Rising Stars Program Application

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Students Rising Above Rising Star Program is looking for HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS graduating in Spring 2023, who have demonstrated strength of character in the face of challenging odds, and dream of a college education. Selected students come from low-income households and are rising above tremendous difficulties and succeeding in school and in life despite their circumstances at home. These difficulties may include poverty, neglect, violence, addiction, and homelessness.

Students will be selected to receive mentoring support, financial assistance, and career guidance from Students Rising Above. Our goal is to provide students with the individualized support they need to be successful in college and in life.

Students selected in our program are not obligated to tell their story publicly. It is voluntary and optional. The website stories are provided by students who are eager to tell their story. They are motivated that others may see their story and be inspired and hopeful. But it's not mandatory.


Students Rising Above Scholarship Program Requirements:
  • Overcome obstacles that are not of their own making
  • Low-income or living on government assistance -- $10K - $20K (or lower) per person as stated on IRS documents
  • High school senior in 2022-2023 school year
  • Committed to earning a college education.
  • G.P.A. of 2.8 or higher
  • Must live within the nine-county Bay Area
Qualifying Information

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Personal Information

Program Information Page
Below are the steps to the application process:
  1. Please submit application by March 4th at 11:59 p.m.

  2. Please have your recommender submit their ONLINE recommendation by March 9th at 11:59 p.m.
    **Once you submit your application, the application status will say PENDING until the recommender turns in the recommendation

  3. The selection committee will be reading the applications until the end of May. We will be determining which applicants will be brought in for an interview.

  4. By the end of May you should hear from the Selection Committee Chair -- you will either receive a call to offer you an interview or you will receive an email letting you know our decision.

  5. If you are brought in for an interview -- you will hear from Selection Committee Chair about whether you were selected or not by the end of June.
Please contact Students Rising Above at selection@studentsrisingabove.org if you have any questions about this process. We look forward to reading your application.

Finalists that are asked to come in for an interview:

  • Finalists chosen will be asked to provide proof of family income with 2021 tax returns.

  • Finalists must show proof of active green card, DACA status, Dream Act Eligibility or VISA (if applicable).

  • Finalists must actively apply to a post-secondary education opportunity and plan to enroll in that opportunity in the Fall of 2023.

To see our student stories go to https://www.studentsrisingabove.org 

Student Personal Information

Family Information

Examples: CalWORKs, SSI, CalFresh (food stamps), Medi-Cal

School Information

If your school does not show up in the list, just type in the name

Personal Statement

Things to consider: This is a good opportunity to talk about any obstacles you’ve faced and what you’ve learned from the experience. Why is the challenge significant to you? Ask yourself, how has my life been affected at home, at my school, with my friends or with my family because of this challenge.

A recommendation is needed from a teacher, counselor, school administrator, or mentor from an organization or social service agency who has known you for a minimum of one year, and can describe your character and substantiate your experiences. This recommendation will be heavily considered in the application process. **An email will be sent to your recommender requesting that the recommendation section of the application be filled out.**

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