Scholarship and College Pathways

Scholarship & College Pathways Coordinator

Nicole Morasca

831-728-8102 ext. 3598

Aptos High


831-728-7832 ext. 5186

 Pajaro Valley High

Mondays & Fridays  

831-728-8102 ext. 3598

 Watsonville High

Wednesdays & Thursdays

831-728-6390 ext. 6477


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Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student                                                                                                                                                                                                 Amount: Up to $50,000     Deadline: November 27, 2017

Open to high school seniors. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks. Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify. Male and female students compete separately. Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. 



2018 National Space Club and Foundation Keynote Scholar Application

Amount: $10,000   Deadline: December 1, 2017

Provided to a high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student with definite plans to pursue a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields. The recipient must be available to speak at the 2018 Goddard Memorial Dinner on March 16, 2018. Travel and lodging for the recipient and one guest will be provided by the National Space Club and Foundation.Conditions of Eligibility


  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

  • The scholarship is open to seniors in high school through graduate students.

  • The applicant must have the intention of pursuing a career in the STEM fields and plan to attend an accredited U.S. college or university to follow a course of study to pursue a career in the STEM field, with a preference for those with space related interests.

  • The applicant can only use the $10,000.00 scholarship towards tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year.

  • The applicant must not have previously spoken at the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner.

  • The applicant may apply for any of the scholarships offered by the National Space Club and Foundation (Robert H. Goddard Memorial Scholarship, Olin E Teague Scholarship, Keynote Scholarship) in the same year, but may only win one in the same year.

Barbara Lotze Scholarship

Amount:$2,000     Deadline: December 1, 2017

Applicants must declare their intent to prepare for, and engage in, a career in physics teaching at the high school level and must, at the time the scholarship funds are received by the student, be:

  • an undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited two-year college, four-year college or a university; or a high school senior accepted for such enrollment.
  • pursuing, or planning to pursue, a course of study leading toward a career in physics teaching in the high schools.
  • showing promise of success in their studies, and
  • a citizen of the United States of America.


The Science Ambassador Scholarship

Amount:4yrs tuition   Deadline: December 11, 2017

A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math.
Funded by Cards Against Humanity. STEM must be your major field of study. They are looking for someone passionate about discovery who shares their excitement with others. Must film a three–minute video of yourself explaining a topic in STEM you are passionate about. No SS# required


Foot Locker Scholar Athlete

Amount: Up to $20,000     Deadline: December 15, 2017

Students must be entering college in the Fall of 2018 as a Freshman at a four-year school for an undergraduate degree. Be currently involved in high school sports, intramural sports, or community-based sports. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident (you will be asked to prove citizenship and age if you win). Not be an officer or director of Foot Locker, Inc., or any of its subsidiaries, or a member of the immediate family of such an officer or director.


Burger King Scholar

Amount: Up to $50,000 Deadline: December 15, 2017

Open to high school seniors who: live in the United States; are graduating from high school; have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale; plan to enroll full-time without interruption, for the entire 2018-19 academic year at an accredited two-or four-year college, university or vocational –technical school in the U.S., Canada, or Puerto Rico. The first 50,000 submitted applications will be processed.  no ss# required


The AXA Achievement Scholarship

Amount:$10,000-25,000     Deadline: December 15, 2017

Students must be a United States Citizen, or legal resident. Must be a High school Senior planning to attend college as a full-time student in the 2018-2019 school year. Must demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced in school, community or work-related. Applications will be accepted starting on September 5, 2017 and will close after 10,000 applications are received or by December 15, 2017.


Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 Deadline: December 31, 2017

The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship is a merit-based program which means financial need is not considered. The selection of the winner is made by an independent panel of judges and is based primarily on the quality of the submitted personal statement. Open to 9th-12th grade high school, legal resident of the U.S.




GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Amount: $10,000/ renewable 3yrs     Deadline: January 4, 2018

Demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship. Must be a senior who has a min GPA 3.0, demonstrate financial need, be a US citizen, and plan to enroll full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the Unites States.


Raoul Teihet Scholarship   

Amount: Up to $3,000     Deadline:January 10, 2018

The California Federation of Teachers(CFT) offers scholarships to high school seniors and college students who are children or dependents of CFT members in good standing.Scholarships of $3,000 are awarded to students  entering or attending a four-year university;  $1000 scholarships are awarded to students entering or attending a two-year school. The  awards are based on academic achievement, financial need, special talents and skills, participation in extracurricular activities, and a 500-word essay on a social issue about which the applicant feels strongly.


