Scholarship Guidelines and Application
The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship is awarded to low-income womxn, with a history of outstanding academic success and an intent to give back to the community, attending Cabrillo, Hartnell, or Monterey Peninsula College. The Foundation prioritizes the applications of womxn of color, first-generation college students, immigrant students (including undocumented students), students who are in the first generation in their families to be born in the U.S., and womxn re-entering the workforce. We encourage womxn of all backgrounds and citizenship status to apply. If you are eligible and would like to apply, please contact your community college’s scholarship and financial aid office.
Students apply through their respective community colleges, and the program provides one student from each participating college with up to $20,000 in scholarships over two years. Students must be enrolled in one of the aforementioned community colleges and dedicated to enrolling in and completing the junior and senior years of their college education at a University of California campus. Award decisions are made by the Board of Directors of the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation based on the recommendation of the president of the applicant’s community college.
Prospective Applicants: All communication and questions should be directed through your community college until you become a recipient of the scholarship.
Scholarship recipients must be enrolled for at least one full year in one of the following schools: Cabrillo, Hartnell, or Monterey Peninsula College. Students must use all scholarship funds within two years of community college graduation. Students must be admitted to and enrolled in a University of California campus to receive funds, and must maintain good academic standing—a minimum 2.0 cumulative UC GPA. Students who fall below a 2.0 cumulative GPA or do not maintain full-time enrollment during their time in the UC system will no longer be eligible to receive scholarship funds. A Quarter/Semester Update of student progress must be emailed to the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation at the end of each term, including a performance plan if a student’s term GPA falls below a 3.0. Upon the student’s enrollment, the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation will provide the funds directly to the UC campus each relevant quarter/semester. The UC will release funds once the student’s enrollment and financial aid status for the upcoming academic year is verified.
Each of the participating community colleges will nominate three exceptional students. Students must meet the following scholarship requirements to be eligible to apply:
- A woman with a history of outstanding academic and extracurricular success despite socioeconomic hardship
- An intent to give back to their community, in the United States
- A California resident
- A U.S. citizen, eligible noncitizen with legal permanent residency, or undocumented student eligible for UC enrollment through California Assembly Bill 540
- AB540 outlines state requirements that noncitizens must meet in order to attend UC colleges; these requirements are:
- Attend a California high school for 3 or more years;
- Graduate from a California high school or receive the equivalent, such as a GED; and
- Submit an affidavit to the California public college or university the student is attending or plans to attend. This will be provided to the student upon acceptance at a UC college, and must be submitted prior to enrollment.
- A current student at Cabrillo, Hartnell, or Monterey Peninsula College for at least one full year
- A cumulative community college GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Eligible for FAFSA and not currently in default on a Title IV student loan
- Eligible for Fall admission to a UC campus as a new junior-level transfer student
- Nominated to the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship by the president of their community college
- Students applying to other large scholarships are eligible to apply to the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship, but lose eligibility if they are awarded, and accept, another large scholarship. The Foundation maintains this policy in order to ensure as many students as possible receive scholarships to be able to attend the UC of their choice. If a student who has applied for or has been awarded the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship decides to transfer to a non-UC university, or if they accept another large scholarship, such as the Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Scholarship or the Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship, they must notify the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation by April 20th of the year they transfer from their community college to a university so that the scholarship can be awarded to another student in time for the UC “Declaration of Intent to Register” deadline.
The community college will be responsible for the following:
- Each year, the community college must confirm their participation via email and distribute only the current application materials.
- The community college must set an internal application due date that allows for the timely submission of complete, high-quality applications. In setting this due date, please consider the following:
- Due dates of other scholarship programs. An earlier due date or due date aligned with other programs may allow for higher quality applications.
- Sufficient time to provide feedback and support for students to edit and improve their applications.
- Sufficient time for review and selection by the president of the community college.
- The community college president must nominate three exceptional women to be considered for this scholarship.
- By March 15, the community college must provide the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation with the top three candidates’ complete applications, according to the Student Application Instructions attached.
- Each application must include a copy of the Information Release Form signed by the student and Community College representative so that the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation can obtain relevant information regarding the student’s financial aid, grades, transfer records, etc. (Note that the student will sign another copy of this form to give to the UC campus.)
