Our Mission

Our Mission



At South Central Scholars, our mission is to help motivated, underserved students break the cycle of marginalization and achieve success in college, career and beyond. Working in Los Angeles County, South Central Scholars is committed to bridging the college achievement gap for first generation college students through a unique seven-step replicable model proven to establish a foundation for lifelong success. Many high-achieving high school students from low income families lack the necessary resources to define and support their educational and professional goals. Our core belief is that a college education is the only reliable and predictable way for underserved youth to achieve their full potential.

Our Approach

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 Commitment

South Central Scholars sees college success as more than the accumulation of academic credits and receiving a degree. We are committed to empowering our students to achieve true college success by graduating in even the most difficult majors with GPA’s that allow them to go on to graduate and professional school with little or no debt. As such, our progressive hands-on approach addresses our students’ financial, academic, and cultural needs -- ensuring that our scholars engage in their college education to the fullest. With alumni scholars entering our growing volunteer community we have established a network that engages our past successes as a resource for future generations of scholars.

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