BPA Baccalaureate Scholarship Award Program

The Black Parents Association has the distinct honor of celebrating the academic achievements of graduating seniors from the San Mateo Union High School District, Junipero Serra High School, Crystal Springs Upland School, and The Nueva School. We support and uplift students who are underrepresented and underserved needing additional resources throughout their high school and college journey. These scholars are encouraged to apply for the BPA Baccalaureate Scholarship Awards in support of the next phase in their educational journey.
The application process is closed for this year


In order to qualify for a scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria below. Applications from ineligible applicants will not be reviewed.

  • Must be a student in the San Mateo Union High School District, Junipero Serra High School (San Mateo), Crystal Spring Upland School, or The Nueva School
  • A graduating senior
  • 2.5 grade point average
  • Must plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, two-year community college or four-year college/university in the US

The application process is
closed for this year

Application Materials

In preparation to submit your application, please be advised that applicants will be asked to submit the following along with their application:

  • Essay of a minimum of 750 words and no more than 1,000
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • List of extracurricular activities
  • High school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)
  • Intended college or university
  • Senior portrait or similar photo

The application process
is closed for this year

Selection Criteria

Judges score applications on six criteria:

The application process
is closed for this year

All eligible applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed and scored by multiple judges. Scholarships will be awarded based on merit.

Academic achievement
This score is based on applicants’ high school GPA, noting the number of honors/AP/IB courses taken or vast improvement over time.

This score is based on the applicant exhibiting qualities and attributes such as being hardworking, goal-oriented, serving others, good decision-maker skills, encouraging, responsible, and a good communicator.

Community Service/Service to others
This score is based on applicants’ efforts to give back to an organization, church, or make a difference in the lives of others.

Extracurricular involvement
This is broadly defined. For example, someone working 20 hours per week might score highly in this section. High scores might also be awarded to someone who founded or served as president of a club at their school, or who cares for their younger siblings every day after school while their parent works.

High points will be awarded to applicants who fully answer the question in a creative and authentic way. Make sure to be clear, specific, and show your personality.

Recommendation Letters
This score is based on the quality of the applicants’ recommendation, which should speak to the previous criteria and provide examples, where possible.

If you prefer to email or mail in your application,
please download the forms below

Baccalaureate Scholarship Application

All students must complete this form in order to participate in the Baccalaureate Scholarship Program.

Scholarship Recommendation Letter

This form must be completed with the Baccalaureate Scholarship Application.

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