RRISEr Scholarships

First Gen RRISEr Scholarships

RRISE UP’s First Gen Scholarships are designed to support students whose parent/guardian(s) did not complete a four-year college or university degree. The first round of scholarships are specifically for First Gen High School Seniors enrolling in college for the 2022-2023 school year. Scholarship awards range from $500. to $1,500.

We know that preparing for college and navigating through various educational systems can be daunting for First Gen students. We also know that a kind gesture goes a long way. Scholarships will be awarded to First Gen students who RRISE UP for environmental, social, and economic justice.

Scholarships will be reviewed and announced at the end of spring semester. The deadline to submit a scholarship application is April 15, 2022. No priority is given to applications submitted before the deadline. Scholarships will be awarded in May 2022 and funds will be disbursed in July 2022. To apply for a scholarship, students need to meet the following criteria:

  • MUST be a high school senior in the graduating class of 2022
  • MUST include fall semester 2021 grades on the application
  • MUST apply to at least three colleges (can be UC, CSU, private, junior college, community college, or out of state) prior to completing the scholarship application
  • MUST be a first generation student, meaning that your parent(s)/guardian(s) did not complete a four-year college or university degree
  • MUST be enrolled in a high school located in the South Bay region of Los Angeles, California. This scholarship only applies to the following South Bay cities: Carson, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, San Pedro and Wilmington
  • MUST show proof of college enrollment prior to receiving the scholarship funds

*Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are no longer being accepted.

*Congratulations to our scholarship winners - Kenneth, Katherine, and Matthew! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

A first generation student means defying statistical odds against my success!

Kenneth Combs
Attending El Camino College in Fall 2022

Kenneth Combs

Kenneth plans to pursue a degree in Biology. He wants to tackle injustices in this world, especially against Black people and POC. By educating people about his experiences as an African American in the USA, he wants to eliminate racism and ignorance.

Da Vinci Science High School

Katherine
Attending UC San Diego in Fall 2022

Katherine Juarez-Borja

Katherine plans to pursue a degree in Pediatrics. She will rise for justice by spreading awareness on social media, educating friends/family about issues, donating money to the appropriate organizations, signing petitions, and calling on local politicians to demand justice for marginalized communities.

Da Vinci Science High School

Matthew Pic
Attending UC Irvine in Fall 2022

Matthew Santana

Matthew plans to pursue a degree in Public Health Services. He wants to use his degree to advance better health for low-income, immigrant communities like the one he came from. He plans to work for disadvantaged communities through civil service during college and upon graduation.

Da Vinci Science High School

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Future Young RRISEr - Are you next?

We want to help you succeed in college! Apply for a scholarship if you are part of our South Bay Young RRISErs Chapter!

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Support Future Young RRISErs

Join us in supporting First Gen high school seniors before they enroll in college! Scholarships will be awarded to First Gen students who RRISE Up for environmental, social, and economic justice. Your donation is a kind gesture that goes a long way. The fundraiser link to donate will be provided on November 4, 2021. 

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We want to help you succeed in college! Show your interest for a scholarship by completing this survey if you are part of our South Bay Young RRISErs Chapter!

Give to the First Gen RRISEr Scholarships

Support a First Gen student enrolling in college for the first time! The First Gen RRISEr Scholarships are designed to support students whose parent(s) did not complete a four-year college or university degree. The first round of scholarships are specifically for First Gen High School Seniors enrolling in college for the 2022-2023 school year.

We know that preparing for college and navigating through various educational systems can be daunting for First Gen students. We also know that a kind gesture goes a long way. Scholarships will be awarded to First Gen students who RRISE UP for environmental, social, and economic justice.

Please choose an amount and complete the form to make a donation

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