Scholarships for Berkeley Students

The Leadership Award Program

Provider: Cal Alumni Association
AB-540 friendly: YES! But not limited to them.
Category: Merit Base, minimum 3.0 GPA
Details: The Leadership Award is a one-year, merit-based scholarship that recognizes Cal students who demonstrate innovative, motivational leadership impacting their academic, work, or community environments. Renewable!

Cal Dream Scholarship

Provider: Liberty Hill foundations
AB-540 friendly: YES! Only undocumented AB-540 students
Category: Community service and need base.
Details: Established by an anonymous private donor, the Cal Dream Scholarship awards several scholarships up to $10,000 per year to incoming or current undergraduate AB540 (non-resident tuition exemption) students attending UC Berkeley. Students must demonstrate leadership and a commitment to service or activism on campus or in the community.

Raza Cares Grants

Provider: RRRC
AB-540 friendly: YES, but not limited to them.
Category: need base
Details: Raza Cares grants funds Cal students up to $250.00. Applications are due at the end of every spring semester so keep an open eye for this opportunity.

Raza Caucus Scholarship

Provider: Raza Caucus
AB-540 friendly: YES, but not limited
Category: need base, community service
Details: Raza caucus scholarship is need-base for students struggling to pay for books and tuition. This scholarship is due the same time the Raza cares grant is due as well so keep an open eye for both of them.

Berkeley’s scholarship website

Provider: UC Berkeley financial aid office
AB-540 friendly: YES, but not limited to them.
Category: community service and merit base
Details: A list of sites that may be able to help you with your scholarship search and much more. You will be able to find more information on your financial aid from this site as well.

Most common scholarship sites for Cal students

Fulfilling our dreams scholarship

Provider: Salvadoran American leadership and education fund (SALEF)
AB-540 friendly: Yes, but not limited to them
Category: merit and need base.
Details: SALEF’s "Fulfilling Our Dreams Scholarship" Fund offers financial assistance and support to undergraduate, graduate and professional students, often making the difference in whether a student can attend college or not.

CHCI Scholarship

Provider: Congressional Hispanic Caucus institute
AB-540 friendly: NO
Category: community service base
Details: CHCI’s scholarship opportunities are afforded to Latino students who have a history of performing public
service-oriented activities in their communities and who demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. There is no GPA or major requirement. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply.

CBC Spouses Scholarship Opportunities

Provider: Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, INC
AB-540 friendly: YES! But not limited to.
Category: need base and community service.
Details: The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy, research and educational institute that aims to help improve the socioeconomic circumstances of African Americans and other underserved communities of color through scholarship opportunities. They award various scholarships in different major categories.

College Sense: how to pay for college

Provider: new York state higher education Service Corporation
AB-540 friendly: YES, this list of scholarships is specifically for undocumented AB-540 student!
Category: need base and community service
Details: A list of scholarships that only undocumented AB-540 students quality for, visit the site for more information and to start your search on scholarships for YOU!

10,000 Degrees scholarship site

Provider: Marin County Education fund/community foundation
AB-540 friendly: YES! But not limited to
Category: need base, community service, and merit base
Details: don’t know where to start your search for scholarships? Well then this is the perfect site for you. This
site will provide you with every scholarship available for you to make your search successful; it is divided into categories that will suit your interests and needs.

Hispanic college fund

Provider: Hispanic college fund
AB-540 friendly: NO, a valid SSN# is always requested
Category: merit and need base
Details: Scholarship applications are arranged by majors. Visit this website to find the perfect scholarships for your major and future career, but you must be a legal citizen because all applications are submitted online.

E4FC scholarship site

Provider: Educators for fair consideration
AB-540 friendly: YES, but not limited
Category: varies, must visit site
Details: this is a 20+ page packet filled with scholarship opportunities for student regardless of their immigration status, anyone can apply, look through the packet to find the scholarships that will most suit you. It also has other scholarship sites for further searching so I also highly recommend you visit every site the packet provides.

East Bay Consortium Scholarship Directory

Provider: East bay Consortium
AB-540 friendly: Yes, but not limited to them.
Category: varies, must visit the site.
Details: Excellent list of regional scholarships available to Bay Area students, I highly urge everyone to visit this site if you are in deep need of financial assistance, mainly for all of you AB-540 students, please look through it.

New American Scholars program

Provider: Educators for Fair Consideration
AB-540 friendly: YES! But not limited.
Category: merit and need base
Details: E4FC's New American Scholars Program provides financial awards and support services to low-income
immigrant college students who live or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area. We provide scholarships of up to $5,000 to cover tuition and other college expenses.

Employee Resource Groups; scholarship programs

Provider: PG&E
AB-540 friendly: YES, but not limited to.
Category: need base.
Details: One of their key roles is to reward college-bound students for their academic achievements and community service with scholarships. Scholarships are available for African American students, Latino students, and Asians students.