Richmond Promise scholarship application period opens

Richmond Promise Scholar and UC Berkeley graduate Cynthia Ramirez-Parra. (Photo courtesy of the Richmond Promise)

By Kathy Chouteau

Richmond Promise, the community-wide college success initiative that looks to build a college graduating culture in Richmond, in part through scholarships for graduating high school seniors from Richmond and North Richmond and guidance that students can tap both in high school and college, has launched its Scholarship Application period for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The scholarships are for $1,500 and are renewable for up to four years toward attendance at a two-or-four-year college and/or Career Technical Education Certificate at any U.S. not-for-profit institution. 

To qualify, applicants must be: High school seniors or GED students residing in Richmond; attend public, private or charter schools; and be under the age of 24. The application deadline is March 14.

Click here to access Richmond Promise’s website for the application. Appointments with the organization’s college access team offering one-on-one support are also accessible on the site. Learn more about eligibility requirements and frequently asked questions here

Richmond Promise was established by a $35 million investment from Chevron Richmond, which was part of a $90 million environmental and community investment agreement with the City of Richmond related to the Refinery Modernization Project.

Since 2016, nearly 3,000 scholarships have been provided to graduating seniors, according to data provided by Richmond Promise. Nearly 2,000 scholars are actively attending colleges and universities nationwide. Nearly 70 percent of scholars are first-generation college students, the organization said.