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 Fall 2019 Available Now

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, Milena Miyashiro, at or (650) 383-8927.  

Tutor Request Application for 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 August will be available soon.

Application to Request a Laptop for fall 2019

To request a laptop, you must complete this application no later than Thursday, August 29, 2019 before 5 p.m. if you meet the requirements below:

  • To apply for an Upward Scholars laptop, you must have received an Upward Scholars scholarship for two semesters including this semester.

  • Please do not apply to receive a laptop if you already have a laptop.

  • Recipients will be selected based on their grades, their number of semesters in college, and the information in students' applications.

  • If you have a question about this application, contact Upward Scholars Program Coordinator, Milena Miyashiro, at or (650) 383-8927.

Upward Scholars Conversation Club Meets on August 02; Sign up today!

This is a great opportunity to chat with English native speakers and have a good time too!

When: Friday, August 02 from 7 to 9 p.m.

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

Please complete the RSVP form here.

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

August 16 Back to College Event: Sign up today!

This is a great opportunity to meet successful students and learn about many resources available to students. Ruffle prizes and dinner included!

When: Friday, August 16th from 7:30 to 8:30 P.M.

Where: Sequoia Adult School, room 5, 3247 Middlefield Rd, Menlo Park, CA

Please complete the RSVP form here.

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 Fall 2019

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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


Milena Miyashiro
Upward Scholars
Program Coordinator
(650) 383-8927

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


Diana Viscarra
Student Fellow
(650) 260-4131

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


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

Melissa Martínez
Cañada College

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

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


Kelsey Harrison
College of San Mateo

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)


José 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. 

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.

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.).