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Santiago Canyon College Introduces Promise Scholarship


​​(Orange, CA) – Santiago Canyon College (SCC) is prepared to make attending college possible for first-time students. As part of AB-19 - the California College Promise Program, SCC has received funds for the 2018-2019 school year; which has made it possible for the college to introduce the Promise Scholarship program.

The program provides incoming, full-time high school graduates with one year of tuition-free education along with support through student success workshops, academic coaching, one-on-one counseling, tutoring, career exploration and transfer advisement using the program to further their educational and career goals.

“Student success should not hinge on an individual’s ability to pay for college,” said SCC President Dr. John Hernandez. “The SCC Promise Scholarship eliminates a financial barrier by covering the cost of enrollment fees for recent high school graduates. Built as “more than a promise” our goal is to provide students with the support and guidance needed to help them achieve their educational goals.” Promise awards are not based on family income. Eligible students only need to have graduated from high school in 2018 to receive access to the state-issued funds. To remain within the program, students must be a California resident or AB 540/Dreamer eligible, complete 12 or more units during the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters, maintain a 2.0 grade point average and meet with their academic coach once per semester. Students with verified disabilities impacting their ability to maintain 12 units may still qualify for the Promise and students with additional financial need determined by the Free Ap​plication for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be awarded up to $200 per semester to cover the cost of books and materials.

Promise Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the allocated funding has been depleted. Students who wish to apply should fill out a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application using SCC Federal Institution ID #036957. Once their application is complete, students must go to the First Year Support Center to verify their award. To qualify, students must be enrolled in 12 or more units.

Students can still register to take advantage of the Promise Scholarship this year. Second half eight week courses are available and begin October 22nd. Visit for more information.

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About Santiago Canyon College

Santiago Canyon College (SCC) serves more than 17,000 credit and noncredit students each semester. In 2017, SCC was ranked #13 among the 50 Best Community Colleges in the U.S. by College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and careers, and provides courses for personal and professional development, as well as customized training for business and industry. The college is recognized for its adult education program which keeps the working adult - and senior - in mind by offering flexible schedules, and community locations. Serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park, SCC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.

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Nancy Gore
Phone: (714) 900-8466