For Students

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

Upward Scholars Applications for Fall 2018  

If you have questions about completing the Upward Scholars application, please contact our coordinator, Tania Ventura, at or (650) 649-8883.

 The deadline for completing the Upward Scholars scholarship application for fall is July 15th.

 You must register for fall classes and apply for a Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOG) before completing an Upward Scholars scholarship application for fall

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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.  

Conversation Club Meets on July 20; Sign Up Today!

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

When: Friday, July 20th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Where: Sequoia Adult School, 3247 Middlefield Rd, Menlo Park. 

RSVP: Click here

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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ESL Conversation Club  at Canada College Spring 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. with Jenni, 9-257A
              Tue  12-1:00 pm. with Kate, 9-257A
              Wed 5:30-6:30 pm. with Meg, 9-257A
              Thurs 5:30-6:30 pm. with Gami, 9-254

Where: In the Learning Center, behind the STEM tutoring area. 

Important Dates for Summer and Fall 2018

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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.

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Tania Ventura
Upward Scholars Coordinator
(650) 649-8883

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


Elizabeth Weal
Upward Scholars Director

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

Sequoia District Adult School office: Academic advice, financial aid, class registration for HSE students


Liliana Campos
Sequoia Adult School

Transitional Specialist
(650) 306-8866 ext. 77905

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


Jose Romero
Canada College

(650) 306-3465

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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