What We Make Possible
Our Impact | Student Stories | Alum Stories
Serving immigrants and first-generation Americans who are vital to the economy and social fabric of our communities, Upward Scholars is the only nonprofit in the Bay Area that offers financial and one-on-one academic support so adult scholars can achieve their educational goals and advance their careers. As a result of our work, students continue their education, get higher paying jobs, and serve as role models and advocates for their children and our community. Read about our students here and our alums here.
Upward Scholars helps students move up the economic ladder.
Some students move from low-wage occupations into middle-wage occupations that pay between $18 and $30 per hour. Others start their own businesses or earn certificates in areas such as medical assisting or bookkeeping. A few earn associate degrees and transfer to four-year universities.
Upward Scholars students are better parents.
By attending college and becoming proficient in English, Upward Scholars students are able to help their children with homework, communicate with their children's teachers, and instill in their children the value of education.
Upward Scholars student success leads to success for everyone in our community.
Educating low-income adults is an investment in the human capital of our region and generates net gains in the form of increased tax revenues, lower social welfare payments, and greater civic engagement.