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Eric Esparza '22 / Photo Credit: CJ Poloka / Cal Alumni Association

Against the Odds

Eric Esparza is an Achievement Award Program (TAAP) Scholar in UC Berkeley’s Class of 2022. Below are his reflections on his journey to UC Berkeley.

Photo Credit: Kelley L. Cox / Cal Alumni Association

Meet the 2021–2022 Mildred Jordan Sharp Scholarship Recipients

The newest award recipients embody student leadership at UC Berkeley.

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Meet the 2021–2022 Cal Alumni Association Native American Scholarship Recipients

Now in its second year, this award recognizes Native American students at UC Berkeley for leadership, community involvement, and contributions to the Indigenous community.

Oakland Pride Parade and Festival: California Alumni Association and Gender Equity Resource Center. / Photo credit: Kelley L Cox - KLC fotos

Meet the 2021–2022 Cal Pride Scholarship Recipients

The merit-based award recognizes current and incoming students at Berkeley for their academic achievement, leadership, community involvement, and contributions to the LGBTQ+ community.

Cheryl Wright ’83, president of the Cal Black Alumni Association / CJ Poloka
Alumni Chapters

Helping Students Rise in Community, Toward Purpose

Though there are many resources for those who pursue higher education, navigating the post-grad landscape is less clear, especially for students from underrepresented backgrounds.*

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Parker Yazzie Navigates Her Native Identity at Cal and Beyond

When Yazzie chose Cal, she knew she wanted to exemplify Native excellence; letting her academic and social achievements demonstrate that Native people can be successful in any field.


Setting a Road Map to Success

Attending college can be a challenge for formerly incarcerated students. No one knows better than TAAP scholars John Lam ’23 and Michelle Maxwell ’23.


The Many Roads to Healthcare

Cal alumni at Kaiser Permanente met with students to discuss different career paths in healthcare.


Finding and Building Community at UC Berkeley

TAAP Scholars Magali Venegas and Justin Hogenauer share their stories.

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Meet Our 2021–2022 Leadership Award Scholars

Join us in congratulating our incoming 2021–2022 Alumni Scholars and honoring our continuing students.

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‘Not Easy, Not Impossible’ Career Paths for Undocumented Students

“Things are not always going to be easy, but that doesn’t mean that they’re impossible,” says Uriel Rivera ’15.


Seizing Life at UC Berkeley

When Amanda Pouchot ’08 attended Berkeley, it cost dramatically less than it does today. Now, soaring costs and curtailed state funding leaves Amanda wondering about future Golden Bears.