NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – December 5, 2023 – For over two decades, the Simon Scholars program has offered exceptional support to students in high school through college (and beyond). The program’s services are tailored to support individuals navigating the challenges of pursuing a four-year college degree and a fulfilling career.

Now, Simon Scholars has partnered with Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano to broaden their reach throughout the South Orange County region. The goal of the partnership is to provide a robust support system to students throughout their college journeys.

Breakthrough SJC, a community-based program, supports students from middle school to college graduation through free college access programming.

“I am so excited that Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano is partnering with Simon Scholars to continue empowering the next generation of leaders in overcoming barriers as underrepresented students in higher education,” said Elizabeth Eusebio, Executive Director for Breakthrough SJC.

“Through this partnership, we will continue making an impact in bridging educational equity and giving these highly motivated students an opportunity to be the first in their family to go to college and change the trajectory of their lives and of their families for generations to come.”

Together, these two organizations aim to empower students from high school through college and beyond, specifically within the Orange County area.

“I met Elizabeth about a year ago, and I immediately saw an opportunity that would benefit both our organizations,” reflects Andy Robles, Simon Scholars Executive Director. “By combining our efforts, Breakthrough and Simon Scholars students will have a strong support system throughout college.”

Learn more about the Simon Scholars Program by contacting You can also visit their website or call at 949-373-3500.

About the Simon Scholars Program

Simon Scholars is a unique scholarship program that begins at the end of a student’s sophomore year in high school and continues through the completion of college and into their career. It is designed to help students facing difficult life and economic circumstances to excel academically and socially so they can complete a 4-year college degree and enter the workforce as professionals. To date, the program has provided nearly $100 million in combined financial aid and program support. To learn more, visit

About Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano

Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano is a 10-year program that supports nearly 300 students from low-income underrepresented backgrounds in higher education from 7th grade through college graduation. Breakthrough SJC focuses on academic readiness, college support, parent engagement, and community enrichment opportunities to empower first-generation college-bound students to be the first in their families to graduate college and break the cycle of poverty through education. Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano was founded in 2006 at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School and is one of 25 nationwide affiliates of Breakthrough Collaborative. To learn more visit: