Richmond Promise scholarship application process opens

The 2017-18 Richmond Promise Scholarship Program’s application process opened on Monday, Oct. 2. The application deadline is March 9, 2018.

The Richmond Promise scholarship offers college-going high school seniors from Richmond and North Richmond up to $1,500 annually to attend a 2-year or 4-year college or university, or a Career Technical Education Program. Additionally, the Promise provides support in financial aid applications and college preparedness and serves as a home base of support for college students through the completion of their degrees.

To be eligible, students must be a resident of a household in Richmond or North Richmond and have graduated from an an eligible high school within the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) boundary area, or received your GED/high school equivalency between June 2017-2018.

Also, students must have attended an eligible high school consecutively from 9th through 12th grades, and are also required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or Dream Act Application by the Cal Grant deadline of March 2, 2018.

You can start or complete your FAFSA or California Dream Act application using these links: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); California Dream Act Application.

For help with filling out the FAFSA, please visit the FAFSA Resources page or attend a Cash for College workshop at your high school or other financial aid workshops. 

The Richmond Promise, now an independent 501c3, was established in 2014 by Richmond City Council, which set aside $35 million from a $90 million community benefits agreement with the Chevron Richmond Refinery connected to the ongoing, $1 billion Chevron Richmond Modernization Project.