Local Scholarships

The Ed Fund

From our earliest beginnings, the Ed Fund has managed a college scholarship program benefiting low-income graduating seniors of the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Since 2005, over $1.6 million in scholarships has been awarded to nearly 522 students. The Scholarship Program is supported by the African American Male Scholarship, Andrew Gooden Memorial Scholarship, Bernice Bell Memorial Scholarship, Irene S. Scully Family Foundation, Norma and Arthur Schroeder Family Foundation, and Whittier Education Foundation.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from students who fit all minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Current high school seniors attending a public school within the boundaries of West Contra Costa Unified School District
  • Submit FAFSA or California Dream Act Application starting October 1st
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Show commitment to making a positive impact on your community

By completing one Ed Fund scholarship application, you will be considered for ALL scholarships that we offer.

How to Apply

Click here to create an account or continue your application.

  • Submit your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by March 2, 2017 priority deadline
  • Submit a 2017 Ed Fund Scholarship Application by Friday, March 3, 2017
  • Send us your Student Aid Report or California Aid Report by Friday, March 3, 2017

Scholarships Offered

African American Male Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:
• WCCUSD Student
• Demonstrate financial need
• African American Male
• Must complete Financial Aid application by March 2, 2017
• Must enroll full-time in college in the Fall of 2017
• Must enroll in a not-for-profit college

Eight $1,500 scholarships available
Renewable for up to 4 years

Andrew Gooden Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:
• Alumni of Gooden College Connection program
• Demonstrate financial need
• Must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program

Application will be available in March 2017 (The application for the Andrew Gooden Memorial Scholarship is different than our scholarship applications for high school seniors and will open in March)

Bernice Bell Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:
• WCCUSD Student
• Demonstrate financial need
• Must have interest in pursuing study in visual or performing arts
• Must complete Financial Aid application by March 2, 2017
• Must enroll in college in the Fall of 2017
• Must be enrolled full-time
• Must enroll in a not-for-profit college

Three $2,000 scholarships available
Renewable for up to 4 years

Irene S. Scully Family Foundation Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:
• Demonstrate financial need
• Graduating seniors at Richmond and Kennedy High Schools
• Attend a 4-year university full-time in Fall 2017
• Minimum 3.4 GPA, must maintain a 3.0 GPA in college to renew

Two $4,500 scholarships available
Renewable up to 4 years with maintained eligibility and communication

Norma and Arthur Schroeder Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:
• Demonstrate financial need
• Graduating seniors at El Cerrito High School
• Identify as Black or African American
• Minimum 2.5 GPA

Two $2,000 scholarships available

Whittier Education Foundation Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:
• Demonstrate financial need
• Graduating seniors in the IT Academy at DeAnza, El Cerrito or Kennedy

Three $2,000 scholarships available
Renewable up to 2 years

Contact Information

Contact scholarships@edfundwest.org if you have any questions or would like more information.

Bio-Rad Scholarships

The Bio-Rad Scholarship Program is designed for graduating high school students who have an interest in
pursuing a career in science. To be eligible for this award, the applicant must:

  • Have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher
  • Have already been accepted at a 2- or 4-year college at the time scholarships are awarded in April of each year

Application Deadline: March 1

Captain John W. Spencer Scholarship

  • Plan to attend any of the 9 campuses of the University of California or Stanford
  • Live in the City of El Cerrito or Richmond
  • Applications available from your high school counselor or by contacting Michelle Anderson at (925) 256-3018

Application Deadline: March 1

Travis Credit Union: Mary Keith Duff Memorial Scholarship Program

Travis Credit Union is proud to sponsor the Mary Keith Duff Memorial Scholarship Program for graduation high school seniors who are members of the credit union.  To be eligible for this award, the applicant must:

  • Be a Travis Credit Union member in good standing (You can open an account with a minimum balance of $5).
  • Be a graduating high school senior
  • Have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher

