Community Scholars

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The Community Scholars program started in 1999, in a partnership between SCPD and Jordan High School, when faculty members at Jordan noticed the sophomores in their International Baccalaureate (IB) program leaving the academic accelerated program in large numbers after that year. Faculty realized that Jordan High School students did not have a real understanding of college and all that it entailed, nor were students clear on the benefits of a college education. The vast majority of IB students would be the first in their families to attend college; they lacked the understanding of what a college education could mean for them in terms of opportunities. In a meeting of local educators this topic came up in a discussion and the Community Scholars program was born.

Due to much success with Jordan High School, the Community Scholars program has expanded and evolved over the years. In 2016, we welcomed a partnership between SCPD and Poly High School. In 2017, we welcome a partnership with SCPD and McBride High School.



The Community Scholars (CS) program is a mentoring program that matches college juniors and seniors from the College of Business Administration at California State University, Long Beach with sophomores at Poly and McBride High School (inner city, public high schools located in Long Beach). Research indicates that the majority of high school sophomores make the decision about whether or not they'll attend college during this crucial year. The CS program was designed to influence this decision in a positive manner.

Before meeting with the high school students, Scholars (the college students serving as mentors) complete mentor training based on college student development theories that emphasizes traits such as self-discovery, leadership, and building a sense of community.

In teams of three lead by an instructor, they create workshops focused on college readiness topics. All workshops are presented at Poly and McBride High School on pre-determined dates, during the spring semester.

The program culminates when the high school students are brought to CSULB campus for a daylong tour. This experience helps motivate them to succeed in high school and pursue a higher education.



Enrollment in Community Scholars is limited to students who meet the following requirements:

  • Maintain “Good Standing” with the University
  • Possess a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Pass an in-person interview
  • Must be available on Fridays
  • Complete the application form



Accepted participants will be expected to attend the training session ASSOCIATED TO THE HIGH SCHOOL THEY ARE PAIRED WITH, visits to the high school they are paired with (Poly or McBride) for the mentoring sessions, and the CSULB Campus Tour.

Fall Training Sessions:

  • Training Session for McBride High School
    Friday, December 8, 2017
    8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    CBA Building (Room 235)

  • Training Session for Poly High School
    Friday, December 15, 2017
    8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    (Room TBD)


  • You will only be assigned to one high school.

Spring CS Workshops (Mentoring Sessions):

  • Selected Fridays, January through May - 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


    Poly High School
    • February 2
      • Meet and Greet AND Workshop #1
    • March 9
      • Workshop #2 AND #3
    • March 23
      • Workshop #4
    • April 20
      • Workshop #5
    • May 4
      • CSULB Campus Visit


    McBride High School

    • January 26
      • Meet and Greet
    • February 9
      • Workshop #1
    • February 23
      • Workshop #2
    • March 16
      • Workshop #3
    • April 13
      • Workshop #4
    • April 27
      • Workshop #5
    • May 4
      • CSULB Campus Visit


  • CSULB Campus Tour
    • Date: May 4, 2018
    • Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The CS program satisfies the community service substitution of the Business Professional Certificate (1 workshop).


Other Eligible Community Service Activities

Our commitment is to assist in the development of responsible professionals engaged in civic participation through volunteer service. With that in mind we offer a list of eligible community service activities, however others may be accepted (with the approval of the Program Coordinator). Approval will be granted for volunteering regular hours (minimum of 20 hours per semester) supporting a non-profit or civic organization. It also will be granted for participating in meaningful projects.

Alternative Spring Break
Silent Auction
Service Learning Center
The Wooden Floor
Rotary Readers
Ronald McDonald House
Centennial Park
Other regular non-profit hours
Other volunteer project

If you are interested in other activities not listed in this page, we invite you to visit the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) and learn more about their opportunities.