From our earliest beginnings, the Ed Fund has managed a college scholarship program benefiting low-income graduating seniors of the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Since 2005, over $1.6 million in scholarships have been awarded to over 550 students. The Scholarship Program is supported by the African American Male Scholarship, Bernice Bell Memorial Scholarship, and the Norma and Arthur Schroeder Family Foundation.

The Ed Fund believes everyone deserves the chance to go to college. Research shows that a college education significantly changes the trajectory of a student’s life. A college education is a difference-maker for many students. Students who attend college are more likely to enjoy greater career opportunities. From increasing annual earnings to creating our next leaders, a college education makes an impact on students, their families, and our community. College scholarships are an investment in the future of West Contra Costa County.

Over 550 graduates of the West Contra Costa Unified School District have received scholarships. All of the scholarship winners are low-income, and many of them are the first in their families to attain a higher education.

$1.6 Million/ 550 Scholarships Awarded

“College can make you look at the world and past circumstances of life and help you realize that this is the place to be. No block, hood or friends can give you the opportunities that college has to offer. I love my school and I love Ed Fund for believing in me.” Samuel, Dillard University, Class of 2021

Our scholarship window is OPEN! Submit your application by March 10, 2021 to be considered for a scholarship.

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2021 Scholarships Available & Eligibility

  • Contra Costa Chorale Vocal Music Studies Scholarship: $1000 per student for 1 year, 2 Awards Available
  • Schroeder Family Foundation Scholarship–$2000 per student for 1 year, 2 Awards Available for El Cerrito High School students only
  • STEM Scholarship–$1000 per student for 1 year, 2 Awards Available for Richmond High School (1) and John F. Kennedy High School (1)

Eligibility:

Contra Costa Chorale Vocal Music Studies Scholarship

(a) Must have participated in a high school choir program or other musical performances (instrumentalists may also apply if they accompany choirs)

(b) Minimum 3.2 GPA

(c) 2 letters of recommendation

(d) Demonstrate financial need

(e) Complete the FAFSA/Dream Act application by March 2, 2021

(f) Graduate from a public WCCUSD high school in 2021

(g) Plan to attend a 2-year or 4-year institution immediately after graduating from high school

Schroeder Family Foundation Scholarship

(a) Must be an El Cerrito High School senior identifying as a student of color

(b) Minimum 3.0 GPA

(c) Demonstrate financial need

(d) Complete the FAFSA/Dream Act application by March 2, 2021

(e) Plan to attend a 2-year or 4-year institution immediately after graduating from high school

STEM Scholarship

(a) Must be a Richmond High School and John. F. Kennedy High School senior pursuing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Economics) career

(b) Minimum 3.5 GPA

(c) 2 letters of recommendation

(d) Demonstrate financial need

(e) Complete the FAFSA/Dream Act application by March 2, 2021

(f) Plan to attend a 4-year institution immediately after graduating from high school