Black History Month – Scholarships and Resources for You

Black History Month – Scholarships and Resources for You

February 1st marks the start of Black History Month. To all Black students paving the way, you’re doing a great job! The Let’s Go team has compiled a list of resources catered for you and your college success, you can learn more below: 

Scholarships For You 

Black Students of California United Scholarship

The BSCU is offering scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 to dedicated and committed youth leaders currently in the 12th grade. All applications must be received by 11:59 pm on Monday, February 20, 2023. All required documents must be submitted via the designated Google portal to be considered. Scholarship for Black Students

This opportunity provides a $2,000 academic award to a Black student who is pursuing their undergraduate college degree. All applications must be received by Monday, May 1, 2023. All applicants must meet the eligibility requirements listed.

Resources For You

Black Students of California United

If you’re ever in search of additional scholarship opportunities, the BSCU is an excellent source to tap into.

Go For Yours

Go For Yours is an amazing initiative dedicated to celebrating the academic accomplishments of Black students all across the world. Check out their website to learn more about the programs, scholarships, and additional funding opportunities that they offer.

 On-Campus Resources 

Currently a student at a CSU campus?

The CSU website has compiled a list of resources for Black students to access during their college careers. Visit their website to learn how you can connect with other Black students on campus!

To learn more visit:

Currently at a Community College?

Did you know that CA Community Colleges currently partner with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to offer guaranteed transfer to students who receive at least a 2.0 GPA and 30 transferable units.

To learn more visit:




    North Region Scholarships

    North Region Scholarships


    We’re excited to share these upcoming scholarships with students residing in the North region of CA! Whether you’re ready to start the application process today or not, the Let’s Go team advises that you save these opportunities and get connected with the organizations who allocate these funds to further support your education. 


    As always, good luck with the process! If you have any questions or would like to access additional scholarship opportunities, follow us on Instagram @gotocollegeca

    Dare To Dream Scholarship


    Each year the Dare-to-Dream Scholarship Program provides higher education funding opportunities for a number of current or former foster high school graduates and GED recipients in VOA’s service areas. Scholarships are given to former foster youth who are motivated to attend college in order to build emotional, financial and social security.



    • Current or former foster youth living or have lived in Northern California
    • Be a 2023 graduating high school student or has already earned a high school diploma or GED
    • Accepted or expects to be accepted to an accredited 4-year college/university, community college or vocational program
    • Current GPA of 2.0 or higher


    April 14, 2023


    Chicana Latina Foundation Scholarship


    Each year, CLF selects 40-45 students to be part of the Leadership & Scholarship Program. As a recipient, awardees will participate in a year long program in the following ways: 


    • Awardees will attend all Leadership Institute sessions in August 2023 and February 2024
    • Awardees will receive a scholarship of $1,500, which is split into two payments.
    • Awardees will be invited to attend the Annual Award Dinner in January 2024.
    • Awardees will act as CLF Ambassador for 10 hours during the 2024 Application cycle by completing outreach on their campuses



    • Self-identify as a Chicana and/or Latina
    • Be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or community college in one of the following California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, San Francisco, Sonoma, or Yolo
    • Commit to attending the CLF Leadership Institute Sessions & CLF Annual Awards Dinner
    • Commit to volunteering 10 hours as a CLF ambassador before March 2024

    Amount Awarded




    March 31, 2023

    10,000 Degrees Scholarship

    10,000 Degrees proudly provides scholarships to students with significant financial need who exhibit a strong desire to go to college and accomplish their educational goals. Scholarship recipients will receive one-to-one support from trained Fellows who provide the student with ongoing mentorship both on campus and off during their entire college journey. After a student graduates, they will also have access to Career and Alumni Success services, and will be invited to stay connected to 10,000 Degrees through their Alumni LinkedIn group and Young Professionals and Alumni Council networking group! 


