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Central Valley Scholars Presents The

Themtorship Program

About The Program

The Themtorship Program was created by and for first-generation, undocumented, and Black students in the San Joaquin Valley to be supported and celebrated during their undergraduate application process. The program was founded with the understanding that students in the Central Valley, especially those with oppressed identities, have little to no resources when applying to college and often encounter racist, misogynistic, and homo/transphobic administrators and spaces in which they cannot be their authentic selves. 


Addressing this, the Themtorship Program not only provides the tools, information, and support students need to submit successful applications to undergraduate universities, but also the space for them to dream of the university they deserve. Through the use of virtual trainings, in-person community gatherings, identity-alike leadership, continuous check-ins, and constant resource sharing, the program actively works to dismantle issues of poverty, racism, xenophobia, homo/transphobia, and other oppressions that block Central Valley students from higher education opportunities. For the 2023-2024 Themtorship cohort, we hope to build a community of diverse Central Valley students who are loved, encouraged, and believed in throughout their entire college application process.


This program follows a hybrid model of mostly virtual and some in-person gatherings between August 2023 and May 2024.

Meet Our Past Cohort >>


Program Details


  • This is a 10 month program beginning in August 2023 and ending in May 2024.

  • This program follows a hybrid model of both virtual and in-person trainings and convenings. 

  • There will be virtual trainings and individual check-ins every month, along with in-person convenings at the end of every academic semester.


  • Must be enrolled in a high school, charter school, G.E.D school, continuation school or community college in the San Joaquin Valley during the 2023-2024 academic year 

  • Must be applying to an undergraduate university during the 2023 application cycle

  • Must identify as a first- generation, undocumented, and/or Black student 


  • Applications are due June 5, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

  • Students can apply here. Students can save their application and make edits later; however they cannot edit after submission. 

  • For any questions or accommodations please contact us.

Themtee Benefits

What benefits do students receive for joining the program? Well it's a lot! Here's a summary: 

  • $500 scholarship 

  • A free laptop & wifi hotspot 

  • Four additional college application fee waivers sponsored by Central Valley Scholars 

  • A personal Themtor that provides one-on-one support on the entire college application process 

  • 6 hours of free therapy with the Onyx Trauma Healing Center

  • Participation in a cohort-based support group and peer learning community over the course of 10 months


Meet The Themtees


Learn more about our 2022-2023 Themtoship cohort here and read their testimonials below! 

“You all meet us at our level… It’s not a college boot camp, but gives space to reflect and build community all while being effective in achieving our goals… And small things like the care packages and bigger things like the therapy… you make us feel seen as humans, not just kids that need to get to college.” 

- Themtee (2022-2023 Cohort)

Frequently Asked Questions

Have additional questions? Contact Us. Themtorship Program Terms and Conditions.

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