Meet Our Scholars

JOYA Scholars serves over 100 first-generation junior high, high school, and college students from families residing in the Garnet & Maple neighborhoods of Fullerton, California. We believe each student should have the resources they need to succeed in high school, graduate from college, build a fulfilling career, and become a community leader.

Watch the message from our scholars Karla, Jesse, & Stephanie on YouTube


Our Impact

This year, students participated in 2,100 hours of virtual programming—including Mentoring, Tutoring, College Apps Academy, Parent Academy, Service & Leadership Academy, & more—an increase compared to any single pre-pandemic year.

Watch “JOYA Scholars News Network” on YouTube


A Message From Our Board Chair

Our students look to us to advocate on their behalf, as many of us once did ourselves. We are a community that walks alongside our students every step of the way.

Watch the special message, written & spoken by JOYA Scholars Board Chairwoman Linda Vazquez & animated by Cal State Fullerton Honors Student Theo Pologeorgis


Our Strength Is In Our Relationships

Our approach is to bring in the right people to have the right conversations with our students at the right time. In doing so, our team of volunteer mentors and tutors ensure their dreams become reality.

Watch the message from one of our mentors, Hanna, on YouTube