Enjoy a night of live music, wine, and prizes at Solis Winery!
June 23rd | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The transition from high school to college is a tough transition for any student, but for low-income and first-generation students, it can be nearly impossible. Financial stability is a constant battle, but with the help of generous donors, we have been able to grant over $1.7 million over the past 15 years’ worth of scholarships.
Help us continue our efforts by donating to the Cal-SOAP Scholarship Fund today!
When it came to college, Natyeli Guzman, had no prior knowledge of the ins and outs of higher education. When South County Cal-SOAP came and presented in her classroom, she was able to connect with people who knew the college process. With the help of her advisor, she was able to apply to colleges, complete her FAFSA, and apply to scholarships. Not only did Cal-SOAP help her through these processes, she was awarded the Cal-SOAP scholarship. With her scholarship Natyeli was able to cover the rest of her tuition. “Cal-SOAP does so much for their students overall and have done so much for me in the past. This program is definitely a must and I am so glad to have joined it so early on in high school.”
Daniel Garcia graduated from Gilroy High School in June 2021. He has four younger brothers, his first language is Spanish, and he applied for Cal-SOAP services upon entering the 10th grade. Daniel is a few days from finishing his final exams at SDSU and coming home for the holidays. He is the first in his family to attend college and is an SCCC scholarship award recipient.
Moving to college wasn’t an easy process for Daniel. When he arrived at San Diego State University after leaving his small town of Gilroy, he imagined the joy of having freedom, but rather was faced with the dread of homesickness. His homesickness progressively got worse, and that feeling of loneliness led him to wanting to drop out of university. He called up his family, informing them on his wanting to leave school. As he started the process of dropping out of university, he was contacted by people encouraging him to stay in school, one of those individuals being their South County Cal-SOAP advisor. His advisor reminded him of his dream of nursing, and made him feel seen and heard. His advisor then went on to contact the local Cal-SOAP in his new area, who then got into contact with an advisor at SDSU to help him re-enroll and stay in his nursing program. “Although I mainly chose to stay for nursing, I also chose to stay for my future, for personal success, and for the individuals that looked up to me, and most importantly for my parents who were never given the opportunity to go to a four-year university.”
“Being a first-generation student, going to college is hard. Since my elders have never had the college experience they just assume and make it seem as if it’s easy, but it’s not; it’s like walking onto a plank blindfolded, without having your family there to lead you. You have no other choice but to ask for help from those around you. College programs like Cal-SOAP helped me to get where I am today. Without them, I would have no idea where I would be.”
Students are receiving consistent services and support from SCCC every year.
In the 2020-2021 academic year, Cal-SOAP had 64, 544 intensive student contacts with 5,040 students.