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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Farm Worker Scholarship (CWA)

Amount:$500-$2,000  Deadline: March 19, 2018

Must be a female resident or high school graduate from Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz County. 1) Must be employed as a farm laborer or have at least one parent or a spouse who has been employed as a farm laborer for two consecutive seasons in Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz County. 2) Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree or a degree from an accredited trade school in any subject area. 3) If the applicant is in high school when applying, they must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.


Women Pursing Degrees in Agriculture Scholarship (CWA)

Amount:$500-$2,000  Deadline: March 19, 2018

Must be a female resident or high school graduate from Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz County. 1) Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree, or a degree from an accredited trade school in agriculture or related subject area. This scholarship is only for under graduate degrees and trade schools. 2) If applicant is in high school when applying, they must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher  The Women Pursuing Degrees in Agriculture scholarship is for women who want to major in an Ag related field such as crop science or animal production.  This scholarship in not for Environmental Science or Forestry.


Cabrillo College Scholarship for High School Seniors

Amount: $500     Deadline: March 23, 2018 @5pm

All high school seniors planning to attend Cabrillo should apply.  There is one application and you are considered for two scholarships. Submit your transcripts to the financial aid office in person, or you can mil it in. 


San Jose State University Alumni Scholarship

Amount:$500-$2000 renewable   Deadline: March 28,2017

Must submit to 

Nicole Morasca or Ximena Ospina at PVHS

Nicole Morasca or Federico Castaneda at  WHS

Nicole Morasca or Cheryl Nickel at AHS

Graduating Senior attending full-time enrollment at San Jose State University in the fall of 2018, minimum GPA 3.0, Evidence of involvement in school and/or Community Affairs. 


WHS 2018 Dance Club Scholarship

Amount:TBD Deadline: March 28, 2018 at 1:30pm

Watsonville High Seniors Only-Please submit your application, taxes, and essay to Nicole Morasca or Leandra Cabadas by March 28, 2018 at 1:30pm. Seniors only are eligible to apply:  If you were or are a members of the WHS Dance club or if you participated in ¡Cultura Caliente! by producing our program,recording, ushering, or MCing.


Slavic American Cultural Organization

Amount: Varies Deadline: March 28, 2017

Student must be of Slavic Heritage (i.e.: the former Republics of Yugoslavia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, or Slovenia) living in the California counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey or San Benito. 3.0 GPA or higher. For an application, please check in with Nicole Morasca at PVHS and WHS and Cheryl Nickel at AHS.


Mary Ann Gomez Scholarship

Amount: Up to $1,000 Deadline: 4:30pm March 29, 20178

Children of Classified Staff Members, Classified Confidential Employees or Classified Management of the Pajaro Unified School District.·  Graduating High School Senior with 2.5 GPA or higher. Submit essay and official transcripts, no application. Minimum 300 word essay on the topic: Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you or your community.


Hispanic Scholarship Fund General College Scholarship

Amount:$500-$5,000      Deadline: March 30, 2018

The HSF application allows students to apply for multiple scholarships with one application! Eligibility: Must be of Hispanic heritage; U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, DACA or eligible non-citizen (as defined by FAFSA); Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students; Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited 4-year university in the fall of the desired scholarship year; and Complete FAFSA or Dream Act (if applicable) no SS# needed


The 2018 CAA/ESA Youth Scholarship

Amount: $1,000-$4,000 Deadline: March 30, 2018

The program was developed to provide college scholarship awards to their deserving sons or daughters of police, firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs. Applicants must be accepted for admission to an accredited college or university, matriculating the following year.  Awards are based on a combination of academic achievement, national test scores, extracurricular participation and the essay.


