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At South Central Scholars, our mission is to help motivated, underserved students break the cycle of marginalization and achieve success in college, career and beyond. Working in Los Angeles County, South Central Scholars is committed to bridging the college achievement gap for first generation college students through a unique seven-step replicable model proven to establish a foundation for lifelong success. Many high-achieving high school students from low income families lack the necessary resources to define and support their educational and professional goals. Our core belief is that a college education is the only reliable and predictable way for underserved youth to achieve their full potential.
SCS was founded in 2001 to support one student matriculating at the University of California, Berkeley. The next year, we grew to support 32 students. Today, approximately 1,200 students are either in our program currently or recent college graduates, including 691 graduated scholars and over 100 freshmen students in the high school class of 2017.
To date, SCS has distributed close to $4 million in scholarships!
South Central Scholars provides financial and academic support, and mentorship and career development guidance to talented and motivated students who may otherwise be misinformed or unsure of their career prospects. We are unique among organizations doing similar work by being a comprehensive college access and college success organization. We provide hands-on guidance and support to ensure acceptance to elite colleges, college scholarships all four years of college, and an academic summer program in partnership with USC to prepare students in college writing, calculus, and critical thinking. We provide ongoing counseling, mentoring, and career development support throughout college. The pillars of our program are college counseling, Summer Academy, financial scholarships, career counseling, mentorships, internships, and job assistance, forming a comprehensive approach to academic achievement and career development every step of the way.
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