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Interested in applying for our scholarship? Read on!


San Francisco Achievers offers a college success program to African American boys attending San Francisco public high schools. This program includes:

  • Intensive support and mentoring
  • Academic and financial aid counseling
  • Internship and job search assistance
  • Career readiness training and networking events
  • Fun outdoor field trips (ex. backpacking in Yosemite or kayaking in Tomales Bay)
  • Brotherhood of young men committed to achieving their dreams
  • AND up to $12,000 in funds during your college career!

Am I eligible? If you meet the following criteria, you’re eligible for this program!

  • African American male
  • In 11th or 12th grade at a San Francisco public or charter school
  • Earn a college-ready GPA (~2.5 or higher)
  • Intend to pursue a Bachelors degree immediately following high school graduation
  • Demonstrate financial need

Before you begin, please read the letter to applicants below


Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in San Francisco Achievers! We look forward to receiving your application. There are a few things you should know as you begin preparing it…

San Francisco Achievers offers scholarships to 11th grade African American males attending San Francisco public high schools with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher who demonstrate financial need. Because we have accepted scholars during their senior year in the past, this year BOTH seniors and juniors may apply. However, you should know that junior applicants and seniors who attend the Leadership Academy will receive priority.  Students with a GPA below 2.5 may be accepted if they can provide a compelling narrative explaining how their GPA is not reflective of their ability. If you are unsure if you should apply, please arrange to meet with SF Achievers staff to review your transcript.

At any time during the application process, you are encouraged to contact SF Achievers staff with questions or concerns. We also strongly recommend that you consult with your parent/guardian in order to obtain your proof of financial need (2017 IRS Form 1040 for most applicants) prior to completing the financial need section.  Know that we understand that the lives of our scholars do not always fit neatly into the checkboxes on a form. If any section of this application is confusing or you are uncertain how to respond, we are available to work through it with you. We want you to submit the best possible application.

Once the application is submitted, it is reviewed by our staff to ensure it is complete. It is a good idea to include an email address on your application that is frequently checked. Verification will be sent to the applicant’s email address when a complete application is received. If your application is incomplete, we will notify you, but it is your responsibility to provide missing documents in a timely fashion. If you do not hear from us, it most likely means we did not receive your application or were unable to read your handwriting. Please contact us immediately if you have not received confirmation of receipt by February 15th or within two weeks of submission.

Each complete application is then reviewed by two or more community panelists. Based on the panelists’ recommendations, applicants are then declined or asked to advance to the interview stage. Interview appointments will be made in early March, with interviews taking place in late March/early April. Applicants invited to interview may be asked to provide additional verification documents depending on their situation (e.g. seniors will be asked to provide a letter of acceptance from a college or university and a copy of their FAFSA Student Aid Report). After interviews, applicants will be notified by email and phone if they have been accepted.

Once accepted, junior applicants must complete the Senior Leadership Academy consisting of monthly workshops, mentoring, and field trips and must attend an accredited college or university full time in the fall immediately following their high school graduation. [Senior applicants must
complete a condensed Leadership Workshop in place of the year-long Academy.]  Students attending a 4-year college receive up to $3,000 per year ($12,000 total). Students attending a 2-year college will receive up to $1,500 per year until they transfer to a 4-year program, at which time they will be eligible for $3,000 per year ($9,000 total). All scholars must maintain a 2.5 GPA, complete all required program activities, and submit required documentation each term to retain their scholarship eligibility.

If you have questions regarding this scholarship or application, please contact us anytime at +1 (415) 872-9986 or by email at [email protected]

Don’t forget! A complete application has all the following documents:
¤ Application Form
¤ Essay – Why Attend College?
¤ Essay – Personal Statement
¤ Two Recommendations
¤ High School Transcript
¤ Proof of Financial Need

And can be submitted via
¤ Email – [email protected]
¤ Fax – +1 (415) 484-7148
¤ Your high school counselor (check with your counselor to ensure they have made an appointment for pick up on Feb 1st)
¤ Mail – 155 9th St. San Francisco, CA

Good luck!

Deanine Wheeler
Office Manager


Duane Wilson: [email protected]

Deanine Wheeler: [email protected]

Amber Childress: achildress@sfachievers.org

Justin Woodard: [email protected]

David Miles: [email protected]

Kiani Shaw: kshaw@sfachievers.org



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