The San Marcos Promise is a scholarship and career guidance program designed to enhance the lives of students, families and the communities in North San Diego County. We offer a promise of hope and opportunity for San Marcos’ youth and a long-term goal of reinforcing the culture of San Marcos as a well-educated, vibrant, prosperous community for years to come. The Promise inspires students to complete high school, sharpens focus on academic achievement and provides a direct path to post-secondary educational opportunities.

The Promise is a scholarship award offered to graduates of the San Marcos Unified School District (“SMUSD”) who meet necessary academic benchmarks. It provides the financial assistance necessary to offset the costs associated with higher education, allowing students to achieve their career goals.  As a result, students in the San Marcos Unified School District are prepared and supported to pursue a relevant education beyond high school that will allow them to achieve their career goals.  We look forward to your support in growing our Promise as we build a community vision for higher education!





Attention all prospective PACE Scholars!  Applications for 2017 PACE Promise Scholars will open Monday, May 1, 2017 following the CSUSM deadline for submitting your intent to enroll. Once you have submitted your intent to enroll at CSUSM, please complete your electronic 2017 PACE SCHOLAR AGREEMENT no later than Friday, June 23, 2017 to be eligible for the program.  Once you have completed the online agreement, we will send you an award letter to provide to CSUSM to confirm your PACE Scholar award.  Completing the scholar application allows The San Marcos Promise to stay connected and provide financial and academic support.  It also allows us to keep you in the “know” about any Promise events, mentoring, and job opportunities that may come up.  

PACE Promise


future center

Through on-campus Future Centers, SMUSD high school students and their parents will receive one-on-one support from college and career advisors to identify potential career pathways, the necessary education needed to reach this career, colleges that offer this pathway and degree, and assistance with college applications and financial aid to that will allow students to gain entrance into their chosen college.

The goal is to make careers and college relevant to all high school students by providing first hand career experiences that will allow students to make more informed decisions about their future.