Dec 2, 2015
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With the ever-increasing cost of a college education weighing heavily on the local community’s promising high school seniors, Chevron Richmond is encouraging eligible students to take part in its upcoming Black History Awareness Committee Scholarship Program.

Four scholarships — named in honor of Dr. William F. King, a distinguished Chevron employee of 27-plus years who retired in 2003 and was a mentor, community activist and educator — will be awarded to selected students early next year.

Eligible students must apply for scholarship consideration by the deadline of Monday, Dec.  7. Read on for information on how to apply.

Funding for the scholarships is provided by Chevron Richmond in partnership with the Richmond Black History Awareness Celebration (BHAC) Committee.

Last year’s scholarship awardees came from various schools. They included a senior at Making Waves Academy who had chaired the Richmond Youth Commission, a Richmond High soccer player who was also a member on the robotics and electronic bike team, and a Middle College High School senior who led team bonding and drills for the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

“It is an ongoing mission of Chevron to invest in programs that help students achieve their educational goals, improve access to a quality education, and to provide an academic gateway for students who are historically underserved or under-represented,” said Andrea Bailey, community engagement manager for Chevron Richmond.

Interested seniors must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and plan to attend a 2 or 4-year school next academic school year. They must also attend one of these West Contra Costa high schools: DeAnza, El Cerrito, Greenwood Academy, Hercules, Kennedy, Leadership Public, Middle College, North Campus, Pinole Valley, Richmond, Salesian, and Vista.

In addition to academics, students must demonstrate leadership skills and community involvement.

Along with completing an application detailing their leadership and community involvement, students must also submit a typed 500-750 word double-spaced essay on either a black history event that impacted their life, an experience in community involvement, or lessons learned from their past. They will need to include a reference letter from a teacher, coach, pastor or community leader that references their leadership, community involvement and/or extracurricular activities.

Please email completed packets, or pose any questions about the application process, to  Incomplete packets will not be accepted. To access the application, click here: 2016 Chevron BHAC Scholarship Application.

Scholarship winners will be notified Jan.  22, 2016 and the first place winner will be expected to read their essay at the Annual Richmond Black History Awareness Celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.