- In March, the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation will select the recipients from among each college’s nominees. The Foundation will notify the community college counselor by April 15. The counselor will inform the scholarship recipients of their award. The community college and/or student will notify the Foundation of student admittance to and intent to enroll in a UC campus as soon as this information is available.
- In the event that the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation determines that no candidate from a given college satisfactorily meets the selection criteria, no scholarship will be awarded. The scholarship may be carried over to the next year when two or more are available.
- Students may apply for the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship even if they are being considered for other large scholarships. However, if a student is chosen as a recipient for both the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship and another large scholarship, such as the Pister Leadership Opportunity Awards Program, the student must decide which scholarship to accept. If the recipient does not choose to accept the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship, it will be awarded to the Foundation’s runner-up. The Foundation maintains this policy in order to ensure that as many students as possible receive scholarships to be able to attend the UC of their choice.
- If an applicant for the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship accepts another large outside scholarship that will award them $20,000 or more in funds, excluding the amount awarded by the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship, then they will no longer be considered eligible.
- Publicize the scholarship opportunity early and often.
- Make a request to faculty each year to ask for nominations of outstanding students.
- Utilize existing resources, such as a writing skills tutor, to review applications and work with students on improvements before final submission.
- The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship emphasizes both outstanding academic background and clear financial need. The Foundation would like colleges to prioritize submitting applicants who are women of color, immigrant women, and/or undocumented residents who are AB540 eligible. Community colleges are responsible for confirming the eligibility of students to attend UC colleges. The community college should conduct due diligence to confirm an applicant’s AB540 eligibility prior to nominating a student. Please keep this in consideration when selecting nominees.
- The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship does not support any/all student(s) eligible for admittance to a UC campus. We seek truly exceptional women who are outstanding among their peers. Please keep this in consideration when selecting nominees.
The University of California campus will be responsible for the following:
- The UC campus will receive direct payments from the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation before the beginning of each term. The Foundation will include a copy of the Check Submission Form with the payment. Once the funds have been received, the UC campus will sign and return the Check Submission Form to the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation.
- The UC campus will review the student’s status at the time of disbursement. If the student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, or if the student does not enroll full-time, the UC will hold funds and immediately inform the Foundation. The payment is to be disbursed over three quarters or two semesters, as indicated on the Check Submission Form.
- The UC campus’s financial aid department will assist the Foundation in ascertaining relevant dates specific to their campus – tuition bill due date, availability of final grades, etc. – by completing and returning the UC Information Submission Form.
The student will contact the University of California campus for the following:
- Prior to the student registering for classes, they will submit a signed Information Release Form so that the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation can obtain relevant information regarding the student’s financial aid, grades, transfer records, etc. The UC campus representative will sign this form, and the student will return it to the Foundation.
- Once the student has enrolled, they will request an official verification of enrollment or a letter from the registrar’s office that will be sent to the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation.
- At the end of each term, the student will submit a brief Quarter/Semester Update via email to the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation. This update consists of a completed form and associated documents, emailed to the Foundation by the date indicated on our website. Please note that the Quarter/Semester Update Form does not require a signature from a UC campus representative. Students are wholly responsible for completing and submitting this form at the end of each term, but may contact their UC campus to obtain financial information.
Please read through this entire section to familiarize yourself with the process and confirm your eligibility before applying.
To complete the application, eligible students must:
- Apply for Fall admission to one or more UC campuses by filing the UC Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships by the November deadline: https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/applynow.html.
- By the deadline set by your community college, provide your community college counselor or scholarship coordinator with your complete application. Attention to detail is imperative for a successful application; incomplete applications will not be considered.
- The application must contain the following information:
- Complete Scholarship Application Form
- An official copy of academic transcripts from all colleges attended, including GPA
- Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an academic instructor and one from an academic instructor or a work supervisor if the work is relevant to the student’s academics. Submit no more than two letters.
- Resume, including work and volunteer history
- Personal statement that includes future goals and how the student will give back to their local community in the United States
- A copy of a research paper, on any topic, written in the past two years and submitted/graded in an academic course (do not edit after grading). Do not submit a handwritten exam. Please limit to no more than 15 pages.
