Dear Bay Scholars Community,
We had the wonderful opportunity to connect with Iminii W. via our Fireside Chat Series and we're very excited to share it with you -- as well as introduce you to a few other key members of the Bay Scholars community in this month's newsletter.

Bay Scholars is providing scholarships to nearly 500 students like Iminii throughout 5 Bay Area counties. We continue to provide our students with incredible, life-altering experiences by supporting their educational development at top-tier college prep high schools. The only way that we can continue to support our excellent scholars is through the support of investors like yourselves.

We have raised a little over $1.1 million dollars towards our $1.7 million goal for the 2022-2023 school year. We are asking for your financial support today to help us reach our goal, to continue to help students like Iminii, and to further support Bay Scholars' commitment to education equity and access.

A huge thank you if you have already given this year; we welcome your generosity to help us achieve this landmark goal. If you have not given yet this year, we encourage you to make your gift/pledge so that we may support even more deserving students. Please click below today to support our leaders of tomorrow.

In gratitude,  

Lloyd Schine

Director of Institutional Advancement
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Iminii W. attends St. Francis High School in Mountain View and she is another example of a Bay Scholars student who has been given a transformational educational opportunity with the help of Bay Scholars supporters like yourselves.
Interests & Aspirations
Caitlin and Iminii discuss how her experience at St. Francis has been meaningful over the past 4 years; her involvement in the Family Club (mentoring Freshman), the Cheer team, and the Black Student Union; and how she came to the conclusion in middle school that she wanted to become an OBGYN.
Bay Scholars Had My Back
Caitlin and Iminii discuss what it means to her to be a Bay Scholar and why she chose St. Francis for high school despite being 1.5 hours from her home.
Scholar Spotlight
Jojo Ibalio, Bay Scholar

I attend Moreau Catholic High School and my favorite subjects at the moment are physics, calculus, and English. While I love learning about STEM in my classes, I also devote a lot of time to playing in my school’s band. I’m lead trumpet in our jazz and concert band ensembles and I’ve recently performed at Yoshi’s Oakland, a renowned jazz club in the Bay Area. Last semester I collaborated with my friends to compose and perform our own original jazz song at a school concert.

On campus, I’m a member of Link Crew, helping freshmen and sophomores ease into the high school environment. I’m also a moderator for my school’s e-sports club where I manage teams and promote healthy video game consumption within a positive team environment.

I hope to become a mechanical engineer specializing in acoustics and fluid mechanics, incorporating my passions for both music and sciences into one.

I’ve been accepted to Penn State, the University of Minnesota, and Cal Poly Pomona, but I’m most excited about my acceptance into the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering, which is a dream school for me.
Supporter Spotlight

Larry Simi, Bay Scholars Donor & Supporter since 2014

Why is philanthropy important to you?
It's a way of giving back.  God has been very good to me and the gifts I make are in gratitude for that.

Why has Bay Scholars been an organization that you have consistently supported over the years? 
The kids are so hardworking and deserving. Almost without exception, each Bay Scholar has a demonstrated need for help. They haven't had the advantages that other kids have. The program partially makes up for that through the work that Caitlin does in bringing them together for extra curricular programing, networking, and experiences. In addition, they're held accountable, not only by their parents, teachers, and Caitlin, but by Clint and Janet personally. Not everyone knows that they periodically meet personally with the school principals to follow the progress of each Bay Scholar. The results speak for themselves in terms of college admissions and graduations that transform families.

What do you hope your investment in Bay Scholars is creating? 
A network of graduates, each of whom will give back to their communities by modeling behaviors and sharing their successes with those who follow them.
Community Partner Highlight
In 2004, the U.S. Senate officially recognized April as ‘Financial Literacy Month’ to increase public awareness on the importance of financial literacy. They sought to highlight negative effects associated with lack of knowledge about personal finances, such as higher rates of poverty, decrease in overall health, and lower employment rates. Young people in particular lack personal finance practices and skills, with 67% of Generation Y having less than 3 month’s worth of emergency funds.

In May, Bay Scholars will partner with 5 Buckets Foundation to provide a Financial Literacy Conference for Bay Scholars students in line with our commitment to providing financial literacy programming to students and those historically excluded from economic opportunity.
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