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Our vision is to dramatically increase the number of college graduates from Oakland public schools.

Oakland high school seniors enrolling in college in fall 2020 can now apply for an Oakland Promise scholarship program on scholarships.oaklandpromise.org. The deadline for submissions is Monday March 9, 2020, 5:59pm PST.

The application portal will be available in Spanish on December 9, 2020.

Program Overview 

  • Multi-year scholarships
  • Persistence services such as 1-1 mentors, peer mentors, retreats, and counseling
  • Partnerships with over 20 colleges, including first semester free of tuition and fees at Peralta

Why this strategy?

  • Nationally, only 20% of students from low-income backgrounds that start college graduate within 6 years.  Through need-based scholarships & persistence services (including mentors & retreats), 80% of students  graduate college within 6 years.

Our vision is that every qualifying student will have access to college scholarships of $1,000 to $16,000 over the course of his or her college career within a decade.  

Oakland Promise will provide financial support to address the cost barrier that discourages low-income students from pursuing a college education. Students at 2-year and technical colleges will receive up to $1,000 per year while students at 4-year colleges will receive up to $4,000 per year. Partnerships with local colleges, nonprofits, and scholarship providers will generate additional support to ensure students graduate ready for success in a career of their choice.