    • Must demonstrate financial need in pursuit of your first associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, teaching credential, or certification for a technical program
    • Must be enrolled in 12 academic units or more
    • Must be a student in the Bay Area: Marin, Sonoma, San Francisco, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Napa, and Lake counties.
    • Must have completed either the FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application

    Amount Awarded




    Rolling-basis until all funds are distributed


    Don & Roy Splawn Scholarship

    The Don and Roy Splawn Charitable Foundation West Scholarship Grant Program is open to financially disadvantaged students who wish to further their pursuit of post secondary education; whether it be of an academic or vocational nature.


    • Must be a High School Senior
    • CA resident
    • Must demonstrate financial need
    • Must have a 2.6 GPA and above
    • Must engage in paid or unpaid Community Service Extracurricular Activities

    Amount Awarded

    $200 – $2,000



    April 9, 2023

    DACA August 2022 Updates & Resources

    DACA August 2022 Updates & Resources

    On June 15, 2012, an executive order created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for immigrant youth. Individuals who meet a specific eligibility may apply to receive work authorization and protection from removal action. The program is subject to renewal every two years.


    Updates On Renewals

    • Renewals may now be filed online
    • First-time applications are not accepted
    • Advance parole is available

    **for more information visit & USCIS.GOV *

    July 6, 2022 Hearing

    • The DACA case of Texas v. The United States is still pending a final decision in a federal court in the Southern District of Texas. Arguments were heard on the case for the first time on July 6th. Legal experts believe this case will make its way to the Supreme Court. A long legal battle is still ahead for DACA!

    How Can Allies Help?

    DACA and Higher Ed

    • FACT: In CA you don’t need DACA to go to college or receive financial aid! Undocumented students can pursue a higher-ed with or without DACA in CA. 
    • Instagram Resource: @prepareweb


    Student Support Programs: EOP, EOPS, and TRIO

    Student Support Programs: EOP, EOPS, and TRIO

    As a college student, you may feel completely fine one day. The next day, you may feel overwhelmed when it comes to calculating various college costs and fees. Fortunately, there are statewide programs that can help students like yourself with course materials, textbooks, and much more. Student success programs such as EOP, EOPS, and TRIO were developed to streamline a supportive pathway with additional resources. Here’s a breakdown of the programs and the services they provide:

    What is EOP?

    The Educational Opportunity Program was created to assist students, in order for them to receive support services to ensure academic success. Support services include but are not limited to tutoring, financial assistance, personal counseling, academic advising, graduate school prep, and more.

    Who is eligible for EOP? 

    Undergraduate students who are:

    • A California resident
    • A First-generation college student(Neither of your parents has received a bachelor’s degree)
    • Academically disadvantaged and/or come from a low-income background
    • Enrolled full-time(Part-time students need to request approval)

    Why is EOP important?

    • EOP provides grants to students who participate
    • Access to extensive workshops for academic and personal success
    • Networking opportunities for community events

    What is EOPS? 

    Extended Opportunity Programs and Services is a support program that is offered to community college students to encourage college completion. EOPS offers similar benefits to EOP, such as tutoring, individualized counseling, and financial support.

    Who is eligible for EOPS?

     Community college students who are:

    •  A California resident
    • Eligible for California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver
    •  Enrolled full-time (12 units of more)
    • Have completed less than 70 degree-applicable units 
    • Academically disadvantaged
    • Pursuing an Associate’s degree

    Why is EOPS important?

    • EOPS provides financial assistance for textbooks, reduced student bus pass/parking permits and meal vouchers 
    • Participants receive priority registration for classes
    • Opportunities for professional development and networking

    What is TRIO?

    TRIO is also a statewide program that aims to directly support students throughout college. This program was created to promote social, academic, personal and professional development.

    Who is eligible for TRIO?

    An undergraduate student that is:

    • A US Citizen, Permanent Resident, or a U.S National
    • A first-generation college student
    • Able to provide proof of physical or learning disability
    • Low-income

    Why is TRIO important?

