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Simon Scholars Program - California

  • Simon Scholars Program - California
  • 901 Calle Amanecer, Suite 150
  • San Clemente, CA 92673
  • 949-373-3500
  • Herbie Smith
  • Senior Director, High School Programs
  • 949-373-3500

Program Description

The Simon Scholars program is a unique 6-year scholarship program that begins during a student's junior year in high school and continues through 4 years of college. It is designed to help students facing difficult life and economic circumstances to excel academically and socially so they can successfully complete a 4-year college degree.

Simon Scholars are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA by the end of their junior year of high school. During high school, students receive a cash stipend, a computer, social skills training, academic support, leadership training and community service activities. Scholars are also provided with college-preparatory assistance through ACT and SAT courses, college tours and assistance in the application process from college coaches. Following the completion of high school, Simon Scholars receive a $16,000 college scholarship.

Since 2003, over 600 scholarships valued at more than $20 million have been awarded by the Simon Foundation. In recent years, we have worked with more than 30 high schools in three states and in Washington, D.C. Today, there are 17 active qualified Simon Scholars high schools. In 2009, the first cohort of Simon Scholars earned bachelor's degrees from leading universities such as Harvard, Smith, UC Berkeley and UC Irvine.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 10%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 19%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 67%
  • Other: 4%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 160
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 160
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Harvard College
  • Smith College
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California-Irvine

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 95%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 92%