InceptionIn 2006, BAGSF began to award scholarships to students in 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 with the financial pressures associated with pursuing a higher education.
Since then, we have awarded 202 scholarships have been awarded 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 and we are fortunate to have two recipients on the board of directors of the Bay Area Gardeners Scholarship Foundation (BAGSF).
Mission StatementBay Area Gardeners Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to provide financial support to students facing significant financial barriers in order to actualize their college dreams. BAGSF strives to promote educational attainment of all diverse students in the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara.
The foundation’s goal is to instill in the scholarship recipients a sense of pride and spirit of giving back to their community in a similar fashion that the foundation has supported their goal of graduating from a college.
In 2017 BAGSF will award 30 scholarships of $2,000 to each recipient. Two of the thirty recipients who display community involvement and are excelling academically will receive and additional $1,000. These scholarships are open to high schools seniors expected to graduate in the springs, 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 awards focus on applicants who display:
Financial needs- Our scholarship intends to 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 non-profit organization.Community service must be completed before submitting application.
Academically Achievements- Academic performance demonstrates the hard work our applicants exert in an effort to achieve their college and career goals. We consider performance as a measure of not just knowledge but also commitment, dedication, and responsibilities.