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JFK University Re-Launches Scholarships for Underrepresented Students

Jacqueline Kennedy and Alice Walker Scholarship Available for Spring

February 10, 2014

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. – John F. Kennedy University has announced the re-launch of its two scholarships dedicated to supporting underrepresented students: the Alice Walker and the Jacqueline Kennedy Scholarships. Six scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded (three to Alice Walker scholars and three to Jacqueline Kennedy scholars) for the spring 2014 term (summer 2014 for the College of Law).

"The 35th President of this country and our namesake was a visionary in his time and a leader who helped set us on a path toward a more inclusive society," said Dr. Mac Powell, president of JFK University. "We continue his legacy with a serious commitment to and focus on diversity. We have integrated diversity into many of our academic programs and made it one of the strategic directions of our Strategic Plan for 2015."

"But there is more to be done. We recognize that for many people financial and/or systemic barriers exist to participating and being represented in higher education and so to help address this issue, we are proud to re-launch our two scholarships."

The Alice Walker and Jacqueline Kennedy Scholarships for underrepresented students are open to both current and prospective University students. Priority will be given to first generation students to attend a post-secondary institution. The application deadline for the scholarships is March 3. To download an application, click here.

For more information about the scholarships, contact Mindy Bergeron, Director of Financial Aid, at or Jess Delegencia, Diversity Officer, at


About John F. Kennedy University
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, John F. Kennedy University, an independent non-profit affiliate of the National University System, was among the first institutions of higher education in California committed to lifelong learning for adults. Today, the University’s three Colleges provide innovative higher education opportunities to more than 1,500 professionals who, despite a full range of life responsibilities, are determined to advance their education and improve their future. The Continuing Education division provides professional development education to more than 2,500 individuals per year. A pioneer of education that integrates theory and practice, John F. Kennedy University and its students touch the lives of more than 30,000 people in Bay Area communities every year through their support of outreach centers and public programs.