college a reality” isn’t just what we believe in,
it’s what we do. San Jose Cal-SOAP has been dedicated to
getting students into college since 1978. Our goal is to improve
the flow of information about higher education and financial aid
to the families in the Greater San Jose Area. Along with that
knowledge, we equip students with the right skills and preparation
programs range from workshops on financial aid, to in-class tutoring,
to college tours. This website is built as an additional resource
to help students navigate their way through the college-going
experience. We believe that with the right knowledge and skills,
college is more than just a dream, it’s a reality.
& Silicon valley College Success Scholarship Application period
with a 2.0 GPA or greater who attend a San Jose Cal-SOAP high
school may apply for a scholarship award ranging from $1000 -
$5000 to attend a college or university in the US.
Friday, April 20, 2012
more information click here.
Apply, click here
for an application.
print, complete and follow submission instructions on application.
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2012 Cash For College Season has concluded with over 1500 students
and their families served in the Slicon Valley. Thank you to all
who volunteered to increase college access for these families!
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Summer Advancement Academies are in full swing
at WC Overfelt, James Lick and Yerba Buena High Schools! Students
will be enriching their summers through late July with fieldtrips
to college campuses and academic preparation for the coming school
are so proud of all the students participating and so grateful
to our summer interns for making these programs possible. Great
Silicon Valley College Success Scholarship program
has been completed and this year's awardees notified. Congratulations
to all those who were awarded. The Scholarship orientation was
held June 20, 2011 to educate recipients about how to keep their
award in college.
is a busy time at the Cal-SOAP office, but the bright young people
we see everyday make these hot summer days breeze right by!
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application deadline for the Silicon Valley College Success Scholarship
was April 15, 2011 at 5pm. Applications received after this day
with a postmark of April 15, 2011 are being fully considered.
Applicants will be contacted with their award status at the end
Silicon Valley College Success Scholarship orientation will be
held for scholarship recipients and their families at Evergreen
Valley College on June 10, 2011 from 1:30-5pm.
for upcoming announcements about what receipients will need to
bring with them on the day of the orientation.
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2011 Cash For College Campaign is complete, having served over
1300 Silicon Valley students. Thank you to all partners and volunteers
for the success of this campaign!
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COLLEGE FUND PROVIDES COLLEGE READINESS PARENT WORKSHOPS, SENDS
STUDENTS TO LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
programming guides East Side Union high school students to graduate,
achieve a college education, and give back to their communities
JOSE (Nov. 15, 2010) – Two initiatives this week will further
the Hispanic College Fund’s ongoing efforts to change the
college-going and community-involvement trajectories of underserved
high school students from the East Side Union High School District.
Thursday, Nov.18 at William C. Overfelt High School in San Jose,
the Hispanic College Fund and Cal-SOAP will present Spanish-language
workshops about meeting A-G requirements to the parents of alumni
from the 2010 Silicon Valley Hispanic Youth Institute. Immediately
following the A-G workshop, Cal-SOAP and Hispanic College Fund
staff will meet with each parent individually to review their
children’s grades and four-year individualized academic
plans. The academic plans were developed by the students this
summer as part of Hispanic College Fund programming to establish
personalized academic milestones and goals that will help ensure
the students graduate from high school and matriculate to college.
Approximately 30 parents are expected to attend the workshop,
which is intended to help parents support their children’s
Friday, Nov. 19, the Hispanic College Fund will send 50 of its
Hispanic Youth Institute (HYI) alumni to the De Anza College Institute
of Civic and Community Engagement to participate in its Youth
Voices for Change conference. This annual student leadership event
empowers, engages, and educates students to make positive changes
for themselves and their communities while connecting them to
existing community organizations. HYI alumni from Andrew Hill
and William C. Overfelt high schools will enjoy free transportation
and complimentary registration for the event.
events are core to the mission of Hispanic College Fund programming,”
said Claudia Avila-Martin, director of the Silicon Valley Hispanic
Youth Institute for the Hispanic College Fund. “With the
A-G workshops at Overfelt, we will help our students’ parents
better understand the basic academic requirements needed to be
eligible for California State University or University of California
matriculation. Many community members don’t realize that
the high school graduation requirements differ from the CSU and
UC application requirements, and they don’t know whom to
ask for assistance or even what questions should be asked.”
Youth Voices for Change event also supports our efforts,”
continued Avila-Martin. “We know from research that students
who are engaged with their community are more likely to succeed
academically. Our students also feel very lucky to be part of
the Hispanic Youth Institute, and they’re anxious to give
back. This conference will give them additional resources and
networks to help make that possible.”
Hispanic Youth Institute is a national program that begins the
Hispanic College Fund’s pipeline of programs helping students
graduate from college, become professionals, and give back to
in the summer, 100-200 high school students experience a university
campus for a four-day, three-night college empowerment program
where students will learn to overcome both real and perceived
barriers to college access. Upon completion of the on-campus kick-off
program, students are enrolled into year-round programming that
reinforces the key themes of college, career and community, encouraging
them to promote a college-going culture to their peers throughout
the remainder of their high school years.
of the 2010 Silicon Valley Hispanic Youth Institute included Microsoft,
Southwest Airlines, The Hewlett Packard Foundation, Intel, Lockheed
Martin, Castellano Family Foundation, University of Phoenix Foundation,
U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, Union Bank, Google, the Office of San
José Mayor Chuck Reed, San José Police Officers
Association, USDA, and Virginia Tech.
partners of the 2010 Hispanic Youth Institute included Darden
Foundation, Microsoft, National Nuclear Security Administration,
and the Social Security Administration.
the Hispanic College Fund
in 1993, the Hispanic College Fund (HCF) is a non-profit organization
based in Washington, D.C., with a mission to develop the next
generation of Hispanic professionals. For 17 years, the Hispanic
College Fund has provided educational, scholarship, and mentoring
programs to students throughout the United States and Puerto Rico,
establishing a career pipeline of talented and career-driven Hispanics.
The Hispanic College Fund annually awards millions of dollars,
impacting thousands of students through high school to college
to career. HCF has been recognized by USA Today as one of the
nation’s top 25 charities and has twice received Charity
Navigator’s top four-star rating for fiscal responsibility.
In 2010, the College Board recognized HCF for program innovation.
Hispanic Fund Website
Youth Symposium Website