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Newsletter │ February 2013

In this issue:
  • Scholar Spotlight
  • FAFSA Tips and Deadline Reminders
  • Transferring to a 4-Year School This Semester?
  • Financial Aid Workshop Highlights
  • Black History Month: Inauguration Highlights
  • Need More $$ For College?
  • Changes to Education Advisor Office Hours

December Newsletter Contest Winner of $100! 

Tanea Lunsford, Columbia University

Tanea Lunsford, Columbia '13Congratulations to Tanea Lunsford, who won the December 2012 Newsletter Essay Contest. Tanea attends college in New York City, where she tutors at a juvenile detention center and prepares high school students for the New York Regents Exam. We admire Tanea's commitment to social justice and fighting systemic oppression of under-served communities.

Here is an excerpt from Tanea's essay:

A New Home, A New Community to Serve

My first few years living in New York City and attending Columbia University were characterized by a constant contrast between my new home and my old one. Back home I spent years growing comfortable in new ways to commit to my community but Columbia offered a very different atmosphere and New York City offered an even larger one than that. In the Bay Area I had found my niche in activism— fighting to stop systemic oppression. I joined others in fixing the things that were broken in my community. It did not take long to see that many things were also broken in my new community. I joined a group that tutored at a juvenile detention center in the Bronx, I began preparing high school aged youth for the New York Regents exams. I shared my experiences with lobbying for incarcerated parents and children (my father has been incarcerated the majority of my life). Although my new home is big and cold I will never forget my first home, San Francisco, which gave me the fire to fight the wrongs and the power to work towards our true potential.

Tips for Completing the FAFSA...

Did you know that you can only receive Pell Grant for up to 6 years?

Did you know that you can only receive Cal Grant for 4 years?

If you have been receiving state or federal aid and have not graduated, it is a good idea to check the status of your grants and loans.


Federal Deadline

Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2013. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 24, 2013.

State Deadline - California

For initial awards - March 2, 2013. Applicants are encouraged to keep a record of their submission by printing out their online FAFSA confirmation page or obtaining proof of mailing the FAFSA. Additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.

For additional community college awards - September 2, 2013 - date postmarked. Applicants are encouraged to keep a record of their submission by printing out their online FAFSA confirmation page or obtaining proof of mailing the FAFSA. Additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.

You can also get help filling out FAFSA and Dream Act applications at Student Aid Commission sponsored Cash for College events near you - click here.

Click here more information.

Black History Month: Inauguration Highlights

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This year President Barack Obama makes history again by being the first African American to hold the office of President of the United States of America and be elected for a second term. Our President has not only overcome hardships in his life pre-presidency but has taken on our nation’s top office, while facing tremendous adversity.

Some highlights from the 2013 presidential inauguration include:

  • The official swearing-in of the President took place on Sunday, January 20, but the public swearing-in took place on January 21, to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
  • The Saturday before inauguration, the First Family, celebrities, politicians and many others took part in the National Day of Service on the National Mall, also commemorative to Dr. King.
  • Performances from Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce (singing the National Anthem) closed out the swearing-in ceremony.
  • It is estimated that one million people attended the 2013 inauguration ceremonies and the parade that followed.
  • "I never thought I'd see this in my lifetime. I'm here because I see Obama living out MLK's words." -- tweeted by Vernon

Are You Transferring to a 4-Year School This Semester?

If so, we need to know! We like to celebrate our scholars' accomplishments and transferring from a 2-year to 4-year is a great one! We have special incentives for these students. Please let us know that you qualify for these incentives by sending an email to with a copy of your acceptance letter. 

Attention Community College Scholars!!!

Starting March 4, 2013, Education Advisor office hours will take place only on Wednesdays, at CCSF from 12:30pm to 4:30pm.

Rosenberg Library, 2nd Floor
Multicultural Retention Services Office, Room 209

Additionally, the deadlines to Petition for Associate degrees are approaching:

CCSF:  February 28, 2013
Skyline:  March 1, 2013
College of San Mateo:  March 1, 2013
Chabot:  April 10, 2013

Other Scholarships for You to Consider

Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship
- $1500 awarded to Latinas attending colleges in Northern California. More information here.

Masonic Scholarships - Available to 4-year and community college students in California, amounts vary. More information here.

GALAS Scholarships - $500 or $1000 for students who are actively involved in an organization that benefits the LGBT community. More information here.

California Strawberry Scholarship - Open to children of strawberry field workers. More information here.

Bay Area Gardeners' Foundation Scholarship - Open to high school seniors and students already attending college, who have lived in Northern California at least two years. More information here.

Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) New American Scholars Program - Provides up to $10,000 plus support services to low-income immigrant college students who live or attend school in the Bay Area. More information here. 

Davis-Putter Scholarship - A needs-based scholarship awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the university level and who are active in the progressive movement, working for social and economic justice. More information here.

Financial Aid Workshop Highlights

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On January 11, we hosted a financial aid workshop at our office. Our guest presenter, Catherine Nichols from Berkeley City College, shared valuable resources and tips on how to successfully complete FAFSA. As you go into the Spring semester, it is a good idea to have a grasp on your educational finances. As you can see from the photo, eager scholars learned about fee waivers and the California Dream Act. Here is what some of our scholars had to say about the financial aid workshop: 

“Really good, organized and well explained!”


“It was very helpful because now I know the difference between the type of grants that I have.”


“The workshop was nice, everything was provided, food, taking questions, comfy chairs, etc. Looking forward for another workshop.”


“The workshop was very informative about financial aid.”

If you missed the Financial Aid Workshop, you can still attend a FREE drop-in workshop at Berkeley City College -- you do not have to be a student at Berkeley City College--

Friday, February 22,  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Room 126

Thursday, February 28,  2:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Room 126

Monday, March 4,  11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Room 126

Tuesday, March 12,  2:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Room 126

Friday, March 22,  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Room 126

Thursday, March 28,  10:00 am – 11:00 am, Room 126

For more information, click here.

iTunes Question  

Congratulations to our last iTunes Question winner:
Songtham Tungkitkancharoen, Maisin Class of 2010!

When is t
he Spring Renewal application due?

January 31

Be the first to correctly answer the following question, and you could win a $15 iTunes gift card!

Starting March 4, what is the only day of the week the Education Advisor will hold office hours?

*Hint: the answer is in this newsletter!


Mrs. S.Y. Brunswick
Program Director

Amber Bundy-Davis
Education Advisor

Courtney Luxon
Program Coordinator

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