The Marcus Foster Education Institute is proud to announce the release of our 42nd annual scholarship opportunity for high school seniors from Oakland and other Bay Area school districts. Since 1973 the organization has given thousands of scholarships to Oakland’s graduating seniors to attend colleges and universities across the country. Last year, with the generous support of Oakland’s business community, California-based private foundations, local community organizations, and former Marcus Foster scholarship recipients, the Fund presented over 200 scholarships to students from Oakland and across the Bay Area!

The founder of MFEI, Dr. Marcus A. Foster, believed Oakland educators and the community should not just leave the work of change to others, and challenged us “to be educator-activists.”   In the spirit of his words we are seeking applications from young people with strong visions for change in 2015. In the wake of recent events that have sparked resounding calls for change in our systems, from Ferguson, MO to President Obama’s executive action on immigration, our scholarship asks young people to take the mic to share their vision. Many of the movements for change in 2014 saw young people at the forefront, none less visible than 2014’s Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Malala Yousafzai who has called for greater access to education for all youth. These are the voices we want to hear in the applications for 2015’s scholarships.

The MFEI scholarship applications opened online on December 1st 2014 and close on March 2nd 2015. The application links can be found at www.marcusfoster.org/programs/scholarships/Scholarships available to Oakland students include awards through the Making REAL Change program, a diversified community investment fund exclusively devoted to the post-secondary success of the Oakland Unified School District graduates, and the East Bay College Access Network scholarship fund for Oakland’s public high school graduates at schools that increase or maintain high rates of FAFSA and CA Dream Act application by March 2nd in 2015.  Oakland students can also apply for the Port of Oakland scholarship application for students in public and charter schools. MFEI also offers the College Bound Brotherhood scholarship for African American male high school seniors from Oakland and school districts throughout Bay Area to support these students’ college access and success.

For more information, please see the Marcus Foster EducationInstitute website under Programs, College Scholarships and Eligibility & FAQs.