Alameda Conta Costa Links

HBCU Scholarship

The goal of the Links, Inc. National Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Initiative is to implement and support efforts that align with President Obama’s plan to increase the retention and graduation rates of students attending college by the year 2020. While emphasizing the relevance of HBCUs’ past, present and future, this initiative will create synergy and complement program initiatives already underway in the four program areas. Through partnerships with identified national organizations, we will encourage a national dialogue on HBCU/Community College collaboration.

The Links, Incorporated supports HBCUs’ efforts to:

  • Host HBCU college fairs and other events in each geographic region  

  • Promote and encourage connection with an HBCU and its S.T.E.M. programs

  • Mentor and recruit students to attend and complete HBCUs  

To that end, the Alameda Contra Costa Chapter of the Links, Inc. has created the Historically Black College and University Scholarship to be awarded to a graduating senior who plans to attend an HBCU.

Scholarship Criteria

The HBCU scholarship is available to a high school graduating senior or community college student who plans to attend an HBCU. The $2500 scholarship will be awarded on the following criteria:

  • The applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • The applicant must be of African American descent

  • Female applicants are preferred, but all are encouraged to apply

  • The applicant must reside in Alameda or Contra Costa Counties  -The applicant must demonstrate financial need

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following items:

  • A completed application
  • A one-page cover letter addressed to the HBCU Philanthropy Chair of the Links, Inc. -Gwen Ovid, M Ed.
  • A one-page narrative not exceeding 1000 words explaining his/her career goals, how the scholarship will be used and why the student is choosing to attend an HBCU.
  • One letter of recommendation from an academic source and one letter of recommendation from someone who knows you personally -High school/community college transcript
  • One-page biography, including a photo  
  • Resume