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Volunteers Dilan Oezkan, Jesus Bravo, Milton Cruz, and Leslie Merino share their college experiences with high school scholars.
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From Scholars to Volunteers: Supporting the Next Generation of Simon Scholars

As a high school scholar, Jesus Bravo admired the alumni who shared their college experiences and advice. Years later, after graduating from the University of California, Riverside, Jesus’ journey as a Simon Scholar came full circle when he volunteered for an alumni panel discussion. “Being able to participate in that Q&A session made me realize that I am now in the same shoes as those volunteers I looked up to.

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2024 Schedule of College Tours
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Simon Scholars Announces 2024 Schedule of College Tours

Each year, Simon Scholars provides all of its students with an opportunity to participate in cross-country college tours covering the East and West coasts. This offering is part of the Meaningful Experiences module of the overall Simon Scholars program. More than 190 juniors will be attending these tours in 2024, representing nearly 100% of the current Simon Scholars at the junior-class level. The 2024 schedule of Simon Scholars college tours

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Discover Simon Scholars: More Than a Scholarship Program

“Having been born to immigrant parents, I have always deeply appreciated the opportunities afforded to me by living in America.” And that’s exactly what Simon Scholars founder Ronald M. Simon wants to pass on: opportunities. Mr. Simon’s life story is one of hard work, integrity, and unwavering perseverance. So are the stories of countless Orange County students who show leadership in the midst of adversity. The Simon Scholars program was

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Simon Scholars Celebrates 20 Years Helping Students Realize Their Potential and Achieve Their Dreams
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Simon Scholars Celebrates 20 Years Helping Students Realize Their Potential and Achieve Their Dreams

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Jan. 16, 2024 – Simon Scholars, a unique program designed to help students excel both academically and socially, is marking its 20th year of providing vital support that begins at the end of a student’s sophomore year in high school and continues through the completion of college. Over that two-decade span, the organization has launched dozens of initiatives with the goal of assisting those students in

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Partnership with Breakthrough SJC
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Simon Scholars Announces Partnership with Breakthrough SJC

For over two decades, the Simon Scholars program has offered exceptional support to students in high school through college and beyond. The program’s services are tailored to support individuals navigating the challenges of pursuing a four-year college degree and a fulfilling career. Simon Scholars has now partnered with Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano in an effort to broaden its reach throughout the South Orange County region. Breakthrough SJC is a community-based

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Simon Scholars Program Offers Life-Changing Opportunity to NMUSD Students
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Simon Scholars Program Offers Life-Changing Opportunity to NMUSD Students

The library at Costa Mesa High School (CMHS) is filled with attentive 10th-graders as Juan Sigala begins his presentation on the Simon Scholar Program. All eyes are on the assistant director of scholar recruitment as he asks general questions about the challenges they believe they face in getting into college, tossing out yellow star-shaped stress balls to anyone who answers. On the screen behind Sigala is a photo of CMHS graduate

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California State University
College Access

California State University to Close Campuses for In-Person Instruction This Fall  

California State University system will continue to be held online through the fall 2020 term because of the spread of the coronavirus. Keeping classes online is necessary because of “evolving data surrounding the progression” of the virus, Chancellor Tim White said during a CSU trustee meeting, alluding to public health experts forecasting further waves of the virus later this year. He left the door open, however, to resuming some in-person

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Ruby Mejia’s Interview
Alumni Pave The Way

Ruby Mejia’s Interview

Today, we wanted to introduce an amazing alumni leader that is paving the way for future Simon Scholars in the educational field. Ruby Mejia graduated from California State University, Fullerton and is currently a Spanish teacher at Newport Mesa Unified School District. As a proactive alumni she continues to be involved with the Simon Scholars Alumni group and volunteers her time mentoring high school and college scholars. Click the video

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Class of 2021 SAT and ACT Testing
College Access

UC’s Announcement Regarding the Class of 2021 SAT and ACT Testing

The University of California announced on Tuesday, March 31 that they will take a number of steps to temporarily adjust admissions requirements, so students and families will have one less thing to worry about during this COVID-19 pandemic. The measures include suspending the letter grade requirement for academic classes taken in winter, spring or summer terms of 2020; providing flexibility for students who need more time to meet registration, deposit

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Simon Scholars Physician Assistant Program at Chapman University
College Scholars Tomorrow

Chapman Physician Assistant Simon Scholarship Opportunity

This year we announced an exciting new scholarship opportunity for graduate students, the Simon Scholars Physician Assistant Program at Chapman University. This program provides 10 full-tuition scholarships a year and is designed to help fill a critical need in the healthcare field for more Physician Assistants (PAs). Like the Simon Scholars Program, it provides opportunities for underserved students to move from “adversity to accomplishment” and, in this case, to earn

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BECOME A SIMON SCHOLAR

Our application cycle for this year
is now closed.

If you have questions about your application for this cycle please email your questions to recruitment@simonscholars.org.

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