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The Barack Obama Scholars Program

Launched in 2017, the Barack Obama Scholars Program at Occidental College empowers the next generation of leaders in active pursuit of the public good. Honoring the legacy of Occidental’s most famous student, this scholarship program provides a comprehensive experience for exceptional students of all backgrounds who seek the opportunity to create meaningful and lasting change.

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Your generosity will ensure that new generations of students will undergo the same transformative experience that President Obama had at Occidental.

Meet Our Scholars

Introducing our impressive cohort of Barack Obama Scholars at Occidental College. Each, in their own way, is working as a force for change in the world.

“I think what it means for Oxy is that the school will be a place to realize dreams. The school will be a place to enable young people—who would not have otherwise had an opportunity—to go into public service and to pursue great things.”

Jeh Johnson P’17
Former Secretary of Homeland Security and Obama Scholars Adviser

“We are hopeful that Oxy students remain committed to the powerful ideals that have been a bedrock for our country, and, we believe, were exemplified by the namesake of this program.”

Ann and Bruce Blume P’14
Community Leaders and Obama Scholars Advisers

“The Obama Scholars Program at Occidental represents the best in our academics and in our nation. Big global challenges need big ideas, and this program is a powerful investment in tomorrow’s thoughtful and bold leaders.”

Janette Sadik-Khan ’82
Principal with Bloomberg Associates and Obama Scholars Adviser

“This program encompasses so many things I care deeply about: It expands the legacy of President Obama, it broadens and diversifies access to higher education, it builds the bench for public service and civic engagement, and it strengthens Oxy.”

Denise Campbell Bauer ‘86
Former Ambassador and Obama Scholars Adviser