Richmond Promise application deadline extended

Richmond Promise application deadline extended
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The Richmond Promise scholarship application deadline has been extended to April 13, almost a month past the original application deadline.

The extra time comes in the wake of Cal Grant’s extension of financial aid application deadlines to March 31 for students attending schools within the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD), according to Richmond Promise.

The extension means students have additional time to complete their FAFSA or California Dream Act applications, steps that are required in order to receive a Richmond Promise scholarship.

“As we continue building a college-graduating culture in Richmond, we want to make sure that no student is left behind in their pursuit of higher education,” said Christopher Whitmore, executive director of the Richmond Promise. “If you’re a graduating high school senior who’s eligible for the Richmond Promise, we want you to know that we’re doubling down on our commitment to serve you. Apply for the Richmond Promise scholarship and let’s help you go to college.”

The $1,500 Richmond Promise scholarships 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. Students can also petition for an additional two years of funding.

Students in 12th grade are eligible for the Richmond Promise Scholarship if they: Live in Richmond or North Richmond; attend a high school or equivalent program within the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSSD) boundaries; have attended an eligible high school at least 9th through 12th grade consecutively; and plan to complete a FAFSA or CADA for financial aid.

Richmond Promise was made possible through Chevron Richmond’s commitment to invest $35 million over a ten year period to fund post-secondary education for Richmond students. Ultimately, Richmond Promise aims to promote a college-going culture among the city’s youth.

To apply for the scholarship in English or Spanish, click here. Richmond Promise offers students help during its office hours Monday-Thursday from 3-5 p.m.; click here to set up a virtual appointment. The program is also offering application support workshops Thursday, March 10, from 6-8 p.m., and Monday, March 14, from 6-8 p.m.

Students needing help outside of office hours can make arrangements by contacting Miguel Molina at [email protected]. Learn more about the scholarship here.

Kathy Chouteau contributed to this report