SJ Aspires

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What is SJ Aspires?

San José Aspires is an invitation-based program for students at select schools in San José. Students in the program will receive financial awards as they complete different tasks connected to college and career readiness. Through the program, students may earn up to $5,000 to support their post-secondary educational goals.

Participating Schools

Currently, students who are in the 9th grade class (Class of 2023-2024) at Overfelt High School, the 10th grade class (Class of 2022-2023) at San José High School, and the 12th grade class at Opportunity Youth Academy (Class of 2020-2021) are eligible to receive awards through SJ Aspires.

Fall 2020 Update

SJ Aspires is excited to expand to 800 students in the Fall of 2020. In addition to serving more students, SJ Aspires will also increase the financial support available to students. Depending on the time they spend in SJ Aspires, students will be able to earn up to $5,000 towards their post-secondary education.

But financial support is only one component of San José Aspires. Over the long-term, SJ Aspires will provide students with a tailored curriculum, access to college and career advisors (both provided by our partner, Students Rising Above), and help them develop the academic habits and self-advocacy skills needed to succeed after high school. By identifying different college and career readiness milestones and incentivizing students to meet these milestones as they move through high school, SJ Aspires will allow students to adapt, change, and explore new interests as they connect their high school experiences to their post-secondary goals. 

Over the next few months, SJ Aspires will announce additional partnerships and components to the program. We encourage you to bookmark this page and check back as we grow.

For more information about SJ Aspires, please email


We’re grateful for the financial support provided by many corporations and foundations that recognize the important role libraries play in preparing our youth for a prosperous future:

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SJ Aspires Awards

Choose from a menu of awards that cover a wide range of resources, projects, and achievements that promote college and career readiness.

SJ Aspires FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about earning awards through the SJ Aspires program.

Your SJ Aspires Account

Details on how SJ Aspires internally tracks student progress and the amount earned.