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.

In 2020, the East Side Education Foundation was excited to introduce a scholarship component to the Spartan East Side Promise through generous support from the House Foundation, Excite Credit Union, Soul Sports Focus, 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.

The inaugural cohort of SESP Scholarship Award winners was recognized at a special online event in September 2020. You can watch a video replay of the event here:

2020 Scholarship Award Winners

Rising SJSU Seniors (w/ High School)*

Joanna Avalos, Mt. Pleasant
Bhavya Bugatha, Evergreen Valley
April Corral, Oak Grove
James Do, Piedmont Hills
Bret Feldman, Silver Creek
Christian Frausto, Santa Teresa
Denise Gip, Independence
Vivian Ho, Santa Teresa
Hifsa Khan, James Lick
Jennifer Neri, Evergreen Valley
Allison Mungaray, Evergreen Valley
Ryan Ngo, Independence
Beatriz Paule, W.C. Overfelt
Jack Pham, Piedmont Hills
Daisy Rivas, W.C. Overfelt
Cineta Rodriguez, W.C. Overfelt
Marc Santos, Oak Grove
Tuyen Tong, Piedmont Hills
Tina Tran, Piedmont Hills
Zinnia Tran, Silver Creek
Kyara Vargas, Santa Teresa
Eduardo Velazco, Independence

* These students were part of the inaugural Spartan East Side Promise program in 2017.

First-Year SJSU Students (w/ High School)

Samiyah Berry, Evergreen Valley
Andrew Cutforth, Santa Teresa
Jaspreet Kaur, Evergreen Valley
Lynna Ngo, Evergreen Valley
Blanca Velaquez, James Lick