You must identify with the scholarship title.
You must be an incoming student during the 2020-2021 academic year at an undergraduate university.
You must be a current resident in one of the following counties; San Joaquin County, Stanislaus County, Merced County, Madera County, Fresno County, Tulare County, Kern County, or Kings County. Please click here for a visual reference.
You must originate from a community college, high school, continuation school, or nontraditional G.E.D school from San Joaquin County, Stanislaus County, Merced County, Madera County, Fresno County, Tulare County, Kern County, or Kings County. Please click here for a visual reference.
These are not scholarship winners, but rather they are our scholarship representatives. This section was made to highlight the stories of those populations who are often devalued and erased. Use these articles as inspiration for your autobiography.
letter of recommendation
There is one required letter of recommendation in our application. This can be from your teacher, counselor, boss, mentor, coach, anyone that can speak on your work ethic, character, and experience. However, the person writing your letter of recommendation should not be related to you.
We ask for a 650-word autobiography based on your experience as a student who is LGBTQ+, undocumented, and/or first in their family to proceed with an educational career. Please be authentic and personal. This scholarship was not made for the student with the highest academic achievements, nor was it made for a student with an extravagant resume. But rather, this scholarship was made to value your story and your struggles.
LGBTQ+ Autobiography Question:
Write an autobiography describing your Queer experience in the Central Valley. What barriers have you faced relating to your gender identity and/or sexual identity? What forms of discrimination did you face because of your gender and/or sexual identity? Did you come out? If so, how was that experience? If you did not come out, what has stopped you from doing so? When did you first realize your Queer identity? This prompt is very open-ended, and there is no right or wrong response. We are not looking for a perfect grammatical structure, nor are we looking for an extravagant resume. We simply want you to share your story and your struggles as an LGBTQ+ person in the Central Valley and recognize you as an important part of our community (650-word maximum).
Undocumented Autobiography Question:
Write an autobiography on your experience growing up as a person who is undocumented. Feel free to discuss your family history, upbringing, and any factors that may have impacted you and your education. What obstacles did you overcome or barriers did you have to face because of your undocumented status? When and how did you first find out you were undocumented? There is no one right response to this prompt. This scholarship was made to value your story and struggles. We want to recognize you, a person who is undocumented, as an important part of our community (650-word maximum).
First Generation Autobiography Question:
We would like you to use this essay as a way to highlight your experiences and struggles while attempting to achieve higher education as a first-generation student. What obstacles have you faced? How was your experience navigating the college application process? How was your experience going through school as a first-generation student? Feel free to include your family background, upbringing, and other identities that have impacted your academic success. Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer to this prompt. We simply want to value your story, your experiences, and your identities as an important part of our community (650-word maximum)
Goals and Aspirations Essay
We ask for a 250-word goals and aspirations essay. This is simply a way for you to tell us your goals and dreams. This does not have to be your academic goals, nor does it have to be based on your future career. Your goal and dream could be to be happy, or perhaps have a family, or become a doctor. It is really open-ended and is a way for us to get to know you a little better.
Be authentic and personal
These scholarships were made to value you, your story, your identity, and your struggle. We want to hear about your life and everything you have gone through, and we want to celebrate you for it. Use this prompt to self-reflect on your identities and experiences.
Use all the space given
We gave you a 650 word and 250 maximum in your responses, so please use it! Make sure to elaborate on your experiences and story. Give us the details!
Read Our scholarship representative Articles
These are individuals who have experienced similar struggles as you. Read through their articles as inspiration for your essay and ideas on what you can discuss.
Double Check Spelling and Grammar
While we are not choosing applicants based on the grammatical structure of their responses, correcting any misspellings and run-on sentences will help us better read through your writing! We want to make sure we are understanding your story and your struggles, fixing any grammatical mistakes will help us do so!