Promise Scholars Program
Skyline College has moved into hybridized instruction and student support services for the Fall 2021 semester during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check for updates on current policies, resources and plans for future semesters on the SMCCCD COVID-19 webpage.
For Current Promise Scholars: The Promise Scholars Program will continue to support students during this time via virtual formats. Current Promise Scholars should regularly check for updates on our Promise Scholars Canvas Shell and through emails from our main account (firstname.lastname@example.org). Promise Counselors will continue appointments through Zoom. Workshops will continue in online formats as well. If you should have questions or concerns, please reach out to us via Canvas, text us at (650) 667-1512, or email to Skyline Promise Program.
For Prospective Students: To join the Fall 2021 cohort, please apply to the program prior to August 15th, 2021. This year, with generous support from San Mateo County, we will also be able to support a Spring 2022 cohort (any student who applies after August 15th will be considered for the Spring 2022 cohort). To apply, please be sure to complete a CCCApply application. Once you apply, you can log-in to Skyline's student on WebSmart and navigate to the "District Promise Application" under the "Student Tab" to begin you application to the Promise Scholars Program. If you should need support, please email to Skyline Promise Program.
We are here to support you during this time and will respond to all communications in as timely a manner as possible.
The Promise Scholars Program provides incoming first-time students who can commit to full-time study (enrolling in 12 units or more each semester) up to three full year of a fee waivers, text book assistance, transportation incentives, and intensive counseling and academic support. The program is open to degree or certificate-seeking first-time college students who can commit to attending Skyline College full-time for the entire duration of their degree or certificate (12 units minimum per semester, with 15 units highly encouraged, for the duration of the program).
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. This is more than a scholarship. The program aims to provide all Scholars 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.
The Promise Scholars Program covers the cost of attending Skyline College for up to three full years. This financial supports includes:
- Coverage of college fees beginning in the Scholar’s first Fall semester. Fees are covered for the fall, spring, and summer semesters for up to three years. Fees covered by the program include Skyline College’s enrollment fee, health fee, student rep fee, student union fee, study body fee.
- Textbook costs (book voucher at Skyline College’s bookstore) for up to three years.
- Transportation costs (scholars are eligible to receive a monthly gas, Clipper card, or Uber to help cover transportation costs to and from Skyline College) for up to three years
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 Skyline College. As part of the Promise Scholars Program, scholars will:
- Receive counseling on goal completion, navigating developmental coursework, identifying financial assistance, and college success strategies.
- Receive counseling and support around interpersonal and emotional concerns
- Meet with their counselor regularly to create a student educational plan toward attainment of an Associates degree or Certificate
- Explore and identify university transfer patterns and goals
- Receive assistance in exploring career options and opportunities based on their interests
- Complete career benchmarks each semester to ensure they graduate prepared to achieve their professional goals
The Promise Scholars Program provides a number of supports that enable students to fast-track their academic progress. All Scholars:
- Are expected to enroll in “block” courses for the Promise Scholars Program – these are special general education courses that are reserved for Promise Scholars, so that they can take courses together and build out engaged communities focused on learning
- Receive priority registration for courses
- Receive additional tutoring and academic course assistance
- Receive peer mentoring support, as needed
All New Promise Scholars are required to participate in a Summer onboarding experience, call the Promise Scholars Summer Institute (PSSI). The PSSI takes place in the week prior to Scholar’s first semester.
Once students are admitted into the program, they will receive additional details about PSSI, including dates. In the meantime, students and families so plan to block out the week prior to the start of the Fall semester at Skyline College.Typically, this is the first week of August.
How Do I Apply?
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 Skyline 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 it will direct you to a page where you will then select “Skyline College Promise Scholars Program” and proceed to the application itself.
Once you submit your completed application, you will need to keep an eye on the email you provided in your application to the college (and your SMCCD email, if you have one) for further communications and information about your status
Please be sure to include the School Code in your FAFSA or Dream Act Application, so that Skyline College receives your financial aid application (School Code: 007713). If you experience difficulty with your application, please connect with our Financial Aid Office.
Students are admitted into the Promise Scholars Program in the late Spring, in three rounds of review. Only students with complete financial aid applications on file with Skyline College, and who have submitted their Promise Scholars Program application will be considered in the review. If students receive a conditional acceptance into the program, they will be required to meet with a Promise Scholars Program counselor, enrolled in Promise-blocked course, and attend the Promise Scholars Summer Institute in order to finalize their spot in the program. Conditionally admitted students will receive more specific details about summer onboarding steps via email and at our required summer onboarding events.
What are my responsibilities as a participant?
Participants in the Promise Scholars Program must agree to:
- Enroll full-time each semester (minimum 12 units) for the duration of the program (summer session enrollment highly encouraged, and may be required for students who do not complete all coursework taken in their fall and spring semesters)
- Maintain academic progress and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
- Complete courses at a rate above 50% (Scholars must successfully complete and pass more than half of their courses in every semester they are part of the Promise Scholars Program)
- Declare a major within their first year at Skyline College
- Complete a comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP) their first year at Skyline College.
- Regularly meet with your dedicated Promise Scholar Program counselor
- Regularly participate in required Promise Scholars Program workshops, tutoring, and activities, as assigned.