How we work

Preparation for Success

Our core belief is that a college education is the only reliable and predictable way for underserved youth to achieve their full potential. South Central Scholars provides financial and academic support, and mentorship and career development guidance to talented and motivated students who may otherwise be misinformed or unsure of their career prospects. We are unique among organizations doing similar work by being a comprehensive college access and college success organization. We provide hands-on guidance and support to ensure acceptance to elite colleges, college scholarships all four years of college, and an academic summer program in partnership with USC to prepare students in college writing, calculus, and critical thinking. We provide ongoing counseling, mentoring, and career development support throughout college. The pillars of our program are college counseling, Summer Academy, financial scholarships, career counseling, mentorships, internships, and job assistance, forming a comprehensive approach to academic achievement and career development every step of the way.  


Our Process


South Central Scholars has developed a holistic, comprehensive, seven-part program to ensure low-income students’ success in college and readiness for meaningful, rewarding careers. SCS recruits highly motivated, resilient students during their junior and senior year in high school and assists them into college, through college, into the workforce and beyond.


Take a look at our seven elements for success below and learn about the model we have created for ensuring long lasting success for at risk youth.