APIASF Asian  Pacific Islander Scholarship

Amount: $2,500 to $20,000    Deadline: January 11, 2018

Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity, A United States citizen, Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2018. Please read the scholarships by supporter details below for specific eligibility requirements regarding the academic standing required for each scholarship. Minimum 2.7 GPA


Orange Scholars Scholarship Program

Amount: up to $2,500      Deadline: January 22, 2018

Applicant must be the dependent of a full- or part-time hourly associate of The Home Depot and its subsidiaries. Applicant's parent/legal guardian must be a Home Depot associate for at least one year as of November 1, 2017 and must be a Home Depot associate at the time the scholarship is awarded. Based on financial need and academic performance, as well as community involvement and leadership. Financial need is given the highest consideration. Applicant must be a current high school senior. Applicant must attend an accredited, non-profit two-or four-year college/university.


Union Plus Scholarship

Amount:$500-4,000     Deadline: January 31, 2018

Current and retired members of unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations) are eligible.  At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant's spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2018.


The Jackie Robinson Foundation

Amount: up to $28,000/four years   Deadline: February 1, 2018

The Jackie Robinson Foundation award is based on academic merit, leadership, community service, and financial need. Open to high school seniors who plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States; Be a United States citizen; Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21


Hollister Co Anti-Bullying Scholarship

Amount: $ 2,500/Renewable Deadline: February 1, 2018

Hollister Co has launched an ongoing college scholarships program for outstanding students who have academically persevered while experiencing bullying and for those who have led anti-bullying efforts in their schools and communities. Eligibility requirements include high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants may be U.S. or international students. Essay, transcripts, letter of recommendation, and resume required


Joyce Ridgway Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $500     Deadline: February 1, 2018

Must be female, minimum GPA of 3.0, have completed a minimum of 6 seasons of sports at the high school level and have earned a minimum of 2 varsity letters, and have demonstrated leadership in school activities and/or on school teams. Have documented incidents demonstrating integrity and self-sacrifice for teammates and school athletic programs. Need Letter of recommendation from principal, coach or athletic director, and member of the community.


EQuality Scholarship

Amount: Up to $6,000      Deadline: February 1, 2018

Service to the LGBTQ community, Leadership, hardship or special circumstances, academic achievement. Must be available for an interview. For full criteria, visit the website. No SS# needed


Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 Deadline: February 1, 2018

The Scholarship is for a migrant student who wishes to pursue a career in teaching. Eligibility: Child of a migrant worker or a migrant worker, teaching as a career goal, scholastic achievement, and financial need. Application, personal essay, two (2) letters of recommendation and an official school transcript needed. No SS# needed


Elks National Foundation Legacy Award

Amount: $4,000     Deadline: February 2, 2018

Any child or grandchild of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2015, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2015, is eligible to apply. The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2018. Great-grandchildren are not eligible. If the applicant's parent and grandparent are both Elk

members, the applicant must apply through the parent's Elks Lodge. Must be a high school senior.


AMS Freshman Undergraduate Scholarship

Amount: $2,500 payable over two years      Deadline: February 2, 2018

The American Meteorological Society is pleased to announce the AMS Freshman Undergraduate Scholarship program, open to all high school students and designed to encourage study in the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences. Marine biology does not meet this requirement.  US Citizen or permanent resident.


AMS Industry Minority Scholarship

Amount: $3,000 payable over two years      Deadline: February 2, 2018

The AMS/Industry Minority Scholarships will award funding to minority students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, especially Hispanic, Native American, and Black/African American students. Funding for the scholarships is provided by industry and through donations made by members to the AMS 21st Century Campaign. AMS encourages applications from women, minorities, and disabled students who are traditionally underrepresented in the atmospheric and related oceanic sciences. Marine Biology is not eligible. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or hold permanent resident status and must be pursuing a degree at a U.S. institution.


Bay Federal Credit Union Scholarship

Amount: $1,500     Deadline: February 2, 2018

Open to high school seniors who are members of Bay Federal Credit Union. Upon submission of a scholarship application, applicants must A) be a Bay Federal member in good standing (no negative balances on deposit accounts, no late payments on loans or lines of credit, no charged-off amounts), or B) become a member by opening a Membership Savings Account with Bay Federal Credit Union by February 2, 2018. Copy of Driver's license and/or student ID card, transcripts,letters of recommendation, resume, and essay required.


CIF/Farmers Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Amount: up to $5,000     Deadline: February 12, 2018

College-bound high school seniors whose academic and athletic careers have been truly exemplary and whose personal standards (i.e., integrity, honesty,etc.) and accomplishments are a positive model for others.Students must: Possess no less than an unweighted cumulative (grades 9-12) grade point average of 3.50; Have demonstrated athletic ability in at least two years of varsity play within (must be participating in athletics as a senior); and Most of all, have portrayed themselves as athletes of character displaying the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.


