Stories from our Fellows




Vivian, age 16, visited Nicaragua on a social service program. Listen to her thoughts about the trip and how it changed her perspective.




Jah’torri, age 17, toured several traditionally black colleges and shares her experiences and how this affects her future college choice.

fellow stories - dance lessons



Audrey, age 12, attended musical theatre camp in San Francisco to further her skills in dancing.

science courses



Esmee attended the Brown Summer Pre-College program and increased her interest in science and biotechnology.

“Having had a taste of the college experience and a better understanding of the course of study I wish to pursue, I now feel more confident that I will be able to achieve my goals through college and beyond.”

Download Esmee's final report
eva gunther fellowship - gardening in nicaragua



Jocylyn visited schools in Nicaragua and helped them build gardens and sustainable agriculture.

 “From this trip I gained experience on building garden beds out of virtually nothing, experiencing a new type of culture and building friendships with the kids at all the schools we helped out in.”

Download Jocelyn's final report
vocal lessons



Vicky attended 1 on 1 vocal lessons to improve her vocal technique.

 “… having these private lessons have instilled a new found sense of confidence in my capabilities as an artist.”

Download Vicky's final report
eva gunther - shea writing fellow



She spent her summer learning better writing practices at Smith College in North Hampton, Massachussets.

 “Attending these workshops gave me a taste for what college life will be like.”

Download Shea's final report

How to Make a Nomination

Nominations complete by the 30th of the month will be processed and awards announced by the 21st of the following month. No applications will be reviewed in August or December so applications received in July and August will be processed in September and those received November and December will be processed in January.

For questions please contact our Grants Manager Jennifer Perez Lara 415-561-6540 x255 or