Scholarship Application

Postmark Deadline – Friday, February 1, 2019

Click Here > 2019 Grad Awards Application

We invite all eligible African–American students to apply for a book scholarship to help supplement higher education pursuits. To be eligible, the applicant must live in Kern County; be enrolled as a senior in a Kern County high school; plan to attend a university, community college, or vocational school.


  • Mail application packet by the postmark deadline. The packet must include completed application, personal essay and (2) sealed letters of recommendation.
  • Have your school’s registrar mail an official transcript that includes your fall semester senior grades by the postmark deadline.
  • Application packets that fail to include all items and/or are sent after the postmark deadline will not be considered.
  • Scholarship award nominees are notified by email on or after March 1, 2019.
  • Scholarship letters will be given at the 40th Annual African American Graduation Awards program held on April 2, 2019.
  • Scholarship nominees must attend the 40th Annual African American Graduation Awards program to receive a scholarship.

Postmark Deadline – Friday, February 1, 2019

Click Here > 2019 Grad Awards Application

For more information please email or contact your High School Counselor or Career Center

Community Donors

We are excited to partner with YOU to recognize African American students pursuing academic excellence while serving their community. Email us at for details. 

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Program Description

Since 1979, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Kappa Omega Omega Chapter has hosted an annual Graduation Awards Program to reach out to Kern County African American students preparing to further their education.

Every year since then graduating seniors have been recognized and over 1000 scholarships totaling nearly $325,000 have been awarded to Kern County students heading for college. The annual scholarship application is made available here at this website. Scholarship winners are recognized at the Annual African American Graduation Awards Program.

In 2014, AKA began a partnership with the Bakersfield Ivy Legacy Foundation, Inc. This offers Community Donors who wish to give scholarships a tax-deductible way to give.  Some Community Donors give funds to The Foundation, Inc. for scholarship distribution while others give directly to the students. 

Middle school principals and counselors submit the names of African American honor roll students to us as well.  In turn, the students are presented with a certificate of academic excellence and applauded for their outstanding achievement at the Award Program as well.