To Learn and Grow

As CLBC members, we keenly appreciate the power and the promise of a quality education. Education is the critical foundation for learning, understanding and growth for African American children and youth in California. Education is the gateway to advanced learning, lifelong skills, specialized trades, professional capabilities and upward mobility for California’s African American adults.

 Because education is so important to the future growth and potential of our state’s African American children, you and adults, we have established concrete education goals and made supporting a culture of excellence through education one of the twin public policy pillars of our CLBC Agenda 2020.

CLBC Education Initiative

  • Protect and improve access to high quality pre-school for every African American child.
  • Increase the African American high school graduation rate by 50% by 2020.
  • Increase the number of African American students gaining admission to community college, California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) by 25% by 2020.
  • Conduct informational hearings in Los Angeles, San Diego, Inland Empire, Bay Area and Central Valley to elevate the emphasis on educational outcomes.
  • Convene a task force to focus on closing the education achievement gap experienced by African American students 

Below are opportunities to help you achieve your educational goals:

Capital Fellows Programs:

Sacramento State University Center for California Studies:

Capital Fellows Application

The Center administers four fellowship programs.  For a description of each program and application materials, please click on the links below: 


Top 10 Back-to-School Scholarships For Blacks and Minorities:

  1. The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is a very competitive program for high school seniors throughout the United States. Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, the largest soft drink company in the world, the program awards millions every year in college funding. The deadline is in October.  

  2. The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program is designed to help cultivate minority students for potential recruitment in the field of technology. The scholarship amount award depends on the student's tuition balance, academic excellence and classification. The deadline is in September.

  3. The "From Failure to Promise" Essay Scholarship Contest offers an opportunity for high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students to earn scholarship money by writing a 1,000 word essay. Students will be asked to describe the challenges they have faced in achieving academic success.

  4. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (also known as the Bill Gates Scholarship) awards scholarships each year to African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American students who plan to enroll full-time in a two-year or four-year college or university program. The deadline is in January.
  5. The CIA Minority Undergraduate Scholarship Program was developed, in part, to assist minority and disabled students, but the opportunity is available to all students who meet the requirements. Sponsored by the U.S. government's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the program consists of an actual scholarship award and a full-time paid summer job in Washington, DC.

  6. LAGRANT Foundation Scholarships are targeted toward minority undergraduate and graduate students, offering scholarships for students interested in careers in advertising, marketing, public relations, anthropology, or art. Students must be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black (non-Hispanic) or Hispanic.

  7. The Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Program champions greater inclusion of multicultural women in the nursing and medical industries, address important gaps in treatment, and ensure that all Americans have an opportunity to work with their healthcare providers to make the best choices that lead to good health.

  8. The First Freedom Student Competition is a national essay and video contest open to high school students in the U.S. and U.S. territories. Students in grades 9-12 may participate. Two awards will be given, one essay award and one video award.

  9. The Foot Locker Foundation/ United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarship is funding a scholarship program for students attending or planning to attend a UNCF member college or university during the fall of 2014.

  10. The Wendy's High School Heisman Award Program recognizes male and female high school seniors who excel not only in sports but also academics and leadership capabilities. Every student who applies has a chance to win at the school, state and national level.


African American Students: CSU Wants YOU!

Super Saturday

This statewide college fair gives middle and high school students, parents and friends an opportunity to learn about CSU's 23 campuses. There are workshops throughout the day on how to navigate the admissions process, financial aid and the CSU's application form. Parents and families have an opportunity to learn how to best support their future college student. Students can meet other students, alumni, faculty and staff from all areas of the university including campus life, housing, financial aid and key colleges and majors.  For more information contact: Clara Potes-Fellow at or (562) 951-4806.


CSU Summer Math Institute 

CSU Summer Math Academies offer a free-of-cost, six-week mathematics instruction for seventh and eighth grade students. The academies are provided by the CSU in coordination with African American churches in the East Bay and Los Angeles areas. Through the academies, students deepen their knowledge of mathematics and become aware of the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM disciplines).


CSU Public Goods 

The public's investment in the CSU system provides exceptional returns. The CSU provides California's businesses and industries with highly-qualified, well-prepared college graduates - awarding nearly half of all bachelor's degrees in the state. The CSU is also the nation's most diverse university system, both ethnically and economically. Additionally, CSU students' loan debt upon graduation is significantly less than the national average - due to a mix of low tuition fees and generous financial aid.


Other Educational Opportunities

Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The Undergraduate Scholarship Program is a financial needs based initiative that offers undergraduate students an unmatched experience in a diverse and inclusive environment. Undergraduate students, serving as scholarship recipients with the CIA, attend an accredited college/university on a full-time basis and work during summer breaks at the CIA. For more information visit:


Black Minds Matter: A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education - Free online course

Professor J. Luke Wood from San Diego State University (SDSU) will be teaching a free  online "public course" titled Black Minds Matter: A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education. Black Minds Matter addresses the experiences and realities of Black males in education, drawing parallels between the Black Lives Matter movement and the ways that Black minds are engaged in the classroom. The course will balance a discussion of issues facing Black male students as well as offer research-based strategies for improving their success.     

This "public course" is presented in the form of a free eight-part series that is open virtually (via livestream) to anyone who would like to participate. These sessions will occur between  4:30pm to 5:45pm Pacific Time, unless otherwise specified, beginning October 23, 2017 to December 11, 2017. During this hour, you may expect opening commentary from J. Luke Wood as well as guest lectures, speeches, and interviews with key leaders in the field.  After the first hour, the course is closed off to students enrolled in SDSU Ed.D. and Joint Ph.D. programs who will be attending class in-person.  

Follow this link to Register: REGISTER

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Opportunities for Black Educators

The CA School Boards Association (CSBA) represents local school board members in school districts and county boards of education throughout the state. They are embarking on a project to hire full-time staff in all areas of California and have started recruiting in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and East Bay. Over the next few months theywill recruit in other areas of the state as well (including additional Los Angeles positions).

We are interested in making sure that the recruitment efforts reach various ethnic communities, specifically the Black community, so that we can tap into the richness of what makes this state great. There is something special about Black educators. See the CSBA openings here: