California Scholarships

I realize California scholarships may seem elusive at times, but take heart - there are plenty of scholarships out there for California residents. When you conduct a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com, you can find information about myriad financial aid opportunities that can more than cover your college expenses. Using your location as a search criterion, Scholarships.com can help you find awards restricted to students living or attending a college in your state. The California scholarships below will give you an idea of the financial aid information you can find at Scholarships.com. For additional information about scholarships and grants you qualify for based on state and additional criteria, you can conduct a free college scholarship search.

AAUW's Re-Entry Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2018
  • Amount: $1,200
  • The Women's Re-Entry Scholarship is awarded by the Poway-Penasquitos Branch of the American Association of University Women and is intended for a woman who is returning to a school of higher education to complete her education.

    Eligibility:
    -Minimum 23 years of age or older
    -Female, high school graduate or GED without a bachelor's or advanced degree
    -Enrolled or accepted in a degree [...] More

Army ROTC Green to Gold Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Green to Gold Scholarships are awarded for two, three, or four years. Recipients will receive tuition or room and board support, additional money for textbooks, supplies, and equipment, and a monthly stipend for up to 10 months each school year. Additionally, there will receive funding for attending the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) between the junior and senior years of [...] More

Association of California Water Agencies Awards

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: $3,500
  • Each year, ACWA awards two scholarships to deserving students in a water-resources related field of study. Awards are based on a combination of scholastic achievement and a commitment on the part of the applicants to their chosen fields, best demonstrated by pursuing a degree related to or identified with engineering, agriculture or urban water supply, environmental studies and public [...] More

Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund

  • Application Deadline: 2/24/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund will award five scholarships of $5,000 to qualified incoming freshmen enrolled at four-year colleges or universities. Each scholarship is renewable for a total of four years on the basis of satisfactory academic performance in a full-time undergraduate program. Awards are for undergraduate study only.

    Eligibility Criteria:
    -Incoming [...] More

Bev Granger Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The WSCGA Foundation not only supports the athletic dreams of our young golfers, but also their academic pursuits and talents through scholarship awards. All applicants must fill out a general scholarship application. The WSCGA Foundation Scholarship Committee then decides which scholarship is best suited for the applicant based on her talents, extra-curricular activities, and academic goals. [...] More

Bobby Sox High School Senior Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/5/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The scholarship is offered high school senior females who have participated in the Bobby Sox program for a minimum of four seasons. The Bobby Sox year consists of two seasons, the spring and the fall. Participation in Mini Sox, Bobby Sox, or American Girl is considered for eligibility. Primarily, the scholarship committee is interested that those girls who made Bobby Sox a part of their lives [...] More

Bobette Bibo Gugliotta Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writing

  • Application Deadline: 2/24/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • This scholarship was created in 1995 to honor the late Bobette Bibo Gugliotta, author of several books, including Katzimo: Mysterious Mesa; Pigboat 39, about a World War II submarine; and Women of Mexico: The Consecrated and the Commoners, 1519-1900. In 1930, when she was 11 years old, Mrs. Gugliotta wrote a story about a mouse who later became Mickey. Mrs. Gugliotta married U.S. Navy Ensign Guy [...] More

Cal Grant A & B Competitive Grant Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/2/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • There is no application fee for the Cal Grant A & B Competitive Award Program. Award may be used for undergraduate study at Cal Grant qualifying California post-secondary schools. Applicant must demonstrate academic performance and financial need; applicants must also submit FAFSA to federal processor and Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to California Student Aid Commission.

