What, Why, & How

What is Promise Scholars

An initiative to increase the college going rate for all Ontario-Montclair School District (OMSD) students. The Promise Scholars effort is a partnership between OMSD, Chaffey Joint Union High School District, Chaffey Community College, California State University, San Bernardino, the cities of Ontario and Montclair, The Community Foundation, Alliance for Education, and Inland Empire United Way. Promise Scholars is one of the first universal comprehensive college going programs of its kind in San Bernardino County.


Promise Scholars Goal:

To prepare OMSD students to be successful in a global society by increasing their high school
completion rates and college going rates through exposure to, and encouragement for,
post-secondary learning experiences (including technical training programs).


Why Promise Scholars

College or other post-secondary training is increasingly important. For individuals, higher education is important for lifetime earnings: those with only a high school diploma earn 45% less than those with a bachelor’s degree.

  • High school grads earn $1.30 million in their lifetime compared to those with a degree earn about $2.27 million in their lifetime. 

For society, higher education attainment is important for future prosperity. All communities depend on their ability to foster the health and wellbeing of the next generation.

  • When a community invests wisely in children, the next generation will pay that back through a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship. 

While students will continue to need the core basics of a K-12 education, Promise Scholars will also ensure more students have access to higher education and post-secondary technical training so they have the skills to be prepared for the future for themselves, their families, and their communities. The benefits of enhancing access to college accrue for all, not just for some, and this work is a necessary part of preparing our communities together
for the future.

  • The bottom-line is a more advanced education and technical skills means a more prepare workforce, which impacts higher-wage job development in the region.



To support the development of Promise Scholars, OMSD is starting the Ontario-Montclair Schools Foundation. This foundation is newly formed and is seeking input and support from individuals, businesses, and service clubs to make the promise possible.



More Program Details

Promise Scholars Objectives:

  • Increased college awareness by parents & students
  • Increased parental & student aspirations for college/technical training
  • Increased parental & student knowledge about college/technical training opportunities
  • Increased parental & student plans for college/technical training
  • Increased student readiness for college


The Promise: Promise Scholars ensures a place in college for our students. All OMSD students who complete preparatory requirements will be provided access and admission to a partner college.


College access is supported by a promise of scholarship assistance for all OMSD students who finish high school through the Chaffey Joint Union High School District and go on to one of the partner colleges. The Promise Scholars Scholarship will be for OMSD students graduating from high school in 2017 and all successive OMSD students, who attend one of these higher education institutions. Promise Scholars Scholarships will be based on need and will be distributed according to the capacity of the Ontario-Montclair Schools Foundation endowment. The Promise also includes a commitment to help students as they progress from elementary to middle to high school, and then on to college, with field trips to colleges for 5th and 8thgraders, parent presentations, college fairs, and assistance with college applications and financial aid forms.