Our vision is for all middle and high school students in Oakland Public Schools and charter schools to have access and support to set them on a path to college and career success. Our Oakland Promise Scholarship Application period for the HS Class of 2023 is now closed. Please check back this fall for updated instructions!
All Families with K-6th grade Students:
Starting in the fall of 2016 and onward, every Oakland public school Kindergartner has $100 set aside in their Oakland Promise Scholarship account. The first $100 earned in Kindergarten stays with the family even if they move out of Oakland. Students earn additional scholarship amounts at 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th & 12 grade if they graduate from an Oakland public high school and enroll into post-secondary. Activate your OP Scholarship account now!
High School Parents & Students: Learn more from our Resource Hub
Providing Support to over 11,000 Middle and High School Students in Oakland Public Schools.
Scholars awarded a multi-year scholarship from Oakland Promise receive scholarship funds as well as mentoring, peer-advising, networking opportunities, and other persistence support and services to achieve post-secondary success.
The 2023 Scholarship application period is now closed. The Oakland Promise Scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors who plan to attend a postsecondary institution — 4 year college, 2 year college or CTE program– right after high school. Students awarded the Oakland Promise scholarship receive scholarship funds (ranging from $2,000 to $4,000, and a limited number of scholarships at $8,000 and $16,000 levels). Students also receive mentoring, peer-advising, networking opportunities, and other persistence support and services to achieve college and career success during high school and onwards.
Senior Program Manager, College Access
Director, College Access
Program Coordinator, College Access
Program Manager, College Access
Senior Partnerships Manager
Partnerships & Outreach Coordinator
Program Coordinator, College Access
Serving all OUSD public schools and charters
Every year we anticipate to award about 900 + scholars (in the past year with about $2.5 million dollars).
were Black and Latinx Students
Received targeted college and career readiness supports
High school students and families are provided both group and 1:1 support navigating the financial aid process and apply to local and national scholarships.Learn More
Explore your interest and learn about yourself. Our career exploration curriculum is aimed at supporting high school students identify career paths, gather work experience through internships and career panels with community members.Learn More
We want all of our students to be successful in a college or career of his/her choice. We provide quality resources and training for parents on high school preparedness plus college/career readiness.Learn More
"The Future Center at Castlemont is great because you can come to get all of your support in one place. I've gotten support enrolling in classes at Laney because of the Future Center and I know this is making me more prepared for college".
"I applied to more than 20 scholarships and got denied 19 times, but the one that said “yes”, just happened to be the best one of them all. This scholarship under Oakland Promise has not only allowed me to go to school debt free, but also provided me with a mentor who will advise me on any questions or issues I might have while attending my university."
"I recommend any Oakland high school student to apply, as it is important to apply to scholarships that support your local community that wants to see you succeed as much as you do."
Have a question? Need some support? We look forward to hearing from you!