Application Process

East Bay College Fund grants Great Expectations Awards to students who graduate from Oakland public high schools in the Spring and attend four-year colleges/universities the following Fall.

January – Process begins

  • Presentations are made by East Bay College Fund representatives to targeted schools and partner organizations
  • Applications are posted on this website for completion and submittal on line

February- Applications due

  • 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

March/April – Applicant review and selection

Panels of diverse community members are assembled to:

  • Thoroughly review each application
  • Conduct personal interviews with all finalists
  • Select the recipients

Mid May – Public awards presentation and ceremony