Welcoming the 2018 High Hopes Scholars


Aug 2018


The Berkeley Community Fund (BCF) is excited to announce the award of $400,000 in scholarships to 25 Berkeley High School students.

The group will become part of our High Hopes Scholarship Program receiving financial assistance, one-on-one mentoring and other supports to help them succeed in and graduate from college.

Welcome to the 2018 High Hopes Scholars!
  • Kendra Bowman, Tuskegee University
  • Asha Byrd, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Alejandra Carrillo Hernandez, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Maalena Crawford, Cal State East Bay
  • Maria Cuautle-Velazquez, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Leandro Gonzales, San Francisco State University
  • Amira Harara, University of California, San Diego
  • Jaali Henninger Crenshaw, Louisiana State University
  • Camilo Hernandez, San Francisco State University
  • Naeem Hopkins, San Francisco State University
  • Francesca Llorente, University of California, Irvine
  • Lisette Moreno, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Christopher Ortega-Munoz, Chico State University
  • Briana Remsen, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Simelia Rogers, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Jayden Rose, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Yessenia Sanchez, San Francisco State University
  • Luis Sanchez Cruz, California State University, Northridge
  • Tara Shahandeh, University of California, Berkeley
  • Lulani Sudjian-Lampkin, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Jahlil Taylor, Howard University
  • Kranthiraj Vellanki, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Jason Vilchez Alvarado, University of California, Riverside
  • Aryan Webster, California State University, Northridge
  • Hanyang Xu, San Francisco State University

The 2018 High Hopes Scholars are planning to study political science, urban planning, business, environmental science, education, criminal justice, and art. The majority will study at the campuses of the University of California and California State Universities. Some will travel out of state to attend Louisiana State, Howard and Tuskegee University. The High Hopes Scholarship Program provides $16,000 need-based scholarships to talented and resilient Berkeley high school students. The financial support helps close the gap between the true cost of attending college and the typical financial aid award. Scholarships are funded through generous donations from the community. The program also helps students successfully navigate the challenges they encounter in college through a critical array of support services including one-to-one mentorship, financial literacy training, transition-to-college workshops, and support from a college success advisor.

In addition to celebrating our newest scholars, we’re celebrating the college graduations of over 20 High Hopes Scholars, our biggest graduating class yet.


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