Scholarship Newsletter

The African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative has launched its scholarship newsletter! This newsletter serves as a resource to share available scholarships, summer programs and community events that are available for our San Francisco Unified School District students. Please review the following scholarship, program and event opportunities below:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Due March 2ndApplication Link

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward getting federal aid for college, career school, or graduate school. FAFSA is used to determine the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to the price of attending a postsecondary institution. The results of the FAFSA are used in determining student grants, work study, and loan amounts.

If you are not eligible for the FAFSA, please refer to the California DREAM Act.


College Bound Brotherhood (Due March 2ndApplication Link
The College Bound Brotherhood Scholarship is an opportunity for young African American males from the greater Bay Area to access additional financial support before they embark on their journey to becoming successful college students. The award amounts are up to $1000 for students who will attend a community college, and up to $3000 for students who will attend a four year college or university.


  1. Student must currently be 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)
  2. Complete the FAFSA/Dream Act application by the March 2nd priority deadline
  3. Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less than $10,000
  4. Plan to attend a four-year or two-year institution in the fall following your graduation from high school
  5. Have a letter of recommendation from an adult who knows you well and can comment on something specific in your background
  6. When awarded, recipients are required to attend the College Bound Brotherhood events, including the orientation, the graduation ceremony held in late May 2016, the College Bound Brotherhood “Get Ready for College” event held in late June 2016, and the persistence events in the winter and spring

Maisin Scholar Award (Due March 4thApplication Link
The Maisin Scholar Award helps students overcome the financial obstacles that stand in between them and their pursuits of higher education. We believe every young person has unlimited potential to succeed when they are amply supported and provided equal access to opportunity. Understanding that education is pertinent to achieving one’s goals, Maisin Scholars are students who clearly demonstrate their commitment to their education and have articulated their pathway to realize their dreams. The Maisin Scholar Award aims to offer support when there may be none, open doors when they may seem closed, and help to remove obstacles that may stand in the way of youth achieving their academic and career goals.


  1. Seniors attending SFUSD high schools and graduating in Spring 2016
  2. Attending a community college, four-year university or vocational training program beginning Fall 2016
  3. Committed to post-secondary educational goals
Want more scholarships?

Check out uAspire’s Bay Area scholarship guide!

Program Applications
Genesys Works Bay Area Internship (Due February 26thApplication Link

Genesys Works serves as a catalyst for change for many inner-city high school students. We provide technical and professional skills training along with meaningful work experience. Through the Genesys Works program, students build confidence and realize they can succeed as professionals in the corporate world.

Project Pull (Due February 29thApplication Link
Project Pull, sponsored by the City and County of San Francisco, provides professional mentorship to motivated high school students from all communities in San Francisco. During the eight-week program our interns explore careers with employees from departments all over the City, including the SFPUC. Interns participate in a variety of assignments such as administering surveys, assisting regular office work, performing research for projects, as well as developing our presence on social media. The goal of Project Pull is to expose students to a work environment that encourages personal growth, and to draw young citizens to the public sector and the workforce of the City and County of San Francisco.


  • Resident of San Francisco or attend school in San Francisco
  • Students entering junior or senior year in high school or incoming college freshman
  • Students with a 2.75 GPA from last completed semester — Fall 2015
  • Able to commit to twenty (20) hours a week for eight (8) weeks during the summer session (Early June through early August)
SMASH Academy (Due March 1stApplication Link
The Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH), the signature program of the Level Playing Field Institute, is a free of cost, residential college preparatory program for underrepresented high school students of color interested in STEM. A three-year, five week summer residential program, SMASH provides rigorous math, science and computer science courses, college prep courses and access to STEM role models and peers.


  • Grade Level: Be in the 9th grade at time of application (Note: UCLA is accepting applicants in the 10th grade for 2016.)
  • Math Skills: Have strong mathematics skills appropriate for your grade level, as determined by the SMASH math assessment (administered to all SMASH applicants in March).
  • Attend a public high school or private high school via scholarship.
  • County Eligibility: Reside in California in one of the following counties:

College Track (Due April 15thApplication Link
College Track recruits students from underserved communities and works continuously with them from the summer before ninth grade through college graduation. Our 10-year program removes the barriers that prevent students from earning their college degree by providing them with comprehensive academic support, leadership training, financial and college advising, and scholarships.

SEO Scholars (Due April 30thApplication Link
SEO Scholars is a free eight-year academic program that gets low-income public high school students to and through college–with a 95% college graduation rate. In high school, we offer intensive year-round academic preparation via a carefully-calibrated, rigorously-assessed course of supplemental education. Our Saturday, summer, and weekly after-school classes provide the equivalent of 2.5+ years of instruction in English and 1.5+ years of instruction in math. In college, we continue to support students through each of their four years, providing one-on-one academic, personal, and career exploration support.

Upward Bound (No Deadline) Application Link
The University of San Francisco Upward Bound Math and Science (USF UBMS) gives high school students an opportunity to learn first-hand what college life is all about and helps students to develop the skills necessary to succeed in college. The project is designed specifically to prepare students for college majors and careers focused on STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). USF UBMS also provides opportunities for personal, social, and cultural enrichment.

Don’t know what to do for the summer?
Join a summer camp, internship or job!

Check out our 2016 Summer Productivity Guide!

Upcoming Events

SFUSD Class of 2015 Black History Month Event (Saturday, February 27th @ City College of San Francisco Ocean Campus) Eventbrite

SFUSD, Mo’MAGIC, and City College of San Francisco welcomes the SFUSD African American Class of 2015 to a day of fun, food, music, and resources. Graduates will have the opportunity to reconnect with their peers and meet organizations interested in supporting their academic and career goals.

Historically Black Colleges & Universities Financial Literacy Workshop (Saturday, March 5th @ Oakland Tech High 10:30AM – 1:30PMEvent Flyer
The Northern California Historically Black College and University Alumni Associations Coalition (HBCUC) is having a “FREE” college financial and informational workshop for parents, guardians, students grades 8-12 and transfer students. Register in advance and more information via

26th Annual Black College Awareness Fair (Saturday, March 5th @ Stanford University 9:30AM – 3:00PMRegistration Page
The Rho Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is pleased to announce their 26th Annual Black College Awareness Fair. Meet representatives from Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Meet representatives from local colleges and universities; Listen to panel discussions by recent graduates on life at an HBCU; and Obtain valuable college resource and scholarship information. The event is FREE and open to the public.

Attention Future City College of San Francisco Students!
Apply for the BOG Waiver Application Link

For eligible California residents, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver permits enrollment fees to be waived. (Assistance for the purchase of books and supplies must be applied for separately.) Many California community colleges offer online BOG Fee Waiver applications through CCCApply. When you use these financial aid online applications, the data you’ve entered in CCCApply will be transferred automatically, making your financial aid application much easier and faster.

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