Support. Equity. Success.


Our Programs

Our High Hopes Scholarship Programs help Berkeley public school graduates flourish in college and beyond.

Our Impact

BCS High Hopes Scholars graduate at 6x the national rate of their peers.

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Mentor a High Hopes Scholar during their four year college journey.

Our Mission

Berkeley Community Scholars empowers Berkeley youth who face racial, economic, and other barriers to achieving their college dreams by providing a unique experience of scholarships, advising, mentoring, and a community of support.

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Our two programs support Berkeley public high school students attending four year universities or Berkeley City College with the intention of transferring to a four year university.

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Donations to our organization help us provide a powerful combination of financial assistance and mentoring—closing the opportunity gap for students in our community.

News & Announcements

  • 2024 High Hopes Program Applications Now Open!

Now accepting applications for the 2024 High Hopes Scholarship Programs.

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    December 1, 2023

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  • Welcome 2023 Scholars!

Introducing the 2023 High Hopes Scholars and congratulations to our recent college graduates!

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  • Remembering Dorothy Walker

Dorothy spent six decades of local activism which touched practically every aspect of Berkeley life.

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    June 21, 2023

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