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.
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
* 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
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.
When You Drink Water, Remember the Source
One student pays it forward in his continued fight for social justice.
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.
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.
Show your support for TAAP Scholars today.
Your Support Matters
Areas of Support
Why Give to the Alumni Scholars Program?
Your gift to CAA keeps Cal golden and the future of current Berkeley students bright.