Since 1999, The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) has provided high-achieving students with significant financial need the resources they need to attend and excel at UC Berkeley. TAAP also addresses the growing need to attract to the University a diverse pool of college freshmen and junior transfer students who might not otherwise have the resources to attend college.
The eligibility criteria to apply for TAAP includes California residency and a 3.0 GPA, but the determining factors for selection as a TAAP Scholar emphasize community service, volunteerism, ambition, and leadership abilities.
CAA distributes more than $500,000 annually to TAAP Scholars, who receive a scholarship award of up to $6,000 per year, a laptop upon matriculation, and a suite of CAA support services. CAA also ensures that TAAP scholars continue their service and volunteer activities by requiring they each complete ten hours of community service per semester. TAAP Scholars are role models for the importance of going to college and giving back to the community.
Approximately 100 new and continuing students receive the scholarship each year. Many TAAP students come from low-income communities with an average annual family income of $22,998.
Of the more than 260 Cal students who received TAAP funding in the past 10 years, 71 percent are first-generation college students and 59 percent are underrepresented minorities.
These scholarships are made possible thanks to generous alumni and friends who invest in TAAP Scholars. Your contribution to TAAP ensures outstanding Cal students have access to a world-renowned education today and for years to come.