Richmond Promise Scholarship application period opens

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Richmond Promise Scholarship application period opens
RIchmond Promise Scholars Celebration and resource fair in 2023. (Photo by Mike Kinney)

High school seniors from Richmond and North Richmond can begin the process of making their college dreams a reality with the launch of the 2024 Richmond Promise Scholarship.

Eligible students can apply now for the community-wide scholarship of $1,500 per year that is renewable for up to 4-6 years (depending on a student’s path and petition). The scholarship can be used at any two-year, four-year, or Career Technical Education (CTE) post-secondary institution in the U.S., according to Richmond Promise.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be a resident of the City of Richmond or North Richmond (i.e. have a Richmond home address)
  • Graduate or have graduated from an eligible high school within the West Contra Costa Unified School District boundary area or received your GED/high school equivalency this academic year, last academic year or the year prior
  • Have attended an eligible high school at least 9th-12th grade consecutively
  • Complete the FAFSA/Dream Act application by the time they enroll
  • Submit a Richmond Promise Scholarship application by the application deadline

Additionally:

  • Students can apply for the scholarship up to two years after obtaining their high school diploma/equivalency and up to the age of 24 as of the deadline in the year a student applies to the scholarship
  • Students who pursue military service must apply within two years of high school graduation or receiving their equivalency but are exempt from the 24-year age limit. Students who pursue military service may defer their scholarship for up to 8 years as long as proof of service is provided.

Richmond Promise launched in 2016 due to a $35 million, 10-year investment by Chevron Richmond. The funds are part of a $90 million community benefits agreement between the City of Richmond and Chevron connected to the $1 billion Refinery Modernization Project. 

Since the 2016 launch, over 3,300 scholars have been served by the program. 

For more information and to apply by the April 12 deadline, please visit richmondpromise.org/scholarship.