ASCEND Promise Scholars (Academic Success and College Empowerment Network Design) 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.

Why should I join ASCEND Promise Scholars? 


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

Do I qualify to become an ASCEND Promise Scholar? 


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
    • My FAFSA/California Dream Act Application indicates an Estimated Family Contribution of $0
  • 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

What is expected of ASCEND Promise Scholars to remain in the program and receive program benefits?


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 2020
  • Enroll in First Year Student Success Class called “College 1” in Fall 2020
  • Meet with my ASCEND Promise Scholars Counselor once per month per semester
  • 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

I think I qualify! How do I apply to become an ASCEND Promise Scholar?


In order to apply to become an ASCEND Promise Scholar follow these steps: