Port of Oakland employee groups’ scholarship donations reach $1.2 million

Oakland, Calif.– June 19, 2017: Two Port of Oakland employee scholarship organizations gave out a total of nearly $50,000 this year to 28 students preparing for college or vocational training. Port employees have helped fund post-secondary education of more than 600 students since the early 1990’s.

The Port’s Asian Employees Association (AEA) Scholarship and Employees Scholarship Programs raise money to help fund higher education for Oakland high school students and qualified children of Port employees. Together, these groups have awarded a combined total of close to $1.2 million in scholarships since 1993. The scholarships range from $200 to $5,000. Port employees and volunteers lead and run both organizations.

“The scholarships from small to large can make a real difference in these students’ lives, ” said Port of Oakland AEA Scholarship Committee Chair Thanh Vuong. “They help reduce the financial gap and give these young people a chance for a career path and a brighter future.”

Port of Oakland AEA scholarship awardees

Port of Oakland Employees Scholarship Program awardees

The scholarships are intended to reward local students for outstanding academic achievement and inspire them to continue their education after high school.

About the Port of Oakland Chapter of the Asian Employees Association: The AEA is a non-profit organization founded by a group of Port employees in 1991. The goals of AEA are to inspire and reward outstanding academic achievement among Oakland high school students as well as children of current Port of Oakland employees. To date, the AEA has awarded scholarships totaling over $300,000. 

About the Port of Oakland Employees Scholarship Program: Since 1994, the Port of Oakland Employees Scholarship Program has awarded 270 scholarships totaling $886,000. Scholarships are administered through the Marcus Foster Education Institute. Every year employee raise funds through an annual golf tournament and employee contributions made during the Port’s annual Giving Campaign.


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Marilyn Sandifur
Port Spokesperson
Port of Oakland
(510) 627- 1193
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Robert Bernardo
Communications Director
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