The Spring 2017 scholarship application period is now open!  Applications are due April 12. 

Click here to begin applying


2016 Ohlone Promise Recipients

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

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.

Ohlone College has been committed to student success for 50 years.  In celebration, we are awarding 50 Ohlone Promise Scholarships in 2017.  We invite you to join us in celebration and supporting student success for this very special occasion.


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 2016.

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
  • 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.


2015-2016 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
Robert Bradshaw
Dr. Gari Browning
Lori Cabrales
Steve Cho
Citizens for Better Community
Robert Douglass
John Dutra
Al Fuerniss
Brad Hatton
Karen Kyain
Dr. Minh Hoa Ta
Indo-Americans for Better Community
John Maloney
Vicki Maroulis
Maureen Langenbach
Bennett Oppenheim
Bakul Patel
Shirley Sisk
Steven Reeves
Dr. Jim Wright


ohlone promise logo