Covering tuition, student fees, textbook and counseling support for the first year of college!
The Promise Scholars Program can provide incoming full-time students with a full scholarship for their first year, text book assistance, transportation and food support, as well as academic and professional support. The program is open to first-time college students who can commit to attending Cañada College full-time (12 units minimum per semester).
The intention of the Promise Scholars Program is to accelerate your path toward achieving your educational goals, whether you hope to earn a certificate, an associate degree, or complete general education requirements to successfully transfer to a four-year institution. The Promise Scholars Program is more than a scholarship. Our goal is to provide all Scholars with a supportive, engaged, and inclusive community – a home on campus. We expect all students in the program to regularly participate in counseling, career development, and utilize the program’s academic resources.
FOR 1ST YEAR
The Promise Scholars Program covers the cost of attending Cañada College for the first full year, and continues to offer other financial supports after completion of the first year. This financial support includes:
The Promise Scholars Program has dedicated counselors that help each scholar to identify, plan for, and achieve their educational goals within two to three years of attending Cañada College. As part of the Promise Scholars Program, scholars will:
The Promise Scholars Program provides workshops and one-to-one counseling to help Scholars find the right career path and build relevant, meaningful professional skills to stand out amongst their peers when entering the workforce. Scholars also have numerous opportunities to meet with various employers at internship and career fairs on campus and attend panels with Bay Area business and community leaders.
Once accepted into the Promise Scholars Program Scholars will be required to attend the Welcome Day event where they will receive important information about the program and have the opportunity to pick up text books and student ID cards.
The Promise Scholars Program also works in partnership with the Learning and STEM center to offer a two-week summer program. The two week program is a combination of a conference style event called COLTS-CON where students meet other first-year students, interact with faculty and staff, and get familiar with on-campus resources to prepare them for a successful college experience. The following week students can prepare for their courses by getting a head start by attending the JAMS sessions.
Isabella achieved her goals. So can you!
You’ll begin the online application process by creating an OpenCCC account.
During this process you'll be asked for your intended major and an educational goal, along with some basic personal, educational and residency information.
After applying, you’ll receive your Student ID Number (G-Number) via email.
When you have your student ID (G number), you will use it to login to Cañada College WebSMART
Once logged in, you will see “Student Services” in large grey writing on your account home page. Click on this text, and near the top of the list of items you see on this page, you should find “District Promise Applications.” Click on this link, and proceed to the application itself.
Once you submit your completed application, you will need to keep an eye on your SMCCD email for further communications and information about your status
Students need to apply for Federal Student Aid (18/19 FAFSA) OR the 18/19 California DREAM Act in order to be eligible for the Cañada College Promise Scholars Program.
Students are admitted to the Promise Scholars Program on a rolling basis. You will receive an email within a month of submitting your application regarding your application status. If you are conditionally accepted into the program, you will need to complete an assessment, meet with a Promise Scholars Program Counselor, and attend an orientation in order to finalize your spot in the program. Please be sure to regularly check your SMCCD email for important communications and information regarding your application status and next steps.
Participants in the Promise Scholars Program must agree to: