YES Program Scholarships for 2018-2019

YES Application for 2018-19 is under construction and will be launched by February 1st.  Please check back on February 2nd! 

DEADLINE:  March 31st

Please call 408.484.6211 or email if you have questions about the application process.

Application Directions

Step 1: Determine if you are eligible

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Was a dependent of the court and in an out-of-home foster care placement for at least one day after applicant’s 13th birthday
  • Currently/formerly from Santa Clara County or San Mateo County child welfare system or currently receiving ILP services from Santa Clara County
  • Achieved a minimum (overall) 2.0+ cumulative high school GPA and received your high school diploma or GED or 2.0+ cumulative college GPA
  • Demonstrate a commitment and capacity to completing a degree / certificate or meeting college transfer requirements
  • Accepted to or attending an accredited college, university, or vocational school for the Fall 2018 academic term
  • Completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if attending college in the Fall and be deemed eligible for all federal and state financial aid
  • Have “unmet” financial need or have educational loans that do not exceed the cost of attendance as determined by the campus Financial Aid Office

Step 2: Download & review the User Guide below

Step 4: Start the application, using the guide as reference


Step 5: Complete ALL parts of the online application & submit

Required uploads (ie. things to start working on ASAP):

Personal Statement
Attach/Upload a personal statement (2-3 pages, double-spaced, 12pnt font, Times New Roman, 1 inch margins, include your name in the header on each page) that addresses all parts of the essay prompt.

Two recommendation letters

You will need two different people (not related to you) to write you a letter of recommendation. It should address your education goals and the qualities that make you a good fit for our program.

Dependency Verification Letter or Card
Ask your current county social worker for this letter OR if you are from Santa Clara County, contact Carla Macias ( or Larissa Ramos ( to request a digital copy of your Dependency Verification Letter.

Copy of your transcripts
You will need to get your official or unofficial transcript from each educational institution attended (high school and college).