For Students

This page provides important information for Upward Scholars students and prospective students. 

Prospective Students

We provide support for adults who are working low-wage jobs and:

  • completed an ESL program at a local adult school (e.g., Sequoia Adult School, San Mateo Adult School) or tested out of the English proficiency exam, and are enrolled in ESL classes at a SMCCD campus (i.e., Cañada, College of San Mateo, Skyline); or

  • completed a High School Equivalency program at a local adult school (e.g., Sequoia Adult School, San Mateo Adult School) and are enrolled in classes at a SMCCD campus (i.e., Cañada, College of San Mateo, Skyline).

Qualifying students continue their education in community college, get higher-paying jobs and serve as role models and advocates for their children and our community.

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Upward Scholars Applications for New and Returning Students for Summer and Fall 2019 Available Now

The deadline for completing the summer application is Friday, June 14.

Summer Application for New Students
Summer Application for Returning Students

The deadline for completing the fall application is Thursday, August 29.

Fall Application for New Students
Fall Application for Returning Students

Application to Request an Upward Scholars Tutor

If you’d like to work with an Upward Scholars tutor, complete the tutor request form. If you have questions about the tutoring program, contact Upward Scholars Coordinator, Elizabeth Kapadia, at or (650) 241-8601.  

Tutor Request Application for Summer and Fall

Food Voucher

You can get free lunches and dinners through the Upward Scholars Food Voucher Program at Cañada College. With this program, you will be able to purchase The Meal Deal. You can pick up your meals at the Bookstore and Pony Espresso (Coffee Kiosk next to building 13). The application to request a food voucher for June will be available soon.

ESL Conversation Club at Cañada College Fall 2019

Practice speaking English in a fun group. Drop in any time! Clubs are sponsored by Upward Scholars but all ESL students are welcome. 

When: Every Monday  at 11:00 a.m.
             Every Thursday at 11:00 a.m.

Where: Learning Center, room 9-251 C

Progress Reports for Fall 2019: Due Friday, October 18

You have to give your progress report to your teacher on Monday, October 14th or earlier and return the progress report to Upward Scholars no later than Friday, October 18th. You need a progress report for each class you are taking except PE classes. Note that If you don't submit your progress reports on time, you are not eligible to apply for another Upward Scholars scholarship.

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Important Dates for Summer and Spring 2019

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Upward Scholars Drop-in Hours for Summer and Fall 2019

Drop-in hours are held on Thursdays from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. at Upward Scholars office, First Church, 1155 Broadway #130, Redwood City, CA.

If you need to make an appointment at a different time, please call Tania Ventura, our coordinator, at (650) 649-8883.

Please note that drop-in appointments are on a first come first serve basis.

Where to get help

This chart shows you whom to contact if you have an Upward Scholars scholarship and need help choosing classes, finding a tutor, getting your laptop fixed, etc.

Tutoring program and Upward Scholars scholarships


Elizabeth Kapadia
Upward Scholars
Program Coordinator

(650) 241-8601

Clipper transit cards, food vouchers, Upward Scholars scholarships, adding or dropping a class, basic computer problems


Tania Ventura
Student Fellow
(650) 649-8883

Help with any questions about the program.


Linda Prieto,PhD
Upward Scholars
Executive Director
(650) 383-8449

Help choosing classes, writing resumes, applying for jobs, etc. 


Elizabeth Weal

Cañada College: Academic advice, financial aid, class registration for ESL students


Liliana Campos
Sequoia District Adult School

Career Navigator
(650) 306-8866 ext. 77935

Diana Espinosa
Cañada College
Retention Specialist  for students in Level 2 and Level 3 ESL classes
Program: (650) 306-3388
Text: (650) 260-5270

Melissa Martinez
Cañada College

Basic Skills Retention Specialist  for ESL students in Level 4 and 400, or ENG 827 and 847
(650) 306 3356

San Mateo College: Academic Advice, financial  aid, class registration for ESL and HSE studetns


Kelsey Harrison
San Mateo College

Transition Coordinator
(650) 378-7245

Skyline College: Academic advice, financial aid, class registration for ESL and HSE students


Stacy Nojima
Skyline College

Transition Coordinator
(650) 738-7106

Cañada College: EOPS (a scholarship for students taking 12 or more units)


Jose Romero
College Program Services Coordinator
(650) 306-3465

Broken laptops


Sue Kayton
(650) 853-1711

Internet for Low-Income Families

If you have children who participate in the free or reduced-cost school lunch program, you can receive the Internet in your home for about $10 a month. You can review the information in English or Spanish

Low-cost Computer Software for College Students

If you are a community college student, you can purchase software very cheaply from this Web site. Note that you need to use your school email address when you make the purchase.

Scholarship for Undocumented Students

Check out Dreamers Roadmap for a list of scholarship for undocumented students. It’s also an app. 

Paying for a Four-Year College 

This calculator will help undocumented students determine if they can receive in-state tuition if they transfer to a four-year college. 

Food Assistance Available

If you’re low-income and live in San Mateo County, you can receive free food.  Call Food Connection at 1-800-984-3663, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, to learn about available food resources (pick up, delivery, meals, etc.).