On Monday, March 8, Stiles Hall held a celebration at Alumni House for Berkeley Scholars to Cal, as well as for 2020 Vision, a collaboration originated by UC Berkeley, the city of Berkeley, and the Berkeley Unified School District to foster academic success and close the achievement and health gaps for Berkeley’s children by 2020.
We had nearly 50 students in the program in attendance as well as Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates,Berkeley Unified School District Superintendent William Huyett and AT&T California President Ken McNeely.
Students in attendance at the event said they were grateful for the program’s academic assistance.
Brandon Small, a Berkeley High School sophomore, said the program has made his dream of attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology more attainable.
“It’s helped me to realize my future and what I want to do,” he said.
Berkeley High sophomore Benjamin Johnson said the program opened his eyes to the opportunities college offers.
“Without Berkeley Scholars, I don’t know who I’d be,” Johnson said. “It’s definitely part of my identity.”