Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AMIGOS Youth Ambassadors Program

Are you in 9th, 10th or 11th grade, have at least two years of Spanish and have a lot of leadership and/or volunteer service experience?

If you answered YES to these questions, you could qualify to go on an ALL-paid 3 week trip to Uruguay this summer.

AMIGOS Youth Ambassadors study community development, civic engagement, and leadership theories and practice through a three-week International Training. During their International Training, participants learn about and engage with US and South American history and culture through host family stays, service work with US and South American peers, and visits to cultural and historic sites. The International Training provides Youth Ambassadors with hands on experience in the design and implementation of Community-Based Initiative (CBI). After returning home from the International Training, each participant carries out a CBI in his/her home community.
-Tentative Trip Dates: June 25-July 17 2015
-Develop leadership skills and immerse yourself in the Uruguay culture
-Return home to carry out your project idea

Application deadline is: March 9, 2015

Apply at

Hispanic Community Affairs Council Scholarship

Hispanic Community Affairs Council Scholarship offers $750 scholarships for students going into community college and $1,500 for students going into a four year college. 


Applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • A Hispanic heritage as defined by the U.S. Department of Education;
  • A graduating senior, past-year GED recipient, community college student, transferring community college student, student attending a four-year institution, or a student accepted into a post-graduate program or teacher credential program;
  • A resident of Alameda County. Applicant must show proof of Alameda County residence (e.g., Alameda County address on application, Alameda County address on 1040 tax forms);
  • Plan to attend an accredited community college, university or approved technical or vocational school;
  • Community college and university scholarship recipients must be taking in at least six units/credits.
Required Documentation
  • Application
  • Essay
  • Copy of all applicable 2013 1040 tax form(s) as requested or W2 if you did not file a tax return
  • Official transcript(s) in a sealed envelope
  • Photocopy of your school identification card
  • Signed Photo/Video Consent Form
  • Two (2) business-sized self-addressed (with your address), stamped envelopes
Selection Criteria:

The applicant will be evaluated on the following criteria, in order of importance:
-Financial Need
-Scholastic Record (i.e., GPA)

DEADLINE: Friday, February 13, 2015
Get your application now.

PG&E Scholarships

PG&E would like to announce that the 2015 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 9, 2015. 

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.

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.


The Educational Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2005 by the California Association of Collectors (CAC ESF). The CAC ESF is a 501 (c)3 charitable corporation. All donations are tax deductable. Tax ID Number 56-2521491.

The scholarship requires a simple one-page application and an essay on "The Importance of Establishing and Maintaining Good Financial Credit During Your College Years". The scholarship is available to any California high school senior for their use at any accredited college, university, or trade school.
For information and more scholarship information please visit:
2015 Application Deadline is January 5th

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

Application will be up on December 1st, 2014

Deadline for submission is February 12, 2015.

RMHC African American Future Achievers Scholarship

If you like McDonalds...You're really going to like their Scholarships!

Amount: Minimum of $1,000

Eligibility: Currently enrolled high school seniors who have at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean heritage and who are eligible to attend an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school with a complete course of study. Applicants must be legal U.S. residents, be less than 21 years of age, have a minimum 2.7 GPA and reside within the geographic boundaries of a participating Chapter that offers a scholarship under the RMHC/African American Future Achievers Scholarship program (Alameda County residents are eligible). Applicants may apply for only one RMHC scholarship program.


Beginning October 1, 2014, students may apply online. Graduating high school seniors may only apply for one of the four scholarships. The deadline for the 2014 academic year is January 20, 2015, and all mailed back-up documents must be postmarked by the same date. Applicants will be notified of scholarship award status by June 30, 2015.

Ronald McDonalds Hacer Scholarship(s)

If you like McDonalds...You're really going to like their Scholarships!

Ronald McDonalds Hacer Scholarship(s) have both National and Local Scholarships.

The RMHC®/HACER® National Scholarship application for 2015 begins October 1st, 2014 and ends on January 20, 2015.


To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must:
  • Be a high school senior.
  • Be a legal U.S. resident.
  • Be younger than 21 years old.
  • Carry a minimum 2.7 GPA.
  • Be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college or university with a full course of study.
  • Plan to enroll at an accredited post-secondary education institution during the academic year following their graduation.
  • Apply online at or visit for more information. Send required supporting materials and documentation to ISTS, postmarked no later than January 20, 2015.
              The supporting materials and documentation required include: 

                       - Transcript 
                       - Personal statement 
                       - Letter of recommendation
                       - Form 1040

To apply for the RMHC®/HACER® scholarship, the applicant must have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage.

Scholarship details
Each year, RMHC®, with the support of McDonald’s, offers four $100,000 RMHC®/HACER® National Scholarships, as well as other local scholarships.
RMHC®/HACER®National Scholarships
Each year, RMHC® with the support of McDonald’s, awards four (4) $100,000 RMHC®/HACER® National Scholarships. The award is paid over 4 years ($25,000 per year), provided the student can verify enrollment at any accredited institution providing post-secondary education each year.
RMHC®/HACER®Local Scholarships
Local scholarships are generally a minimum of $1,000, although some local RMHC® Chapters may award different scholarship amounts.