    Application [...] More

California Assn. of Collectors Educational Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 1/20/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Educational Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2005 by the California Association of Collectors (CAC). The scholarship requires a simple one-page application and essay on "The Importance of Establishing and Maintaining Good Credit During Your College Years". The scholarship is awarded to California high school seniors for their use as full-time students at any accredited college, [...] More

California Child Development Grant Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Child Development Grant Program (Program) is a need-based grant designed to encourage students to enter the field of child care and development in a licensed children's center. Students who plan to enroll at least half-time in coursework leading to a Child Development Permit as teacher, master teacher, site supervisor or program director, are eligible to apply through the institution they [...] More

California Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant Program (LEPD)

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant Program provides need-based educational grants to dependents and spouses of: California peace officers (Highway Patrol, marshals, sheriffs, police officers), Department of Corrections and California Youth Authority employees, and permanent/full-time firefighters employed by public entities who have been killed in the performance of duty or totally [...] More

California Strawberry Growers' Fund Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The California Strawberry Scholarship Program has awarded more than $2 million to hundreds of children of strawberry farmworkers. Countless students and graduates are pursuing their passions and working in careers that span a wide range of professions.

    Eligibility:
    -First-time applicants must have a parent that is currently employed as a California strawberry fieldworker for the current and [...] More

Capture the Dream, Inc. Single Parent Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Capture the Dream, Inc. offers the Single Parent Scholarship to graduating high school seniors and college
    undergraduate students who will be enrolled at accredited, not-for-profit two or four-year institutions in the fall term. Each scholarship winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be mailed to their college or university.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be a Bay Area resident. Bay Area residence [...] More

Carson Scholars Fund, Inc.

  • Application Deadline: 1/6/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Carson Scholars Fund awards college scholarships to students in grades 4 through 11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. Students must attend an accredited K-12 school in the United States.

    An interested student must be nominated by his/her school to be able to compete for a Carson Scholarship. It is up to a school how to determine its nominee. The minimum [...] More

Central California Asian Pacific Women Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • CCAPW scholarships provide financial assistance to Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women pursuing higher education who are from Fresno County in California. Applicants will be evaluated based on the following: first generation student, academic achievement, leadership, contribution to API community, and ethnic diversity. Applicants must be an entering/continuing undergraduate, [...] More

CHCC CAPS Young Professionals Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 6/15/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • This scholarship provides an all-expenses paid intensive half-week of training to college and university students of Hispanic descent. The program is designed to build real-world skills for young professionals, such as interview skills, etiquette for professional gatherings, and learning about optimizing personal strengths.

    The C.A.P.S. program celebrated its 10th anniversary, and from its [...] More

Chi Am Circle Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/10/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Scholarships are awarded based on a variety of factors including academic achievement, community service, and significant extracurricular activities such as work, performing arts, and athletics. Financial need is a criterion for several scholarships, but there are also others awarded for academic merit regardless of need. Awardees must attend the annual scholarship dinner to receive the award. [...] More

Church's Chicken Community Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Church's Partners Foundation, Inc. established a scholarship program to assist high school seniors residing in 16 eligible states who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered each year for part-time or full-time study at an accredited U.S. institution of the student's choice.

    Eligibility:
    -Be living [...] More

Clair A. Hill Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • ACWA began its scholarship program in 1961 to encourage talented and innovative students to join the effort to ensure California's water quality and to implement sound water management policies. This year, ACWA continues its academic scholarship by offering a number of scholarships, including the Clair A. Hill Scholarship.

    Eligible students must be California residents attending California [...] More

CMC N1 SS Secondary Education Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • For over 35 years, the California Mathematics Council-South has held an Annual Scholarship and Inservice Grant Program to promote interest in mathematics and excellence in the teaching of mathematics for students and teachers in the CMC-S region.

    One of the ways with which we hope to accomplish these goals is our scholarship and grant program. We have four categories of scholarships and [...] More

Coastwise Prize for Investing Excellence Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/10/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The mission of the Coastwise Prize Scholarship is to promote and inspire financial education among students to help them become more competent, aware and wise when managing personal finances and investments. By creating an incentive for students to research and explore these important lifelong money management concepts, the Coastwise Prize for Investing Excellence will assist in developing [...] More

CRAEF Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • Since its inception in 1981, the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (CRAEF) has awarded deserving students and educators more than one million dollars in scholarships and grants. Traditionally, these scholarships are allocated to eager and talented high school seniors and undergraduate students who dream of pursuing higher education in the restaurant, food service, and [...] More

CSUB Alumni Association Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/8/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Alumni Association has awarded over $40,000 in student scholarships since 1993. The Alumni Scholarship Endowment was established in 1990 with a gift of $5,000 and has now reached almost $170,000. As the endowment grows, so will the monies available for student scholarships. The first awards were made during the 1993-1994 academic year.

