South Central Scholars is a group of volunteers, all educated professionals who work with disadvantaged, highly motivated, inner city high school students to help them be successful in college and graduate school. Through education, mentorship and our jobs program, the students of South Central Scholars develop their full potential and become future leaders, both within SCS and in the broader community.


SCS was founded in 2001 to support one student matriculating at the University of California, Berkeley. The next year, we grew to support 32 students. Today, approximately 1,019 students are either in our program currently or recent college graduates, including 425 graduated scholars and over 120 freshmen students in the high school class of 2013.


To date, SCS has distributed close to $4 million in scholarships!

RISE: The New SCS Career Development Tool

RISE is the new SCS professional development online portal for current scholars and alumni. It includes featues such as: a resume builder, job and internship listings, mock interview practice videos, and help finding a mentor. Still need to make your account? Please click here.



Are you a Student interested in South Central Scholars?

Visit our High School Center for valuable tools, links, and information.






Update on Scholar Successes!

To see the latest update on what our alumni and current scholars are up to, please click on the link below.

Click Here for our Scholar Success Newsletter

Congratulations to Dr. James & Mrs. Patricia London!

Dr. James London and Mrs. Patricia London were honored by the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles at the 42nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Brotherhood Breakfast on January 18, 2013. The Londons received the YMCA Brotherhood Award for their work with South Central Scholars. To read more about the awards, click on either of the links below.


Palos Verdes Peninsula News (2/20/2013) - "RPV residents recognized for work for equality"


Los Angeles Sentinel (1/24/2013) - "YMCA 42nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Brotherhood Breakfast"


Palos Verdes Patch (1/11/2013) - "Longtime RPV Residents, Nonprofit Honored with YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles Award"

USC-SCS Summer Academy

The USC-SCS Summer Academy has just wrapped up seven great weeks of instruction. Please come back for more information on the 2015 application process in January.


If you are a high school junior or senior interested in learning more about this program, please click here or email us.

South Central Scholars is in the spotlight!

Congratulations to South Central Scholars for its recent highlights in the media!


The Londons receive Brotherhood Award from the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles for South Central Scholars

Dr. & Mrs. London are honored on January 18th, along with LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, at the 42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Brotherhood Breakfast.


Meredith Curry wins Best Pitch at the Social Innovation 2010 Fast Pitch Contest

Thank you to Los Angeles Social Venture Partners for the opportunity to apply, participate, and compete. Watch the video of the pitch!


Profiles in Caring: South Central Scholars  

Thank you to Doug Jardine and his group for doing a remarkable job of capturing the essence of South Central Scholars!