California Strawberry Scholarship

Amount: $400 to $5,000     Deadline: February 15, 2018

Merit based scholarship, maintain a GPA 2.0 or higher. Parent or student be currently employed as a strawberry fieldworker for the current and prior 2 harvest seasons.  Monies can be used at a trade school, community college, or 4 year university. No SS# needed


Military Commanders’ Scholarship Fund

Amount: Up to $5,000     Deadline: February 16, 2018

Applicants to the Military Commanders' Scholarship Fund must:be dependent children of active duty, reserve, National Guard or retired members of the United States military who hold valid Exchange & Commissary shopping privileges at the time of application, be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll for the first time in a full time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, and have a minimum cumulative 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent, at the time of application. Only the first 100 applications received will be acknowledged and processed.



Amount: $500-$2,000        Deadline: Submit your application 3 to 6 months before your  course begins.

The program is open to anyone residing in California or Hawaii who is a citizen of the United States of America and planning to pursue an eligible vocational/technical (voc/tech) course resulting in a certificate or two-year degree and leading to employment opportunities. Students planning to transfer to a four year school to pursue a Bachelor’s degree are not eligible to apply.



Sons of Italy Western Foundation Academic Scholarship

Amount: TBD    Deadline: March 1, 2018

Applicants must be wholly or partly of Italian ancestry and high school seniors. Must be enrolled in an accredited Trade School, College, University, or Community College for the fall of 2017. Essay, transcripts, and letters of recommendation needed


Italian Language Study Grant

Amount: TBD    Deadline: March 1, 2018

Applicants must be wholly or partly of Italian ancestry and high school seniors. Must be enrolled in an accredited Trade School, College, University, or Community College for the fall of 2017. Essay, transcripts, and letters of recommendation needed


California Wine Grape Growers Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $2,000-$8,000   Deadline: March 16, 2018

To qualify for the scholarship students must have a parent or legal guardian who was employed by a California vineyard during the 2017-2018 winegrape growing season. Be graduating from high school and planning to attend a California four-year university/state college or a two-year community college in the fall. Transcripts, SAT/ACT, letter of recommendation, and essay required.


Robert Miller Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $500-$1,000 Deadline: March 16, 2018

Be a Central Coast high school senior; Plan to major in viticulture or enology at either Alan Hancock Community College or Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Transcripts, SAT/ACT, letter of recommendation, and essay required.


BigSun Scholarship

Amount: $500 Deadline: June 19, 2018

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. All student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in or the capacity in which they participate. Essay required

Ongoing Scholarships

Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest Description

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: Monthly

Open to juniors and seniors. Students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the scholarship.


Monterey County Hospital Association

Amount: Up to $2,000 

The Scholarships assist students pursing degrees in hotel management, culinary studies, wine and other hospitality fields. Priority goes first and foremost to Monterey county residents. Applicants from San Benito and Santa Cruz counties will be considered at the discretion of the selection committee. Must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale a minimum of 100 hours of hospitality/wine related work or internship experience; have applied and gained acceptance to a hospitality/wine related post-secondary program either full-time or substantial part-time in the US or US territories .

Common Knowledge Scholarship Fund

Amount: $250-$2,500 

Take a quiz, show us what you know, win scholarships. It's that easy! At CKSF there are no essays, no applications, and no GPA requirements. Students will the highest scores at the end of each completion win.

Marine Corps NROTC

Amount: Full tuition

Must be a US citizen.  SAT scores of at least 1000 or ACT of at least 22.  Apply to one of the approved NROTC colleges.  For more information, contact Captain Melanie Clifton at 510-714-3144 or  

Wells Fargo College STEPS Sweepstakes

Amount: $5,000

Sign up to receive college planning and money management information from Wells Fargo's CollegeSTEPS Program.  Sweepstakes winners are chosen randomly.  

Walmart Associate Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Application due: varies, check website for each specific award  Criteria: Must be a US citizen or Legal Resident.  Must be employed part-time or full-time with any division of Walmart for at least six consecutive months prior to the appropriate application due date.  Must have financial need and be able to demonstrate the need with required documents

AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts Scholarships 

Amount: $1,000 

Scholarships are awarded based on talent, merit, academic excellence and financial need.  Must attend AMDA.  Visit for more information


Last updated 11/16/2017

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We are excited to share with you the District's newsletter dedicated to Scholarships and College. 

Please take a few minutes to read the newsletters to find valuable information regarding college applications, financial aid, as well as important dates to keep in mind as you prepare to go to college. 

Newsletter 9/15/17




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