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Thank you!

Inspire Scholars/NextUp supports current and former foster youth in their pursuit of higher education. You can support Inspire Scholars/NextUp students through monetary and non-monetary gifts. The Inspire Scholars/NextUp Program thanks you in advance for your generosity.

The following is a list of suggested NEW items to donate to Inspire Scholars/NextUp:

  • Bottles of water and/or reusable water bottles
  • Granola bars
  • Backpacks
  • Scantron 882-E
  • 3 x 5 notecards
  • Blue pens
  • Mechanical pencils
  • 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 subject spiral college ruled notebooks
  • Composition books/graphing and regular
  • Binders
  • Tab dividers
  • Pencil bag
  • 2 pocket folders
  • 100 or more sheets packages of paper/college ruled

Optional donation items:

  • Gift cards for gas, local food merchants, grocery cards or Michael’s/Hobby Lobby for art supplies
  • Mini staplers
  • Sheet protectors
  • Correction tape
  • Academic planners (July-August)
  • Shower towels/washcloths
  • Personal care items: toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, combo body wash & shampoo, feminine hygiene products, socks, deodorant, flip-flops and washcloths
  • Combination locks


Gift-In-Kind Donations

These non-monetary gifts are an excellent way to support our students. Please consider donating items from the suggested list. Please request a Gift in Kind form for your tax credit by emailing

Cash Donations

Inspire Scholars has established two funds through the College of the Canyons Foundation: Inspire Scholars Scholarship Fund, awarded annually to a current/former foster youth; and the Inspire Scholars Special Funds Account which supports general activities for Inspire Scholars/NextUp students such as student events, school supplies, personal care items, snacks, meal cards and transportation cards.

Instructions for cash donations:

  1. Complete online form
  2. In the Donation Designation section of the online form, select "Other" in the drop-down box on the "Direct My Donations To" line
  3. Type "Inspire Scholars" in the box on the "Other Donation" line
  4. Complete all other fields that apply
  5. Submit

COC Employee Payroll Deduction

College of the Canyons employees can make monthly or one-time donation to the Inspire Scholars. Request a payroll deduction form via email 

For questions or more information please contact:

Dora Lozano, Inspire Scholars Coordinator/Counselor

(661) 362-3676

or via email at