About the Scholars Program
The Webb Family Foundation and KIPP Foundation have partnered to create the Webb Scholars Program. This new national scholars’ program will be awarded annually to up to six KIPP students and will provide financial support to defray the costs of college with an annual stipend of $15,000, up to $60,000 for four years; 1:1 mentorship; attendance to an annual leadership weekend; and the opportunity to take part in a community impact project in their community. The first cohort of scholars joined the program in May 2023.
The Webb Scholars Program is one of several KIPP scholarship programs established in alignment with the KIPP Foundation’s goal to see 1,000 alumni in positions of true power and influence by 2040.
The Webb Family Foundation works to improve life outcomes for young people through education. The Foundation aspires that all young people, regardless of their circumstances, receive the opportunities and support they need to succeed in school and in life.
About the Webb Family Foundation
The Webb Family Foundation supports education, health, and sustainability as a path toward helping people persevere and the planet thrive. We leverage the full assets of the Foundation to amplify our impact. Founded in 2004, the Foundation has primarily supported education-focused organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a focus on encouraging all young people, regardless of circumstance, to achieve more than they thought possible. In this spirit, the Foundation recently expanded its mission, program, and geographic areas, with a vision that all humans can reach their greatest potential and wellbeing in harmony with the planet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Webb Scholars will receive up to $60,000 to cover:
- Discretionary educational expenses (may include textbooks, course materials, one computer, professional clothing for summer enrichment opportunities, meal plan, study abroad, rent, room & board, gaps in financial aid, travel to and from home for breaks/holidays, and summer enrichment support) – Up to $12,000 per year or $48,000 over four years
- Annual Leadership Weekend costs – $2,000 each year or $8,000 over four years
- Annual fund that may provide emergency funding for Webb Scholars in exceptional cases. – $1,000 each year or $4,000 over four years
KIPP Northern California Public High Schools seniors and/or seniors who graduated from a KIPP Middle School are eligible to apply.
Students must demonstrate the following:
- Academic Excellence: Recommended GPA 3.0
- Community impact advocate
- Modeled integrity
- Financial need
The Scholars Program will grow over four years to a total of up to 24 scholars:
- Year 1 up to 6 scholars
- Year 2 up to 12 scholars (6 existing + 6 new)
- Year 3 up to 18 scholars (12 existing + 6 new)
- Year 4 up to 24 scholars (18 existing + 6 new)
The application period is from October 2, 2023 to February 2, 2024 11:59pm PST.
Applicants can be KIPP high school seniors, or seniors who graduated from a KIPP middle school.
No. This program is only open to high school seniors, not KIPP Alumni. However; if you are dually enrolled in college classes, you are welcome to apply for the Webb Scholars Program.
Yes! We encourage you to apply. Your citizenship status will not be taken into consideration during the selection process.
Yes, applicants are required to submit two recommendations.
Recommenders should be teachers, counselors, mentors, or individuals to whom you are not related and who can speak to your qualifications for these scholarship programs.
Yes, this scholarship program requires an essay.
Selected scholars will be notified by Mid April 2024.
Meet the 2023 Class of Webb Scholars
Tina DinhSan José State University
KIPP Navigate College Prep
Tina Dinh, an alum of KIPP Navigate College Prep, plans to attend San José State University and pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Tina has been an active member of her KIPP Navigate community; she was a Core Member of the KIPP Navigate Student Council where she led interviews and student panels for incoming teachers, and she was also the Treasurer of the Gender Sexuality Alliance Club where she directed and led fundraising events. As a first-generation immigrant from a lower-income background, she is passionate about advocating for minorities, especially those in her community. Tina aspires to help advance healthcare for low-income minorities and their families to ensure equal treatment in healthcare in comparison to their more privileged counterparts. Through her nursing studies, Tina hopes to contribute to bridging this disparity by becoming an agent of change, educating herself and others, and utilizing her passion for service and biological science to work towards becoming a healthcare provider that can advocate for these groups.
