Bonta California Progress Foundation 2019-20 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

The Bonta California Progress Foundation invites high school seniors and entering or current first-year college students — especially those who are low-income and/or from disadvantaged backgrounds — to submit an application in response to this scholarship announcement.

In 2017, Assemblymember Rob Bonta launched the Foundation with the purpose of supporting communities, organizations, and individuals that lift up the social, economic, educational, civic, and environmental well-being of Californians and advance progressive values in California and around the world. To this end, the Foundation will provide a limited number of scholarships to students with a record of academic achievement, leadership, and service to their communities, who would benefit from additional support to realize a higher education.

Please complete this form and submit the remainder of the application as one PDF to by 11:59 p.m. on March 29, 2019. (Recommenders may submit letters directly to by the deadline, if they wish.)

Disbursement of awards will be contingent upon proof of registration or enrollment in an institute of higher education (including technical schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges). Awardees will also be expected to submit a brief report, summarizing their academic and professional work during the 2019-2020 academic year, by May 1, 2020.

Application and Award Overview:
• Deadline: March 29, 2019
• Award Announcement: April 12, 2019 (all applicants will receive an email confirmation on this date)
• Awards: One $5,000, four $2,500, and five $1,000 scholarships (one-time)

Eligibility Requirements:
• High school senior, entering first-year college student, or current first-year college student
• California resident (residents of the 18th Assembly District — Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro — will be given preference)

Application Components:
• Completed Scholarship Application Cover Sheet (Section 1 of this form)
• One-page resume (Section 2 of this form)
• Official transcript (Section 3 of this form)
• 500-word essay responding to the following theme: “Overcoming adversity, giving back, and promoting opportunity, equity, justice, and/or inclusion” (Section 4 of this form)
• Two letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant’s character, integrity, and/or uniqueness (these may be from teachers, counselors, supervisors, coaches, and/or mentors) (Send by email to

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