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 have been awarded to nearly 522 students. The Scholarship Program is supported by the African American Male Scholarship, Bernice Bell Memorial Scholarship, Irene S. Scully Family Foundation, Norma and Arthur Schroeder Family Foundation, and Whittier Education Foundation.
The Ed Fund believes everyone deserves the chance to go to college. Research shows that a college
education significantly changes the trajectory of a student’s life. A college education is a difference-maker for many students. Students who attend college are more likely to enjoy greater career opportunities. From
increasing annual earnings to creating our next leaders, a college education makes an impact on students, their families, and our community. College scholarships are an investment in the future of West Contra Costa County.
Nearly 522 graduates of the West Contra Costa Unified School District have received scholarships. All of the scholarship winners are low-income, and many of them are the first in their families to attain a higher education.
In the 2015-2016 school year we:
- Outreached to district seniors and received 249 scholarship applicants. Coordinated 50 volunteers for the scholarship application review process. Awarded over $130,000 to 56 scholarship recipients.
- Hosted scholar retention event for current scholarship recipients.
- Hosted scholar college transition day event for scholarship recipients.