Our very own Dr. Philip Chase and 4S staff have recently completed a book titled “Telling the Real Story: 50 Authentic Personal Statements from Amazing Students.” The heart of the work is the collection of 50 personal statements, written by students who are now attending (or have graduated from) many…

On June 27, 2021, we held our 3rd annual Celebration of 4S Scholars, congratulating our 2021 4S Scholars who are soon-to-be college freshmen as well as welcoming our incoming class of 2022 4S Scholars who are eager to begin their journey of college applications.

Grace Liang, a rising senior at Glendora High School, has been awarded the $3,000 prize for her scholarly performance at the Four-Way Speech Contest hosted by the Rotary Club of Glendora. Read more about her amazing achievements here. Source: glendoracitynews.com

With a few weeks to go before final college responses, many of our 4S cohort of 2021 have already heard great news! Following is a list of our students who have heard from their top choice schools, and received admission offers:(Only one college listed, many have received multiple offers!)


Application Information:

  1. List of Colleges
  • Early: Action vs Decision
  • Regular

2. Interview Preparation (good life skill, too!)

3. Rigor of Schedule

  • Transcript
  • AP/IB Classes

4. Personal Statements

  • UC Applications (4 of 8 topics)
  • Common Application topics
  • School supplemental essays

5. GPA

6. AP/IB Scores

7. SAT/ACT Scores

  • Subject Tests


  • Every student wishes to maximize their opportunities for admission to the college of their choice, but far too often their applications are based on misplaced priorities.
  • Selective colleges look at seven elements of a student's application, and those elements are specifically ordered in importance!



Thank you to those who came out today! It was great seeing some familiar faces. We can’t wait to see what successes this year’s group will bring!

Reflections from 4S Scholars!

“I had no idea how much I needed the encouragement and guidance that I received from this program until I was already enrolled. 4S Mentors are unbelievably so kind, helpful, and always ready to help out whenever, and I really appreciate all that I have been…

The 4S Education Foundation is happy to announce that several students in our cohort of 2019–2020 have already heard great news from the schools where they applied. (1) Virginia Valdez has been admitted to Bucknell College with full financial aid. (2) Griselda Chavez has been offered admission to USC with the likelihood of an all-inclusive scholarship to follow! (3) Cynthia Ge has been offered the Regent’s Scholarship to attend UC Berkeley. (4) Esmeralda Amaya has received several acceptances, most recently Seattle Pacific. (5) Minami Homma was accepted by the nursing program at Hawaii Pacific. Many other members of this class have heard good news from local colleges, such as Cal States and UC schools, and all are waiting to hear in March from their top choices. We can’t wait to find out!

The 4S ED Foundation is proud to present our new fellows for 2020! We are excited and cannot wait to see what they will accomplish.

Thank you for everything.

- Phil Chase

4S Education Foundation

Mentoring students and providing financial aid for ambitious and resilient college applicants. www.4sedfoundation.org

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