    Scholarship award applicants will be determined [...] More

CSUB Clare Estate and Trust Endowment

  • Application Deadline: 4/8/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • This memorial scholarship was established by the estate of Florence Clare to support first-time freshman CSUB students.

    Eligibility:
    -First-time freshmen
    -Enrolled as a full-time student
    -Proven academic excellence
    -Campus and community involvement
    -Demonstrate financial need

    For more information and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

CWGGF Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/25/2018
  • Amount: $8,000
  • Each year the Foundation awards two 4-year scholarships and four 2-year scholarships to high school seniors whose parent or legal guardian is employed by a California winegrape grower. In addition, one Robert Miller Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year. These awards can be used at any California community college, campus in the University of California, or California State University System. [...] More

DDF/DREAM Dance Performing Arts Scholarship Award

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • DDF/DREAM Dance Performing Arts Scholarship Award is for college students and high school seniors who are enrolled in a dance and performing arts degree program. The awards will be awarded to a male or female student who will be judged based on talent, technical skill, determination and economic need. All nominated students must be a high school senior, and an American citizen. They must be a [...] More

Don Diego Fund 4-H Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit corporation that provides scholarships for outstanding high school seniors who participate in activities and events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, including the San Diego County Fair.

    The 4-H category requires that the student be a member in good standing of 4-H and the student must have participated (but not necessarily during the application [...] More

Don Diego Fund Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit 501-c3 corporation that provides scholarships for outstanding high school seniors who participate in activities and events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, including the San Diego County Fair.

    The Exhibitor/Participant category requires that applicants have participated (prior to the the application year) in
    a competitive exhibit department [...] More

Don Diego Fund FFA Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit 501-c3 corporation that provides scholarships for outstanding high school seniors who participate in activities and events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, including the San Diego County Fair.

    The FFA category requires that the student be a member in good standing of FFA and the student must have participated (but not necessarily during the [...] More

Dorothy and Robert DeBolt Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The DeBolt Scholarship will be awarded to a youth who has been adopted after being in foster care in California. The applicant must be a California resident at the time of application and must have been accepted for admission to, or be enrolled in an accredited two-year college, four-year university or trade/vocational school in the United States. Maximum age at application is 25 years. Selection [...] More

Dr. James L. Hutchinson and Evelyn Ribbs Hutchinson Medical School Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/11/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Hutchinson Medical School Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Hutchinson by numerous friends, colleagues, patients and community leaders who honored them at a gala dinner in 1994 and, at the same time, contributed generously toward the establishment of this medical school scholarship. Dr. and Mrs. Hutchinson intend the scholarship to assist young people who aspire to [...] More

Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest challenges students to create prom outfits using Duck Tape and wear them to prom for a chance to win scholarship cash. Legal residents of the United States and Canada, including the District of Columbia, but excluding Maryland, Vermont, Colorado and the Province of Quebec, who are at least 14 years of age or older can apply. You must also attend a high [...] More

EMU National Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $15,000
  • The EMU National Scholars Program is a four-year award that pays 30 credit hours per year (15 per semester) of out-of-state tuition differential.

    Must be a new freshmen or new transfer student with a minimum 3.50 GPA and a resident of a state other than Michigan or Ohio to be considered. Freshmen recipients must live in university housing the first two years of this award.

    For more [...] More

eQuality Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: $6,000
  • eQuality Scholarship Collaborative awards scholarships to honor and encourage California students for their service to the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community. Applicants for all scholarships must have demonstrated service to the LGBTQ community. Applicants of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible.

