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Jayden Zheng ’23. / Courtesy of Hey Zinah Photography

Becoming Yourself through the Struggle

As a first-generation student from a low-income background, Jayden Zheng ’23 attributes the resources and support he found at Cal for allowing him to achieve his goals.

Alishba Sardar ’23 delivering her speech at the 2023 TAAP Graduation Brunch / Hey Zinah Photography

Building Hope

Alishba Sardar ’23 found community and empowerment at Cal as a foster youth through Berkeley Hope Scholars.

Robert Yu ’18 / Courtesy of Robert Yu

Dancing with Purpose

By Josephine Thornton

For Leadership Award Scholar Robert Yu ’18, dedication to dance and Wushu endeavors at Cal opened the doors for new opportunities and set him up for success.

Rona Osmani ’06 (left) and Jesse Ante ’68, M.S. ’70 (right). / Courtesy of CJ Poloka

The Tale of Two Scholars: A Mentorship Story

By Chinwe Oniah

As one of a few Filipino students at Cal, Jesse Ante ’68, M.S. ’70, guided himself through his own path toward success. Years later, his mentorship supported Rona Osmani ’06 as she paved her own Cal journey.

Neil Arcellana (second from right) and his dance club perform a Philippine folk dance in 2022 at the University of Pacific’s 25th Pilipino Cultural Night. “Pilipino Cultural Night is an annual tradition that many colleges and high schools participate in…to celebrate and showcase Pilipino Culture and history.” / Courtesy of Neil Arcellana

Finding Your Story

TAAP and TLA Scholar Neil Arcellana ’24 shares his story of overcoming obstacles and hopes to advocate for other students facing similar challenges.

Prytanean alumnae with Spring 2021 Prytanean initiates. / Courtesy of Tina Cheung
Alumni Chapters

The First Women’s Honor Organization Pays It Forward

By Jackie Krentzman

Meet the Prytanean Alumnae Chapter, a group of alumni uplifting women of different backgrounds and career fields through awards, events, service projects, and community bonding.


Meet the 2022 – 2023 Mildred Jordan Sharp Scholarship Recipients

The newest award recipients embody student leadership at UC Berkeley.


Meet the 2022 – 2023 Cal Pride Scholarship Recipients

Honoring the three recipients of the Cal Pride Scholarship in 2022 – 2023.

Danny Muñoz ’22 / CJ Poloka

Becoming One’s Best Self

Senior TAAP Scholar Danny Muñoz ’22 hopes to one day create policies that better the situation of marginalized youth of color.


Meet the 2022 – 2023 Leadership Award Recipients

The Leadership Award is a one-year, merit-based scholarship that recognizes undergraduate students at UC Berkeley who demonstrate innovative, initiative-driven leadership impacting their academic, work, or community environments.


TAAP Scholars Are the Future Leaders

Senior TAAP Scholar Anmol Walia '22 believes that when underrepresented students are supported, future leaders are created.

CJ Poloka
Lair of the Golden Bear

TAAP Scholars Take on the Lair

By Josephine Thornton

On Friday, August 26, an incoming cohort of The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) Scholars and Alumni Scholars Program staff traveled to Pinecrest for a weekend at the Lair of the Golden Bear. The result—a weekend of bonding, hikes to the lake, sunshine, and of course, s’mores.