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 264 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.
Bay Area Gardeners Scholarship Foundation’s goal is to instill in our recipients a sense of pride and spirit to also give back to their community. In addition to supporting students pursuing a post-secondary education.


In 2019, BAGSF will award scholarships of $2,000 to thirty recipients. Two of the thirty recipients that are kids of a gardener whom display exceptional community involvement and academic achievement will receive the Tapia Family Award of Excellence for an additional $1,000. These scholarships are open to high school seniors expected to graduate in the spring of 2019, GED recipients, Grad students 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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