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SMART 2015 Holiday Challenge

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EVENT: Giving Tower Holiday Challenge

Shelley Song


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Since 1997, SMART has prepared highly-motivated, low-income students to achieve individual success.

Ninety-four percent of SMART Scholars are the first in their family to attend college, 100% graduate high school, and since 2011, 100% of SMART graduates pursue a college degree (compared to 51% nationally).

Each year, SMART recruits a cohort of fourth-grade students to embark on an eight-year journey that culminates in college matriculation. Nominated by elementary schools and community-based organizations, SMART scholars are expected to graduate our program possessing certain personal qualities, including intellectual curiosity and academic confidence, social and emotional intelligence, civic mindedness, self-advocacy and awareness, empathy, resilience, and grit.

To meet these goals, SMART provides a comprehensive program which includes advocacy with and placement into academically rigorous partner schools, after-school and summer programming, tutoring, mentoring, workshops, and a parent education series.

One-hundred percent of our administrative costs are covered by our Board of Directors. Your gift will directly support our incredible Scholars and their goals of obtaining a college degree. To learn more about our program, please visit

For every $1 you donate, SMART Scholars receive $6.50 worth of services and support. Thank you so much for your belief in our program and our Scholars!

  • $25 provides essential school supplies for a Scholar in need. 
  • $50 provides a healthy snack for a Scholar in our summer and after-school programs.
  • $75 covers a college application fee for a high school Senior.
  • $100 provides a high school student with access to professional tutoring services.
  • $250 provides a rising 5th or 6th grade Scholar with an academic 6-week summer program to support their transition into middle school.
  • $500 provides a middle school Scholar with safe transportation from school to SMART twice a week for a year.
  • $750 provides a high school Scholar with an all-expense paid trip to visit northern and southern California colleges.
  • $2,500 provides a Scholar with customized placement support into middle school or high school, including individualized counseling, test prep, application fees, school tours, translation services and more.
  • $5,000 provides a Scholar with all program components for a full year including after-school programming, specialized curriculum, individualized academic support, a family education series and more.
  • INVALUABLE: Donate your time! Volunteer as a tutor, mentor, or participate in a short-term volunteer opportunity. Visit to learn more.



The Team: $16,882 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Nonoko Sato

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172% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Amount Raised



100% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Scott Castillo

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90% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Quinlan Fang

Amount Raised



52% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Alex Rodriguez

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100% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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Ben Buis

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40% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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Sarah Shaikh

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46% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Thomas Mazawa

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45% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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