- Information Release Form – Community College (see attached) signed by student and community college representative
- Apply for financial aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March deadline; students who are ineligible to file a FAFSA due to immigration status must file a California Dream Act Application.
- The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation will notify the community college counselor of its decision; the counselor will then inform the scholarship recipient of their award by April 15.
- If you are selected for both the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship and another large scholarship, you must decide which scholarship to accept as soon as possible. To remain eligible, Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship recipients must not accept other outside scholarships that would award them $20,000 or more, separate from the amount awarded by the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation.
Students who have been selected as scholarship recipients must complete the following requirements in order to receive scholarship funds. Failing to meet these requirements will result in a loss of funds.
- By late May, notify the Foundation of admittance to a University of California campus.
- The recipient must sign and submit the Scholarship Eligibility Verification Form to the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation. Once admitted to a UC campus, the recipient must sign the Information Release Form – UC Campus (see attached) to allow the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation to obtain relevant information regarding the student’s financial aid, grades, transfer records, etc. This form must be submitted to the UC campus representative for signature and emailed to the Foundation.
- Immediately upon enrollment in their first term at a UC campus, the student must send official enrollment verification, or a letter from the registrar’s office confirming enrollment, to the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation. These can be obtained from the UC campus registrar’s office.
- At the end of each term, the recipient will collect information from the UC financial aid department for their Quarter/Semester Update. The student will submit the Quarter/Semester Update Form and attachments to the Foundation by email.
- If a recipient’s GPA for a given term falls below a 3.0, they must submit a performance plan with the Quarter/Semester Update.
- The recipient must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative UC GPA in order to remain eligible to receive scholarship funds.
- The recipient must maintain full-time enrollment at a UC for two academic years in order to remain eligible to receive scholarship funds.
Please keep this information for your reference.
|_________||Student Application due to community college (deadline determined by community college)|
|March 15||Community college will submit nominees to the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation.|
|April 15||The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation will select award recipients and notify the community college counselor, who will inform the nominees.|
|April/May||Recipients must notify the community college counselor, and the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation, if they have been awarded any other large scholarships. If so, they must also notify both parties of which scholarship they will accept.|
|April/May||Community college will notify the Foundation of the admittance of the student to a University of California campus. The student must submit a copy of their financial aid package received from the UC to the Foundation.|
|May||Recipient must sign and submit an Eligibility Verification Form to the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation.|
|July/August/September||Recipient must email the UC Information Release Form and Enrollment Verification Letter from the registrar’s office confirming enrollment to the Foundation.|
|August/September||Full scholarship amount will be submitted to the UC campus once the Eligibility Verification Form has been signed and received by the Foundation. Fund release date TBD according to UC schedule.|
|January 7||Fall quarter/Fall semester update due to the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation.|
|April 2||Winter quarter update due to the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation.|
|May 29||Spring semester update due to the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation.|
|June 24||Spring quarter update due to the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation.|
Please submit the application to the scholarship coordinator by the date set by your community college. Attention to detail is imperative for a successful application; incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. The Board of the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation may contact you to request additional information.
The complete Application Form can be downloaded here.
The Checklist for Participating Community Colleges can be downloaded here.
The Checklist for Participating University of California Campuses can be downloaded here.
Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship recipients must maintain their eligibility by enrolling full time each quarter at a University of California and maintaining a 2.0 cumulative UC GPA
The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship Eligibility Verification Form can be downloaded here.
Every student must submit a completed Quarter/Semester Update Form at the end of each term, by the deadline posted on the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation website. Reminder: If a recipient’s GPA for a given term falls below a 3.0, they must submit a performance plan to the Foundation in addition to the completed Quarter/Semester Update Form and all required attachments. If the student’s cumulative UC GPA falls below 2.0, or if the student does not enroll full-time, they are no longer eligible to receive this scholarship.
The Quarter/Semester Update Form and Instructions can be downloaded here.
The Community College Information Release Form can be downloaded here.
The University of California Information Release Form can be downloaded here.
Keep track of these requirements by downloading the checklist: