To be eligible for the Marie A. Calderilla Scholarship, applicants must: be a female student, pursuing their first undergraduate degree or certificate program; be a graduating high school senior or re-entry student planning to attend a college in the San Mateo -County Community College District (Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline Community College); demonstrate financial need; and be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen (eligible non-citizens include United States legal residents and A.B. 540 students). Current community college students who other meet all criteria listed are also eligible to apply.
This purpose of this scholarship is to enable women to pursue courses of study that they would otherwise be unable to follow due to limited financial means. The selection committee looks for academic promise, women who have demonstrated a commitment to completing a degree or certificate program or to increasing their work skills, and personal characteristics such as honesty, good judgment and perseverance. Recipients are eligible for up to three years of funding; however, students must meet renewal requirements to continue to receive the award. Students enrolled in a four-year degree program at a San Mateo County Community College District college are eligible for up to four years of funding.