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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.

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.

Program Requirements

African American Initiative Scholarship recipients are expected to join The AAI Scholarship Program through The African American Student Development Office.

Program Requirements
Program Requirements
  • Attend the Black Student Orientation, August 2022.
  • Attend the AAI Scholarship Recipient Reception.
  • Live on the Afro floor.
  • Meet with the African American Initiative Academic Counselor at least once per semester.
  • Attend the AAI Student Retreat.
  • Attend at least one workshop offered in partnership with Cal Alumni Association each semester.

Award Details

Award Details
Award Recipient

Incoming Freshman

Scholarship Amount

$8,000

Length

8–10 semesters (Students are not required to re-apply for each subsequent year, but must remain in good academic standing.)

Disbursement

All awards will be disbursed through the UC Berkeley’s Financial Aid and Scholarships Office

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements
Student Status

Incoming UC Berkeley first years for Fall 2022

Requirements
  • Identify as Black/African American/African
  • California Dream Act and AB540 students are eligible to receive the award

Application Process

Application Process
Online Application Period

March 1 – March 28

Finalist Interviews over Zoom

April 9 – April 16

Recipient Notification

April 25

Deadline to Accept

May 1

Apply for the African American American Initiative Scholarship

2022 Applications are now open. Apply by March 28!

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Phone
510.900.8230

Email
scholarships@alumni.berkeley.edu

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