Isabella GomezSanta Clara University
KIPP King Collegiate High School
Isabella ‘Amne Gomez is a graduate of KIPP King Collegiate High School. She is passionate about advocating for her Tribe, the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a Tribal Youth Ambassador and represents her Tribal Nation in numerous events with the general public such as reading land acknowledgments, teaching cultural projects, and volunteering at information and cultural exhibit booths. Being passionate about advocating for her Tribe also includes connecting with her culture. She is a head Muwekma Ohlone Youth Female Dancer, where she dances at powwows/cultural events and helps in making dance regalia. Isabella completed an internship at Santa Clara University; a key accomplishment was planning a Tribal youth cultural campout. Isabella is coauthoring peer-reviewed scholarly publications – one of which is about collaborating on the cultural campout. The proposal was accepted for a special issue of College Composition and Communication. Isabella will be attending Santa Clara University and intends to do a double major in Philosophy and Linguistics and a minor in Native American Studies.
Rodrigo LopezUniversity of California, Berkeley
KIPP San Jose Collegiate
Rodrigo, a story-lover by heart, is a KIPP San Jose Collegiate graduate. Having grown up listening to the “Adventures of Jorgito”– his father’s self-inspired childhood stories, Rodrigo quickly realized the power of stories in conveying powerful messages. Attempting to craft one of his own, Rodrigo participated in his school’s theater club, bringing 3 of their largest plays to life. Having interacted with people on and off stage, Rodrigo found a passion for service. From volunteering as an English teacher for Latin American children to creating STEM resources such as career discovery panels and newsletters, Rodrigo is devoted to amplifying the educational success and stories of his cultural and scholastic communities. Additionally, interning at Stanford’s endocrinology department allowed Rodrigo to develop a passion for medical research and insulin therapeutics. With his story, service experience, and research, as an aspiring nurse, Rodrigo hopes to inspire and amplify his patient’s stories. Rodrigo is looking forward to attending the University of California, Berkeley in the fall and majoring in chemistry.
Victoria Martinez-ArandaStanford University
KIPP King Collegiate High School
Victoria is an alum of KIPP King Collegiate High School. She is passionate about soccer and became captain of her high school team as a freshman. Victoria strives to be a good teammate both on the field and in her community. In school, she has served as president of Raices de la Raza where she works to increase representation of Latinx culture on campus and co-president of KIPP King Future Medical Student Leaders. After attending a Pediatrics Internship at Stanford, her passion for pediatrics was intensified. She is determined to become a pediatrician and specialize in the ICU. To prepare herself in becoming a pediatrician, she will be following pre-med requirements while also majoring in human biology at Stanford University next year.
Hung NguyenUniversity of California, Irvine
KIPP Navigate College Prep
Hung Nguyen is an alum of KIPP Navigate College Prep. Hung was a leader in his high school community; he joined the Student Council where he helped fundraise, plan cultural events, and facilitate student-led teacher candidate interviews. Hung volunteers at his local library where he helps manage events and tutor younger children. He will be attending the University of California, Irvine in the fall and plans to major in biological science. He aspires to become a genetic engineer to aid in the research or development of increasing crop yields, cheaper drug alternatives, and curing once-considered incurable diseases. As resources become scarcer for some, with the help of the advancements in technology, he hopes to take the worry of not having enough food, water, or medication off a family’s mind, something he understands personally.
Julia NguyenCalifornia State Polytechnic University, Pomona
KIPP San Jose Collegiate
Julia is a KIPP San Jose Collegiate alum who is focused, eager to learn, and has excellent academic performance. While in high school, Julia was the founder and president of her school’s Women Empowerment Club where she focused on creating a safe space for a diverse, inclusive community of women and their allies and to educate others on women empowerment and equality. Julia was also a member of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica (Spanish Honors Society) as well as a member of the Interact Club where she participated in volunteering events such as neighborhood cleanup projects and food distribution to people in need. Julia sees lifelong learning as key to self-actualization and growth. She is pursuing an undergraduate major in the field of computer engineering beginning Fall 2023 at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.