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:

Baccalaureate Participation + Scholarship Online Application

All students must complete this form in order to participate: If you wish to fill it out online.

Baccalaureate Participation + Scholarship PDF Application

All students must complete this form in order to participate: If you wish to fill it out offline.

Scholarship Recommendation Letter

Must be completed with the Baccalaureate Participation + Scholarship Application if you are applying for the Baccalaureate Scholarship.

2020 Baccalaurate Scholarship Recipients

Congratuations on a job well done. Through hard work, determination and preservance these resilient students have proudly earned the honor of the 2020 BPA Baccalaureate Scholarship Award Recipients.

Baccalaureate Participation
+ 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.

You must have a 2.5 GPA to Qualify for Scholarship – Mark N/A if not Applying
Please list activities you were involved in during your high school years beginning with the most recent activity. Activities can be both at school and in the community, and include athletic, civic and cultural activities.
If you are applying for the Baccalaureate Scholarship, all applicants are required to write a short essay which will help the committee get to know you better. Your essay must explain the following:

- How this award will help you to further your college goals.
- What you would like to accomplish with your desired degree.
- What and/or who has influenced and helped to prepare you for reaching your college goals.

The essay must be between a minimum of 750 words. You must have one (1) Letter of Recommendation submitted with this online application on your behalf. The letter of recommendation should be completed per the instructions on the downloadable form by the application due date. Letters may come from high school teachers, counselors, community leaders, coaches, etc. Letters from family members will NOT be accepted. Please give the “Letter of Recommendation” form to whomever you wish to complete.

The Baccalaureate Participation application, including essay and Scholarship Recommendation Letter (if applying for the BPA Scholarship Award), are due by the deadline specified at the time of open admissions. Late submissions will not be considered.

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