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Inspire Scholars Application

Welcome to the College of the Canyons Inspire Scholars Program! Inspire Scholars/NextUp provides a welcoming, safe, and supportive space for current/former foster youth students. We are here to support you in achieving your higher education/career goals.

Completion of this application will assist us in determining your eligibility for Inspire Scholars/NextUp (current/foster youth). Participating in as many programs as possible will maximize your support and resources, ensuring your success at College of the Canyons.

If you have any questions or are at any point confused about this interest form, please email our office with your name and phone number: We will reply via email or call you to provide assistance. We look forward to working with you!
(Please enter the name that is used on your School/Legal Records)
(Please enter the name that is used on your School/Legal Records)
(Please note that this Preferred Name is not applicable to Admissions and Records processes)
(somewhere you can be reliably contacted)
Do you have a COC email
How do you describe yourself?
What is your high school status?
Did you have an Individualized Educational Place (IEP) and/or 504 plan during high school?
Have you completed AP courses with a possible score of 3 or above?
For the semester that you’re applying for, have you applied and submitted any of the following applications with the COC Financial Aid office?
Select all that apply
It is HIGHLY encouraged that you apply for financial aid at College of the Canyons PRIOR TO COMPLETING THIS APPLICATION. Failure to have any type of Financial Aid on file may affect your eligibility for some of our programs. You can apply to either FAFSA, CADAA, OR only the CCPG

Contact the COC Financial Aid office during business hours via phone, email, or in-person for further assistance.
Have you attended any colleges or universities besides College of the Canyons?
Were you previously enrolled in NextUp at another college?
What is your educational Goal at College of the Canyons?
(Type out your major, write “undecided” if you are unsure)
What ethnicity group do you identify with?
Are you a member of other COC programs? Check all that apply or "None"
(criminal justice system-impacted students)
Marital status
Are you receiving cash aid from the county and/or participating in the GAIN program?
Were you in foster care at age 13 or above?
Were you in foster care at age 12 or younger?
Please check if you have experienced any of these living situations in the last two years OR while in college
(check all that apply)
Select the option that best describes you:

By electronically signing this application, I agree to the following:

I certify that the information that I have provided on this application is, to the best of my knowledge, complete and accurate.

I understand that by applying to the Empowerment Programs, I authorize the Empowerment Programs staff to obtain records or data pertinent to my participation from other campus departments and programs.

I understand that completing this application does not immediately result in acceptance.
I give permission to the Empowerment Programs counselors to discuss appropriate academic and personal information with suitable agencies established to help me meet my educational, career, and personal goals.  

I consent to have my high school/college records and academic performance reviewed and monitored by the Empowerment Programs counselors as deemed appropriate for my success.

I recognize that submission of an incomplete application and/or falsification will result in my application being denied or withdrawn.