The Berkeley Community Fund Awards $432,000 In Scholarships To Support BHS Students

May 18th, 2016 · No Comments

BERKELEY, CA – The Berkeley Community Fund (BCF) is excited to announce the award of $432,000 in scholarships to 27 Berkeley High School students. The group will become part of the BCF’s High Hopes Scholarship Program receiving financial assistance, one-on-one mentoring and other supports to help them succeed in and graduate from college. An awards ceremony will be held on June 13, 2016 at the Berkeley City Club to honor the new students who will join the community of High Hopes Scholars already in college.

  • Aia Abushareefh
  • Laila Bendrai
  • Rogelio Castro
  • Ernesto Garcia Jr.
  • Ana Hernandez-Tijero
  • Wun-Ci Hou
  • Daniel Jones
  • Jeremy Jones
  • Bubacarr Kora
  • Emily Lam
  • Felipe Leon
  • Alejandra Leon-Herrera
  • Enrique Lopez
  • Emily Maciel
  • Alexandria Miles
  • Bryant Monroe
  • Kristian Overbey
  • Katherine Pham
  • Andrew Pongtananon
  • Donna Ramirez-Cruz
  • Daan Reyes
  • Carena Ridgeway
  • Angel Robinson
  • Jessaly Sinchico Andrango
  • Jacari Trent-Pontoon
  • Mi Anna Wiggins
  • Jeffrey Yu
The 2016 High Hopes Scholars are planning to study political science, urban planning, business, environmental science, education, criminal justice, and art. The majority will study at the campuses of the University of California and California State Universities. A couple plan to travel out of state and will attend the University of Arizona and Yale. The High Hopes Scholarship Program provides $16,000 need-based scholarships to talented and resilient Berkeley high school students. The financial support helps close the gap between the true cost of attending college and the typical financial aid award. Scholarships are funded through generous donations from the community. The program also helps students successfully navigate the challenges they encounter in college through a critical array of support services including one-to-one mentorship, financial literacy training, transition-to-college workshops, and support from a college success coordinator.
About the Berkeley Community Fund The Berkeley Community Fund is a charitable nonprofit organization founded in 1991 by a group of friends whose love for Berkeley and hope for an economically and socially diverse city inspired them to set up a fund to reflect those goals. The High Hopes Scholarship Program was created in 2008 and, since then, has awarded more than $2.69 million to 168 students. Visit the BCF web site at or Facebook page at to learn more about BCF and its programs, to apply to become a mentor, or to make a donation to support future High Hopes Scholars.
Download the Press Release Here: BCF 2016 High Hopes Scholars Press Release