Application Deadline: March 6

Richmond Promise

The Richmond Promise is a community wide College Scholarship Fund and College Success Program. It is a unified effort between the City of Richmond, West Contra Costa Unified School District, Contra Costa College and the Richmond community to provide comprehensive support to help Richmond students realize their ambitions and succeed in college! To qualify, you must:

  • Have been a Richmond or North Richmond resident for at least four years
  • Be graduating from a high school within the WCCUSD boundaries
  • Have attended local schools since the 9th grade

Application Deadline: March 10

Steve Tirado Family Foundation

The Steve Tirado Family Foundation’s mission is to provide scholarships and networking opportunities for Latin@ college bound high school graduates from the Bay Area. Each Tirado scholar is eligible for up to 4 years of funding. To qualify, you must:

  • High school graduates from the Bay Area who demonstrate financial need
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Plan on attending a 4 year college in the Fall of 2016

Application Deadline: March 17

Assistance League of Diablo Valley High School Seniors Scholarships

Assistance League of Diablo Valley shall provide funding for a scholarship to be paid half each quarter/semester to help cover tuition, books and supplies.

  • Graduating senior entering an accredited two-year or four-year college
  • Resident of Contra Costa County
  • 3.0 minimum GPA

Application Deadline: March 22

West Contra Costa Retired Educators Scholarship Fund

  • Graduating senior of West Contra Costa Unified School District
  • Must rank in upper half of class
  • Have an unweighted, cumulative GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) between a 2.25 and 3.25 through junior year

Application Deadline: March 25

Dr. Ida Louise Jackson Scholarship

  • Be an African American female senior
  • Attend high school in Alameda or Contra Costa County
  • Have a 3.0 or above GPA, on a scale of 4.0
  • Planning to attend UC Berkeley or an Historically Black College or University

Application Deadline: April 3

Kaiser Permanente Asian American Scholarship Program

  • Graduating senior and attending an accredited two- or four- year college, university, trade or technical school
  • High school or student’s residence located in the Kaiser Permanente Northern CA service area
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

Application Deadline: April 5

California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA) Scholarships

  • Graduating high school seniors who have overcome unique obstacles and difficulties
  • May have had to overcome lack of success early on due to personal or family problems, attendance or
    discipline issues
  • Benefited from the intervention of a school counselor, community agency, or a child welfare and attendance worker

Application Deadline: April 14

Eagle Foundation: Doris M. Grant Scholarships

  • Demonstrates financial need, letters attesting to spirit & leadership, and/or love for the arts.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • U.S. high school graduating senior at a WCCUSD High School in Richmond CA (attending for at least 2 semesters prior to the date of this application).
  • Enrollment in an accredited U.S college/university, community college, trade/vocational school, and/or an apprenticeship program.

Application Deadline: April 15

RYSE Scholars Program

    Applicants must be a current student or a graduate of a West Contra Costa Unified School District high school and an active member of the RYSE Center in the last 6 months. Priority given to:

  • Seniors at an alternative high school (Vista High School, Greenwood Academy)
  • Entering college freshman who has been out of school for at least a year
  • Current or former foster youth
  • Students who are undocumented or who have parents who are undocumented
  • Students majoring in a Media or Arts field (i.e., Photography, Printmaking, Graphic Design, Painting, Video Production, or Music

Application Deadline: May 8th by 8pm

Poor Little Rich Boy Scholarship

Poor Little Rich Boy Scholarships assist American high school seniors of economically disadvantaged families to study for a degree in the United States in a system of higher education recognized for its excellence.

  • Be 18 years or younger
  • Be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship)
  • Have obtained a GPA (grade point average) of not less than 2.75 on their senior high school transcript and will graduate from their current high school
  • Be enrolled or accepted for full time enrollment in an undergraduate program at an accredited four-year college or university school located in the U.S. (a “Qualifying institution”)
  • Be a member of a household where the combined income of the applicants parent or parents does not exceed $95,000 per year in the year prior to the application (proof may be required if requested)​​

Application Deadline: December 30 for January 15 award and June 30 for the July 15 award

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities.

