Promise Program

The Berkeley Promise is a college access and matriculation scholarship initiative designed to help Berkeley public school graduates advance on a path to earn a degree or certificate that starts with community college. Through the Berkeley Promise Scholarship Program, BCS awards 25 scholarships in the fall which includes $1,500 paid directly to the student over 2 years (while in community college) and monthly group mentoring sessions to help students succeed. Promise Scholars who successfully transfer to a 4-year university will have the opportunity to apply for additional scholarship funds of $8,000 over 2 years.

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To be eligible for this scholarship you must be:

  • A 2018 graduate of Berkeley High School or Berkeley Technology Academy
  • Enrolled at Berkeley City College (BCC) in the Fall for the 2018-2019 academic year with the goal of transferring to a 4-year college.
  • BCC must be your home college*
  • First-generation-to-college student, from a low-income family, and/or are from a group traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

Are you a student that wants more information about the process and Promise events that can help you succeed? Please send an email to our Program Coordinator, Fatima Rodriguez-Ortiz, at fatima@berkeleyscholars.org to join our mailing list.

What is the Berkeley Promise?

  • A college access and matriculation scholarship initiative that helps Berkeley public school graduates advance on a path to earn a degree or certificate that starts with community college.
  • A local, cross-sector partnership that promises that all BUSD students will have the expectation, resources, skills, and support to graduate high school, complete college, and enter the career of their choice.

Berkeley Promise Goals

  • Align with 2020 vision goals to increase the number of BUSD graduates that are college and career ready
  • Provide an affordable and accessible higher education pathway that starts with community college
  • Reduce barriers that students who are low-income, first-generation-to-college, or from underrepresented groups face in completing college

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