For Students

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

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Upward Scholars Applications for New and Returning Students

We will have applications for spring 2019 available in December.

Application to Request an Upward Scholars Tutor

If you’d like to work with an Upward Scholars tutor, complete this application. If you have questions about the tutoring program, contact Upward Scholars Coordinator, Tania Ventura,  at (650) 649-8883.  


Upward Scholars Progress Reports for Fall 2018: Due  October 19th

Upward Scholars progress reports for fall 2018 are now available. You have to give your progress report to your teacher on October 15th or earlier and return the progress report to Upward Scholars no later than October 19th.  Note that you need a progress report for each class you are taking except PE classes. 

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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. To receive a food voucher for November, you have to complete this application.

Upward Scholars Conversation Club/Pie Fest Meets November 16

When: Friday, November 16th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Where: Sequoia Adult School (3247 Middlefield Rd, Menlo Park) 

Parking: You can park in the parking lot behind Sequoia Adult School; access from Sixth Avenue, around the side of the school and through the gate. If that lot is full, you can park across the street at Garfield School, 3600 Middlefield Road.   

What’s a pie fest? A Conversation Club tradition where, in honor of Thanksgiving, friends bring pies to share. You can sign up to bring a pie when you RSVP, but it’s not a requirement!

RSVP here.

ESL Conversation Club at Cañada College Fall 2018

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

When:  Mon 12-1:00 pm.
              Tue  12-1:00 pm.
              Wed 6 - 7 pm

Where: In the Learning Center. Ask at the front desk for the room number.

Important Dates for Summer and Fall 2018

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FREE Beginning and Advanced Computer Class available now! 

You’re invited to attend a beginning and advanced computer class in Mountain View. 

Address: 2061 Landings Dr. Mountain View CA 94043

When: Saturdays 11:30 to 1:30

You don’t need to register to attend. Just go to the class and say you’re from Upward Scholars.

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.

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


Tania Ventura
Upward Scholars Coordinator
(650) 649-8883

Help with any questions about the program.


Linda Prieto,PhD
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


Melissa Martinez
Sequoia District Adult School
Transition Specialist
(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

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.).