    •  TRIO can offer graduate school advising and exam prep, career counseling, and professional development skills
    •  Students are able to receive priority registration
    • Students also have the opportunity to receive a peer mentor for navigating student life on campus


    These programs collectively provide various ways for students to be successful throughout college. To apply for the TRIO program in any college system, you can contact the student services department at your campus for program eligibility, forms, and deadlines. If you or a colleague is interested in applying for EOP, click the following links below.

    To apply for a EOPS at a community college, click here

    To apply for CSU EOP, click here 

    To apply for UC EOP, click here

    Credit Cards 101

    Credit Cards 101

    You see it all the time on movies and TV! People go shopping and pull out their nice sparkly credit card to pay for the charge, but what exactly is it? Credit cards are actually a staple in adult finances. Read below for more on what credit cards are and why they matter!

    Q: What is a credit card?

    During a transaction, a credit card will work the same as a debit card. Both cards have a 16-digit number, a security code, and an expiration date; however, the mechanics behind them are different. 

    While debit cards withdraw your own funds from the bank, credit cards draw from a loan. This “loan” is called your credit line. Banks will approve you for a certain loan amount and this loan is the maximum the bank is giving you to spend. If your credit line is $500, then you can only use $500. If your credit line is $1000, then you can only use $1000. 

    Because the money is not yours, you have to pay the money back month-to-month. Most banks have a listed minimum payment amount. For example, you may have used $300 of your $1000 credit line, and you’re required to make at least a $35 payment each month. The minimum payments vary from bank to bank. 

    Notably, credit cards charge you an interest rate. Because the bank is allowing you to use their money, they will charge you interest to make more money back. If your interest rate is 10%, then if you use $100, you have to pay the bank back $110 ($100 + $10 for interest). 

    There are different types of credit cards. Some are specifically meant for college students! As you grow older, you will have options to cards that are specific to travel, rewards shopping, and more.

    Q: Why should I get a credit card?

    Importantly, credit cards can help build and increase your credit score! A credit card is a perfect way to show lenders that you are a reliable consumer through on-time payments and credit usage. 

    If you pay your credit card bill every month on time, your credit score will go up! If you pay more than the minimum payment each month, your credit score will also go up!

    Additionally, using only a portion of your credit limit is extremely beneficial! Financial experts recommend using only 30% of your credit limit. This indicates to other lenders that although you have access to more money, you do not need to use it all. So if you have a $1000 credit limit, it is recommended that you only use a constant $300. If you use more than 30%, your credit score may decrease, but if you manage to keep it at 30% or lower, your credit score will go up!

    Q: Who can get a credit card?

    There are a few requirements for a credit card. You must:

    • Be at least 18 years old. At this age, you must have a reliable source of income (your financial aid counts);
    • Have a social security number. If you are a DACA recipient, you can use the SSN assigned to you to apply;

    Applications will then ask for other basic information such as your residence, birthdate, and more. Note that some banks may require that you have a co-signer. A co-signer is someone who becomes responsible for your debt if you cannot pay it back. If you miss your credit card payments, then the co-signer begins to be charged and becomes liable for the debt. 

    After submitting an application, you will know if you got approved or not within a few business days. Some cards let you know if you got approved instantly!

    Q: How do I get a credit card?

    The first step is choosing a credit card to apply to. Because we are not financial experts, we cannot recommend specific cards; however, there is plenty of information available online. Some cards are specifically designed for college students. While your credit limit may be lower, it will have more advantages for college students such as easy approval or no yearly charges. 

    Google, “best credit cards for college students,” and choose according to what you think is best! Remember that this is a huge financial decision and can impact you negatively if you get rejected. First, make sure that you can prove you have access to financial aid. A work-study or part-time job will always be a plus! If you have not worked for a few months anywhere, you should wait until you have a longer history of income. Credit cards are a safer option for people who have been working for at least a year or two.

    Follow the links below for more resources on credit cards! Please remember that we at the Let’s Go team are not financial experts. More individualized advice is required by experts.