UC Berkeley’s African American Initiative grants its 1st set of scholarships to 28 incoming Black students

July 15, 2018

The UC Berkeley African American Initiative has offered the first set of scholarships to Black students for the fall 2018 semester.

The initiative is a “a comprehensive effort to address the underrepresentation of African American students, faculty, and staff,” according to the UC Berkeley Division of Equity & Inclusion’s website. While 40 students were interviewed, only 28 were ultimately granted the scholarship, which was administered by the Cal Alumni Association.

“In-person and virtual interviews were held at the Alumni House over three days in mid-April,” said campus spokesperson Janet Gilmore in an email. “The Black Alumni Club played a significant role in recruiting volunteer interviewers. For the first year of scholarship awards, financial need was the criteria.”

Each student will be granted $8,000 annually, with the maximum amount being $40,000 over the course of 5 years.


The Daily Californian