To be eligible for scholarships administered by the Marcus Foster Education Institute, all applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application for the coming academic year by the March 2nd priority deadline.
- Plan to attend a four-year, two-year or trade/technical postsecondary program in the fall following high school graduation (Must attend full time).
- Have a letter of recommendation from an adult that can speak on your experiences.
- When awarded, recipients must attend an orientation and MFEI scholarship persistence events.
For additional requirements by award or fund, please review the information below. For scholarships for continuing college students, see the Persistence Scholarships page.
Visit our FAQs at the bottom of this page for additional questions.
Making REAL Change Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund is a diverse community investment fund of awards that may vary from year to year. Most recently the funds include a collection of the following awards from the generosity of donations from companies, organization and individuals: Clorox Partners and Clorox Craig Sullivan awards, Cornell C. Maier awards, the Oakland Education Association awards, the Kathleen and James D. Saddler Memorial, the Nguyen Family award, Oakland Athletics, Caroline Yee and Barbara Ray Styles Memorial Awards, among others.
- Currently an Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) high school senior.
- Attended an OUSD public or charter school for at least the last two years.
College Bound Brotherhood Scholarship
The College Bound Brotherhood is the first network in the nation focused explicitly on young Black men that connects individual students to college readiness programs and improved school district resources. The aim of the College Bound Brotherhood is to increase the number of Black young men from the San Francisco Bay Area who successfully complete college.
- Must be a Black man.
- Currently a senior in a high school within the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.
- When awarded, recipients are required to attend the College Bound Brotherhood graduation ceremony, along with the MFEI orientation and MFEI persistence events.
Port of Oakland Scholarship and Port of Oakland, Children of Port Employees (COPE) Scholarship
The Port of Oakland Employee’s Scholarship Program is an employee-organized, employee-funded program administered by the Marcus Foster Education Institute (MFEI), a non-profit Oakland organization dedicated to supporting the Oakland Unified School District. Awards range from $1500 to $5000 per student.
- For COPE: Your parent or legal guardian is a Port of Oakland Employee.
- For Port-OUSD: Currently an Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) high school senior.
- For Port-OUSD: Attended an OUSD public or charter school for at least the last two years.
- A 2.5 GPA is required for the community college/vocational school award and a 3.0 GPA for all other awards.
Clorox Partners – Pleasanton Unified School District Scholarship
These scholarships are directed to students in Pleasanton, where Clorox has its corporate headquarters and a large research facility, respectively, as we believe in investing in the communities where we operate. Clorox Company employees have fundraised for scholarships for these awards and the awards directed via the Making REAL Change Scholarship Fund since 1992.
- Currently a Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) high school senior.
- Attended a PUSD public or charter school for at least the last two years.
- Where do I start?
- I am not a student from the Oakland Unified School District, am I still eligible for any of the MFEI administered scholarships?
- Is there a certain GPA required to apply?
- Which transcripts or test scores should I upload?
- How do I apply for the FAFSA or California Dream Act?
- I have not completed my FAFSA or California Dream Act Application, can I still apply?
- I am having trouble in downloading my Student Aid Report, what do I do?
- Who should I ask to write my letter of recommendation?
- How do I know if my letter of recommendation was submitted?
- When will I be notified about my scholarship status?
- Where can I find more scholarships?
- For the Making A-G Real Multimedia Scholarship: How do I upload a video to YouTube?
- I have more questions about the scholarship. Who can I contact?
If you are a non-OUSD student you will not be considered for the making REAL change scholarship. You may be eligible for the College Bound Brotherhood, Clorox Partners PUSD, or Port of Oakland COPE scholarship if you meet the eligibility requirements.
We encourage that all students apply regardless of their GPA. Applications are reviewed holistically. While some awards require a higher GPA minimum, you will be prompted in the application to identify whether you would like to be considered for these opportunities. Otherwise, after you complete your application and it is reviewed, if selected for an award, you will be selected based on the best fit for the awards available in the given year.
Applicants should upload their most recent high school transcripts. Transcripts should have their first semester senior grades.
SAT and ACT test scores are not required. If you wish to disclose this information, please upload the highest test scores for consideration.
For the FAFSA, please visit the FAFSA homepage to complete and submit the electronic application.
If you are an AB540 qualifying student, you should complete the CA Dream Act Application from the California Student Aid Commission.
Make sure you complete your application by the March 2nd Cal Grant priority deadline.
No, in order to be eligible for any of MFEI administered scholarship you must complete and submit the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application.
We suggest you ask a teacher, counselor, employer, or mentor who can articulate your strengths and know about your accomplishments. As this is a professional reference, we do not recommend you asking a friend or family member. Be sure to ask your recommender at least 2 weeks in advance.
On your application, you will be prompted to enter in your recommender’s contact information. A link will be sent to your recommender’s email where they will click on the link to complete the letter. BE SURE YOU HAVE THE CORRECT EMAIL ADDRESS. It is your responsibility to check in with your recommender to see if they have received the link.
Once your recommender submits their letter, you will receive an email notification from our application system. The deadline for letters of recommendation is the same day your application is due.
Application and award status notification will happen on a rolling basis in the spring.
You can also create an account and profile on the site www.collegegreenlight.com. This site helps students identify scholarship opportunities that best fit you. The mobile app, DREAMERSRoadMapApp is another site that provides a guide to scholarship opportunities for undocumented students.
All submissions must include a 2-7min audio recording or a video. If you would like to submit visual art/graphics, a photo journal or written work, your audio or video should be your story or video/recorded expression of your piece. You are also welcome to only submit audio or video. For assistance on uploading a video to YouTube please click here.
Contact the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our direct line at 510-777-1600.