    Eligibility for high school graduates:
    -Must be a resident of [...] More

ESA Youth Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/25/2018
  • Amount: $8,500
  • In 1996, the Electronic Security Association launched the Youth Scholarship Program. The program was created to promote goodwill among the electronic life safety and security industry and police and fire officers by providing college scholarship awards to their deserving sons or daughters.

    Eligibility:
    -Applicants must be at least 15 years of age and not older than 20
    -He or she must be a [...] More

Folsom Garden Club Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/11/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Folsom Garden Club Scholarship Program is for both part-time and full-time students.

    Eligibility Requirements:
    -Applicant must be a California resident or temporary resident attending a college/university in Placer, Sacramento, El Dorado or Yolo County, California
    -Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in order to apply
    -Applicant must be a college student entering the [...] More

Fontana Transport Inc Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Fontana Transport Inc. is a family owned trucking company based out of Southern California whose owners are passionate about higher education and to be able to help future leaders in their community pursue a higher education degree.

    The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program is open to underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college-bound students. Students must be pursuing an [...] More

Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/24/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Eligibility:
    -Be an incoming freshman enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college/university
    -Have a passion for business (business major not required)
    -First generation Asian-American (that is, immigrants)
    -Minimum 3.0 GPA
    -Financial need
    -Resident of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara or Solano county in California
    -Community service

    For [...] More

Growing Up Asian in America Art & Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/4/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Growing Up Asian in America provides a unique platform for young people to creatively explore and celebrate being both Asian or Pacific Islander and American.

    Eligibility:
    -Be Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese or other Asian/Pacific Islander, multi-cultural ethnicity
    -Grades K-12
    -Live in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, [...] More

HEEF Architecture and Engineering Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/19/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • HEEF scholarships are based on a combination of low-income family background, academic achievement, and involvement in extracurricular activities, community volunteer work, church service or work-employment. Graduating high school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA, who have been accepted into an accredited four- or five-year program in architecture or engineering may apply. Second-year community [...] More

HEEF Arts Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/17/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Students applying for the HEEF Arts Scholarship Program must enroll in a four-year college and major in art, dance, drama, music, performance art, video, visual arts, new media or related major. Applicants must be a Latino/a who has lived in Orange County (OC), CA for the past six (6) years whose family income is $45,000 or less. High school graduates and OC Community college transfers are [...] More

HEEF Mike Corona Foundation Law Enforcement Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/19/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • HEEF scholarships are based on a combination of low-income family background, academic achievement, and involvement in extracurricular activities, community volunteer work, church service or work-employment. The HEEF Mike Corona Foundation Law Enforcement Scholarships are intended to provide support for graduating Orange County high school seniors or transfer students interested in pursuing a [...] More

Heidelberg University Out-Of-State Grant

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $12,000
  • In order to qualify for the Heidelberg College Out Of State Grant, applicants must be either first-time freshmen or transfer students who are not Ohio state residents. This grant is renewable for four (4) years as long as the student is making satisfactory academic progress.

    For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Henry & Joyce W. Sumid Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Henry and Joyce W. Sumid Scholarship is available to high school seniors and college students interested in studying theatre arts and whose legal residence is within these states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

    You must be able to demonstrate financial neediness to be eligible for a Sumid Scholarship.

    Requirements:
    -Please submit a [...] More

Italian Catholic Federation First Year Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Since 1964, the Italian Catholic Federation has awarded over $2,000,000.00 in scholarships to more than 6,000 high school students, of the Catholic faith, attending college. Applications are received from students in public as well as Catholic high schools in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Illinois.

    Eligibility:
    -Are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent
    -Live within the Roman Catholic [...] More

Jewish Family and Children's Services Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/31/2017
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Fulfilling our educational and vocational goals is one of life's most empowering and impactful objectives. At JFCS, we annually help hundreds of Jewish students achieve these goals by providing them with loans and grants.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be Jewish
    -Have been a legal and permanent resident of Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, or northern Santa Clara counties for at least two years [...] More

Korean American Scholarship Foundation - Western Regional Chapter

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • To qualify for the Korean American Scholarship - Western Regional Chapter, students must be of Korean heritage studying in the United States, regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals). Full-time enrollment at a school in one of the designated Southwestern region states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, [...] More

