Selection Criteria

East Bay College Fund grants $16,000 scholarships to be awarded over 4 years (or the college tenure). 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
  • If you receive any of the following awards, you may be ineligible for an East Bay College Fund Great Expectations Award.
    • Berkeley Incentive Award
    • UC Berkeley Cal Opps/Cal Works
    • Students Rising Above
    • Gates Millenium
    • IDEAL
    • Any other scholarship over $3500