Ten Berkeley Black & Latino middle school students have a 4.0 GPA.
For eight years, they attended summer, after-school and Saturday academies with UC Berkeley mentors.
Chancellor Birgeneau, Senator Hancock, Mayor Bates and Superintendent Huyett honored them at the
- 100% UC, CSU, private colleges (UCB, Penn, Cornell, Cal Tech and more.)
- Average 3.34 GPA vs. 2.36 GPA for the control group (ten 4.0 GPAs)
- 80% had PSAT above 50th percentile (higher than white students nationally)
“I want to thank you again for being the best thing to ever happen for Ben! You’ve given him self-esteem, self-awareness, self-pride, purpose, confidence, opportunity. His past does not dictate his future. He is in charge and can navigate his life in a way his brothers never knew possible. I thank you for being a positive African-American male role model for Ben, when he could not find any in his own family. You, and Berkeley Scholars, extended his family. You gave him a sense of belonging”. -Dori Johnson, Scholar’s Mom