College Access

For students who want to pursue education beyond high school.

cardinals interact program

Phone: 619-795-2008


Eligibility: Must be admitted in the 9th grade, 1.0+ GPA

Description: The Cardinals Interact Program is a partnership between Price Philanthropies, San Diego Rotary Club 33, and Hoover High School. The program provides positive and supportive activities for Hoover students over a three and a half year period, offering mentoring, college prep, career exposure, and scholarship services.

Cesar chavez service clubs

Phone: 619-233-1331


Eligibility: Open to students grades 3 through 12.

Description: Cesar Chavez Service Clubs are built on the ten values of Cesar Chavez designed to engage students in community service and advocacy. Students are provided with individual college mentoring and college preparation while building confidence within themselves to make lasting differences.

college avenue compact

Phone: 619-880-6845


Eligibility: Must have a cumulative 3.0+ GPA in 9th-10th grade and/or an A-G GPA 3.0+ in 11th-12th grades and not be currently enrolled in any other college access program at Hoover.

Description: College Avenue Compact is a partnership with Price Philanthropies, San Diego Unified School District, and San Diego State University (SDSU) that offers Hoover students guaranteed admission to SDSU upon successfully completing the College Avenue Compact requirements. Students selected for the College Avenue Scholars program receive individual college mentoring, access to test preparation, and leadership opportunities. Student and family services will continue in a virtual setting for the 2020-2021 academic year.

faces for the future

Phone: 619-980-0831


Eligibility: Only open to students in the Academy for Health and Healthier Communities.

Description: Rady Children's Hospital - FACES for the Future (FACES) prepares students for careers in health care through academic enhancement, professional/leadership development, wellness support, and career experience. Students' activities include guest speakers, workshops, hands-on skills clinics, college field trips, hospital, and community rotations, one-on-one mentoring, and leadership opportunities.

First gen scholars

Phone: 619-339-3308


Eligibility: Applications are available in the Spring before senior year. Students must have a 10-12 College GPA of 3.0 or above.

Description: First Gen Scholars provide superior support to underserved first-generation high school students in San Diego by navigating them through the college application process and mentor them throughout college towards a prosperous career.

ocean discovery institute

Phone: 619-795-8365


Eligibility: Free and open to all Hoover students

Description: Ocean Discovery Institute uses ocean science to empower young people to transform their lives, their community, and their world as science and conservation leaders. The Living Lab in City Heights provides continuous science opportunities paired with mentoring and the tools to overcome challenges so that young people can unlock their potential (currently only open for food distribution service as a response to COVID). Hoover students can volunteer, participate in a fellowship, and explore careers in science.

pro kids

Phone: 619-582-7884


Eligibility: Free programming for all Hoover students.

Description: Pro Kids promotes character development, life skills, and values through education and the game of golf. Through a unique set of programs that combine sport, study, and service, Pro Kids provides youth in grades 2-12 with equitable access to opportunities that will set them on the path to success in adulthood, with support and scholarship service for program alumni. Hoover students can get academic help, learn the sport of golf, participate in college visits and career workshops, complete community service, and receive assistance in applying for and paying for college and technical training.

reality changers

Phone: 619-516-2222


Eligibility: Contact to learn more

Description: Reality Changers transforms students into college graduates, serving youth in grades 8-12 through two programs, College Town and College Apps Academy. College Town assists students in grades 8-11th in the following areas: leadership development, academic preparation, and college readiness. College Apps Academy guides and supports 12th-grade students through the entire admissions process, financial aid, and college survival skills.

SDSU Consensus Organizing Center, Step-Up Program

Phone: 619-594-4813


Eligibility: Juniors, no GPA requirement

Description: Step-Up seeks to engage, educate, and empower high school juniors to achieve a post-secondary education and develop the practical skills needed to solve social problems in their neighborhoods. Students enroll in Introduction to Social Work at SDSU and complete 40 hours of community service in their neighborhoods, designed to allow students to practice the skills learned in the classroom and learn to see themselves as leaders of their communities.

SDSU PRe-college Institute

Phone: 619-594-2349

Website: | Instagram: @sdsuprecollegeinstitute

Eligibility: Upward Bound & Talent Search: Students must be a U.S. Citizen, legal resident, or on a pathway to citizenship. Contact to learn more.

Description: The SDSU Pre-College Institute is a partnership between federally funded TRIO programs, public schools, and SDSU academic departments. The Institute has integrated three programs (Talent Search, Upward Bound Classic, and Upward Bound STAR/Classic) to assist youth by providing a range of services including academic, college, career, and financial advising. We assist students with career exposure, college access, community service, mentoring, tutoring, and community resources.

SDSU price community scholars

Phone: 619-485-3028

Eligibility: Contact Alessa Becerra at to learn more.

Description: The Price Community Scholars program pairs SDSU students from City Heights with three 7th graders in the Hoover Cluster. The college students provide weekly tutoring and mentorship with the students from 7th through 10th grade in exchange for a four-year college scholarship. The program assists in building a community that enhances the path to higher education for both mentors and mentees through academic success, college awareness, cultural enrichment, and community service.

students without limits

Phone: 858-880-7094


Eligibility: Contact to learn more

Description: Students Without Limits supports the endeavors of first-generation and immigrant students who want to attend college by providing them with in-school and remote support and opportunities.

ucsd upward bound math & science

Phone: 858-534-4252


Eligibility: Contact to learn more

Description: The Upward Bound Math & Science program is designed to strengthen students’ math and science skills and encourage them to pursue post-secondary degrees in math and science with the ultimate goal of pursuing careers in these professions.

wahupa educational talent search

Phone: 619-663-8184


Eligibility: U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, not enrolled in another TRIO program (Talent Search, Upward Bound).

Description: Wahupa Educational Talent Search helps first-generation college students successfully complete high school education and obtain a college degree with financial aid. Program services include: academic and A-G course advising; college information/ application assistance; tutoring connection, SAT/ACT information; and financial aid information/ application assistance.