Benefits & Responsibilities

What are the benefits to the Promise Scholars Program?

The Promise Scholars Program provides a number of academic and financial support services. To find out more click on one of the boxes below.


The Promise Scholars Program covers the cost of attending Cañada College for the first full year, and continues to offer other financial supports after completion of the first year. This financial support includes:

  • Coverage of college fees for the first full year, which includes the first fall, spring, and summer semesters at Cañada College (enrollment fee, health fee, student rep fee, student union fee, study body fee)
  • Textbook costs
  • Transportation costs (scholars will receive funds to help cover transportation costs)

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 Cañada College. As part of the Promise Scholars Program, scholars will:

  • Meet with their counselor regularly to ensure they’re staying on track
  • Receive priority registration for courses
  • Receive additional tutoring and academic course assistance
  • Receive peer mentoring support, as needed

The Promise Scholars Program provides workshops and one-to-one counseling to help Scholars find the right career path and build relevant, meaningful professional skills to stand out amongst their peers when entering the workforce. Scholars also have numerous opportunities to meet with various employers at internship and career fairs on campus and attend panels with Bay Area business and community leaders.

Once accepted into the Promise Scholars Program Scholars will be required to attend the Welcome Day event where they will receive important information about the program and have the opportunity to pick up text books and student ID cards.

The Promise Scholars Program also works in partnership with the Learning and STEM center to offer a two-week summer program. The two week program is a combination of a conference style event called COLTS-CON where students meet other first-year students, interact with faculty and staff, and get familiar with on-campus resources to prepare them for a successful college experience. The following week students can prepare for their courses by getting a head start by attending the JAMS sessions.

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 at Cañada College.
  • 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 Cañada College.
  • Complete a comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP) their first year at Cañada College.
  • Regularly meet with your dedicated Promise Scholar Program counselor  
  • Regularly participate in required Promise Scholars Program workshops, tutoring, and activities, as assigned.