Scholars Program



Information Workshops

This workshop is for new and continuing SMC students who are interested in finding out about the Scholars Program and the various priority admissions contracts housed within the program. UCLA's TAP contract will be covered extensively as will the requirements for applying to the program. (Note that this workshop is not for students who are already in the Scholars Program)

UC Application Workshops

Students will be guided on how to correctly fill out and complete the University of California transfer admissions application. Particular attention will be given to specific areas on the application that are crucial to the Scholars Program (TAP) student. Instructions for completing the TAP certification form and process will be covered in this workshop.

College Essay Writing Workshops

The essay, sometimes called the personal statement, presents an important opportunity for students to distinguish themselves from other applicants. In this workshop, students will learn what schools are looking for and appropriate topics to address. This workshop is designed to assist students in creating an essay that will have a lasting and positive impression.

These workshops are optional.

Discussion on topics of the personal statement will be given, as well as suggestions on how to prepare a solid essay.

Learn how to write your college essay for admission and scholarships.

  • Highlight your strength
  • Address your weaknesses
  • Structure your essay

Please see the Transfer Center website for these workshops.

Common Application Workshops

The Common Application is a web based application that is used by over 500 local and out of state colleges and universities.

USC, Pepperdine, and LMU all use the Common Application.

This lab time will allow you to work on your Common Application(s), UC & CSU application(s) and bring specific questions to a counselor. Please bring copies of transcripts from all colleges attended. Personal statements/essays will not be read during this time, however, you are encouraged to see an SMC counselor to have him/her read your essay and provide feedback.

Limited computers will be available, therefore if you have a laptop we strongly encourage you to bring it.

For more information on applying to private colleges using the Common Application, please refer to the workshops offered through the Transfer Center.

Student Services Workshops

The Fall 2021 Student Services Calendar is now available.  These are amazing workshops scheduled by many departments to support students.