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: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • 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: 3/1/2021
  • 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: 3/2/2021
  • 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

Cal Grant A & B Competitive Grant Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/2/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Cal Grant A & B Competitive 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. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

California Assn. of Collectors Educational Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • CACESF’s scholarship contest is open to current high school juniors and seniors who are enrolled in a California high school and will be attending any accredited public or private college, university, or trade school within 12 months of graduation.
    For more information and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

California Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF)

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Orange County (OC) Hispanic Educational Endowment Fund (HEEF) serves US Citizens, Permanent Residents and Dream Act/ AB 540 students who live in Orange County, California only. HEEF offers competitive academic scholarships for OC high school and community college transfers who qualify for need based financial aid and who enroll at a 4-year college or [...] More

California Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant Program (LEPD)

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $12,192
  • 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 100% [...] More

California Strawberry Growers' Fund Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The California Strawberry Scholarship Program has awarded more than $2 million to hundreds of children of strawberry farm workers. First-time applicants must have a parent that is currently employed as a California strawberry fieldworker for the current and prior two harvest seasons. (Applicants may also qualify if they are employed as a California strawberry fieldworker); full-time enrollment in [...] More

Capture the Dream, Inc. Single Parent Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The goal of our scholarship fund is to help eliminate one of the leading obstacles preventing single parents and minority students from attending college – the soaring cost of tuition. We believe when students have the opportunity to attend college, our society thrives. We provide talented students with the means to be able to reach a higher education, which helps develop the future leaders of [...] More

Carson Scholars Fund, Inc.

  • Application Deadline: 1/10/2021
  • 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: 4/30/2021
  • 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

Clair A. Hill Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The ACWA offers the Clair A. Hill Scholarship to a qualified undergraduate student. Eligible applicants must: be California residents attending a California State or University of California campus; be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a water resources-related field related to engineering, agricultural and/or urban water supply, environmental studies, or public administration; commit to [...] More

CSUB Alumni Association Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • 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: 12/1/2020
  • 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

CWGGF Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/6/2021
  • Amount: $8,000
  • The California Association of Winegrape Growers Foundation offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Two types of scholarships are offered - scholarships for four years at any campus in the University of California or California State University System, and scholarships for two years at any California community college. Only the children with a parent or legal
    guardian employed by a [...] More

Don Diego Fund Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/23/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation promotes education in a fair and fiscally sound manner by providing scholarships to deserving San Diego area graduating high school seniors and graduates who are associated with activities at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, including the San Diego County Fair. The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation also provides grants for agricultural education. Applicant must have [...] More

Don Diego Fund FFA Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/23/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation promotes education in a fair and fiscally sound manner by providing scholarships to deserving San Diego area graduating high school seniors and graduates who are associated with activities at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, including the San Diego County Fair. For the FFA Scholarship, applicants must be a member in good standing of FFA until the calendar year [...] More

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

  • Application Deadline: 5/4/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Hutchinson Medical School Scholarship Fund was established to assist young people who aspire to attend medical school and to recognize students who demonstrate excellence in both character and academic achievement. 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 [...] More

eQuality Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2021
  • 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. Awards are available to graduating high school seniors, community [...] More

ERC Eco Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The ERC Eco Scholarship is available to provide financial assistance to high school seniors interested in environmental health sciences and the pursuit of a higher education. Eligible applicants must major in an environmental studies program at an accredited California college or university, have a 3.25 GPA, complete at least one high school science class in addition to the minimum required for [...] More

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/13/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program is open to underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college-bound students. Students must be pursuing an undergraduate degree full-time in transportation, math, science, engineering, architecture, environmental design, PreMed, psychology, Spanish language/literature. The applicant does not have to be a U.S. citizen but must have a minimum 3.5 [...] More

Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/20/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship is offered to first generation Asian Americans who have a demonstrated interest in business (business major not required). Eligible applicants must be an incoming freshman enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college/university with a minimum 3.0 GPA and must be able to demonstrate financial need. Must also be a resident of Alameda, Contra [...] More

Italian Catholic Federation First Year Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2021
  • 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: 8/1/2020
  • 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. To apply, students must achieve a GPA of at least 3.2 and meet one of the following: are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent who live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada, only [...] 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

Korean American Scholarship Foundation - Western Regional Chapter

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2020
  • 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, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington) is required. A [...] More

Matsuo Bridge Company Ltd. of Japan Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Matsuo Bridge Company, Ltd. of Japan Scholarship will be awarded to a college junior, senior, or a graduate student pursuing a degree in civil engineering, welding engineering, welding engineering technology, or related discipline. Must be enrolled at least part-time at an accredited college/university in the U.S. and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Priority is given to residents of California, [...] More

Mel C. Marshall Student Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $500
  • The Mel C. Marshall Student Scholarship was developed to encourage high school seniors or college students to enroll in careers related to the precast concrete industry and to provide opportunities for those students who receive financial support to liaise with CPCA. Scholarship applications are requested by October 31 for the academic year beginning the following fall, and by April 30 for the [...] More

Michael R. Mettler Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/19/2021
  • 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

NIADA Foundation Regional Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/9/2021
  • Amount: $3,500
  • The NIADA Foundation promotes the academic growth of youth throughout the United States and awards scholarships annually at the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association Convention. The Foundation proudly sponsors four young men or women each year who have displayed outstanding abilities in education. Applicants must be high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic [...] More

Palo Alto Rotary Club Vocational Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/3/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Rotary Club of Palo Alto vocational scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance to students who will enroll in an accredited career program or vocational program at a community college in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Eligible students will enroll in a program leading to a certificate or degree, and will plan to go directly into employment in that field upon completion of [...] More

Protect American River Canyons Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/14/2021
  • Amount: $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 (but may attend school in another county). Must be in good academic standing, on track to graduate. For more information or [...] More

Tall Clubs International Student Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Tall Clubs International 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. To enter, applicants must be under 21, entering college in the upcoming fall and meet the TCI height requirement minimums: 5'10" for women and 6'2" for men, barefoot. You must also find a local Tall [...] More

The Community Foundation of the Verdugos Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/2/2021
  • 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: 2/26/2021
  • 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 be [...] More

The Doyle Foundation, Inc. Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Doyle Foundation offers scholarships to enable students from qualifying schools to pursue further education and training at universities, trade schools and community colleges. 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 [...] More

The Ebell/Flint Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Ebell/Flint Scholarship is open to full-time undergraduates attending a school in Los Angeles County. Eligible applicants must reside in Los Angeles County, have a 3.25 GPA, have at least sophomore status by the end of the current year, and must have US citizenship. For more details or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

The Marie A. Calderilla Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/4/2021
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Marie A. Calderilla Scholarship is for female students currently enrolled or planning to attend a college within the San Mateo County Community College District. Applicants must be female graduating high school seniors or re-entry students planning to attend Cañada College, College of San Mateo or Skyline Community College and demonstrate financial hardship. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or [...] More

The Pinay Aspire Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/12/2020
  • 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

U.S. Army Loan Repayment Program

  • Application Deadline: 6/23/2020
  • 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

Virginia Smith Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2021
  • 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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Last Reviewed: June 2020

California Scholarships