Our mission

Upward Scholars formerly known as SASS, empowers low-income adults, mostly immigrants, by providing financial, academic and community support. As a result, students continue their education, get higher paying jobs, and serve as role models and advocates for their children.

Our impact

The vast majority of students graduating from Sequoia District Adult School remain trapped in minimum-wage service jobs. Upward Scholars affords these students an opportunity to gain economic mobility by giving them the financial assistance they need to attend community college and expand their career options.

Program Highlights:

  • Number of students served by Upward Scholars since 2011: 686

  • Number of students served in 2018:  345

  • Percent of students who say they have more self-confidence since starting college: 100%

  • Percent of returning students who report earning more money since starting college: 61%