The Ohlone College Foundation Scholarship application period opens February 1, 2018.  Help a Student Succeed with a gift to the Ohlone Promise Scholarship by clicking here.


A message from Gari Browning, Ph.D., President/Superintendent of Ohlone College

For 50 years, Ohlone College has been committed to student success.  But cultivating student success goes beyond the quality instruction we offer.  Ohlone College is dedicated to providing rich support services which ensure that students have the out-of-classroom resources they need to achieve their goals.

This is why the Ohlone Promise Scholarship is important to me.  This scholarship allows students to put their success first by removing finances from the equation.  It creates incentives along their educational journey so they reach for their very best.  Ohlone Promise recipients are also assigned a dedicated counselor to keep an eye on their educational plan and help them stick to their path.

This combination of support brings great results.  Student success rates are 11% higher than their peers.  Their GPAs are 17% higher.  Most astoundingly, they are 43% more likely to persist in their education year-to-year than their peers.

Please join us in supporting student success. Help a Student Succeed with a gift to the Ohlone Promise Scholarship by clicking here.


The Ohlone Promise Scholarship

The Ohlone Promise Scholarship pays for required tuition, books and enrollment fees for two years at Ohlone – a value of approximately $3,600. This full-ride scholarship is designed so that students can focus on their education - rather than their finances.  Thirty students will receive Ohlone Promise Scholarships in 2018.

High school seniors living in the Tri-City area and planning to attend Ohlone College full-time.  

Fremont Unified School District
American, Irvington, Kennedy, Mission San Jose, Robertson and Washington

Newark Unified School District
Newark Memorial and Bridgepoint

New Haven Unified School District
Logan High School and Conley Caraballo

Students must also reside in the Ohlone Community College District.


  • Be a graduating senior in a public high school from Fremont, Newark, or Union City School Districts
  • Have a minimum 2.5 academicgrade point average
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 15 at fafsa.ed.gov
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a high school principal, teacher, or counselor 
  • Write a short essay
  • Plan to attend Ohlone College full-time (12 units per semester) for two years

For more information on The Ohlone Promise, contact the Ohlone College Foundation at 510.659.6020 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

*The Ohlone Promise pays for required tuition, books, and enrollment fees.  Students will be responsible for miscellaneous supplies and optional fees.


2016-2017 Ohlone Promise Scholarship Donors

Thank you for being a partner in student success!  We would like to give a special thanks to Vicki Maroulis, who has provided a $36,000 endowment for the Ohlone Promise Scholarship.  This generous gift will generate income to fully fund an Ohlone Promise scholarship recipient every year.

Greg Bonaccorsi

Bob Bradshaw

Gari Browning, Ph.D.

Lori Cabrales

Steve Cho

Chris Dela Rosa

Robert Douglass / Cargill

Terry Exner

Alfred Garcia

Brad Hatton

Dr. Minh Hoa-Ta

Indo-Americans for Better Community

Karen Kyain / Chevron

Ladies of the Empire

Elgin Lan (in memory of Chen Yung Wang)

John Maloney

Victoria Maroulis

Bennett Oppenheim

Binh Nguyen

Bakul Patel / Apple

Shirley Sisk

Steven Reeves

Washington Hospital

Dr. Jim Wright


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