2018 Scholarship Application

2018 BAGSF Scholarships Application Requirements

BAGSF provides financial support to low-income, underserved and underrepresented students who are pursuing a college education. Additionally undocumented students are encouraged to apply.

Yearly, BAGSF awards thirty scholarships of $2,000; two of the thirty recipients who display community involvement and who excel academically will receive an additional $1,000. BAGSF is open to high school seniors expected to graduate in spring 2018, high school graduates, GED recipients, and students currently attending college. Each year, new and past applicants can apply using the most current year’s application.


• Financial need
• Academic achievement
• Community involvement: between June 2017- May 30, 2018 students must complete 25 volunteer hours at one or more community organizations
• Minimum 2.5 weighted GPA
• Reside in the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, or Santa Clara
• College applicant: must be enrolling or attending college in the fall 2018
• High school applicant: must be graduating in the 2017-2018 academic year
• Returning student applicant: (including those who did not go directly from high school to college and those who took a break before college graduation) must be enrolling or attending college in fall 2018


All BAGSF recipients are required to:
• Attend Student Rehearsal Day: Scholarship recipients receive instructions for the 12th Anniversary Recognition & Fundraiser Dinner and meet our founder, and board members. Date: Saturday June 9, 2018.
• Attend 12th Anniversary Recognition & Fundraiser Dinner: Scholarship recipients are recognized and each will personally receive a scholarship check.
Date: Saturday July 21, 2018.
(If not present for these two events SCHOLARSHIP will NOT be given!)
• Complete volunteer form: provided by BAGSF
• Volunteer 5 hours for BAGSF
• Complete two BAGSF progress reports each scholarship year.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION 2018-scholarship-application


BAGSF Videos

2017 Scholarship Recipients Video

2016 Scholarship Recipients Video

2015 Scholarship Recipients Video


2017 Recipients


Xavier McNelly

Meet our Recipients

LQ3A2077 Alina Rai
LQ3A2016 Guadalupe Razo-Diaz
LQ3A2082 Miguel Coto
LQ3A2076 Janah May Oclaman
LQ3A2074 Yesenia Gutierrez
LQ3A2069 Jiayong Chen
LQ3A2068 Laura Arceo-Madriz
LQ3A2063 Estrella Ureña Cuevas
LQ3A2051 Jessica Robles-Diaz
LQ3A2079 Christopher Amaro
LQ3A2056 Emily Nunez-Rosario
LQ3A2058 Eduardo Zamora Castellanos
LQ3A2048 Citlalli Contreras Sandoval
LQ3A2018 Yuliana Virrueta Morales
LQ3A2053 Karla Hernandez Navarro
LQ3A2046 Christoph Zepeda
LQ3A2041 Anmolpreet Kaur
LQ3A2034 Fengting Liu
LQ3A2037 Tian Xiang Ma
LQ3A2014 Tsion Irenso
LQ3A2032 Angela Li
LQ3A2026 Haolin Zhu
LQ3A2024 Maura Granados Garcia
LQ3A2021 Alejandro Garcia Martinez

LQ3A2020 Alondra Arreola Lozano
LQ3A2059 Joselyn Arteaga Silva
LQ3A2062 Moises Correa
LQ3A2039 Darcy Woo

Saturday, July 8th (5pm) Recognition Dinner and Fundraiser

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).
In 2017, BAGSF will award scholarships of $2,000 to thirty recipients. Two of the thirty recipients who display exceptional community involvement and academic achievement 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.

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Latino Community Foundation grants $9000 to Bay Area Gardeners Scholarship Foundation

Thank you for joining us for our 11th Annual Gala, Inspiring Philanthropy con Sabor Latino. What an incredible and unforgettable evening!

Thanks to you we had a record number of guests, with nearly 600 people, and raised $632,000 – the largest sum in the history of the gala. Above all else, I was so inspired and moved by the love, joy, and enthusiasm expressed and shared throughout the night. The entire evening was bursting with energy and excitement about the work of the Latino Community Foundation (LCF), our grantees, and our partners.

Our guest of honor, Darren Walker, and our 2016 awardees, Maricela Gutierrez and Catalino Tapia, embodied the heart and soul of LCF and reflected the critical role each of one of us can play to ensure a more equitable future for Latinos in California. I am so grateful for their leadership and unwavering commitment!
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