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Promise Scholars Program

The Promise Scholars Program provides incoming full-time students a full scholarship for two years, text book assistance, transportation vouchers, and academic and professional support. The program is open to first-time college students who can commit to attending Skyline 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 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.

What Does the Promise Scholars Program Include?

The Promise Scholars Program covers the cost of attending Skyline College for two full years, and may provide some financial support in a Scholar’s third year, if needed. This financial supports includes:

  • Coverage of college fees for two full years, which includes the first fall, spring, and summer semesters at Skyline College (enrollment fee, health fee, student rep fee, student union fee, study body fee)
  • Textbook costs (book voucher at Skyline College’s bookstore)
  • Transportation costs (scholars will receive a monthly gas or Clipper card to help cover transportation costs to and from Skyline College)

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.

For the Fall 2019 Promise Scholars Program Cohort, PSSI will be held from Monday, August 5th through Thursday, August 8th, 2019 at Skyline College. All students are required to attend on all four days.

Once students are admitted into the program, they will receive additional details and will have the choice of attending all morning sessions, or all afternoon sessions for the four onboarding days.

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.

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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 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 Skyline 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.

What are my responsibilities as a participant?

Participants in the Promise Scholars Program must agree to:

  • Enroll full-time (minimum 12 units) during the academic year for the duration of the program
  • 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.