Reminder! Richmond Promise college scholarship deadline approaching

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Reminder to all high school seniors from Richmond and North Richmond! Deadlines related to the Richmond Promise College Scholarship Program are fast approaching.

Students wanting to receive up to $1,500 annually in Richmond Promise scholarship funds to attend a two or four year college or university or a career technical education program must fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) or Dream Act application by March 2, which is the Cal Grant deadline.

The students must also submit their Richmond Promise application by March 10.

The FAFSA application for financial aid can be found here, and Dream Act application can be found here. For the Richmond Promise application, click here.

The Richmond Promise program provides assistance to students on filling out the required applications. Students can either visit their school’s College & Career Center, or stop by Richmond Promise Office Hours at these times:

  • El Cerrito High School: Monday – 11:30 a.m. – Noon
  • Richmond High School: Monday – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Richmond Police Activities League (RPAL): Tuesday – 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • De Anza High School: Wednesday – 1:50 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Greenwood High School: Thursday – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Kennedy High School: Thursday – 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

To be eligible for the Richmond Promise Scholarship, a student must be a resident of Richmond or North Richmond (i.e. have a Richmond home address); have graduated from an eligible high school within the West Contra Costa Unified School District boundary area or received your GED/high school equivalency between June 2017-2018; and have attended an eligible high school, at least, 9th – 12th grade consecutively.

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.