What is the Promise?
The Ohlone Promise Scholarship pays for required tuition, books, and enrollment fees for two years at Ohlone - a value of approximately $3,600.
Who is it for?
High school seniors living in the Tri-City area and planning to attend Ohlone College full-time. The high schools covered are:
Fremont Unified School DistrictAmerican, Irvington, Kennedy, Mission San Jose, Robertson and Washington
Newark Unified School DistrictNewark Memorial and Bridgepoint
New Haven Unified School DistrictLogan High School and Conley Caraballo
As education costs rise, more and more middle-income families find themselves stretched to pay for college, just missing the threshold for federal financial aid. At the same time, being able to focus on their studies full-time has been shown to significantly benefit a student's ability to succeed in college.
The Ohlone Promise Scholarship helps address these issues by offering a two year, full-ride scholarship so that students can focus on their education, rather than their finances.
Additional information for applicants:
- First priority will be given to students who just miss the FAFSA threshold to receive federal financial aid.
- This scholarship automatically pays for required tuition, books and enrollment fees. The scholarship will not be distributed in cash.
- The Ohlone Promise Scholarship will pay for a maximum of 60 units over two years at Ohlone College.
- Students will be responsible for miscellaneous supplies and optional fees. Examples of miscellaneous supplies not covered include notebooks, scantrons, software, calculators, art supplies, lab coats/goggles, and other non-textbook items.
- Recipients must meet a 2.8 minimum GPA and finish 12 units a semester to continue receiving the scholarship semester-to-semester.
- Recipients must apply for FAFSA (fafsa.ed.gov/) by March 31 every year to continue receiving the scholarship (for administrative purposes only - not demonstrating need through FAFSA will not cause a recipient to lose the scholarship). Dream Act students are exempt from the FAFSA requirement.
- Scholarship recipients must attend a mandatory Ohlone Promise workshop before the beginning of each semester.
2019 Ohlone Promise Scholarship Donors
Thank you for being a partner in student success! We would like to give a special thanks to Vicki Maroulis and Indo-Americans for Better Community, who have both created endowments in support of the Ohlone Promise Scholarship.
Thank you to all our donors including:
Gari Browning, Ph.D.
Citizens for Better Community
Alvin & Caryl Dockter
Jennifer & Bill Harrison
Indo-Americans for Better Community
Victoria and James Maroulis
Morris Memorial Foundation
Binh Q. Nguyen
Dr. Chris Dela Rosa
Dr. Leta Stagnaro
Dr. Minh-Hoa Ta
Dr. Jim Wright