CLYLP Scholarships are available to alumni throughout the various stages of their academic careers.  The Roberto Gracia and Sal Castro Memorial Scholarship are offered every year, and other scholarship opportunities may arise throughout the year with new partnerships. Alumni are encouraged to continuously check this page.


The Robert Gracia Memorial Scholarship is named after one of the CLYLP’s most dedicated volunteers who was committed to developing the leadership potential of California’s youth. The scholarship is awarded annually to incoming freshmen, transfer and graduate students based on academic strength and financial need.


In honor of CLYLP’s 35th anniversary, the Coca-Cola Foundation and CLYLP are proudly partnering to invest in California’s future leaders by establishing the CLYLP Coca-Cola FirstGen Scholarship. Approximately $35,000 in scholarships will be awarded to CLYLP alumni who are the first in their families to attend college. 


The Sal Castro Memorial Scholarship was established in 2013 to honor civil rights leader and long-time CLYLP volunteer Sal Castro. Mr. Castro was a fervent education activist whose mission was to awaken the leadership spirit of every youth he encountered. His role in the Chicano student walkouts of 1968 highlighted the inequalities and discrimination in the Los Angeles educational system. Sal was a devoted CLYLP volunteer, he was one of CLYLP's longest running speakers at the Sacramento Leadership Conference (SLC). One scholarship will be awarded each year to a CLYLP alum pursuing a career in education.


Applicants must fulfill ALL of the following requirements to be eligible for the CLYLP Alumni Scholarships:


- Be an alumnus of CLYLP (by having completed at least one of the following programs: CLYLP Statewide Leadership Conference, CLYLP Central Valley Institute, CLYLP Los Angeles Institute or CLYLP Bay Area Institute) 


- Will be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited community college or university for Fall of 2020 (recent high school graduates planning to enroll in college in the Fall 2020 are eligible to apply to all scholarships)


- Graduate students are eligible to apply to the Roberto Gracia and Sal Castro Memorial Scholarships


- Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher


- CLYLP Coca-Cola FirstGen Scholarship: Must be part of the first generation of your immediate family to attend college and a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen. Open only to students pursuing undergraduate degrees. 


- Roberto Gracia Memorial Scholarship: Demonstrate financial need. Open to undergraduate and graduate students.


- Sal Castro Memorial Scholarship: Intend to pursue a career in education. Open to undergraduate and graduate students.