The Need

Today’s college students struggle with the increasingly mounting costs of housing, tuition, books, transportation, etc. In too many cases, students end up quitting school and reluctantly choosing a job that ironically barely keeps them financially afloat.

A college student’s decision to work full-time rather than stay in school may help them make ends meet in the short run, but by choosing to drop out of school, they will most likely experience catastrophic consequences in their careers and lifetime income. And the impact reverberates for all those who have invested their time and treasure to ensure our students get into college in the first place — not to mention lost opportunities for expanding the future talent pool in Silicon Valley.

The Program

The East Side Education Foundation is proud to offer a scholarship program for Spartan East Side Promise students through generous support from the House Family Foundation, Ross Foundation, Santa Clara County Supervisor Otto Lee, and individuals like you.

Through the SESP Scholarship Program, we’re able to help students focus more on getting an education and less on affording basic needs.

Want to see our impact? Meet our scholarship winners from previous years:

2022 Scholarship Award Winners
2021 Scholarship Award Winners
2020 Scholarship Award Winners

Scholarships 2023

The 2023 Spartan East Side Promise Scholarships will be awarded to ESUHSD graduates attending San José State University who participated in the SESP Summer Program. First-year and returning students (2nd-4th year) are invited to apply. Previous winners are not eligible.

Please note that the application window officially closed on Friday, July 21st. Applicants will be notified of their status on or around September 10th.

If you have any questions about the scholarship program, please email [email protected]. Your donations are always welcome!