70 Win Marcus Foster Scholarships

Christi Carmons, MetWest High

At the Marcus Foster Education Fund’s Scholarship Awards Ceremony on June 4, 70 scholarship recipients shared their perspectives on this year’s theme: Persistence Equals the Power to Succeed.

The high school students shared their insight and wisdom on what will be required of them to earn a college degree and what inspires their college-bound dreams.

Many of the students at the event held at Holy Names University spoke of their desire to return to Oakland and make a contribution to their community.  All spoke of their commitment to never quit and to seek out support on their college and university campuses.

The students will attend over 30 different colleges and universities in California and throughout the country including several California Community Colleges, University of California and California State University campuses, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Ivy League Universities.

Keynote speaker Alexandra Bernadotte, founder of a college persistence platform-Beyond 12, provided a compelling and inspiring message about staying in college for both the scholars and the parents.

Katherine Zepeda, Cal junior and Marcus Foster scholarship recipient, shared her academic journey thus far, making college attendance and completion even more tangible for the parents and students. She announced that she is establishing a program to support incoming, first generation students to succeed at Cal.

The event also featured some of the donors who make the scholarships possible, explaining why making this critical investment in the future of Oakland’s youth is important to them.  Donors include the Clorox Corporation and the Port of Oakland, former Oakland Unified School District teachers and alumni and families uniting to honor their loved ones.

Scholarship awards ranged from $1,000 for one year to $12,000 for four years.

For more information regarding the scholarship and other programs of the Marcus Foster Education Fund, go to www.marcusfoster.org.  Anyone interested in establishing a scholarship for deserving, low-income, first generation high school student, call (510) 777-1600.