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Phone: 310-833-1670
29000 S. Western Ave.
Suite 401

Rancho Palos Verdes
California 90275

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Target demographics: low-income, 14-18 years old, disadvantaged inner city communities in Los Angeles and LAUSD schools

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100+ new scholars

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Mentor or coach a student who is interested in their career.

Geographic areas served: South Central Los Angeles, Compton, Carson, Inglewood, San Pedro, Hawthorne, etc.

Programs: SCHOLARSHIPS: Our scholarships are intended to close shortfalls between the amount of money offered in the financial package from a university (grants, loans, and work study) and the actual cost of a student's college education. In some cases, these shortfalls would prevent students from attending college altogether. The shortfalls are particularly severe for the working poor where even an entry level job for a single parent can reduce all three parts of a student's financial package.

All of our scholarships are for each student's entire academic career.

MENTORING PROGRAM: The Fund links students with caring, educated adults who can provide encouragement, guidance, advice and friendship. Students are partnered with mentors who have succeeded in careers in which the student has an interest. In addition to one-on-one relationships with mentors, group events are scheduled every one to two months to allow groups of students to share social, educational and cultural experiences with mentors and guests in a group environment. These activities help our students to stay connected to The Program and it creates a strong peer network.

JOBS/INTERNSHIPS PROGRAM: The Program provides students with unique summer job opportunities. These jobs not only supplement the income of our students but provide them with opportunities to explore fields in which they have an interest. SCS has provided students with jobs in medicine, medical research, law, publishing, advertising, engineering, finance, accounting and related fields. Through our jobs/internship program, students begin the process of networking with employers, building their self esteem and working on their career development. Our employers attempt to provide our students with increasing challenges and responsibilities to prepare them for their futures.

SUPPORT COMMUNITY: The members of SCS (mentors, employers, volunteers and students) serve as a support community to students as they progress through and graduate from college and graduate school. Each year our graduating college students will become members of this support community. This enlarging community is designed to keep our students involved with The Program and to assist new students as they are accepted into the program. Our goal is to instill a sense of social responsibility and dedication to academic success in South Central Los Angeles.

Our mission is to assist highly motivated, disadvantaged students from inner city communities throughout Los Angeles to achieve academic success in college, graduate school, and beyond.
99% college graduation rate; Over 70% plan to pursue graduate or professional programs after college; Nearly 400 students graduated!

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As a first generation college student, I was able to receive both economic and emotional aid in my college process. They were extremely helpful in the transitional and application process... more »
I was an above average student with ambition to attend college. When introduced to the South Central Gifted Scholars Fund, as it was first called, it was to apply for the scholarship. I won and the opportunities have yet to stop. Not only did SCS provide me with "bridge" money to meet the gaps and ... more »
This weekend was one of the most powerful eventsI have ever been a part of. To see all these eager intelligent young people interacting with professionals in fields they are striving to get into was amazing. I know that the future is bright with all these future leaders. I am going to be part of ... more »
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