826 Valencia Scholarship Application
To be eligible, a student must:
1) Have participated in at least one 826 Valencia program. (This includes short-term involvement such as a field trip, in-schools project, or Personal Statement Weekend.)
2) Be a graduating senior attending school in San Francisco.
3) Demonstrate financial need.
4) Be in the first generation of their family to attend college in the U.S.

Students will be judged based on their commitment to education, financial need, leadership, level of 826 involvement, and character.

Please read through the entire application, follow instructions carefully, and answer each question to the best of your ability. This form cannot be saved mid-application, so you may want to work on some of your answers in another document then paste them into the fields when you're ready.

Hit "submit" only when the entire application is filled out. When you submit your application, you agree that everything you state is true to your knowledge. Misinformation or plagiarism will disqualify you for a scholarship, so please be honest and write in your own voice. Everything you share in the application will remain confidential.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your application is not complete until you email an official copy of your transcript (scanned pdf or photo are fine) to scholarships@826valencia.org, which is also due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10. We will reach out to your recommender for their letter right after the deadline, which will then be due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17.

Finalists will be invited to interviews in mid-March. An in-person interview is required for consideration.

Questions? Contact: christina@826valencia.org

First Name *
Your answer
Last Name *
Your answer
Gender *
Race/Ethnicity *
Check all that apply.
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Your Birthdate *
For example, if your birthday is on February 28, 1999, answer in this format: "02/28/99"
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Your Residency Status *
The answer to this question WILL NOT hurt your chances for our program and will remain confidential. We use this information to better understand your financial need. 826 Valencia will follow the SFUSD's sanctuary city policies and will not cooperate with any official seeking information about your status unless mandated by the courts.
Contact Information
Your Email *
Provide an email address that you check often.
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An Alternate Email
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Address 1 *
Street number
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Address 2
Apartment number (if applicable)
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City *
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State *
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Zip Code *
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Your Cellphone *
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Parent/Guardian Cellphone or Home Phone *
Your answer
High School and College Information
High School *
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Expected Graduation Year *
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Your Weighted GPA *
Your answer
Your Unweighted GPA *
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Sports, Clubs, and Activities *
Describe any meaningful extra-curricular activities you've participated in during high school. Please note the time commitment (hours per month, years involved) and any leadership roles.
Your answer
Community Service *
Describe any meaningful community service you've completed during high school. Please note the time commitment (hours per month, years involved) and any leadership roles.
Your answer
Awards *
List any awards you have received during high school. For each, please include the year and organization that awarded it to you.
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Please list the colleges you will apply to (or have applied to) and rank your top 10. *
Like this: University of Lombard (1); Yerba Buena College (2); Alcatraz University (3); Cable Car College; (4) Coit Tower University
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Please briefly describe your career goals. *
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What are you planning to major in? *
If you're unsure, pick one or two areas that interest you.
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List the high school classes you took your 1st semester of junior year with your grades. *
List one class per line and write your grade next to the class, like this: Geometry: (B+); Algebra 2 (A-)
Your answer
List the high school classes you took your 2nd semester of junior year with your grades. *
List one class per line and write your grade next to the class, like this: Geometry: (B+); Algebra 2 (A-)
Your answer
List the high school classes you took your 1st semester of senior year with your grades (if available). *
List one class per line and write your grade next to the class, like this: Geometry: (B+); Algebra 2 (A-)
Your answer
List the high school classes you are currently taking. *
List one class per line.
Your answer
Family and Financial Information
The information below is for 826 Valencia internal use.
Are you eligible for free or reduced lunch? *
What is the highest level of education completed by either of your parents? *
If one or both of your parents has completed college, where did they receive their degree?
Your answer
Who do you live with? *
Parent/Guardian Occupation #1 *
N/A if not applicable
Your answer
Parent/Guardian Occupation #2 *
N/A if not applicable
Your answer
Your Yearly Family Income *
Please ask your parent(s)/guardian(s) how much money they earned before taxes in the year 2014.
Your answer
Family Size *
Write the number of individuals in your household. Count you, your parent(s), and any siblings. If the people in your household are you, your mother, your brother, and your grandmother, the number would be 4.
Your answer
Financial Situation *
Describe your family's financial circumstance and how it affects your ability to pay for college.
Your answer
Other Scholarships *
List any other scholarships you have received or are planning to apply for.
Your answer
Letter of Recommendation
Please provide the contact information for the person writing your letter of recommendation. We will follow up with them, so it is important that this information is correct. Please make sure you choose someone who can speak to your academic and leadership potential, as well as your personal growth and maturity.
Recommender Name *
Your answer
High School/Organization *
Your answer
What is the recommender's relationship to you? *
Examples: college counselor, coach, science teacher, etc.
Your answer
Recommender Email *
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Recommender Phone *
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Personal Statement/Personal Insight Question Resposes
You have 300-700 words to tell us about your experiences and ambitions. You are welcome to use something you've already written for the purpose of applying to college, whether it's a single essay or up to two responses to the University of California's Personal Insight Questions.
To which personal statement prompt or Personal Insight Question(s) will you be responding? *
Your answer
Copy and paste your essay or response(s) below. *
Please be sure to skip lines between paragraphs. Remember: We're not looking for the best essay; we just want to get to know you!
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Short Answer: What will you pack with you to take to college? *
We want to hear about the physical and intangible (e.g. values, experiences, a loved one's legacy, etc.) things you will carry with you as you transition to your new life in college. Creativity is encouraged.
Your answer
Short Answer: Tell us about your experience with 826 Valencia. *
What program(s) did you participate in and what was the impact?
Your answer
The Young Authors' Scholarship *
Each year, one of our six scholarships goes to a student with a passion for writing and the written word. If you believe you might be qualified to receive this scholarship, let us know why below. What compels you to write? How has writing been a part of your life? What are your aspirations related to writing?
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I have answered all the questions on this application truthfully and to the best of my ability. *
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