Scholars Program

Scholars Program


The Santa Monica College campus has announced new actions to help limit coronavirus (COVID-19). As local, national and global public health recommendations shift to include mitigation of transmission, the campus is proactively taking steps to help protect our community. Effective immediately, many campus operations are being suspended and/or modified.  We realize that these steps are extremely disruptive but we ask for your patience and flexibility during these uncertain times.

In complying with this directive, the Scholars Program Office will be closed for walk-in services and for in-person counseling appointments until further notice.

Contact Us

Phone: 310-434-4371
Location: Student Services Center (SSC) 2nd Floor Room 287 Map

The Scholars Office will be closed August 2nd through August 27th, 2021.  Counselors and support staff will not be available during this time.  Our final day of operation will be Thursday, July 29th, and we will return on Monday, August 30th for Fall term.

Current/Continuing Scholars Program Students

How will I meet with my counselor if the office is closed?

The Scholars counselor will call you at your appointment time using the phone number on file in your student portal.  Please make sure that your phone number is correct in Corsair Connect. Need to change your phone number? Please refer to the following instructions:

  • Log into your Corsair Connect
  • Click on the "Enrollment" tab in the upper right corner of the screen
  • Click on "Profile/Preferences" in the left margin
  • Make appropriate changes on the screen (phone, address, etc.)
  • Click on "Submit Changes" bottom left of the screen
You should also make sure that your cell phone allows blocked/unknown callers at this time.  If you are not able to answer at your scheduled appointment time, you will need to reschedule for another time.

Need to make an appointment with a Scholars Counselor?

You must be admitted to the Scholars Program and have attended the mandatory Orientation to use this service:

We have reestablished our online counseling appointment system. Log into your Corsair Connect:

  • click on "Book a Counseling Appointment" (left-hand margin)
  • select "Scholars" from drop-down menu under Program/Area (this will only be available for current Scholars Program students)
  • select a time/counselor that works for you and click on the Reserve Appointment box.
  • You will see options for both phone and video (zoom) appointments, so you have the choice depending on your needs for the appointment
  • An email confirmation will be sent to your SMC student email account with instructions 

In an effort to accommodate as many of our students as possible, we can only allow one appointment per week and the system will only allow you to make appointments for 7 days out at a time.

Have a quick question for a Scholars Counselor?

You must be admitted to the Scholars Program, have attended the mandatory Orientation AND met with a Scholars Counselor in a 30-minute appointment to use this service:

Drop-in times have been established for our current Scholars students who have quick questions that do not require full appointments.  

Summer 2021 Drop-in Hours

Mondays & Wednesdays ~ 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Closed on Fridays

If you are using a phone to sign into QLess, please download the QLess app first (Android or iOS).

Once you have signed in:

  1. Look for Santa Monica College - "Scholars Callback Line". 
  2. Add yourself to the "line" for a 5-10 minute session.
  3. We'll send you a text message to alert you when we are ready.
  4. The counselor will call you at the number provided when it's your turn to be seen. Make sure cell phone settings are adjusted to receive a call from an unknown or "no caller ID" number. Otherwise, the call goes to voicemail.

Join QLess Line

Prospective Scholars Program Students

Applying to the Scholars Program for Winter/Spring 2021?

The Scholars Application is electronic and available on our website. Please refer to this page to receive updated information regarding our modified application procedures.

Not sure the Scholars Program is right for you and need more information? Find out about the program by attending an Information Session.

Information Sessions have been scheduled and available on our website. Please refer to this page to receive updated information regarding our modified Information Session format as well as instructions to sign up.


Non-counseling questions and/or questions regarding the program may be directed to: or 310-434-4371 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Monday – Friday).  

Please leave a message with your contact information and we will return your call.