Matsuo Bridge Company Ltd. of Japan Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Matsuo Bridge Company, Ltd. of Japan Scholarship will be awarded to a college junior or senior, or a graduate student pursuing a degree in civil engineering, welding engineering, welding engineering technology, or related discipline.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be 18 years or older
    -Must have a high school diploma
    -Enrolled at least part-time at an accredited college/university in the U.S. [...] More

Mel C. Marshall Student Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $4,000
  • CPCA was formed in 1990 by a group of precast concrete manufacturers who felt a local organization was necessary to address matters of concern to the precast concrete industry in California. Now, well into the third decade of service to its members, the focus of CPCA remains on the advancement of quality, precast products.

    CPCA operates as a non-profit California corporation with standing [...] More

MGMA Western Section Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • To be eligible for the MGMA Western Section Scholarships, applicants must be residing in MGMA Western section states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) who are current MGMA members and enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice management. For more information or to [...] More

Michael R. Mettler Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/4/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Michael R. Mettler Memorial Scholarship is offered to local graduating high school seniors and current college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors who are majoring in an ag-related field of study at a college or university. This year, we will award one scholarship paid in one check to the recipient(s).

    Students majoring in veterinary studies will only be considered if their concentration is [...] More

Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2018
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to a deserving student with a history of migrating for employment in agriculture who has successfully completed one year of college. This support will cover expenses beyond what the youth is entitled to in federal/state and other scholarship assistance. This scholarship is designed to assist the youth in obtaining a baccalaureate [...] More

NEWH Orange County Region Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 11/4/2017
  • Amount: Varies
  • NEWH, Inc. and its chapters are tasked with fundraising to provide scholarship dollars for eligible students wishing to enter the hospitality industry.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be a currently enrolled student attending an accredited college in - Orange County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County, San Diego, Imperial County and Hawaii
    -Must have completed half the requirements for a degree [...] More

NIADA Foundation Regional Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/18/2018
  • Amount: $3,500
  • The NIADA Foundation proudly sponsors four young men or women each year who have displayed outstanding abilities in education. These students will each receive a $3,500 scholarship to the college or university of their choice. The awards are presented each June of every year at the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) Convention. The following regions are:

    -Region I: [...] More

NSHSS Tesoro Youth Leadership Awards

  • Application Deadline: 2/26/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Tesoro Industries is providing college scholarships for outstanding young leaders. This new scholarship has been launched to encourage young scholars who are leading by example in their schools and communities.

    Eligibility requirements include high school seniors graduating in spring who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of one of the following 19 states where Tesoro does business: [...] More

Oregon Ford ReStart Program Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Ford ReStart Program is need-based and was created to encourage adults, age 25 or older, to begin or return to full-time post-secondary education to earn a degree at an eligible college.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be at least 25 years of age by March 1 of the application year
    -Be residents of Oregon or Siskiyou County, California
    -Have a high school diploma or GED certificate
    -Must be [...] More

Palo Alto Rotary Club Vocational Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Rotary Club of Palo Alto Vocational Scholarships for the upcoming school year are intended to provide financial assistance to students who wish to enroll in an accredited vocational program at regional schools, such as the community colleges in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Eligible students will enroll in a program leading to a certificate or degree in a vocational field. These [...] More

Philippine International Aid U.S. Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 2/24/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Asian Pacific Fund administers 12 scholarship programs to help undergraduate and graduate students achieve their education goals.

