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Evaluation Criteria

High School

Education First targets high schools located in low-income communities; carefully selecting each school to ensure that it is characteristic of our mission. Although the high schools have lower percentages of college applicants, our applicants have overcome adversity and are striving for goals that many of their peers may not share.


Students are evaluated based on:

We are not necessarily looking for the "straight A" student, but rather one who has the tools and motivation to be successful in college.

Recent Scholarship Winners

Diana Rivera
Diana Rivera
Jefferson High School
Community College of Denver
Diana moved from Mexico at age 15 to escape drug cartel dangers and had to learn English… Read more...

Michelle Diaz
Michelle Diaz
Los Angeles
Manual Arts High School
Univ. of California, Riverside
Growing up in a single parent household, Michelle frequently took responsibility for taking care of her two sisters… Read more...

Past Scholars —
Where Are They Now?

Thank you for the support you provided me during my time at California State University, Los Angeles, and for helping me to become the first one in my family to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. I got hired by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power a few weeks after finishing with school. My achievements were possible by your help and support. Thank you so much.

~ Jairo Guerrido, 2010 Winner
(Manual Arts High School, Los Angeles)

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