Note: It is only necessary to fill out one application to participate in the RMHC®/HACER® scholarship. Students can only receive one (1) RMHC®/HACER® scholarship. If an applicant is awarded a national scholarship, then they will no longer be eligible for a local scholarship.

Scholarship recipients are selected based on:
  • Academic achievement.
  • Financial need.
  • Community involvement.
  • Personal qualities and strengths as portrayed in a personal statement.

Recipients must enroll in and attend an accredited institution in the academic year after their selection and provide verification of enrollment. Scholarship funds are paid directly to the schools, and no funds will be dispersed to students directly.

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AXA Achievement Scholarships

The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship offers college scholarships of $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. The scholarship is sponsored by the AXA Foundation, in association with U.S. News & World Report.

The 2015 program will be accepting applications from September 8, 2014 until 10,000 applications are submitted or 11:59 p.m. CST on December 15, 2014, whichever comes first. Your application MUST be one of the first 10,000 submitted electronically by the deadline date. 

Apply early!
The program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Scholarship Management Services is the nation's largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.

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The AXA Achievementsm Community Scholarship program offers $2,500 college scholarships to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. The scholarship is sponsored by the AXA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AXA Advisors, LLC.

The 2015 program will be accepting applications from October 15, 2014 until 10,000 applications are submitted or 11:59 p.m. CST on February 1, 2015, whichever comes first. Your application MUST be one of the first 10,000 submitted electronically by the deadline date. 

Apply early!
The program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Scholarship Management Services is the nation's largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.

Review the guidelines and create a new account

Murry Jacobs Scholarship Contest

All applications must be submitted to your Scholarship Coordinator or Career

Counselor and postmarked by Monday, January 12, 2015

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Steppin Towards Science Step Show and Science Fair

Interested in Science? Here is a chance to learn more!

Science, Engineering and Mathematics Link Inc (SEM Link) and Urban Heat Academy (UHA) are partnering to host this event for youth and their families to engage youth in hands on science, explore science careers, see the connect between science and stepping and expose youth to college culture. The Science Fair, which takes place from 11:00 am-1:00 pm will engage attendees in hands-on science demonstrations and showcase real world applications of science. The Step Show Competition, which doors open at 2:00 pm, allows for the best elementary, middle and high school step teams throughout Northern California to compete on one stage This family event will also include food and music. For more information about the event contact us via email at or phone at (916)546-5429.

November 22, 2014
11:00 am - 5:30 pm
$15 adult/ $7 youth / $20 & $10 at the door
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Oakland Marathon: Running for a Better Oakland

Interested in running a Marathon? The Running for a Better Oakland is a program that trains first-time runners for the 5K and half-marathon distances at The Oakland Running Festival, on Sunday, March 22, 2105. Students of all grades 9-12 are welcome to enroll NOW. Trainings are on Saturday mornings. 

DATES: Saturday team practices start JANUARY 10, 2015
TIMES: Promptly at 9:00 AM.  Arrive early for parking, check-in, etc. MEETS EVERY SATURDAY.
LOCATION: Lake Merritt, next to the Camron-Stanford House at 1418 Lakeside Dr. MAP
ENROLLMENT FEE: Rates are on a sliding scale from $20 – $75. Scholarships are available.

Volunteer Service: Mt. Tam “Day of Thanks” Volunteering Party

Join up with other green do-gooders for the inaugural One Tam work day celebration.
On Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 10 am-1 pm (2 pm for one of the projects), the One Tam initiative of the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative will be hosting “Mt. Tam Day of Thanks,” a series of volunteer events to celebrate and give thanks for this beloved mountain.  

The work goes on at various points all over Mt. Tam, rain or shine, and hearty snacks are provided.

Cost: FREE*

*Registration required:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Invites Entries From Creative Teens

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing the most talented teen artists and writers in the United States and Canada, has launched its call for entries for the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Creative teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit work in twenty-eight categories of art and writing, including film and animation, video game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, poetry, journalism, humor, dramatic script, and science fiction.
Student submissions are judged on the regional level by the alliance's affiliates, with the highest-rated works then presented to national panels of creative leaders to determine which will receive top honors. Fifteen graduating high school seniors will be awarded Portfolio Gold Medals, which include a $10,000 scholarship. Additional scholarships are made available to Portfolio Silver Medalists and through sponsored awards and stipends to summer arts programs.
To be eligible, students must be in grades 7-12 in a public, private, parochial, home, or out-of-school program in the U.S. or Canada, or in an American school abroad.
Deadlines for submitting work vary by region and generally range from December 15, 2014, through January 15, 2015.