    Eligibility Criteria for the Philippine International Aid U.S. Scholarship Fund:
    -Be an incoming freshman enrolled full-time at an accredited community college, technical college or four year-college or university in California for the coming school [...] More

PMI Charles Lopinsky Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The PMI Educational Foundation Scholarship Program is pleased that you are interested in pursuing a career in project management. The Foundation has established a tuition scholarship program to assist qualified students in obtaining degrees from accredited academic institutions of higher learning in the field of project management. Scholarships are sponsored by PMI, PMI Components, corporations [...] More

Presbyterian Student Opportunity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Student Opportunity Scholarship program serves Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) college students by providing need-based aid for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are full-time, first-degree students attending accredited institutions in the United States. Student Opportunity Scholarship applicants will explore who God created them to be in a series of essay questions intended for students to [...] More

Professional Business Women of California Scholarship for Young Women

  • Application Deadline: 1/13/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The PBWC Conference, which is the largest women's conference of its kind in Northern California, provides a forum for advancing women's professional and personal development through tools, resources, training and inspiration. The annual conference includes an academic scholarship program recognizing a minimum of three high school seniors who are women and California residents. Winners must be [...] More

Protect American River Canyons Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/12/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • To enter the PARC Essay Scholarship Contest, eligible students must write an original essay of 500 words or less responding to the following question about the North and Middle Fork American River canyons located upstream of Folsom Reservoir, in the Auburn State Recreation Area: Why is the American River and its canyons important to me and what is my vision for improving the Auburn State [...] More

PSR/Sacramento High School Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/13/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Students may enter the PSR/Sacramento Scholarship Essay Contest by submitting an original essay of 500 words or fewer describing their thoughts about the quotation, "Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free,” from the Nobel Lecture presented by The 14th Dalai Lama after he was awarded the 1989 Nobel Peace [...] More

San Diego Community Foundation Common Scholarship Application

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • As the largest private non-university scholarship provider in the county, the Community Scholarship Program operates more than 160 funds and awarded in excess of $2.2 million to more than 1,000 students last year alone.

    Applicants must be legal residents of San Diego County. Residency is required for one year and is defined as the city and state where the applicant's or parents'/guardians' [...] More

Schwartz Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Founded in 2012 by independent college counselor Robert Schwartz, the Schwartz Scholarship Fund (SSF) aims to assist academically-inclined students with a specific vision and goal for the future. The maximum annual family income to qualify for the SSF scholarships is $150,000 in the given tax year of the application (tax forms will not be required to apply, only an estimate, but updated federal [...] More

Sonoma County Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/2/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • There are more than 35 Legacy and new scholarship funds available to assist Sonoma County students who are seeking financial assistance with higher education, whether in post-secondary, graduate, or professional degrees.

    For a list of scholarships, visit the website above. [...] More

South Coast Water District Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/6/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • South Coast Water District awards scholarships to college-bound high school seniors who live in the District's service area in coastal south Orange County, California. College-bound high-school seniors who live in the South Coast Water District service area which includes the communities of Dana Point, Capistrano Beach, Monarch Beach, South Laguna (south of Nyes Place), areas of north San [...] More

Swiss Benevolent Society of San Francisco Need & Merit Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Swiss Benevolent Society General Scholarship, the Silvia & Jacques Iselin Scholarship and the Willy Isler Scholarship are based on need and merit and are available to deserving students entering college through postgraduate studies. Students must demonstrate financial need, be worthy, show an aptitude for their chosen field of study and a minimum G.P.A. of 3.2 for the last two years in high [...] More

Tall Clubs International Student Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Are you under 21 years of age and about to start college in the fall? If so, you may be in luck! TCI annually awards student scholarship(s) of up to $1,000 each to tall students who are under 21 years of age and attending their first year of college in the following fall.

    Eligibility:
    -You must be under 21
    -You must be entering college in the upcoming fall
    -You must also meet the TCI [...] More

TELACU College Success Program Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Administered by the TELACU Education Foundation, the College Success Program was created in 1983 to develop and empower new generations of leaders in the communities it serves. The Program is funded by TELACU and the generous contributions of our partners - corporations, colleges, and universities, non-profit organizations and individuals - who have joined us over the past 30 years in advancing [...] More

The Mario Cugia Italian Studies Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 8/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Since 1964, the Italian Catholic Federation has awarded over $2,000,000.00 in scholarships to more than 6,000 high school students, of the Catholic faith, attending college. In 1998, to honor Mario Cugia, Past President and Life Member of the Italian Catholic Federation Central Council, an Italian Studies Scholarship Program was created to supplement the Federation's Scholarship Program for [...] More

