Nia Endowed Scholarship for Students of Color
Purpose of Nia
Nia is the Swahili word for “purpose.” Nia encourages us to look within ourselves and set goals that are beneficial to the community. It represents our hopes and dreams for the future of our children and the future of Head-Royce. As a group of parents, faculty, and administrators, we collectively strive to foster community spirit within Head-Royce while building partnerships with community groups, individuals, and businesses.
Legacy of Nia
Nia was established in 2003 when four Head-Royce mothers met to discuss how they could contribute and support the three tenets of the Head-Royce mission—scholarship, diversity, and citizenship. It was decided to host an annual speakers event that would be open to the Head-Royce and greater Oakland communities. These founding members also had the equally important goal of establishing an endowed scholarship to support the tuition for students of color admitted to Head-Royce School.
Nia in the Head-Royce Community
Established by the grassroots fundraising and personal financial contributions of the Nia founders, the Scholarship Endowment Fund has raised over $200,000 and ensures an admitted students of color will have financial backing throughout their Head-Royce academic career, regardless of any socio-economic limitations.