Scholarship Opportunity for First Generation, East Los Angeles Students

As the cost of attending college continues to rise, so do the barriers for prospective students. The East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU) is attempting to alleviate those barriers by offering a scholarship to low-income, first generation college students of East Los Angeles. Since 1968, TELACU has been helping underserved and disadvantaged communities in East Los Angeles. The scholarships they currently offer are another way to continue the growth and prosperity of East Los Angeles residents. The scholarships are funded by TELACU and its partners who have also joined in advancing the educational opportunities for those whom financial barriers may be too large to overcome.

Tuition is often the most substantial financial burden students are faced with. But often the hidden costs of college are the ones many students are unprepared for. These may include items used for actual schoolwork such as books, laptops and lab equipment or necessities to support the student while living away from home like food, housing and parking permits. Any amount of money to help financial help to prospective students helps greatly. This is what the TELACU is aiming to do. Debt is a common and growing problem for graduates but scholarships like the one TELACU offers help to minimize the total amount owed when college students are ready to make the next steps in their careers.

The scholarship amounts range from $500 -$5,000 and include any matching funds from the college or university. There are several requirements for the scholarship in order to serve the specific demographics deemed most in need. The requirements are as follows:

Continuing Scholarships

If you will be entering college for the first time this fall, you are eligible for a scholarship that can be renewed for four years. To renew the scholarship for subsequent years, scholars must:

• Attend all sessions of the College Advisement and Leadership Program each year.
• Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and submit official transcripts to the foundation for verification.
• Inform the foundation of any changes in address, phone number, or academic standing.
• Volunteer 20 hours of service annually to the foundation or other community organization.
• Plan to enroll full time for the entire academic year.

One-Year Scholarships

If you are enrolled at or plan to transfer to one of our partnering colleges or universities, you may apply for a one-year award if you:

• Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
• Plan to enroll full time for the entire academic year.
• Agree to volunteer 20 hours of community service.
• Meet the eligibility criteria detailed above.
• Attend all sessions of the College Advisement and Leadership Program.

To apply for the scholarship and for additional information, please visit TELACU Education Foundation website.