The Achievement Award Program (TAAP)

  • Application Deadline: 2/17/2018
  • Amount: $24,000
  • The Achievement Award is a scholarship program for students with extreme financial need who have demonstrated high potential by achieving academic success while overcoming difficult circumstances. Scholarship applicants must demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to helping pre-collegiate students in college preparation programs. TAAP provides financial support and one-on-one advising to all of [...] More

The Anne Trabue Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The first scholarship established by the WSCGA Foundation Board was the Anne Trabue Scholarship in honor of WSCGA's 'founding mother' and first President. In 1954, WSCGA honored Anne Trabue by creating a trophy in her name. The Anne Trabue Trophy is presented annually at the Southern Championship.

    Eligibility:
    -Applicant must complete high school by September 1st of the current [...] More

The Chen Foundation Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/29/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Chen Foundation is focused on helping economically-challenged youth fulfill their dreams of obtaining higher education. The scholarship is renewable, allowing scholarship recipients to receive an additional $2,000 award for the fall quarter/semester of their second year of college if they maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and active service in the community. Students must be high school seniors and [...] More

The Community Foundation of the Verdugos Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/2/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Community Foundation’s scholarships are created by individuals and organizations to assist students who are pursuing a higher education. Scholarship monies are charitable grants which you do not need to pay back. Each scholarship has a specific eligibility criteria that is defined by the donor when the fund is created — check to see which awards you’re eligible for by reading that [...] More

The David C. Lizárraga Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 2/26/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • Through The David C. Lizárraga Fellowship, TELACU recognizes graduate students who demonstrate the potential and commitment to advance TELACU's mission of building self-sufficient communities through economic empowerment.

    Applicants must be a first-generation college student, pursuing a master's degree in business administration or engineering (students pursuing other graduate degrees may also [...] More

The Ebell of Los Angeles Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/3/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Harvard declared, "Veritas." Going a bit further, Yale said. “Lux et Veritas.” Ebell, in its singular fashion added "I Will Find a Way, or Make One…" In Ebell’s case, it pursued its mission of providing financial assistance in the form of scholarships to thousands of students attending Los Angeles County colleges and universities. Starting with a few students and less than one hundred dollars [...] More

The Georgia McHugh Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Established by SISF in 1991, The Georgia McHugh Scholarship program awards up to two scholarships annually to high school students living in San Francisco planning to attend a four-year university or college in California. It is funded by a bequest from a long-time member, the late Georgia McHugh.

    Eligibility:
    -Must currently be a high school senior enrolled in a San Francisco accredited high [...] More

The GGA Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Geysers Geothermal Association (GGA), a non-profit trade association which is comprised of the various companies that constitute the geothermal industry in Lake, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, is pleased to announce the availability of the Fred Haley Memorial Scholarship.

    There will be one scholarship awarded to a high school senior who has relatives that are directly involved and spend a [...] More

The Harold Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/22/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Harold Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship was established in memory of Police Chief Harold Johnson to provide scholarship support to students who plan on pursuing a career in police work, corrections, or other criminal justice fields. These scholarships are designed to recognize students who demonstrate a passion for public service, academic potential, leadership and financial need. [...] More

The Marie A. Calderilla Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/23/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • This program was established in 2007 through a generous gift from Marie A. Calderilla who believed deeply in the importance of education. The 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 that they are committed [...] More

The Mimi Deatherage Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • Born and raised in Long Beach, Marion (Mimi) Deatherage practiced law and loved the game of golf. She attended Wilson High School, and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado before attending Southwestern School of Law. After graduation from Southwestern, she joined her father's law office. During the seventeen years she spent practicing [...] More

The Spirit of American Youth Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Caruso Affiliated Spirit of American Youth Scholarship will be awarded to two graduating high school seniors who attend a public or private school in the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys. Qualifying students will exhibit academic potential, provide examples of how they've contributed to the betterment of their communities, and complete an essay based on how they would invest in their [...] More

