Become a PSS Scholar
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Project Self-Sufficiency Scholar! Please carefully review the eligibility criteria before applying. Have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.
Very low or extremely low income
Have physical/legal custody of at least one minor child
Enrolled in community college or university working toward your Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 1 semester.
We accept clients in a vocational program on a case-by-case basis.
Single parent of a minor child. Not living with a romantic partner, significant other, or parent of the child, even if separated or divorced
Have 3.0 GPA (or close)
Have a source of income
(not necessarily employment)
Live, work, or attend college in Orange County, CA
Note: Meeting minimum eligibility requirements is not a guarantee of admission. Please contact us with any questions regarding eligibility.
There are two steps to apply
Part 1: Complete online application (approx. 15 minutes to complete)
Part 2: Upload supporting documentation to your online application:
Unofficial transcripts for the past two years that show your grades and current class schedule
One page personal essay
Please describe your educational goals and plan for accomplishing them, note any obstacles you have overcome, and how PSS will help you accomplish your goals
Income verification such as pay stubs, cash aid, financial aid, Social Security, child support, etc.
Two letters of recommendation from an employer, former employer, educator, counselor, agency representative, case manager, or equivalent
Monthly household budget
Note: Applications without supporting documentations are considered incomplete and will not be processed until all documentation is received.
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