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Community Scholars Program

Introducing College Education to the community
  • The Community Scholars (CS) program is open to juniors and seniors.
  • Students are required to complete both an application and in-person interview.

The Community Scholars (CS) program involves CSULB students group mentoring inner-city high school students. CS has required training(s) in the fall semester for its CSULB students at CSULB, and mentoring will occur in the spring semester with the high school students at the high schools.  The CS program is a great opportunity to give back, while simultaneously developing leadership, teamwork, and presentation skills.

 

Background

The Community Scholars program started in 1999, in a partnership between SCPD and Jordan High School, when faculty members at Jordan noticed the sophomores in their International Baccalaureate (IB) program leaving the academic accelerated program in large numbers after that year. Faculty realized that Jordan High School students did not have a real understanding of college and all that it entailed, nor were students clear on the benefits of a college education. The vast majority of IB students would be the first in their families to attend college; they lacked the understanding of what a college education could mean for them in terms of opportunities. In a meeting of local educators this topic came up in a discussion and the Community Scholars program was born.

Due to much success with Jordan High School, the Community Scholars program has expanded and evolved over the years. In 2016, we welcomed a partnership between SCPD and Poly High School. In 2017, we welcome a partnership with SCPD and McBride High School.

Program Graduates

Community Scholar Graduates by year :

Requirements

Enrollment in Community Scholars is limited to students who meet the following requirements:

  • Junior & Senior Level Status
  • COB Major/Minor
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5
  • Must be available on Fridays from 8AM-1PM
  • Complete the CS Application Form
  • Attend an in-person interview
  • Bring a resume to the in-person interview

Program Format

After acceptance to the Community Scholars (CS) program, CSULB students will be assigned to only one high school. Before meeting with the high school students, Scholars (CSULB students serving as mentors) are required to attend a training session(s) in the fall semester.

Scholars will begin mentoring at their assigned high school in the spring semester. Prior to each meeting, scholars will create topics focused on college readiness.

The program culminates when the high school students are brought to the CSULB campus for a day long tour. This experience helps motivate them to succeed in high school and pursue a higher education.

Fall Training Sessions

Accepted participants are expected to attend the training session ASSOCIATED TO THE HIGH SCHOOL THEY ARE PAIRED WITH – CSULB Students are only assigned to one high school.

Training Session for Poly High School
Friday, November/December 2019 (Day TBD)
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
COB Building (Room TBD) 

Training Session for McBride High School
Friday, November/December 2019 (Day TBD)
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
COB Building (Room TBD)

Training Session for Lakewood High School
Friday, November/December 2019 (Day TBD)
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
COB Building (Room TBD) 

Lakewood High School – Mentoring Schedule

Lakewood High School

2019 DATES WORKSHOP NAME
  Meet and Greet 
  Workshop #1
  Workshop #2
  Workshop #3
  Workshop #4 & #5
  CSULB Campus Visit

CSULB Campus Tour

Poly High School – Mentoring Schedule

Accepted participants are expected to attend the training session ASSOCIATED TO THE HIGH SCHOOL THEY ARE PAIRED WITH – CSULB Students are only assigned to one high school.

Accepted participants assigned to Poly High School are expected to be at Poly High School for all mentoring sessions, and the CSULB Campus Tour.

Selected Fridays, January through May - 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Poly High School

2019 DATES WORKSHOP NAME
February 1 Meet and Greet 
March 1 Workshop #1
March 15 Workshop #2
March 29 Workshop #3
April 12 Workshop #4 & #5
May 3 CSULB Campus Visit

CSULB Campus Tour

Date: Friday, May 1, 2020 or Friday, May, 8, 2020
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The CS program satisfies the community service substitution of the Business Professional Certificate (1 workshop).

McBride High School – Mentoring Schedule

Accepted participants are expected to attend the training session ASSOCIATED TO THE HIGH SCHOOL THEY ARE PAIRED WITH – CSULB Students are only assigned to one high school.

Accepted participants assigned to McBride High School are expected to be at McBride High School for all mentoring sessions, and the CSULB Campus Tour.

Selected Fridays, January through May - 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

McBride High School

2019 DATES WORKSHOP NAME
February 8 Meet and Greet 
February 22 Workshop #1
March 8 Workshop #2
March 29 Workshop #3
April 12 Workshop #4 & #5
May 3 CSULB Campus Visit

CSULB Campus Tour

Date: Friday, May 1, 2020 or Friday, May, 8, 2020
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The CS program satisfies the community service substitution of the Business Professional Certificate (1 workshop).

Applications (CLOSED)

Fall 2019-Spring 2020 Applications are CLOSED.

Fall 2020-Spring 2021 Applications will be open from August 2020-October 2020.