Sunday, November 24, 2013

Kiwanis of Oakland Scholarship

The Kiwanis Club of Oakland Foundation has established academic scholarships to be made available to U.S. citizens who are graduates of Oakland’s public & charter high schools.   Scholarships are open to all graduating students.  Families with low income may be given preference.

In 2014 the Foundation will award 10 scholarships, a total of $60,000 as follows:

·      In the amount of $6,000.00 for a four year college or university.
·      In the amount of $3,000.00 for a two year community college.
·      In the amount of $3,000.00 for a two year trade school or other accredited program.

All applications will be considered carefully, and the selection committee will personally interview each approved applicant.  The awards will be based upon acceptable academic performance, financial need, character and leadership potential.

Application includes:
School transcript included           
Proof of US citizenship included  
Income & IRS information included                              
Business Income information included                           
 - A Letter of Recommendation from a teacher,
counselor or friend is recommended but not required. 

All Applications must be sent by regular mail; no certified mail will be accepted.

Please Pick up an application in the counseling office.

The applications must be postmarked by FEBRUARY 28, 2014 ( Friday )

PG&E Scholarships

PG&E would like to announce that the 2014 PG&E Scholarship Applications are now available on the PG&E website at:  

New and past applicants are encouraged to apply for more than one ERG scholarship, as some students have received awards from multiple ERGs in a given year. This year applications must be submitted  online and are due February 16, 2014. 

Students interested in applying to more than one of these scholarships should use the chart below for last years scholarships as a guide. 

Required documents for a complete scholarship application packet:
q Completed and signed application form (one for each)
q Essay(s) on the topic specified per the erg application supplement
q Copy of PG&E bill from within the last six months or other proof of residency in the PG&E service area
q Two (2) letters of recommendation from teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, community leaders, mentors, or work supervisors

Some of the ergs require additional documents. Be sure to review the erg application supplements for those requirements.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

East Bay College Fund

East Bay College Fund provides $16,000 four-year scholarships, mentoring, on-going college counseling and life skills training to East Bay (primarily Oakland) public high school students from low income families and communities with historically low college attendance rates. 

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Senior attending an Oakland public high school
  • Demonstrates:
    • Academic preparation to succeed in college.
    • Resiliency: able to overcome obstacles to achieve academic and personal goals
    • Life skills: responsible, resourceful and involved with others (work, school, family, community)
  • Documented financial need
  • Must have applied to at least two 4-year colleges – we encourage applications to a range of 4-year colleges including private schools, UC’s and CSU’s
  • Will be attending a four-year accredited college or university in the fall.
  • Cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA to maximum 3.7 GPA.  Note: Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis
  • This application is also open to DREAMERS
The application consists of:
  • Complete and submitted on-line application which includes:
    • a personal essay
    • contact information for high school counselor–they will be contacted to upload or send high school academic transcript with cumulative GPA for freshman through first semester senior years
    • contact information for one teacher and one Other Adult–they will be contacted to submit on line recommendation
    • basic financial information
Applications will be posted on their website in JANUARY and have a quick deadline in FEBRUARY 13th so please add this one to your calendar

Oakland Dollars for Scholars

This is a great LOCAL scholarship to add onto your calendar Seniors!

Oakland Dollars for Scholars grants students up to $1,000 per year for 4 years.

Who is eligible?

You are eligible if you are a graduating senior in a high school located in the city of Oakland,
California. Further scholarship requirements include a minimum 2.5 GPA and a valid application
submitted by the deadline. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and funds

Grants for the first year are paid at the beginning of the school year with proof of college
enrollment. If awarded a multi-year scholarship, grants for years two through four are contingent
on further requirements as described in the application form, subject to funds availability.

The application for this scholarship should open around January 15 with a tentative deadline of March 15.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

College Prowler “No Essay” Scholarship

The CollegeProwler “No Essay” Scholarship is based on the idea that you DO NOT have to submit an essay.  This scholarship can be used for everything from tuition to paying for books to buying a laptop for school and is worth a cool $2,000!

