Application due date: June 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm

The Berkeley Herbal Center (BHC) has a limited number of need-based scholarships available to low-income students who cannot otherwise afford BHC tuition. The mission of the BHC scholarship program is to increase the diversity of Western Herbal practice by enabling students who are from under-represented groups or communities, and who are committed to public and/or community service, to attend career classes at BHC. We especially encourage applications from persons from low-income and minority communities, single parents or grandparents raising minor children, persons providing eldercare, and persons with disabilities.

The scholarship application process is competitive. Awards are paid from a dedicated scholarship fund that is supported by donations. Scholarships will not exceed 33% of tuition. The number of scholarships and the amount of each award will depend on the yearly availability of funds. At this time, BHC only accepts scholarship applications from students who begin or continue study in the Fall semester.


To be eligible for an BHC Scholarship, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:


  • Acceptance and enrollment into one of the following BHC courses: Foundations, Therapeutics, or Clinical Internship*

  • Financial need, defined as household income up to 200% of Federal Poverty Level. Income eligibility for 2019 appears below. Applicants must submit documentation.

  • Commitment to herbal education, community and public service†

  • Completion of the BHC Scholarship Application, including application checklist, application form, documentation of financial need, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. Please see the BHC Scholarship application Form for detailed instructions.‡


*At this time, we are not awarding scholarships for the Apprenticeship program. Scholarship applicants, like all other students, pay a deposit upon enrollment. However, the deposit will be refunded upon request to scholarship applicants who do not receive awards, or if any award they receive is insufficient for them to attend BHC.

†Scholarship recipients are expected to perform at least 4 hours per month of volunteer community service. Such service can take place in the BHC community clinic or garden, the Charlotte Maxwell clinics, or other venues approved by the BHC Directors.

‡Returning awardees who wish to apply for continuing scholarships must successfully complete their previous year in the program and provide documentation of at least 4 hours per month of volunteer community/public service during that time.

Awards will be paid directly to the BHC for successful applicants who are enrolled and in good standing. All BHC students must remain in good standing. Students who are not in good standing are subject to expulsion from the school. Scholarships paid for students who leave or are expelled during the tuition refund period (30 days) will be returned to the scholarship fund.


To apply for a scholarship, please download the application form and checklist at the button below. Complete application packages must be turned in by 3 months prior to the first day of class. Applications are accepted by email to, or by US Mail. For classes starting in Fall 2019, the application due date is Saturday, June 15, 2019. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.


Download the Scholarship Application Here

*2019 BHC Scholarship Income Eligibility up to 200% of Federal Poverty Level

Maximum gross income per family:

1 person = $24,280
2 people = $32,920
3 people = $41,560
4 people = $50,200
5 people = $58,840
6 people = $67,480
7 people = $76,120
8 people = $84,760

Do you have questions about the scholarship application process?

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Consider Donating

Berkeley Herbal Center is a 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax deductible. Tax ID #14-1975183

If you would like to donate by check or cash, please send an envelope addressed to:

Berkeley Herbal Center
1250 Addison St. #G
Berkeley, CA 94702