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: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,800
  • 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. Applicants must be female, high school grads or GED recipient 23 years of age or older without a bachelor's or advanced degree. Must live or attend a school in north San [...] More

Association of California Water Agencies Awards

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $3,500
  • Each year, ACWA awards 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 administration [...] More

Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund

  • Application Deadline: 2/23/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • 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. Applicants must be incoming freshman [...] More

CSUB Alumni Association Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • This scholarship was established by the CSUB Alumni Association to support CSUB students in a master's or Teacher Credential program. Must be a graduate or Teacher Credential student; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; demonstrate financial need, and provide evidence of campus and community service. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

CSUB Clare Estate and Trust Endowment

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • This memorial scholarship was established by the estate of Florence Clare to support first-time freshman CSUB students. Must be enrolled full-time; proven academic excellence; campus and community involvement; demonstrate financial need. For more information and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Don Diego Fund Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/18/2020
  • 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: 3/18/2020
  • 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

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

  • Application Deadline: 5/9/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Applicant must be a college senior and accepted to medical school or currently enrolled full-time in an accredited medical school program and must demonstrate personal motivation for excellence in both character and academic achievement. Must demonstrate personal integrity, as exemplified by leadership, community involvement and concern for others. Must be a San Mateo County or Santa Clara County [...] More

eQuality Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • 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 LGBT+ community. Applicants of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

Italian Catholic Federation First Year Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2020
  • 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.

    Applicants must be Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent. Live within the Roman Catholic [...] More

Italian Catholic Federation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 8/1/2019
  • 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.

    Applicants must be Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent who live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada, only where Branches of the Federation are established (applicants of [...] More

Jewish Family and Children's Services Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2020
  • 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. In order to apply, you must be Jewish and have been a legal and permanent resident of Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, or northern Santa Clara counties for at least two [...] More

Michael R. Mettler Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/19/2020
  • 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).

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

Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Provides support for a student with a history of migrating for employment in agriculture who has successfully completed one year of college to 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 degree without being encumbered with substantial debt. Applications must be [...] More

Presbyterian Student Opportunity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • 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

Protect American River Canyons Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/5/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • To enter the PARC Essay Scholarship Contest, eligible students must write an original essay of 500 words or fewer responding to an essay prompt provided at the PARC website.

    Applicants must be high school seniors who are a resident of Placer, Nevada or El Dorado County, CA (can attend school in another county). Must be in good academic standing, on track to graduate.For more information or to [...] More

The Doyle Foundation, Inc. Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Doyle Foundation Scholarship can be applied to any post-secondary institution. Applicants must be a graduating senior or graduate of the Huntington Beach Union High School District in Southern California, a graduating senior or graduate of the Washoe County School District in Northern Nevada, or a graduate or current student of any of the following community colleges in Southern California: [...] More

The Marie A. Calderilla Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/23/2020
  • 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 Pinay Aspire Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Pinay Aspirations, a not-for-profit organization created by an accomplished team of professional Pinay women, awards scholarships and mentorship to at-risk college-bound Bay Area students. The Pinay Aspire Scholarship was established in 2006 to support and promote the advancement of San Francisco/Bay Area Filipinas through education and mentoring. Since its inception, Pinay Aspirations has [...] More

Virginia Smith Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/12/2020
  • 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 education. To be [...] More

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Lawmakers are considering extending Pell Grants to people who pursue short-term training in order to land better jobs, faster. Federal student aid in the form of Pell Grants can currently be used for college degrees and qualifying certificate programs. [...]

3 Women Charged in $1M Student Financial Aid Fraud

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by Susan Dutca-Lovell

Three San Bernardino County women who have been accused of stealing $1 million in federal financial aid from Fullerton college, in California, have been arrested by the U.S. Justice Department and are charged with various counts of mail and wire fraud. The scheme involved enrolling hundreds of mainly non-existent students, successfully applying for grants and loans and pocketing the money. [...]

Patriotic Scholarships that Celebrate America

June 27, 2019

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

Nothing says 'Merica like these Patriotic Scholarships as we approach Independence Day and remember how, in America, education is a great equalizer. Whether you are an American citizen searching for college scholarships or are studying abroad in the USA, these American-themed scholarships are for those who truly believe in the American dream. In the land of the free, we have plenty of free college scholarships to help you achieve your higher education dreams. [...]

Last Reviewed: July 2019