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Ralph Bunche Scholars Program

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Apply to Become a Ralph Bunche Scholar

Application Deadlines

Late August for Fall admission, Late January for Spring admission

About the Ralph Bunche Scholars (RBS) Program

The Ralph Bunche Scholars (RBS) Program at Los Angeles City College prepares students for the rigors of academic work at four-year universities. Students who complete honors coursework build academic skills that increase their ability to transfer successfully into competitive colleges and universities.

All students are welcome to apply! We encourage applications from highly motivated individuals who are seeking to enrich their college experience with rigorous academic preparation and other opportunities. Students may enter the RBS program directly out of high school or as a continuing college student who has completed at least 12 units (and no more than 30 units).

To certify in the RBS program, you are expected to complete 4 honors classes (for STEM majors only), or 5 honors classes (for all other majors) to total at least 15 honors units, earn a minimum of 3.3 GPA or higher, finish 30 hours of community service and turn in a research essay (any essay you have done in any class). Upon completion of these requirements stated above, students will be certified as Ralph Bunche Scholars and/or TAP certified.

Admission Requirements:
High school seniors entering as first-time college students:
  • 3.2 GPA
  • Written Essay (see below for prompt)
  • One letter of recommendation from teacher or counselor
Continuing/Current college students:
  • 3.2 transferable GPA
  • Minimum 12 semester units of transferable college coursework completed
  • Written Essay
  • One letter of recommendation from an LACC faculty member, or former instructor
Special Admits:

Students who do not qualify for admission to the program by meeting the traditional requirements but believe they demonstrate evidence of scholarly promise, qualities of leadership, and potential for academic and/or artistic excellence may request special admission status to be admitted. Special admits must also provide a letter of recommendation, a written essay, and interview with the Program Director.

Student Information

Your LACCD student ID number, beginning with 88 or 90.
Your student email address ending in ""
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Your preferred contact number.
Gender Identity:

Are you a first-generation college student?:

(Neither parents have a 4-year college degree)

Are you a student on an F-1 Visa?:

Are you a member of the Dream Resource Center (DRC) which serves and supports undocumented/AB540/DACA students at LACC?:

Application Type:

Education Information


Did you complete any Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams in high school?:

Transfer Information & Goals

If unsure, type “Undecided”
If unsure, type “Undecided”
Semester and year you intend to transfer to or attend a 4-year college

Are you interested in or considering any of the following:

Essay Question

Please submit a typed essay, approximately 500 words (or 2 pages) in length, double-spaced, in response to the following question:

Why do you want to be a Ralph Bunche Scholar?
In your essay, explain your future goals and how participating in the RBScholars program would help you achieve these goals. You may be as personal as you would like to be: talk about where you are coming from and where you see yourself going (i.e. transferring, getting your 4 year degree, and beyond). Please make sure that your essay is free of grammatical and/or mechanical errors.


Letter of Recommendation


Letters of recommendation are used to gather more information about you as a potential RBS scholar. Preferably, your letter of recommendation is from an individual that has been in an academic relationship with you (i.e. a professor, academic counselor, etc.)

You can submit your application with other required materials now and provide the Letter of Recommendation at a later time (Email: )

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