African American Initiative Scholarship

In Partnership with the San Francisco Foundation

Funded by the San Francisco Foundation and in partnership with UC Berkeley and the Cal Alumni Association, the African American Initiative (AAI) Scholarship provides African American students with financial support to help make their Cal education more accessible.

As of fall 2020, this scholarship is for UC Berkeley students who demonstrate leadership potential and a genuine willingness to contribute positively to the Black community at Cal. These students have been admitted to UC Berkeley as incoming freshmen.

The AAI scholarship is one part of a larger campus-wide initiative, the African American Initiative, led by the Division of Equity and Inclusion at UC Berkeley as a comprehensive effort to address the underrepresentation of African American students, faculty, and staff at Cal.

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will open March 1, 2021.


Award Details

Award Recipient Amount Length Disbursement
Incoming Freshman $8,000 8–10 semesters (Students are not required to re-apply for each subsequent year, but must remain in good academic standing.) All awards will be disbursed through the UC Berkeley’s Financial Aid and Scholarships Office

Eligibility Requirements

Student Status Requirements
Incoming UC Berkeley freshman for Fall 2020
  • Identify as Black/African American/African
  • California Dream Act and AB540 students are eligible to receive the award

Application Process

Online Application Period March 1 – March 28
Finalist Interviews over Zoom  April 18 & April 21
Recipient Notification April 23
Deadline to Accept May 2