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Oak Park Scholarship

The Oak Park Scholarship is a comprehensive, need-based scholarship program for first-generation college students from the Sacramento Oak Park community who have demonstrated the potential for sustainable leadership, community awareness, and involvement. The program serves the educational needs of low-income students by providing access to college along with a wide range of support to the recipient as they pursue higher education.

The Oak Park Scholarship also offers the student leadership training and opportunities preparing the recipient to return to the community as a leader and productive citizen. The scholarship recipient maintains links with ethnic communities in Sacramento and Stockton, supporting their educational concerns by maintaining an active volunteer service program throughout the communities. The student must continue their volunteer service throughout college to remain qualified for the scholarship.

How do I Qualify?   

The following qualifications must be met to apply for high school or transfer students:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a first-generation college student (Neither parent/guardian has earned a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university in the U.S.)
  • Be a Sacramento Oak Park resident for a least the past 3 years
  • High School students only: Apply for admission as a new incoming undergraduate student to University of the Pacific, for the Fall 2017 semester
  • Transfer students only: Apply for admission to University of the Pacific as a new transfer student for the Fall 2017 semester and satisfy the following additional requirements:
    • Fulfillment of Pacific's Fundamental Skills requirement
    • Sufficient progress towards completing prerequisite courses towards the intended major at Pacific
    • Complete at least 60 transferable units to Pacific (at least 36 from Los Rios Community College District) by the end of the Spring 2017 semester
  • Be awarded a Cal Grant A or B and a Pell Grant at Pacific - Click HERE for more information
  • Meet the reduced and free lunch guidelines - Click HERE for more information
  • Have evidence of involvement and volunteerism in the community
  • Be committed to using your education to improve the Sacramento Oak Park community   

How do I Apply?  

High school and transfer students must complete and submit the following by the deadline dates indicated:

  • March 1, 2017
  • March 2, 2017
    • Cal Grant GPA Verification form
  • April 1, 2017
    • Transfer student needs to be accepted into Pacific (transfer students only)
  • April 17, 2017
    • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool option on the 2017-18 FAFSA which allows the IRS to populate the income fields on your FAFSA or if selected for Federal Verification, request a 2015 IRS Tax Return Transcript at www.IRS.gov.  

The scholarship review process examines the applicant's community awareness and involvement as well as potential for civic engagement. This process places substantial emphasis on these aspects of the applicant's background, which should be clearly reflected in the personal statement and letters of recommendation. Applicants who successfully complete Phase 1 of the application process will be notified and invited to participate in Phase 3, which includes an on-campus interview on April 1, 2017.  

The Oak Park Scholarship recipient must attend a mandatory retreat August 1-3, 2017.