2017 Scholars

On Monday May 12, 2017, The Berkeley Community Fund welcomed 27 new scholars into our High Hopes Scholarship program. We look forward to getting to know these outstanding students and helping them reach their college and career aspirations.

Supporting Our Dreamers

As we awaited the Trump Administration's announcement on the fate of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), we thought about every student in our program, and the hundreds of thousands …

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Rebeca Torres Avila

Rebeca Torres-Avila University of California, Santa Cruz Marston-Luevano High Hopes Scholarship Rebeca has a strong passion for helping others, and wishes to pursue a career in medicine or political science.…

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Arturo Verdin

Arturo Verdin Shanks Family High Hopes Scholarship A family member’s struggle ignited Arturo’s passion for computer engineering. He joined the Robotics Club on campus which helped him learn basic skills…

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Emily Yu

Emily Yu San Diego State University Sippel-Farb Family High Hopes Scholarship Emily loves keeping herself busy, being outdoors, playing badminton, traveling and has recently been interested in gardening. She held…

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Guadalupe Acevedo

Guadalupe Acevedo University of California, Santa Cruz Battle Family High Hopes Scholarship Guadalupe will be graduating from the Academic Choice program (AC) at Berkeley High School (BHS) and is excited…

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Brandon Bailey

Brandon Bailey

Sacramento State University

Berkeley Community Fund High Hopes Scholarship

Brandon will be graduating from the Academy of Medicine and Public Service program (AMPS) at BHS. He has dedicated …

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Ty’Jah Banks

Ty'Jah Banks University of California, Merced Berkeley Community Fund High Hopes Scholarship Tyjah is graduating from the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at BHS. She participated in the AVID college prep…

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Harlan Brawer

Harlan Brawer University of California, Los Angeles Class of 1951/BCF High Hopes Scholarship Harlan will be graduating from the Berkeley High Independent Studies program. His interest in molecular biology and…

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Nia Byrd

Nia Byrd Bowdoin College Brennan-McKown High Hopes Scholarship Nia will be graduating from the IB program at BHS. She has a passion for music and plays guitar, ukulele, and played…

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Maria Sophia Castillo Hernandez

Maria Sophia Castillo Hernandez

Wellesley College

Ask.com High Hopes Scholarship

Maria Sophia will be graduating from the IB Program at BHS and was involved in the AVID college prep program. …

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Ariadna Cruz

Ariadna Cruz University of Southern California Marion Marshall High Hopes Scholarship Ariadna will be graduating from the Academic Choice (AC) pro- gram and will be the first person in her…

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Kaysha Duncan

Kaysha Duncan University of California, Riverside Battle Family High Hopes Scholarship Kaysha graduated from AMPS and is a first generationcollege student. At BHS, Kaysha wrote an opinion column for the…

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Miguel Cristobal Frias

Miguel Cristobal Frias

San Francisco State University

Berkeley Community Fund High Hopes Scholarship

Miguel will be graduating from AMPS and is the first person in his family to go to …

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Alexis Fuentes

Alexis Fuentes California State University, East Bay Berkeley Community Fund High Hopes Scholarship Alexis aspires to pursue a career as a software engineer and create video games. Throughout high school,…

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Alejandro Gonzales

Alejandro Gonzalez

University of California, Santa Cruz

Ask.com High Hopes Scholarship

Alejandro has a keen interest in science and hopes to pursue a career in the medical field as an …

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Timera Harrell

Timera Harrell

University of California, Merced

Berkeley Community Fund High Hopes Scholarship

Timera will be graduating from the IB program and is the first person in her family to go …

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Farah Jahangir

Farah Jahangir

University of California, Davis

Falik Family High Hopes Scholarship

Farah hopes to enter a career in the biotech field. She was an intern for the Biotech Academy at …

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Fares Muthana

Fares Muthana

San Francisco State University

Berkeley Community Fund High Hopes Scholarship

Fares will be majoring in Communications to pursue his dream as a journalist or sports broadcaster. In his …

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Marshatta Porter

Marshatta Porter

Humboldt State University

Berkeley Community Fund High Hopes Scholarship

Marshatta loves learning about the environment and social justice issues and hopes to pursue a career in travel photography. …

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Raymundo Saldana Jr.

Raymundo Saldana Jr. University of California, Berkeley Fanning-Haag Family High Hopes Scholarship Ray hopes to become a history teacher or possibly a lawyer, to encourage young Latinos to pursue higher…

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