El Pajaro Young Ladies Institute #138 Scholarship

Amount: TBD Deadline: March 30, 2018

1.The high school scholarship shall be awarded to the a YLI member or relative(Catholic son, daughter, grandchild) of a member of El Pajaro #138 of at least two years. 2. If no member’s son, daughter, or grandchild is eligible, the scholarship committee may consider any college-bound Catholic student within the Pajaro Valley Unified School District boundaries who meet the scholarship 3. Criteria. A student eligible shall have a 3.5 or higher and have completed over 100 hours of community service


The Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation

Amount: $100,000 to be distributed   Deadline: March 31, 2018

Be a freshman in the 2018-2019 academic year and anticipate enrolling at a U.S. accredited college/university in the 2018-2019 academic year. Have a cumulative, un-weighted grade point average between 3.5 and 4.0 on a 4.0 scale  Have a minimum SAT score of 1200 (out of 1600) or 1800(out of 2400) or a minimum ACT score of 25.  Have at least two reference letters, one of which must be from a current or former teacher in an academic subject. Submit personal statements Have applied to a U.S. college/university. Submit to interviews in person or by phone/Skype, if requested.


2018 Vetericyn’s Future Innovators of Agriculture Scholarship

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: March 31, 2018

Applicants must be graduating high school seniors with plans to enroll in a 2 or 4 year university, vocational, trade or technical school in an agricultural discipline. Proof of enrollment as a full-time student will be required. Students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5. Applicants must be US citizens. Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to agriculture through classes, internships and/or life experiences. Family members of Innovacyn, Inc. employees are not eligible for entry. Applicants must include a letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor within the agriculture industry (i.e. FFA advisor, horse trainer, Ag teacher, etc.).


Gen Giammanco Foundation Scholarship

Amount: Minimum $500    Deadline: March 31, 2018

The Gen Giammanco Foundation provides financial support to deserving college bound student athletes who exhibit the passion and commitment to achieve their dreams of both scholastic and athletic success. Criteria: The student athletes that are eligible for assistance must be high school students who reside in Monterey County, Santa Cruz County or students who attend Terra Linda or Ventura High School. Eligible students must intend to continue their education and athletic career at a junior college, college or university. Funding of a Gen Giammanco Foundation (GGF) Award is contingent on the student athlete becoming a member of an NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA or CCCAA athletic team. Consideration will also be given to the applicant's leadership, sportsmanship, community service, academic record and financial need. Some GGF Awards may be renewed upon application provided the student athlete continues to meet the above stated criteria. 


AFT Robert G. Porter Scholars                                                                                                                                                                                                       Amount: 4 4yr $8,000     Deadline: March 31, 2018

One parent or legal guardian must be a member of AFT union (teachers).  Awards are based on academic achievement, commitment to community services and school-related activities, demonstration of leadership, work experience, recommendations, special talents and skills, an essay and a commitment to advancing the interests of working people and building unions.





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.


Corralitos Grange Scholarship

Amount: Not Stated  Deadline: April 1, 2018

Graduating senior students that will be majoring in Agriculture in college. Requires an essay. 


Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group (PAFMG) Pre-Medical Scholarship

Amount: $25,000, paid out over 5 years  Deadline: April 1, 2018

Santa Cruz County High School Seniors that anticipate a career as a doctor. Plans to take pre-medicine courses to prepare for medical school.  Be in top 20 percent of class (verified by transcript). Demonstrate a need for financial assistance to attend a university. Visit the website for complete criteria.


MOAA Scholarship

Amount:$500-$1,000 Deadline: April 1, 2018

Eligible applicants must be entering or already pusuing a college degree and have ties to Santa Cruz County. Preference will be given to: (1) students who will pursue a military career, preferably as an officer, (2) students whose parents, grandparents or sibling have served or are serving in the military and (3) students who are closely related to a Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Santa Cruz member.


James Bliss and Annette Sward Forestry and Nursing Scholarship

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

Students from Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz counties who are pursuing post-secondary programs in nursing, fire science, forest conservation/management or paramedic/EMT at any accredited school or institution in California are eligible to apply. Criteria: Financial need; Demonstrated scholastic or vocational ability; Applicants eligibility for acceptance or current enrollment in any post-secondary education program at any accredited post-secondary school or institution in California; Applicants proposed status must be least a half-time student during the academic year semester or quarter for which the scholarship is awarded.


Gloria Mattera National Migrant Scholarship

Amount:$500     Deadline: April 1, 2018

Open to students who: have recent history of movement for agricultural employment; priority will be given to currently interstate migrant youth; scholastic potential,financial need, and enrolled in or accepted at an accredited public or private college, technical, or vocational school.


