Persistence Scholarships

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I EXIST, I PERSIST

The Marcus Foster Education Institute (MFEI) is administering its  I EXIST I PERSIST Scholarship award to current college students who were  prior MFEI scholarship recipientsI EXIST  exemplifies how our students are here transforming their marginalized communities into a college going landscape . I PERSIST illustrates and validates the lived experiences of our students in their post-secondary career and the sustainable efforts they have taken in order to succeed. The focus of this scholarship is to advocate for and celebrate our students in existing and persisting through college. Students who have overcome barriers and challenges during their first year of college are highly encouraged to apply.

There are multiple  I EXIST I PERSIST awards available scholarship awards at $2,000 for students attending a 4-year school and $1,000 for students attending 2-year programs.

Eligibility Requirements
•Must be a previous Marcus Foster Education Institute Scholarship recipient.
•Graduated from an Oakland Unified School District public or charter high school in 2014, 2015 or 2016.
•Completed the 2017-2018 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application by the March 2nd priority deadline.
•Currently attend a four-year institution, two-year institution, or trade/technical program with plans to continue in the Fall of 2017.

Application Components
•1 Letter of Recommendation from university/college/program staff, professors, teaching assistant, employer, or other college affiliated adult contact that can speak on your college experience to date.
•Complete 1 essay (750-1000 words)in the application.

Scholarship Recipient Commitments
• When awarded, recipients must complete an online scholarship claim form.
• Participate in MFEI persistence events.

 

Bound For Greatness

The College Bound Brotherhood is the first network in the nation focused explicitly on Black young 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.

Brotherhood students are engaged as members in a number of partner organizations throughout the Bay Are that provide college readiness and persistence services. These community based organizations work together under the auspices of the Brotherhood to share best practices, celebrate achievements, and advocate with districts for better policies and outcomes for African American male students. College Bound Brotherhood students attend universities, colleges, including many historically Black colleges, across the United States.

The Bound for Greatness Scholarship is the first scholarship opportunity administered by the College Bound Brotherhood for students who are currently enrolled in college. We are excited to be able to offer continued support for our past recipients and other eligible students through this award.

Eligibility Requirements
• Must be a Black man.
• Graduated from a San Francisco Bay Area high school in 2014, 2015 or 2016.
• Completed the 2017-2018 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application by the March 2nd, 2016 priority deadline.
• Currently attending an accredited four-year institution or two-year institution with plans to continue in the Fall of 2017.
• Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $10,000.

Application Components
• Complete the online scholarship application
• 1 Letter of Recommendation from university/college/program staff, professor, teaching assistant, employer, or other college affiliated adult contact that can speak on your college experience to date experiences.
• Complete a 750-1000 word essay.

Scholarship Recipient Commitments
• When awarded, recipients must complete an online scholarship claim form.
• Participate in College Bound Brotherhood or MFEI persistence events.
• Commit to writing at least 2 blog entries about your college experience for the College Bound Brotherhood website.