKS (Texas Essential Skills and Knowledge). We teach our classes during the instructional day at partner schools, after school, and over the summer.

CSLAP also provides personalized college coaching and awards scholarships to high school students. Moreover, we partner with community organizations to work with student populations traditionally underserved in the college admissions process. In doing so, we aim to increase college enrollment rates throughout our region

and to form a support system for students going to and through college.

In 2013, CSLAP was founded as a volunteer-led summer institute for rising seniors at PSJA ISD. For 5 years, we hosted workshops on the college application process, mentored students through year-round communication, and provided college transition support for graduating seniors. Our curriculum became PSJA's University Scholars Enrichment Course for 9th-12th graders. In 2019, we incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

Since our inception, we have directly impacted over 1,420 students, and we continue to work with students throughout their college and career journeys.



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.

The Future


CSLAP works with school districts to ensure every student is college ready by providing high quality college access services.

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