Bonta California Progress Foundation Scholarship Application Now Open

Bonta California Progress Foundation Scholarship Application Now Open

The Bonta California Progress Foundation (BCPF) invites high school seniors, entering college students or current first-year college students to apply for a 2022-2023 BCPF scholarship.

The foundation highly encourages applicants who are low-income or from disadvantaged backgrounds to apply. In 2017, then California 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. The foundation also aims to advance progressive values in California and around the world.

To this end, the foundation provides 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 receive higher education.

Awards are given contingent upon proof of registration or enrollment in an institute of higher education. This may include technical schools, community colleges or four-year colleges and universities.

This year, the BCPF is requiring the addition of the 2022-2023 Student Aid Report (SAR) to be uploaded to the application portal. Other information needed to be submitted include:
• Section 1: contact information, list of organizations and clubs (include leadership positions), volunteer/community service experience (dates of service) and Scholastic Recognition awards Received
• Section 2: 2022-2023 Student Aid Report (SAR) (completed FAFSA)
• Section 3: one-page Resume
• Section 4: official transcript
• Section 5: 500-word essay
• Section 6: two letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant’s character, integrity, and/or uniqueness

The application deadline is on May 29. Awards will be announced on July 1.

Awardees must be California residents; residents of California Assemblymember Mia Bonta’s 18th Assembly District — Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro — are given preference.

The foundation will give out $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 scholarships (one-time) to students.

The BCPF is a nonprofit organization providing scholarships to students and grants to organizations and organizational programs demonstrating records of academic achievement, leadership, and service to their communities, who would benefit from additional support to matriculate to postsecondary education, especially those who are low-income and/or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

To download the application, visit