Bruce Church Educational Foundation Scholarship                                                                                                                                      

Amount: $500 - $5,000   Deadline: April 1, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                             

Students who are interested in studying agriculture to prepare themselves for a career in agriculture.  Applicants for scholarships should have at least a 2.5 grade point average, be committed to studying agriculture at the college level, and be actively involved in service to their schools and /or their communities.   “Studying agriculture” includes agricultural business, agronomy, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, food science and safety and other academic disciplines reasonably related to a career in agriculture.   The Foundation’s first priority will be students from the Salinas or Pajaro Valleys. No SS# required


The NSHSS Foundation Scholarship

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

High school seniors with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and demonstrated desire to major in any area of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). STEM Disciplines: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Biosciences/Pre-med/health-related fields, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences, including Statistics and Accounting, Electrical Engineering, Geosciences, Information Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Oceanography, Operations Research, Physics, Teaching in STEM areas

This scholarship requires a personal statement, list of STEM activities, photo, transcript, and educator recommendation.


Armando S. Quintana Memorial Scholarship

Amount:$250  Deadline:  April 6, 2018

GPA + 2.0, essay, and letter of recommendation from your case manager, counselor, teacher or administrator regarding your academic achievement, community/school involvement, and personal strengths. Need to list your special education case manager.



Northern California District Council of Laborers Scholarship

Amount: $3,000 Deadline: April 6, 2018

The applicant must be a child of a member of a local union affiliated with the Northern California District Council of Laborers. The parent of applicant must be a member in good standing within local union for at least one year immediately preceding the date of application. A high school senior of a public or private school who is graduating by the end of the Spring (2018) semester, and plans to attend, full-time, an accredited college, university, or trade school in the U.S.


Sons of Italy Class of 218 Scholarship

Amount: Not stated Deadline: April 6, 2018

Applicant must be of Italian heritage or related to a member of Sons of Italy Lodge 2016, applicant’s legal home address must be within the Santa Cruz County Boundary, must have a 3.0 or better GPA.


Sons of Italy-Andrew H. Malatesta Agriculture Science Scholarship

Amount: Not Stated Deadline: April 6, 2018

Applicant must be pursuing studies in the field of Agriculture Sciences. Applicant must be of Italian heritage or related to a member of Sons of Italy Lodge 2016, applicant’s legal home address must be within the Santa Cruz County Boundary, must have a 3.0 or better GPA.


Hellenic Cultural Institute Student Scholarship Program

Amount: April 10, 2018        Deadline:$2,500- divided by all recipients

Students must be seniors bound for college with a 3.0GPA and above. Exemplary classroom conduct. A brief biographical sketch and completion of the application form.  A minimum 600-word essay on: “In the past three years Greece has seen a great Influx of refugees from the Middle East. Describe how the country has been handling the problem” The winning essay may be read by the writer at the Institute’s annual awards dinner.  In addition, the Institute reserves the right to publish it as it sees fit.

Submissions must reach the Institute at the address below or

              Hellenic Cultural Institute, California Central Coast

P.M. Box 183

484B Washington Street

Monterey, California 93940-3052



Amount: $500     Deadline: April 13, 2018

Each year Bay Section CASCWA, California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance, award scholarships to deserving, graduating high school seniors who have overcome unique obstacles and difficulties.


ACSA Santa Cruz Charter Region 10 Scholarship

Amount:$500  Deadline:April 13, 2018

For Santa Cruz County high school students interested in a career in education. High School applicants must live within the boundary of Santa Cruz County schools and must be attending a 2 or 4 year college in fall 2087. Essay, transcripts, letter of recommendation (see details), and proof of residence(current utility bill or similar documentation) needed. Submit to  Mary Anne James at


Watsonville Woman's Club Scholarship

Amount: Unspecified Deadline: April 13, 2018 5pm

Seniors attending college, three letters of reference, personal essay, official transcripts and proof of college acceptance or current college enrollment(university or community college) needed. Scholarship preference will be given to female relatives of Watsonville Women's Club members.



