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Promise Scholars Program

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Our application is closed for the 2019/2020 academic year. The application will reopen for the 2020/2021 school year in the spring.

The Promise Scholars Program provides incoming full-time students financial and academic support for two years. The program includes text book assistance, food or transportation vouchers, dedicated counseling and career support. The program is open to first-time college students who can commit to attending Cañada College full-time (12 units minimum per semester, with 15 units highly encouraged).

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 completion of general education requirements to successfully transfer to a four-year institution. The Program is more than a scholarship. All Promise Scholars are welcomed into 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.

Here at Cañada College, we are aiming to become a full model replication of CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) which assists students in earning associate degrees within three years by providing a range of financial, academic, and personal supports. 
ASAP is designed to help associate degree seeking students earn their degrees as quickly as possible, with a goal of graduating at least 50% of students within three years.  Due to a variety of stresses and responsibilities, too many students are not able to complete their associate degrees in a timely manner, if at all. ASAP helps to eliminate these stresses by providing students with the academic, social, and financial support they need to graduate with an Associate in Arts or Associate in Applied Science degree in no more than three years.  Key ASAP program features include a consolidated block schedule, cohorts by major, small class size, required full-time study, and comprehensive and personalized advisement and career development services. Financial incentives include waivers of tuition and mandatory fees for financial aid-eligible students, textbook assistance, and monthly MetroCards for all students.
Some of the services the Promise Scholar's Program provides students are:
  • Waived Enrollment and Student Fees for 2-3 years at Cañada College
  • Individualized Academic Support and Counseling
  • Priority Registration
  • Monthly Incentives of $50 gift cards that can be used towards gas or a campus meal plan
  • Textbook stipend each semester