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Osha's First Generation Book Fund

Welcome to Osha's Table First Gen Book Fund! Established in 2018, our organization is dedicated to supporting first-generation college students by providing financial assistance for textbooks and educational resources. We understand the financial challenges that these students face and believe that no one should be hindered in their pursuit of knowledge due to the high cost of course materials.

Since our inception, Osha's Table First Gen Book Fund has made a significant impact on the lives of students. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we have been able to provide over $5,000 in funding to 15 deserving students. By alleviating the burden of textbook expenses, we aim to empower first-generation students to focus on their studies and excel in their academic pursuits.

Our mission is to create equal opportunities for success in higher education by ensuring that every student has access to the necessary resources. We firmly believe that education is the key to unlocking a brighter future, and we are committed to supporting those who are striving to achieve their goals.

Through a rigorous selection process, we identify students who demonstrate financial need and a strong commitment to their education. Once selected, these students receive financial assistance to purchase required textbooks, study materials, and other resources essential for their coursework. By easing their financial burdens, we aim to promote academic success, foster a love for learning, and empower these students to reach their full potential.

At Osha's Table First Gen Book Fund, we value the transformative power of education and the impact it can have on individuals and communities. We invite you to join us in our mission by supporting our cause. Whether through financial contributions or spreading awareness, your involvement can make a real difference in the lives of first-generation college students.

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in Osha's Table First Gen Book Fund. Together, we can create a more equitable educational landscape and help students thrive on their educational journeys.

Ways to Donate:

Venmo: @keosha-abegail

cas$happ: $oshastable



Osha's Table First Gen Eligibility Requirements:

At Osha's Table First Gen Book Fund, we have specific eligibility requirements to ensure that our resources are allocated to those who need them the most. The following criteria must be met in order to be considered for assistance:

  1. First-Generation College Student: Applicants must be the first in their immediate family to attend college. This means that neither of their parents or guardians have obtained a bachelor's degree or higher.

  2. Enrolled in an Accredited Institution: Students must be currently enrolled or accepted to an accredited college or university.

  3. Demonstrated Financial Need: Applicants should demonstrate a genuine financial need for assistance with purchasing textbooks and educational resources. This may include providing information about their family's income, financial challenges, or other circumstances that make it difficult to afford course materials.

  4. Academic Standing: While we prioritize financial need, we also consider the applicant's academic standing. Students who have shown commitment and dedication to their studies will be given preference.

  5. Application and Documentation: Interested students must complete our application form, providing accurate and up-to-date information about themselves, their academic pursuits, and their financial situation. They may also be required to submit supporting documentation, such as proof of first-generation status or financial documents.

  6. It's important to note that meeting these eligibility requirements does not guarantee assistance from Osha's Table First Gen Book Fund. Due to the limited resources available, we may not be able to assist every eligible applicant, and selections are made based on the available funds and the number of applications received.

  7. We encourage all eligible students to apply, as we believe in providing equal opportunities to those who are striving to achieve their educational goals.

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Naomi Yoshino, UC Berkeley '21

After getting my degree in Economics in 2021, I started working full time in IT Consulting. I’ve been at my company for over 1.5 years now! Outside of work, I continue to support my community (especially of first generation college students) by reviewing college applications and providing professional mentorship. I’m glad I can share my knowledge and resources to benefit my community.

As a first-generation college student who financially supported herself all four years of undergrad, scholarships like these help alleviate some of the costs of attending a university. I’m really grateful I was chosen to be a recipient! Thank you again Osha! 

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Monica Villarados, Brandeis Uni. '23

I graduated in May 2023 with my B.S. in Neuroscience. My goal after college is to become a Nurse Practitioner and specialized in Women's Health and I will be attending an accelerated nursing program after graduation.

I received this scholarship during my Sophomore year of college and it allowed me to pay for my textbooks that I needed that semester. It was a huge help because it was during the peak of COVID-19 and I was unable to work and make an income. To this day, I am still so grateful for the support it provided me and in the future, I hope to continue supporting first-generation students, like you did! 

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Namiah Simpson, Southeastern Uni. '22

I have graduated from nursing school (December, 2022) I graduated cum laude 3.6 GPA, received two awards one in being a top nursing student, I traveled to Uganda on a medical missions trip and competed in Mexico representing USA. I am currently pursuing a master degree in nursing administration.

This scholarship has helped me financially pursue higher education and allowed me to participate in so many different opportunities that were presented my way! I am forever grateful 

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