2019 Scholarship Award

The Lend A Hand Foundation will be awarding scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 to outstanding high school seniors.  The scholarships are awarded based on community involvement and financial need.  The scholarship award will be paid to the recipient upon proof of enrollment in a recognized and accredited College, University, or Vocational program.



  1. The Applicant must be a graduating senior from one of the Alameda County high schools.

  2. The Applicant must reside in Alameda County

  3. The Applicant shall participate in an in-person, face to face, interview.

  4. Scholarship will be based on high school records showing a minimum GPA of 2.5

  5. Economic need is based on family size and income

  6. Please submit the following:  A personal statement describing who you are and evidence of your community involvement.  The statement must also explain how and why the events described, have shaped your attitude, focus, and most of all, your intellectual vitality.  Essay must be at least 300-500 words, I-3 pages, typed and double-spaced


Note:  Relatives of Lend A Hand Foundation Members are excluded from applying.


  1. A copy of your high school transcript(s) as of February 2019 showing credit for each course grade and date of completion.  The school office must seal transcripts.

  2. Two letters of recommendation from two of the following:

  1. Teachers, counselors, or principal

  2. Church or community leaders, family, friends or employers.

  1. A recent wall-size or passport photo of you must accompany the application


Please be sure to address each question in the essay topic directly and completely.  Only complete applications postmarked by May 15, 2019 will be considered for the scholarship.  Feel free to make additional copies of the application if needed.


If selected as a finalist, applicant must be available for an in-person, face to face interview. Interviews will be held by June 15, 2019 and will last approximately 30 minutes.


Send complete application to:

Gail Johnson Murphy, Scholarship Coordinator

Lend A Hand Foundation

8105 Capwell Drive

Oakland, CA 94621

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