The Willie B. Adkins Scholars Program (WBAS) began in 1986 as the Tanner Project. Funded by a three-year federal grant, the program’s objective was to increase the number of African American students enrolling in college. Since the program’s inception it has evolved into a comprehensive community/district co-funded support program for all high school students and their parents.
The program has successfully graduated a number of Vallejo students, primarily of African American descent, who are now returning to the community as professionals to help a new generation of students pursue their college dreams and/or future endeavors.
The WBAS Program has been recognized and featured by KTVU-FOX and KGO-ABC television, and has been honored by the Del Monte Corporation and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) for its exemplary achievements.