Baccalaureate Ceremony & Scholarship
Over the past 36 years, the Black Parents Association (BPA) of the San Mateo Union High School District has hosted an annual Baccalaureate and Scholarship Ceremony for graduating Seniors. The purpose of this ceremony is to recognize graduating students of African, African American, or multiracial descent in the SMUHSD, Crystal Springs Upland School and Serra High School to celebrate their academic achievement. It is an intimate ceremony for family, friends, community, and educators to provide unified support and encouragement as students embark on the next phase of their educational journey or work experience. It encompasses recognition, reflection and cultural pride. In addition to participating in the Baccalaureate Ceremony, we are offering an opportunity for all students to apply for the BPA Scholarship. We would like to encourage all graduating Seniors to participate in the Baccalaureate (even if you are not applying for the scholarship). This is a day to celebrate YOU! In order to join in on the celebration and/or scholarship, please make sure to complete the forms listed below.
You can download the PDF forms or apply online below.
36th Annual Baccalaureate Scholarship application process is now closed until 2022. Award recipients will be announced on Sunday, May 16th at 3:00PM on the page below.
Before filling out the forms, please note the following:
2020 Baccalaurate Scholarship Recipients
+ Scholarship Online Application
All students must complete this form in order to participate. If you plan to apply for the Baccalaureate Scholarship, please make sure to download the Scholarship Recommendation Letter. This must be submitted on your behalf by the deadline in order to qualify.
36th Annual Baccalaureate Scholarship is now closed until 2022.