I always knew I wanted to go to college. Growing up in a small town, I was fortunate enough to see how attaining a higher education could increase the number of opportunities available to me and my family. But, as a high school student, I didn't realize how small my understanding of my surroundings was until South Central Scholars and the Londons. SCS opened my eyes to a world of possibilities, and helped set the ground work needed for me to be successful.
-Elizabeth Elimimian, University of Wisconsin ‘17
We are SCS Noonan Scholars. Every day, we are changing the odds for students like Elizabeth - talented, hard-working individuals who know that education is the means to a better life for them and their families. Getting into college is just one step in this process. Ensuring that our Scholars graduate from college is pivotal. Coming from inner-city communities, underpriveleged students struggle with homesickness, lack of belonging, anxiety about finances, and culture shock as they transition to a new and oftentimes different environment. Many are also unprepared for the academic rigors of college level coursework, and risk losing their financial aid or dropping out of college.
Over the course of our 16-year history, we have developed a comprehensive model that has proven to help low-income, first generation, and minority students succeed in college and beyond. Through academic preparation, college counseling, financial assistance, mentorship, career counseling, and access to a strong network (all of which are generally available to students from higher incomes families) our Scholars have thrived.
SCS Noonan Scholars is honored to receive the Bridging the Gap Award from the All Ways Up Foundation this year. From today until December 31st, your donation will be matched and will go entirely to our Scholars. With your support, we can continue to provide high quality, personalized assistance to all 500 of our current college Scholars, as well as expand our outreach and services to more high schools throughout Los Angeles. Please help us reach our $25,000 goal and invest in our future leaders. You can be sure your donation will produce measurable results. With support from SCS Noonan, over 90% of Scholars graduate from college within 6 years and go on to rewarding careers.