Amount:$1,000/renewable      Deadline: April 15, 2018 

Scholarship Requirements 1) High School Senior (graduating) 2) CA resident 3) Financial need 4) Academics (2.6 GPA and above) 5) Employment: Paid or unpaid Community Service Extracurricular Activities. Please note that we encourage students to apply that have extraordinary circumstances in their lives as well as students who may not have the chance to attend college without financial assistance. We are looking for students that understand and exemplify the meaning of "hard work". No SS# needed


Diabetes Scholars Foundation

Amount: Various Deadline: April 15, 2018

High school senior with type 1 diabetes seeking a higher education at an accredited four year university, college, technical or trade school. U.S. citizen or permanent resident


Lapiz Family Scholarship

Amount:$2,000 Deadline: April 20th, 2018

Farm worker or child of farm worker or migrant farm worker, financial need, minimum GPA: 3.0, Incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduate in 2018-19, University: University of California (any campus, preference given to Davis and Santa Cruz) Any ethnic or racial background, US citizen or permanent resident


California Association for Bilingual Education Scholarship

Amount: TBD Deadline: April 25, 2018

Must submit to 

Nicole Morasca or Ximena Ospina at PVHS

Nicole Morasca or Ruschele Viotti at  WHS

Nicole Morasca or Cheryl Nickel at AHS

Each year the California Association for Bilingual Education, Pájaro Valley Chapter 66, awards several scholarships to graduating bilingual high school students.  These awards are determined on a competitive basis and require the submission of autobiographical essay questions.  All bilingual students (English and another language) are encouraged to participate in this process.


Big Stick Surfing Association Scholarship

Amount:$50-$500   Deadline: April 25, 2018

Santa Cruz County Seniors who have demonstrated scholastic ability, and a commitment to ocean sports, the preservation of the ocean environment and ecology, good citizenship and sportsmanship.


ESA Foundation Scholarship Program

Amount:$3,000 Deadline: April 26, 2018

ESA Foundation established a scholarship program to assist women and minority students who are pursuing degrees leading to careers in Computer & Video Game Arts. Min GPA 2.75 and US Citizens


2018 Wayne Richards Memorial Scholarship

Amount:$500-$1000        Deadline: April 30, 2018

Student must be a graduating senior varsity athlete from a high school in the Santa Cruz County with a 3.0 GPA. Intend to enroll full time at a university, college, or trade school. Must have involvement in school or community affairs and be a U.S. Citizen. Essay, Two letters of Recommendation, and Official Transcripts needed


Wharf to Wharf Howard Marcus Scholarships

Amount:$3,000 per year, renewable for two years     Deadline: April 30, 2018

Applicants for this scholarship must be Santa Cruz County residents, post a minimum 3.0 high school GPA, have track & field or cross country high school running experience  and plans to continue participation  one of these sports at a four-year college or university.


Wharf to Wharf Otis Chandler Scholarship

Amount:$3,000 per year, renewable for two years     Deadline: April 30, 2018

Applicants must reside in Santa Cruz County, have participated in track & field or cross country, and have been accepted into a two or four-year institution of higher learning and have a commitment to lifetime fitness.


Monterey Bay CAPCA

Amount: $1 ,000  Deadline: April 31, 2018

Must be pursuing a a Bachelors or Associate's degree  in agriculture. Must be a resident of Monterey, Santa Cruz, or San Benito County.




Zeiger Firm Scholarship

Amount: $1,000     Deadline: May 25, 2018

Prospective applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited United States college or university or planning to attend one in the fall 2018 semester. Applicants should submit a 500-word essay answering the question on the website.


Young Historian Award 

Amount:$500 Deadline: May 31, 2018

The Young Historian Award will be offered annually to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the study, conservation/preservation, or enhancement of the history of the Pajaro Valley. Open to students who: are 16-25 years of age; have not received compensation for the activity or project other than for materials, travel expenses or other out-of-pocket costs related to the activity or project; have not received the Young Historians Award.


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




Aspiring Nurse Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 Deadline: August 31, 2018

This scholarship competition is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. This scholarship will be given to the applicant who best demonstrates:

+ A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics

+ A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare



AES Engineering Services

Amount:  $500     Deadline: October 6, 2018

Open to high school seniors. This scholarship is intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted. There is no application, submit essays to


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


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