The Valencia College Horizon Scholars Program is an affiliate with Take Stock in Children and supports Orange County Public High School students chart their path towards a life of purpose.

The mission of the Valencia College Horizon Scholars Program is to passionately promote personal growth, self-responsibility, and academic success for deserving low-income children by providing a unique set of resources including mentors, scholarships, long-term support, student advocacy, and a guaranteed educational opportunity. Upon successful completion of the program and high school, students receive a two-year college scholarship.

Program Model

Through an innovative multi-year model the Valencia College Horizon Scholars Program is committed to deliver four pillars of promise which includes:

  • a two-year college scholarship
  • leadership development opportunities
  • a caring mentor and college success coordinator
  • good citizenship through civic engagement

Volunteer as a Mentor

To volunteer as a mentor or to obtain more information, please contact the Horizon Scholars Program, at

Mentoring sessions range from 30-45 minutes and typically occur at a school near your home or workplace, during school hours. *DUE TO COVID-19, ALL MENTOR SESSIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN A SAFE AND VIRTUAL FORMAT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Four Pillars of Promise

Pillar 1


Upon successful completion of the program and high school, students receive a two-year college scholarship. Students must stay in school, maintain an acceptable GPA, meet with their mentor and college success coordinator, exhibit good citizenship, and remain drug and crime free,

Pillar 2


Each student enrolled in the program is matched with a mentor who is a volunteer community member and provides guidance and academic motivation. Students will also have a College Success Coordinator who will help develop skills, behaviors, and habits that contribute to success in college and life through structured outreach.

Pillar 3

Leadership Development

The program hosts workshops on topics including financial literacy, funding opportunities, career planning, community awareness, self-care, and conflict resolution.

Pillar 4

Civic Engagement

We endeavor to help our students become active learners and engaged citizens. To this end, we require our students to complete 100 hours of community service before graduation from high school (recommended at least 25 hours of service per year).

Dr. Sandy Shugart
"We have many children in our county that are dreaming of going to college, and we are committed to making that dream a reality. This program will provide our children with a chance to obtain a higher education and will help them get there with the guidance of a caring mentor through middle and high school."
-- Dr. Sanford Shugart - President, Valencia College