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Meet the 2023 – 2024 Cohort of The Achievement Award Program (TAAP)

The Achievement Award Program supports high-achieving, community-minded, low-income, first-generation college students in their pursuit of a UC Berkeley education. The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) congratulates all twenty-two members of our incoming 2023 – 2024 Alumni Scholar cohort.

(L to R): Samantha Cruz, Cody James McCook-AhTave, and Paloma Saldana

Meet the 2023 – 2024 Cal Alumni Association Native American Scholarship Recipients

The award recognizes UC Berkeley students for their leadership, community involvement, and contributions to the Indigenous community.

Courtesy of (L to R): Jayden Cox, Nimrod B., and Kellsey Ogu

Meet the 2023 – 2024 African American Initiative Scholars

The AAI Scholarship is part of CAA and UC Berkeley's ongoing commitment to Black and African American student success.


To Receive Is to Give: TAAP Scholars’ Legacy of Service

TAAP Scholars John Lam ’24 and Alishba Sardar ’23 both came from nontraditional education backgrounds. Their experiences laid the groundwork for their advocacy efforts.

Jayden Zheng ’23. / 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.