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Volunteer for the African American Initiative Scholarship

Make a greater impact in the lives of Black and African American students at Cal.

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The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) and the African American Initiative (AAI) Scholarship selection committee manage the annual AAI Scholarship selection process. We are calling on Cal alumni to volunteer as scholarship application readers, phone bankers, and finalist interviewers.

We are excited to continue the African American Initiative Scholarship in 2022, allowing us to make a greater impact in the lives of Black and African American students at Cal! Serving as an AAI volunteer is a great way to make a direct impact on the lives of African American students at Cal, meet and network with alumni, and promote positive change at UC Berkeley.

About the AAI 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.

The AAI Scholarship is one part of the campus-wide 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.

Scholarship Details
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Volunteer Details

  • UC Berkeley alum
  • Identify as Black, African American, or African
  • Not be a direct relative of any AAI Scholarship applicant
  • Commit to a full season of volunteering
  • Cannot be a current UC Berkeley employee
AAI Season

Phone Banking
March 25 – May 1, 2022

Online Application Reading
March 28 – April 1, 2022

Virtual Finalist Interviews
April 6 and/or 9, 2022

Roles and Duties

Phone Banking
Call AAI-qualified applicants to encourage them to apply, and/or call recipients to encourage them to accept their award.

Application Reading
Application readers are assigned a number of applications to read, evaluate, and score through our virtual portal and will be provided a step-by-step guide detailing the entire evaluation process.

Finalist Interviews
Interview panels are conducted in person or via Skype. Interviewers assess and rank candidates based on criteria provided by CAA. AAI Scholarship chairs organize and coordinate interviews with local alumni.

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With your help, Black, African American, and African students will know that they belong at Cal.

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Why I Volunteer with CAA

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    “As an alum, it is refreshing and healing—liberating, actually—to see a new day, a new message to African American students, and to all of us.”

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    “My favorite volunteer highlight was an exchange between an incoming student from Kenya and an African American alum who worked in the country post-graduation. It was a perfect example of Cal’s global reach and the amazing connections between past and future Berkeleyans.”

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There are so many ways you can give back to the UC Berkeley community—from local Alumni Chapters to advocacy to career mentorship. Come join your fellow Golden Bears!

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For more information or help with questions, contact:

For more information or help with questions, contact:

Yadira Antonio
Program Manager, Scholarship Selection

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