The Tang Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2018
  • Amount: $15,000
  • This scholarship is to help LGBT youth (ages 17-25) proudly achieve educational pursuits and dreams without shame. Students who self-identify as Asian/Pacific Islander and gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender; (at least 25 percent API ancestry); and who are involved in the GLBT community are eligible to apply. Students must graduate from a high school in one of the nine (9) Bay Area counties: [...] More

U.S. Army Loan Repayment Program

  • Application Deadline: 6/23/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • U.S Army Loan Repayment Program helps servicemen repay qualified student loans. Out of all the service branches, the Army’s CLRP benefits package is typically regarded as the best, since it provides up to $65,000 in lifetime student loan forgiveness. The benefit is doled out on an annual basis, beginning as soon as a Soldier completes his first year of qualifying service, and provided at a rate [...] More

Vandenberg Spouses' Club Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/20/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Vandenberg Spouses' Club is honored to continue the long tradition of providing financial assistance to qualifying military dependents and spouses for their college education pursuits.

    Eligibility:
    -Spouses of active duty military sponsors who are stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base
    -Spouses of retired or deceased military are eligible if applicant currently resides in Santa Barbara [...] More

Virginia Smith Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Virginia Smith Scholarship will be awarded to a college junior who demonstrates academic potential and merits the respect and support of fellow students and teachers, has earned recognition through good citizenship during school and/or personal service to the community in which they live, and clearly needs financial support in order to attain objectives through higher [...] More

Wong: Helen and L.S. Wong Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/24/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • One to four scholarships will be awarded to qualified seniors from Fairfield and Suisun, Calif., high schools who will be attending four-year colleges and universities or community colleges (with a strong commitment to transferring to a four-year institution). Scholarships are renewable up to 4 years. Awards are for undergraduate study only.

    Note: 10 to 15 finalists will be chosen. Finalists [...] More

Yuchengco: Maria Elena Yuchengco Memorial Journalism Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • This award was established in honor of Maria Elena Yuchengco, who graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Francisco and was instrumental in the founding of Filipinas Magazine.

    Eligibility:
    -Incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduate at an accredited four-year college/university in the upcoming academic year
    -Major in journalism
    -Filipino (at least 50%)
    -Minimum 3.0 [...] More

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Yale to Ditch "Freshman", "Upperclassmen", Adopt Gender-Neutral Terms

September 19, 2017

by Susan Dutca

In an effort to modernize, Yale will no longer use the terms "freshman" and "underclassmen" and will instead adopt gender-neutral terminology, such as "first-year" and "upper-level students." University officials still anticipate students and faculty to use the old terminology, since they're "deeply ingrained in our everyday language and in Yale's history."

The new terminology can be found in the Undergraduate Regulations and the First-Year Handbook and is expected to appear in all Yale College's publications and communications by the start of the 2018-2019 academic year. The effort to phase out the older terminology is "a piece of a larger movement to reflect the diversity of college campuses" and also in part because the "two words in particular are gendered," according to Jennifer Keup, Director Of the National Resource for the First-Year-Experience and students in Transition. [...]

Senate Bill to Make College Affordable and Accessible for Homeless, Foster Care Youth

September 13, 2017

by Susan Dutca

A bipartisan group of U.S House of Representatives and U.S. Senate lawmakers recently introduced a bill that would help homeless students and foster youth get the financial support they need for college. The bill would also remove other barriers to higher education, such as providing housing options, improving outreach, and streamlining the FAFSA to homeless and foster care students. [...]

Harvest Fall Scholarships for College

September 7, 2017

by Susan Dutca

Enjoy a seasonal treat this season with fall scholarships from Scholarships.com to help pay your college tuition bill. Harvest some of the largest dollar scholarships, most prestigious scholarships, and brand name scholarships out there with our list of October scholarships. These autumn scholarships are so good you'll scream! So hurry and apply for these scholarships due in October and don't let them fall by the wayside. For a complete list of scholarships due in October, click here. [...]

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