Community College Scholars

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The Maisin Scholar Award Program provides our community college cohorts from the years 2010 onward with in-depth academic & career counseling and a comprehensive 2-3 year academic plan.  Our goal is to more effectively equip our community college scholars in successfully achieving an associate’s degree, transfer to a four year institution, or even achieve a vocational certification. These scholars renew their scholarship at the end of the fall semester, in addition to the annual renewal cycle in July.

Students have a mid-semester and an end of semester appointment with the Maisin Education Advisor to assess their progress, make adjustments or acquire support to navigate through any immediate challenges they may encounter, be it academic or financial aid, and are also provided with other resources essential for college and career success.

We have designed a community college protocol that has increased our student first year retention rate from 35% to 85% in the last two years. We aim to assist our community college scholars in achieving their academic and career goals in the most effective and timely manner.

Maisin Community College Cohorts cooperate to receive the following:

1. Customized Community College orientation
2. 2-3 year Academic Plan
3. Career Assessment
4. One-on-One Counseling Sessions

• Map courses & time-table to an AA, transfer to 4-year or both

5. Monthly check-ins to gauge progress and receive assistance

Education Counseling

We support Maisin Scholars attending community colleges throughout California.  If you take full advantage of our support and services, you will be on your way to achieve your dreams beyond high school, through college and into a productive career!

When you join the Maisin Family, you will have many opportunities to work with our Education Advisor. In your initial counseling session you will be introduced to Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) and California State University (CSU) transfer requirements, Associate degree requirements for your community college, as well as the difference between remedial and college level courses.

During your Midterm Check-in you will be asked to identify challenges and successes and together with the Education Advisor, devise a plan of action to finish the semester successfully. In your end of term check-in, you will give the Education Advisor an idea of what your grades for the semester will be by reviewing your unofficial transcript. You will also have time to change your education plan agreement and re-establish goals for the next semester if necessary.

For more details on the community college protocol breakdown, click here.

If at any time you have questions about the courses that you are taking or the requirements to graduate please make an appointment to meet with our Education Advisor.

Renewals

Fall Semester Renewals:

You are required to renew your scholarship annually by the second week of July each year for your fall scholarship disbursement. When you have completed your spring semester, you will have a meeting with the Education Advisor to review your academic progress. You will also begin preparation to renew your scholarship. You will need to submit the following:

  • Renewal Form: The Renewal Application Form must be typed completely. If you will be attending a new school, indicate this change in the required field (you will also be required to submit an official acceptance letter from your new institution).
    • Your award check will be sent to the institution that you designate on this form.
    • This is where you will also update your contact information if it has changed.
  • Essay: Write a 750 word essay describing your educational experiences over the past year. Include your major, what you enjoy about school, challenges you have overcome, and areas that you can improve. Describe how the Maisin Scholar Award Program is supporting you in your education.
  • Official Transcripts: Obtain a copy of your official transcripts, available from your institution’s registrar, or through your institution’s website (do not open the sealed transcript or it will be voided).
  • Class Schedule: You must be enrolled in both Math and English and a minimum of 9 units to receive your full scholarship for the semester. Your class schedule will be our proof of this, however, checks are not disbursed to you from your institution until after the add/drop deadline.
  • Copy of Signed Education Plan: This document provides information about your plan of success and how you will achieve your academic goals each semester, which you will fill out when you meet with the Education Advisor

 

Mail or hand-deliver the entire renewal application packet in one envelope to:

The Maisin Scholar Award Program
San Francisco School Alliance
131 Steuart Street, Suite 501
San Francisco, CA 94105

You must mail or hand-deliver the entire renewal packet to us; faxes and emails are not acceptable.

PLEASE RENEW YOUR SCHOLARSHIP ON TIME!!

If we receive your completed Renewal Packet by the second week of July, we guarantee that the scholarship check will be mailed to your institution by the first week in August. Allow 3-4 weeks for your financial aid office to receive and process your scholarship check. All Renewal Packets submitted after the second week in July, if approved, will have disbursement checks issued at our leisure. If Renewal Packets are submitted after July 30th, your renewal packets may be declined, and no disbursement issued for the entire academic year.

However, you are required to submit a renewal packet even if it is late to remain eligible for future scholarship disbursements. Contact the Maisin Program Associate for more information.

Spring Semester Renewals:

Community College students are also required to renew their scholarship at the end of the fall semester for spring semester disbursements.

Required for Spring Renewal:

  • Counseling Appointment: Make an appointment to see the Maisin Education Advisor in January.
  • Renewal Application: The Renewal application must be typed completely. If you will be attending a new school, indicate this change in the required field (you will also be required to submit an official acceptance letter from your new institution). Your award check will be sent to the institution that you designate on this form. This is where you will also update your contact information if it has changed.
  • Class Schedule: You must be enrolled in both Math and English and a minimum of 9 units to receive your scholarship. Your class schedule will be our proof of this. Checks are not disbursed to you from your school until after the add/drop deadline.
  • Unofficial Transcripts: Provide unofficial transcripts including your fall semester grades (only for spring renewals).
  • Any additional documents requested by the Education Advisor. Submit all required documents to the Maisin Education Advisor during or after your counseling session. Spring checks will be mailed out by the end of February.

 

Transferring Institutions

Transferring Institutions?

If you are transferring during the normal Fall semester renewal period, indicate your plans to transfer on the Annual Renewal Application due in July and follow normal renewal procedures indicated on the form. The deadline to submit your Annual Renewal Application packet for the Fall semester is the second week of July each year.

If you are transferring to another institution for the Spring semester, then you indicate your plans to transfer on the Spring Renewal Application and follow normal Spring renewal procedures indicated on the form. The deadline to submit your Spring Renewal Application packet is the last Friday in January each year.

However, if you are transferring institutions in the middle of a semester, then you should contact your financial aid office and inform them of your intent to transfer and have them return any remaining funds to the San Francisco School Alliance/Maisin Scholarship Program as soon as possible. You should then submit the following:

  • A completed Transfer of Schools Form-must be typed
  • A copy of your acceptance letter (it should have your student ID number)
  • A copy of your new spring/winter semester class schedule
  • A copy of your Unofficial Transcripts from the institution you are transferring from
  • Mail or hand-carry all documents to our address

 

Once the refund has been received (if applicable) from your former institution, we will issue a check to your new institution of transfer as indicated on your Transfer of School Form.

For any questions concerning this process, please contact our office at 415.857.9650.

 

Disbursement Deferral

If you are interested in deferring your annual or semester disbursement for a future semester you are still required to provide a complete renewal application during the renewal period. Indicate your reason for the deferral request and how long you wish to defer your scholarship. Your request must be approved and may require a meeting with our Education Advisor or Program Director if the deferral is longer than two semesters. Maintaining good academic standing and renewal applications are still required during the deferral period in order to remain eligible for future scholarship disbursements.