ASCEND Promise Scholars is a holistic student support and empowerment program designed for Men of Color. We provide personalized academic and social support, financial assistance with expenses such as tuition, textbooks, transportation, and technology, a strong sense of community, and mentorship by Men of Color for Men of Color.


As an ASCEND Promise Scholar you will receive:

  • A dedicated ASCEND Counselor and Student Success Coach to guide and mentor you throughout your entire time at Pasadena City College
  • Personalized financial assistance with tuition, textbooks, transportation, and technology based on your individual needs
  • Personalized holistic support, including:
    • Social Work Services
    • Mental Health Services and Personal Counseling
    • Food and Housing Support and Referrals
  • Priority registration to ensure that you are able to enroll in the classes you need in order to complete your educational goals in a timely manner
  • Career development counseling and workshops to assist you in identifying the best possible career for you and the steps required to achieve your career goals
  • A strong sense of community with other male students, faculty, and staff of Color
  • Opportunities to engage in special events and activities tailored to the needs of Men of Color


In order to qualify you should meet the following criteria:

  • I Identify as a Man of Color
  • I demonstrate a significant financial need through either the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application
  • I am a first time college student
    • Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for students who have completed no more than 15 units of college coursework with a 2.00 minimum GPA
  • I want to enroll at Pasadena City College full-time (12 units or more) beginning in Fall 2020

In order to be an ASCEND Promise Scholar I agree to:

  • Enroll at Pasadena City College full-time in Fall and Spring (12 units or more)
    Complete a Financial Aid application (FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application) every year
  • Attend our 3-day Summer Bridge program called “PCC Summer JAM” in Summer
  • Enroll in First Year Student Success Class called “College 1” in Fall
  • Meet with my ASCEND Promise Scholars Counselor three times per semester (once per month)
  • Meet with my ASCEND Promise Scholars Student Success Coach once per semester
  • Meet with a Career Specialist (Career Counselor or Career Advisor) once per semester
  • Attend at least two ASCEND Promise Scholars program-approved events or workshops per semester
  • Earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA
In order to apply to become an ASCEND Promise Scholar follow these steps: