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2020-2021 Hope Scholars Eligibility, Dates, and Information


Students are eligible for the Hope Scholars Program under the circumstances below. There is no age cap for Hope Scholars. Students can start applying after they have submitted their SIR (Statement of Intent to Register) to UC San Diego. 

  • Current or former foster youth
  • Homeless Youth
  • Formerly incarcerated youth
  • Other disconnected youth. Cases will vary. Please contact the coordinator for questions

Summer Experience

Hope Scholars will offer a Virtual Summer Experience for our incoming cohort of freshmen and transfer students from September 14th - September 18th. The Summer Experience is a virtual enrichment program designed to help you transition to UC San Diego so that you can:

  • Meet other Hope Scholars and BUILD Community
  • SUCCEED instead of just SURVIVE at UC San Diego!
  • Build a sense of CONFIDENCE!
  • Gain a sense of KNOWLEDGE and BELONGING that will help you at UC San Diego
  • Meet staff, faculty, and other resources that will help you establish a long-lasting connection at UC San Diego
  • Build friendships with peers and mentors that will aid in your transition process
  • Belong to a support program until you graduate

Times of the Summer Experience will vary per day and will be structured to accommodate as many students’ schedules as possible. 

How to Apply

You may access the application here, and submit the application with additional documents to Javier Arredondo
  • Be sure to include essay responses. Incomplete applications will not be accepted!

      • Application deadlines are midnight (PST):
      Freshmen and Transfers: Wednesday, August 26, 2020