High touch program thoughtfully designed for first-generation college students to ensure college readiness and success both academically and socially.

Simon Scholars is a unique scholarship program that begins at the end of a student’s sophomore year in high school and continues through the completion of college. It is designed to help students facing difficult life and economic circumstances to excel academically and socially so they can successfully complete a 4-year college degree and pursue a meaningful career.

During high school, students receive a laptop computer, networking skills and etiquette training, academic support, leadership training and community service opportunities. Scholars are also provided with an intensive college preparatory program, which includes ACT and SAT courses, a stipend for additional academic programs, college tours and assistance in the college application process. Following the completion of high school, Simon Scholars receive a $16,000 college scholarship.

Our Model

Our Program Coordinators have a caseload of 32 – 40 Scholars, compared to CA counselors having a ratio 1016:1, according to the American School Counselor Association.

Comprehensive guidance through the college admissions process from beginning to end.


  • Bi-weekly evidence based curriculum
  • Personalized college advising
  • Customized best fit/ best match college lists
  • SAT / ACT Preparation
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Access to college partnership network
Cultivating leaders who impact their communities in positive ways.


  • Mentorship via Program Coordinators and Staff
  • Engagement with College Partners
  • Leadership framework based on Sean Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
  • Community service opportunities
  • Development of essential “Soft Skills”
  • Alumni Association to support
Providing unique experiences for Scholars to expand their perspective of the world through exposure to new activities, cultures, and places.


  • Regional and National College Tours
  • High Ropes Course
  • Senior Fall Retreat
  • Leadership Symposium
  • College Fairs
  • Networking dinners and mixers

Program Eligibility

*Class Of 2021

  • Attending Partner High School
  • First-Generation College Student
  • Low Income
  • High-Achieving (3.5+ GPA)
  • Demonstrated Leadership
  • Personal Adversity
  • Aspiration to attend 4-year college

*Class Of 2021

Partner High Schools

Rancho Alamitos High School
Orange County
Los Amigos High School
Orange County
Garden Grove High School
Orange County
Costa Mesa High School
Orange County
Estancia High School
Orange County
Segerstrom High School
Orange County
Saddleback High School
Orange County
Samueli Academy
Orange County
Century High School
Orange County
Valley High School
Orange County
El Modena High School
Orange County
Villa Park High School
Orange County
Anaheim High School
Orange County
Magnolia High School
Orange County
Savanna High School
Orange County
Western High School
Orange County
San Pasqual High School
San Diego
Orange Glen High School
San Diego
Mission Hills High School
San Diego
San Marcos High School
San Diego
Oceanside High School
San Diego
El Camino High School
San Diego

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