  • Plan to graduate from a US high school in spring
  • Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall
  • Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above
  • SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above
  • Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000.
    However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant

Application Deadline: November 3

Soroptimist International of Richmond: Violet Richardson Award

Soroptimist International of Richmond has three scholarships it awards annually to young women, age 14-17 who are making a contribution in their school and/or community. Soroptimist International of Richmond will choose the most deserving young women to acknowledge with a $500 award to the recipient and $500 to the organization where she is contributing her time and efforts. The winner’s application will be forwarded on to the District with the potential of further monetary acknowledgement both to the recipient and her organization.

Application Deadline: November 15

Making Waves’ College & Alumni Program (CAP) Bay Area

Utilizing Making Waves 25-year history of excellence in supporting college success, the organization is widening its support to encompass students from the larger Bay Area. Through a rigorous application process, 100 low-income Bay Area students will be selected to receive 1:1 coaching and up to $5,000 annually (based on need) to complete a 4-year college degree.

  • Low-income – estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of no more than $5,000
  • Graduating high school senior
  • 4-year college-bound
  • Bay Area resident (all 9 counties)

Application Deadline: December 1

William F. King Scholarship – Chevron Richmond Black History Awareness Scholarshi“>

This scholarship honors Dr. William F. King, a distinguished Chevron employee of more than 27 years who was a pioneer of the Richmond Technology Center and who worked tirelessly on behalf of Richmond youth.

Chevron is proud to honor King’s memory with an award recognizing local students who have demonstrated scholastic achievement, community involvement and leadership skills. This scholarship is part of our
commitment to provide opportunities for college-bound youth and to support programs that expand access to high-quality education throughout Richmond and West County. To be considered, applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and plan to attend a 2- or 4- year college or university in the next academic school year.

Learn more

Application Deadline: December 5

More Grant & Scholarship Resources

Kennedy-King Memorial College Scholarship Fund, Ltd.

The Kennedy-King Memorial Scholarship Fund each spring awards a number of two-year scholarships of $4,000 per year to students who transfer in the fall or spring following the award from Contra Costa County community colleges to junior standing in four-year accredited institutions.

To qualify for a scholarship you must:

  • Be of African-American, Latino, Native American, or of Pacific Islander descent, i.e. a minority group underrepresented at four-year colleges and universities in California.
  • Be enrolled for the fall semester prior to the award (or have completed your course work within the past year) at
    Diablo Valley, Contra Costa, or Los Medanos Colleges.
  • Be eligible (have sufficient and proper units) to transfer to a four-year institution with junior standing for the next fall term (or at the latest the next spring term) following the award.
  • Provide evidence of financial need.
  • Complete and submit on time the application with required attachments. If selected for interview, you MUST attend the Saturday morning Selection Committee interviews in the spring.

Application Deadline: February 3

Grants and scholarships are free money to go to college. Please visit the following websites to learn more about college grants and scholarships:

Grants

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    Filling out the FAFSA is the first step towards receiving financial aid for college. Applications are due every year on March 2nd.
  • Cal Grants
    The California Student Aid Commission awards Cal Grants, grants for California students attending colleges in-state.
  • I Can Afford College
    This website by the California Community colleges is designed to help you afford college and build a better future.

Scholarships

    • BigFuture
      The College Board’s college planning website.
    • College Gold Rush
      A goldmine of information, tools and clear direction on how to access every available dollar to go to college.
    • East Bay Consortium
      The East Bay Consortium Scholarship Directory contains information about a variety of local and national scholarships. It contains a scholarship section for undocumented students.
    • Ed Fund
      The Ed Fund’s scholarships are for low-income WCCUSD seniors graduating a 2.5 GPA.
    • Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
      Supporting undocumented students in their pursuit of college, career and citizenship.
    • Fastweb
      Fastweb lets you search for scholarships from all over the country.
    • FinAid.org
      FinAid lets you search for scholarships from all over the country, and gives tips on how to figure out loans and other kinds of aid.