Richmond Promise team aiding students ahead of application deadlines

Richmond Promise assisting students as application deadlines approach
Students at Kennedy High are receiving help in filling out their financial aid and Richmond Promise applications (photo courtesy of Richmond Promise).

As important deadlines loom, the Richmond Promise team has been working overtime to ensure high school seniors who live in the city and in North Richmond have help in filling out their financial aid and college scholarship applications.

By Thursday, March 2, high schools seniors wanting to receive up to $1,500 annually in free money to attend a 2 or 4 year college or university must have completed their California Dream Act Application. 

That form and Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must completed for students to receive Richmond Promise scholarships.

The deadline for submitting Richmond Promise applications is Friday, March 10.

Students who haven’t even begun the process still have time if they act now. And they have help. The Richmond Promise team is holding drop-in workshops at the 450 Richmond Civic Center Computer Lab, 450 Civic Center Plaza, this week and next where students can receive one-on-one assistance in filling out their forms.

Help will be available at the Computer Lab from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on these dates: March 1, 2, 7, 9, 10.

Along with $1,500 per year for college, the Richmond Promise scholarship program provides a support system that guides students through the financial aid application process. Its longterm goal is to make the program sustainable and to ultimately inspire a college-going culture in Richmond.

The Richmond Promise was made possible by a $35 million grant from Chevron, which was part of a $90 million community benefits agreement connected to the upcoming $1 billion modernization of the Richmond Refinery.