Scholarships and Grants
Community colleges have long provided a gateway to higher education, but that gateway has become more difficult to access. Costs to attend community college have doubled since 2006. A student who enrolled full time in a community college will pay an estimated $1,500 per semester for fees, books and supplies that go beyond tuition. The students who attend the Peralta Colleges tend to be low-income, with at approximately 70 percent qualifying for financial assistance, but this assistance falls short of making a college education affordable for many. Gifts from alumni, employees, committed citizens, corporations and foundations help many students lacking financial resources achieve their educational and career goals.
For the 2014-2015 academic year, the Peralta Colleges Foundation awarded 40 scholarships worth $125,000 to 118 students from Laney College, Merritt College, College of Alameda and Berkeley City College. The foundation also gave $12,000 in grants for classroom enrichment programs generated by faculty members at all four colleges, including an $8,000 library grant to ensure student access to text books through the reserve books program.
In total, the Peralta Colleges Foundation awarded $137,000 to ensure the viability and diversity of our campus community, and guarantee access to quality instruction and higher education.
This year, the Peralta Colleges Foundation hopes to positively affect tomorrow’s leaders by continuing to provide opportunities for hard-working students, and we’re working everyday to grow our scholarship fund.