Promise Scholars is where...
the community comes together to strengthen our region by encouraging our students to pursue an education after high school. Educators, businesses, and local leaders come together to introduce students and parents to the opportunities available after high school and make sure students get on the education pathway to achieve their goals. When we help them become successful and contributing adults, our entire region benefits from a brighter, more productive future.
5th Graders that visited their first community college
6th Graders that had volunteers make presentations to their class on their college and career pathways
8th Graders that visited a 4-year university and learned about planning and preparing for college
9th Graders that learned about their personality strengths and related careers to explore
Parents of 12th graders that participated in Financial Aid (FAFSA) Workshops at Colony, Chaffey, and Ontario High Schools.
Increase in FAFSA completion rates from the baseline year
The Promise Scholars Initiative
The Promise Scholars initiative is a partnership between the Ontario-Montclair School District (OMSD) and Chaffey Joint Union High School District along with Chaffey Community College, California State University San Bernardino, California State University Bakersfield, Cal Poly Pomona, and University of La Verne. Promise Scholars works closely with City of Ontario, Inland Empire United Way, and local businesses to help students achieve their college and career dreams. Promise Scholars is one of the first universal comprehensive college going programs of its kind in San Bernardino County.
In 2013, Promise Scholars received the League of California Cities Helen Putnam Award of Excellence and recently was selected by the Bill & Melinda Grants Foundation to take part in their “To and Through” Advising Challenge Initiative.
College access is supported by a promise of scholarship assistance for all OMSD students who finish high school through the Chaffey Joint Union High School District and go on to one of the partner colleges. The Promise Scholars Scholarship is for OMSD students graduating from a CJUHSD high school in 2016 and all successive OMSD students, who attend one of these higher education institutions. Over 400 students have signed up for the scholarship in 2018. The Promise Scholars also includes a commitment to help students as they progress from elementary to middle to high school, and then on to college, with field trips to colleges, parent presentations, college fairs, and assistance with college applications and financial aid forms. Promise Scholars works closely with the City of Ontario to implement their Ontario Community College Promise which provides two years of tuition to any California Community College (OCCP link here).
While students continue to require the basics of a K-12 education, Promise Scholars will ensure more students have access to higher education and technical training so they have the skills to be prepared for the future, for themselves, their families, and their community. Advanced education and technical skills, means a more prepared workforce, which impacts higher-wage job development in the region. The bottom-line is that access to college benefits us all, and this work is a necessary part of preparing our communities for the future.