The Achievement Award Program

Since 1999, The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) has provided low-income students with the resources needed to attend and excel at UC Berkeley. TAAP serves high-achieving, community-minded students from the moment they choose UC Berkeley through their undergraduate career, providing both financial assistance and supportive programming.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Completed high school, GED, or community college requirements in California
  • Admitted to UC Berkeley as a first-year admit or junior transfer student (from community college) for Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 school year
  • Financial Need – defined as being eligible for Cal Grant A

Program Requirements:

1. Have financial need (meet the income ceiling of Cal Grant A)
2. Full-time enrollment at UC Berkeley
3. Meet annual program requirements (i.e. regular check-ins with counselors, workshops, dinners, and other events throughout the academic year
4. “Satisfactory Academic Progress” as defined by the Office of Financial Aid and the scholar’s college

$6000 Annually
Supplemental Questions
  1. UC Application ID:
    PLEASE NOTE: Incoming UC Berkeley students, if this number is incorrect, we will be unable to consider you for any award.
  2. UC Berkeley Student ID (SID)
  3. UC Berkeley Email Address
  4. Do justice to your journey! These essays are your opportunity to share more about yourself and articulate how your experiences have helped you grow into the person you are today. We are interested in students who demonstrate a passion to give back to their communities, a drive to excel at UC Berkeley, and the ability to turn adversity into success. The selection committee will not have access to your U.C. Application, so please feel free to use a portion of your personal statement as you see fit. Before you begin, take a moment to think about your answers. Check the spelling and grammar of your essays before submitting them. Your answers must be submitted in a plain-text format with no style or formatting (e.g. italics, boldface, bullet points, underlining, accent marks, etc.). Each answer must fall under the specified word limit. Your essay will automatically cut off once you have reached the word limit. If you wish to add a paragraph break, please use a double return. Essay 1: Describe the impact you've had on your community and how your community has shaped you.
  5. Essay 2: What do you hope to achieve in your career in 10 years academically and professionally? How do you plan to achieve those goals?
  6. By checking this button, I hereby confirm that all of the information above is accurate and truthful to the best of my knowledge and written and submitted by me. I certify that I meet all eligibility requirements as specified on this application. I release this information to Cal Alumni Association (CAA) and its staff and volunteers for the purposes of evaluating my scholarship application. I understand that some of the biographical information included in my application may be released to the donor(s) of my alumni scholarship. I understand that the information given may be investigated and that any false representation or evidence of plagiarism is sufficient cause for rejection of this application or if awarded scholarship benefits, that I am liable for the return of all awarded funds. I also give permission to the UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Admission and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to release any and all information included in my Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships to the CAA, provided that such information is used for the purpose of evaluating my application for the Alumni Scholars Program.
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