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Support The Achievement Award Program

Established in 1999, The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) provides students from low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented* backgrounds access to higher education and resources for their personal, academic, and professional growth.

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Who TAAP Serves

More than 500
TAAP Scholars awarded since 1999

from low-income backgrounds
are first-year students
from underrepresented* backgrounds
are first-generation college students
are transfer students
are undocumented

* CAA has identified Black/African/African American, Chicanx/Latinx, Native American/Alaska Native, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander as underrepresented groups on campus.


Stories of Achievement

Scholars Count on Your Support

The Achievement Award Program's scholarships are made possible thanks to generous alumni and friends who invest in TAAP Scholars. Your contribution to TAAP ensures outstanding Cal students have access to a world-renowned education today and for years to come.

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History of The Achievement Award Program

In the spring of 1998, a task force was charged with putting together what would become The Achievement Award Program (TAAP). The general parameters of the endeavor were clear: establish a scholarship program for high-achieving students from low-income communities in California.

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first taap cohort In 1999, The Achievement Award Program welcomed its first cohort of Alumni Scholars.

Hear from our Alumni Scholars about TAAP's impact for undergraduate students.

TAAP: A Community at Cal

  • “It’s important to have a safe space on campus where you can talk to others who may know what you’re going through whether that be financial matters or feeling impostor syndrome.”

  • “I’m grateful for not only an academic setting, but for the emotional support, mental support, and resources. The sky is the limit!”

Alumni: Become a TAAP Volunteer

Alumni volunteers provide important connections for prospective students. By serving during the application and interview process, you provide a friendly face and vital perspective for TAAP applicants.

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Why Give to the Alumni Scholars Program?

Your gift to CAA keeps Cal golden and the future of current Berkeley students bright.

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