African American Initiative Scholarship
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.
African American Initiative Scholarship recipients are expected to join The AAI Scholarship Program through The African American Student Development Office.
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
Incoming UC Berkeley first years for Fall 2022
|Online Application Period||
March 1 – March 28
|Finalist Interviews over Zoom||
April 9 – April 16
|Deadline to Accept||
Apply for the African American American Initiative Scholarship
2022 Applications are now open. Apply by March 28!APPLY HERE
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