Working Scholars Named California Nonprofit of the Year by Senator Jerry Hill

Share Article’s Working Scholars Program Helps Bay Area Residents Earn a Bachelor’s Degree at No Cost is proud to announce that Senator Jerry Hill has selected its Working Scholars program as the Nonprofit of the Year for California’s 13th Senate District. The program gives residents of select Bay Area cities the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree at no cost. The award was given as part of California Nonprofits Day on June 6.

The Working Scholars program is making an impact in three cities in the 13th Senate District: Mountain View, Sunnyvale and East Palo Alto. Each of those cities has its own Working Scholars chapter, allowing participants to complete college credit-recommended courses on Credits then transfer to Thomas Edison State University (a four-year accredited state university), where participants complete final requirements and earn their bachelor’s degree. The program is also available in Gilroy.

To date, Working Scholars in 13th Senate District cities have completed close to 850 courses and have earned more than 2,500 college credits.’s self-paced online courses offer a flexible format for students juggling work and family commitments. Courses are available on desktop and mobile and are divided up into short, 5-minute video lessons so participants can fit learning into their busy schedules.

“The cost of living in the Bay Area continues to climb, making it increasingly difficult for working adults to afford to stay in the area they love and pursue higher education at the same time. Working Scholars enables our community members to achieve this critical goal by leveraging technology in an unprecedented way, to dramatically increase the quality of higher education while drastically reducing its costs,” said Adrian Ridner, CEO & Co-founder of “We’re honored that Senator Jerry Hill selected the Working Scholars program as a 2018 Nonprofit of the Year. We share the belief that a bachelor’s degree is the key to upward mobility, and we hope to bring the program to even more Bay Area residents.”

Nonprofit of the Year awards were celebrated at a luncheon in Sacramento. Around one hundred nonprofits were honored by their state senators and assembly members.

“Nonprofits make California communities stronger, yet we’re often so busy that we don’t toot our own horns about the work we’re doing,” said Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). “California Nonprofits Day is an opportunity for our elected officials to recognize the good work they see nonprofits doing in their districts, and it also demonstrates the larger collective impact of nonprofits throughout California.”

Learn more about the Working Scholars program at

About is an online education platform that helps learners of all ages excel academically and close skills gaps. From test prep and homework help to earning low-cost college credit and developing workplace skills,’s online courses, short animated video lessons and study tools have made learning simple for over 30 million students, teachers and working professionals. was founded in 2002 and is a privately-held company located in Mountain View, Calif. Find us online at or download the mobile app from the iOS app store or Google Play. Working Scholars is a fiscal sponsorship fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity registered in the United States, EIN# 20-5205488.

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