The Achievement Award Program provided the finances she needed to attend, and the confidence she needed to thrive.
Tietta Mitchell ’20 has always dreamed big. “I have this drive, this dedication to do more than what was expected of me,” she says. She was overjoyed when she received acceptance to UC Berkeley, but the excitement was bittersweet: she couldn’t afford to go.
2020’s Best and Brightest Honored at Annual Berkeley Charter Gala
In partnership with the UC Berkeley Foundation, the Cal Alumni Association honored this year’s Achievement Award recipients at a virtual—yet lively—version of the Berkeley Charter Gala on October 8, 2020. Get to know the 2020 Alumna of the Year and the rest of these esteemed award recipients.
Creation of The Achievement Award Program
In 1996 California voters approved Proposition 209, which prohibited the consideration of race, ethnicity, or sex in the admission process at public universities. Immediately, the percentage of students at the University of California, Berkeley from low-income, minority communities decreased dramatically. As a result, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA), encouraged by Chancellor Robert Berdahl, formed a task […]
Apples for Students
“My biggest fear in coming to Cal was the fear of failure,” says CAA Alumni Scholar Wasseem Syriani ’19, a student in the new CAA Scholar Success Seminar enabled by iPad tablets and Apple software. “This class gave me confidence and the ability to believe more in myself.” Developed in partnership with Berkeley’s Centers for […]