ABOUT US

Inception

In 2006, BAGSF awarded its’ first scholarships to students from the Bay Area where a large immigrant community resides and seeks higher education but lacks financial resources. The lack of financial resources combined with social isolation pose a barrier to many young people who must juggle family, work, and school.
Our founder, Catalino Tapia realized scholarships would greatly help relieve the financial pressures associated for youth pursuing a higher education.
To date, we have awarded 202 scholarships to deserving students fulfilling their dreams of attending a college or university of their choice. Many of these recipients are now professionals contributing back to the community. We currently have one recipient on the board of directors of the Bay Area Gardeners Scholarship Foundation (BAGSF).

Mission Statement

Bay Area Gardeners Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to provide scholarships to students facing significant financial barriers to actualize their college goals. BAGSF strives to promote educational attainment for all diverse students in the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara.
In addition to supporting students pursuing a post-secondary education, the Foundation’s goal is to instill in our recipients a sense of pride and spirit to also give back to their community.

Scholarship

In 2017, BAGSF will award scholarships of $2,000 to thirty recipients. Two of the thirty recipients who display community involvement and excel academically, will receive an additional $1,000. These scholarships are open to high school seniors expected to graduate in the spring of 2017, high school graduates, GED recipients, and students already enrolled in a college or university. Our scholarships are renewable but applicants will need to apply each year using the most current scholarship application.

BAGSF Scholarships focus on applicants who display:

Financial Need: Our scholarships support students with significant financial barriers to fulfill their higher education goals.

Community Involvement: Students must perform community involvement by volunteering and completing 25 hours at a local non-profit organization. Community service must be completed before submitting application.

Academic Achievements: Academic performance demonstrates the hard work our applicants exert in an effort to achieve their college and career goals. We consider performance a measure of commitment, dedication, and responsibility.

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Meet our Team

Catalino Tapia

Catalino Tapia

Founder

Mario Díaz

Mario Díaz

President

Janice Carter

Janice Carter

Treasurer

Maria Tello

Maria Tello

Secretary

Diana Otero

Diana Otero

Public Relations

Iliana Rodriguez

Iliana Rodriguez

Board of Director

Mayra Garcia

Mayra Garcia

Board of Director

Olga M. Borjon

Olga M. Borjon

Board of Director

Judith Guerrero

Judith Guerrero

Board of Director

Sara Velten

Sara Velten

Board of Director

Jimena Gomez

Jimena Gomez

Office Manager

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