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Mission Statement

Upward Scholars empowers low income adults, mostly immigrants working minimum wage jobs, by providing them with financial support, tutoring, and other assistance so they can continue their education, get higher paying jobs, and serve as role models and advocates for their children.


SASS provides our scholarship recipients with the following:

  • Textbooks, which can cost several hundred dollars a semester.
  • Bus passes, which cost $320 a semester, for all students who need to take the bus to college.
  • Tutors, by community volunteers who meet with students at a time and location that is convenient to the student and tutor.
  • Laptops for students who need them.
  • College advising to help students choose classes, resolve financial aid issues, and navigate the college bureaucracy. Silicon Valley Community Foundation makes this possible.

We also have a Conversation Club where students chat informally with community volunteers.


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Would you recommend Upward Scholars?

by Angela T. (September 28, 2017)
Small, but rapidly growing organization with an amazing goal of helping adults reach their dreams! Extremely responsive & helpful staff that is happy to work with volunteers, even remotely. I couldn't be happier that they responded immediately to my inquiry about the volunteer opportunity.