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.
Upward Scholars Applications for New and Returning Students for Fall 2019 are now CLOSED
However, the Application to Request an Upward Scholars Tutor is Still Available HERE
If you’d like to work with an Upward Scholars tutor during the Fall 2019 semester, complete the tutor request form here. If you have questions about the tutoring program, contact Upward Scholars Coordinator, Milena Miyashiro, at email@example.com or (650) 383-8927.
Upward Scholars Conversation Club Meets on November 15
This is a great opportunity to chat with English native speakers and have a good time too!
When: Friday, November 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Sequoia Adult School (second floor), 3247 Middlefield Rd, Menlo Park, CA
RSVP here. We’ll have pie.
Upward Scholars Food Voucher Program - December 2019
If you are a current Upward Scholars student attending Cañada College, you can also apply for a Food Voucher each month. The December Food Voucher application will be available end of November. Every Thursday, Skyline College will host a Free Community Market from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm in front of Building 4.
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.
August 26 - December 5, 2019
When: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. and again on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Learning Center, room 9-251 C
Questions: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to get help
This chart shows you whom to contact if you receive financial assistance from Upward Scholars and need help choosing classes, finding a tutor, getting your laptop fixed, etc.
Clipper transit cards, food vouchers, adding or dropping a class
Help with any questions about the program.
Help choosing classes, writing resumes, applying for jobs, etc.
Cañada College: Academic advice, financial aid, class registration for ESL students
Retention Specialist for students in Level 2 and Level 3 ESL classes
Program: (650) 306-3388
Text: (650) 260-5270
Basic Skills Retention Specialist for ESL students in Level 4 and 400, or ENG 827 and 847
(650) 306 3356
Janet Ramírez Hernández
ACCEL Transition Coordinator
(650) 306-3473 email@example.com
San Mateo College: Academic Advice, financial aid, class registration for ESL and HSE studetns
College of San Mateo
Skyline College: Academic advice, financial aid, class registration for ESL and HSE students
Cañada College: EOPS (a scholarship for students taking 12 or more units)
College of San Mateo: EOPS (a scholarship for students taking 12 or more units)
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.
Check out Fiscal Tiger’s guide for DACA and undocumented students which helps explain the basics of financial aid for undocumented and DACA students. It also provides useful scholarship information, including a list of nationally recognized scholarships that do not require proof of residency in the United States, and which are specifically aimed for aiding undocumented students. Additional financial aid resources and legal aid are presented as well.
College Guide Series for Undocumented Students
The information presented in these guides can start a student well on their path to success.
College Success Guide - https://thebestschools.org/resources/undocumented-students-guide-college/
College Protections - https://thebestschools.org/resources/colleges-protect-undocumented-students/
Knowing Your Rights - https://thebestschools.org/resources/undocumented-students-rights/
Advocacy and Support - https://thebestschools.org/resources/undocumented-students-advocacy-support/
DACA and Key Legislature - https://thebestschools.org/resources/undocumented-students-daca-laws/
Financial Aid Guide - https://thebestschools.org/resources/undocumented-students-financial-aid/
Best Colleges Ranking - https://thebestschools.org/resources/colleges-undocumented-students/
Online College Options - https://thebestschools.org/resources/undocumented-students-online-college-guide/
Life After College: A Guide to Undocumented Students - https://immigrantsrising.org/wp-content/uploads/Immigrants-Rising_Life-After-College.pdf
Paying for a Four-Year College
This calculator will helPaying 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. p 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, meals, etc.).
Mental Health Resources
If you are facing any life challenges, please go to the following link of resources available at Cañada College:
NannyUp is a program from Upward Scholars and The Institute for Families and Nannies that helps you advance in your nanny career. The Web site is here.
Life After College Guide by Immigrants Rising
A guide for undocumented students available here.