Grants & Scholarships

EBCF’s Scholarship Program is integral to meeting the Foundation’s mission and grant making goals. Specifically, EBCF’s scholarship program enables the Foundation to support the success of East Bay children and youth by leveraging the resources of its partners to provide the greatest impact. EBCF currently administers about 15 active scholarship funds, with assets totaling over $2 million. Through these funds EBCF provided over $157,000 in scholarships in fiscal year 2018. Since 2002, EBCF has helped award over $2 million in scholarships.

Scholarship funds are established for any level of study, from preschool to postgraduate. They can support any area of educational expenses, including tuition, housing, books, supplies, and other educational fees but award funds used for expenditures outside of tuition, fees, books, and required supplies may be taxable. Awards are typically paid directly to the institution providing instruction.

All scholarships must be awarded for charitable purposes, must comply with the Internal Revenue Service Codes and Statutes, and are subject to the terms and conditions of the Foundation’s Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, and policies.

Please see information below for eligibility and selection criteria, deadlines, and contact information specific to each scholarship.

Scholarships

Lam Research Core Values

Lam Research Corporation invites high school seniors in the Fremont Unified (CA), Livermore Valley Joint Unified (CA), Tigard-Tualatin (OR), and Hillsboro (OR) School districts to apply for Lam Research Core Values Scholarship awards of $10,000 over four years.

One award is given to one graduating senior from each of the 11 eligible high schools who best exemplifies Lam’s Core Values, is planning to attend a 2-year or 4-year college or technical school, and has a cumulative, non-weighted GPA of 3.0 or above.

Applications are accepted in January.

Click here for more information about the Lam Research Core Values Scholarship.

Thomas J. Sweeney

The Thomas J. Sweeney Scholarship Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation was established to honor the memory and contributions of the great labor leader of the IBEW Local 595, Tom Sweeney. Up to thirteen awards of $2,000 each will be given to graduating high school students who have been accepted at a college or university. Up to an additional thirteen awards of $1,000 each will be given to students currently enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution, including a California state-approved apprenticeship program.

To apply, students must be an active member or dependent of a member of IBEW Local 595; be accepted and/or enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution or a state-approved apprenticeship program; and have a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Applications are accepted from April to May.

Click here for more information about the Thomas J. Sweeney Scholarship.

Alice B. Hansen

The Alice B. Hansen Scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors of Alameda High School in Alameda, CA who are pursuing higher education at a 2 or 4-year post-secondary educational institution and have demonstrated financial need. Ten scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded each Spring.

Applications are accepted from March to April. Please contact the College Counselor at Alameda High School for more information.

Margaret McElhinnie Rotanzi

The Margaret McElhinnie Rotanzi Scholarship is awarded to one graduating senior of Alameda High School in Alameda, CA who is pursuing higher education at a 2 or 4-year post-secondary educational institution, lives in the city of Alameda, and has a minimum GPA of 2.8. One $4,000 scholarship is awarded each year.

Applications are accepted from March to April. Please contact the College Counselor at Alameda High School for more information.

Fly Me To The Foon

The Fly Me To The Foon Scholarship honors the memory of Neel Thomas Foon, musician, mentor and friend. This scholarship provides funding to music students at Oakland School for the Arts to help purchase musical instruments and/or pay for private music lessons to enhance their skills. Four scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded to enrolled students of OSA each year (two middle school and two high school students).

Applications are accepted from September to October. Contact the Food Scholarship administrator at OSA for more information.

Shelley Bergum Higher Education

The Shelley Bergum Higher Education Scholarship honors the significant work of Shelley Bergum in support of individuals with disabilities by supporting students with disabilities pursuing an Associate or Undergraduate Degree at a higher education institute in California. Up to 6 awards of $2,500 each are awarded each year.

Applications are accepted from December through March. Contact the College Counselor at Berkeley High School for more information.

Oakland High School Mathematics Club

The Oakland High School Mathematics Club Scholarship is awarded to an active member of the Oakland High School Mathematics Club who is a graduating senior accepted at a college or university. Selection is based on performance in various math club competitions.

Please contact the Mathematics Club Advisor at Oakland High for more information.

Florence Baldwin

The Florence Baldwin Scholarship honors the life and work of long-time Berkeley resident Florence Baldwin by supporting the higher education of young women from the East Bay who would not otherwise be able to attend college due to financial need. This scholarship is administered in collaboration with the East Bay College Fund.

Leggo

The Leggo Scholarship supports the post-secondary education of a current member, or child/offspring of a current member, of the Society of Model & Experimental Engineers, Dr. W. Barclay Stephens Chapter of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, East Bay Model Engineers, and/or Richmond Ramblers Motorcycle Club who demonstrates outstanding scholarship and community engagement. Up to five awards of $5,000 will be awarded annually.

Applications are accepted through one of the designated organizations listed above in March. Please contact one of the organizations for an application.

Booker T. Washington

The Booker T. Washington Scholarship is offered to one graduating senior of Elgin High School in Elgin, TX who is a descendent of a student of Booker T. Washington School in Elgin, TX. Awards are based on financial need and acceptance at a post-secondary institution. One scholarship of $500 is awarded annually.

Applications are accepted April to May. Please contact the College Counselor at Elgin High School for more information.

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