Am I eligible to apply for the College Prowler “No Essay” Scholarship?

Pretty much any student (from high school students to community college and graduate students) who is enrolled or planning to enroll in college within the next year is eligible to apply.

Where is the application?

The application for the College Prowler “No Essay” Scholarship can be found and completed online!
The deadline for is October 31, 2013 (at 11 pm EST).

Cappex $1,000 GPA Isn’t Everything Scholarship

Who is this scholarship for?

The Cappex $1,000 GPA Isn’t Everything Scholarship is open to almost all students who are more than just a number (in this case their Grade Point Average).

Who is eligible for the GPA Isn’t Everything Scholarship?

This scholarship also does not require students to submit test scores, recommendations, or essays.  Instead, you simply need to be a student.  So whether you are a high school senior interested in English, a college sophomore who is going pre-med, or an aspiring engineer attending community college, you are eligible to apply.  To be eligible, you need to be a current or aspiring student in college, university, community college, or graduate school.
On another note, Cappex is also an awesome resource for checking out different colleges/navigating the admissions process.  The slogan of Cappex is “the college search made simple”–highly recommended website and definitely worth checking out.

How can I apply?

Click Below for the direct link!

When is the deadline?

The deadline for the $1,000 GPA Isn’t Everything Scholarship is October 31, 2013, so get started TODAY!

Im First! Website AND Scholarship

Mr. Zarazua sent over information to this really cool website, read below:

 I’m First is an awesome website to check out for researching colleges and getting your questions answered. It's geared towards many students like YOU, who will be the first in their family to go to college. Aside from being a great college search engine, it also has stories and videos from 1st generation college students.

I’m First Scholarship

Am I eligible for this scholarship?

To be eligible, students must be enrolling in an I’m First College Partner institution.  The complete list of college partners can be found here.  The list  includes many highly-selective institutions such as Vanderbilt, University of Pennsylvania, Williams, Amherst College, and Stanford.

How much is this scholarship worth?

The scholarship award is a $2,000 four-year renewable scholarship.  Additionally, students have the opportunity to be student bloggers on I’m First (and give advice to other first gen students!).

What will the scholarship committee be looking at?

Good question!  The following factors will be considered:
  • Financial need
  • Writing skills
  • Unique perspective
  • Experience with community service
  • Leadership experience
  • Commitment to helping other first-generation college students
Additionally, the “strong capacity for blogging” will be considered.  This scholarship will not consider GPA, test scores, or intended majors.  Finally, undocumented students are encouraged to apply.
The scholarship application for this program can be found and completed online closer to the deadline.
Last years deadline for the I’m First Scholarship was May 24, 2013, so you can expect the deadline to be similar for 2014.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Yale, Tufts, and Princeton Information Sessions

Have you thought about going to a private school, or perhaps even going out of state? If so, I highly recommend checking out the Info sessions being put on by Yale, Princeton and Tufts University. Come with your families!

Yale Info Session
7pm Wednesday, October 16th
Oakland Technical High School
4351 Broadway
Oakland Ca 94611
Admissions representatives will discuss academic programs, residential college and campus life, admissions, and financial aid.
To register visit:

Princeton Info Session
7pm Monday October 14
Hilton Oakland Airport
1 Hegenberger Road
Oakland, Ca 94621
Admissions representatives will discuss academic programs, residential college and campus life, admissions, and financial aid.

Tufts University Info Session
The Selective Admission Process
Topics include: How do colleges evaluate a high school transcript, Tips on successful essay writing, the role of recommendations and interviews in a higly selective admissions process, etc.
Wednesday October 16 2013 at 7pm
Presentation High School
2281 Plummer Avenue
San Jose, Ca 95125


Sunday October 20, 2013 at 2pm
Grant Hyatt San Francisco
345 Stockton Street
San Francisco, Ca 94108