About Us

Who We Are  |  Our Story  |  Staff and Board  |  Partners and Supporters


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Upward Scholars, then known as Sequoia District Adult School Scholars or SASS, was founded in 2009 by Sequoia District Adult School staff and volunteers committed to enabling adult school students to continue their education at community college. 

Thanks to initial partnerships with Sequoia District Adult School and Cañada College and the work of an active and committed board of directors, Upward Scholars has been increasing the breadth and depth of its support ever since. 

Upward Scholars provided its first scholarships in summer 2011 to two ESL students transitioning from adult school to community college. This spring we're supporting more than 200! 

While the majority of our students are graduates of Sequoia District Adult School, we also support students who transition to college from other adult schools and community-based organizations in San Mateo County. Most students attend Cañada College, a few attend the College of San Mateo and Skyline College. 

You can find out more about our programs here

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