Our Programs

College and Career Readiness

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College Scholarships

Each year, we award the following scholarships to college-bound SFUSD seniors:

  • The Young Author’s Scholarship
  • The Nathan Jillson Memorial Scholarship
  • The Irving Hochman Memorial Scholarship
  • The Taylor Renfrew Ingham Memorial Scholarship

In 2016, 826 Valencia will be awarding six $15,000 scholarships. Eligible students will have participated in 826 Valencia programming at some point during their school years. High school seniors who have attended a field trip, workshop, tutoring program, Personal Statement Weekend, or had 826 Valencia tutors visit their school or classroom for a writing project are all invited to apply. In addition to experience with 826 Valencia, applicants must be a graduating senior and first-generation U.S. college student, demonstrate financial need, go to school in San Francisco, and demonstrate intent to enroll in a vocational school, college, or university. Please email Christina V. Perry at christina@826valencia.orgwith any questions about this program.

The Great San Francisco Personal Statement Weekend

826 Valencia invites SFUSD high-school seniors to an intensive weekend of essay help at Mission High School each fall. Whether students are applying for scholarships or writing college entrance essays, still brainstorming or in the final stages of writing — students are welcome to come get free one-on-one help from 826 Valencia’s friendly tutors. Personal Statement Weekend is usually at the end of October each year. If you have questions about PSW, please email essayhelp@826valencia.org.

Internships for 826 Alumni and High School Students

At 826 Valencia, we have several tracks for developing leadership skills. We offer stipended internships to young people who have graduated from our programs, and work with various organizations, including MYEEP and CYC, to provide support and leadership training to high school students through our internship program. We also have a Youth Leadership Advisory Board (YLAB), which consists of middle-school students who have grown up in 826 Valencia programs and now tutor younger students, help us reflect on the work we’re doing, and learn skills applicable to college, their future careers, and beyond. If you’re under 18 and are interested in joining us as an intern or volunteer, please email Volunteer Coordinator Alyssa Aninag at alyssa@826valencia.org.


ScholarMatch is a community partner, located just across the street from 826 Valencia. ScholarMatch‘s mission is to make college possible for under-resourced students. They connect students with donors by leveraging the internet to enable individuals to invest in the academic future of their students, and they provide robust support services so that students maximize their resources and make sound choices in selecting their college.