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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2017 Siemens Competition(MST)

Amount: Up to $100,000     Deadline: September 19, 2017

The Siemens Foundation established the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology in 1999. The competition is the nation's premier  science research competition for high school students. Open to individuals and teams of up to three people in 9-12th grade. 


Questbridge College Match Scholarship

Amount: Full, four year scholarship        Deadline: September 27, 2017 

Criteria:1) Academic Achievement: High GPA and high SAT/ACT scores 2)Financial Qualifications: Typically households earning less than $65,000 annually for a family of four. 3) Personal Circumstances: Parents' level of education/Extenuating circumstances/Extracurricular achievements.


Odenza Marketing Group (OMG) Scholarship 

Amount:  $500     Deadline: September 30, 2017

Open to high school students who are US citizens and have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Must submit two essays.


Don't Text and Drive Scholarship

Amount:  $1,000     Deadline: September 30, 2017

Open to students grade 9- 12. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. Students must include a 140-character message about texting while driving. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists. The finalists will be asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about texting while driving.




Wendy's High School Heisman

Deadline: October 2nd  Amount: Varies

Must be a graduating high school senior in 2018 and have a 3.0 GPA or higher. The full list of qualified athletic events in alphabetical order includes: Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bobsleigh, Bowling, Boxing, Canoeing/Rowing, Cross Country, Curling, Cycling, Diving, Equestrian (Dressage/Eventing/Jumping), Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Ice Hockey, Ice Skating (Figure or Speed), Judo, Lacrosse, Luge, Rugby, Sailing, Shooting, Skiing (Alpine, Biathlon, Cross Country, Free-Style, Jumping), Snowboard, Soccer, Softball, Spirit/Cheerleading, Swimming (or Synchronized), Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Track & Field, Trampoline, Triathlon, Volleyball (or Beach), Water Polo, Weightlifting, and Wrestling. Be a leader in school and in the community and serve as a role model for underclassman.


AES Engineering Services

Amount:  $500     Deadline: October 6, 2017

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


College Jumpstart Scholarship

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: October 17, 2016

Open to 10th-12th graders. Merit based scholarship, financial need isn't a consideration.  Students must be committed to continuing their education.  Can be used at any trade school, college or university in the US


Horatio Alger Scholarship

Amount:$2,500-$25,000     Deadline: October 25, 2017

The Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.Open to high school seniors. National, state, vocational and targeted scholarships offered. Students can be going to a 2 or 4 year college. Financial assistance needed-family income of $55,000 or less, involvement in community service and co-curricular activities. GPA 2 or higher and must be a U.S. Citizen.


Good Tidings Scholarship

Amount: 10 @ $10,000     Deadline: October 26, 2017

Criteria is based on community service and financial need.  Applicant must be a high school senior graduating in 2017 and a resident of one of the following California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, or Yolo. no SS# required


Good 360 Sustainability Scholarship

Amount: $1,000     Deadline: October 30, 2017

Open to high school seniors applying to college who have an interest in sustainability and the environment. Student must have at least a GPA of 3.3 Essay and Photo on Instagram required


Coca Cola Scholarship

Amount: $1,000- $20,000      Deadline: October 31, 2017

This scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. Must be U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. permanent Residents; Refugees; Asylees: Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or humanitarian paroles and have a 3 GPA by the end of their junior year.


Mel C. Marshall Scholarship

Amount: $500 per semester Deadline: October 31, 2017

A high school senior with a min 2.5 GPA,  the student’s academic field must be related to the building, construction or PRECAST concrete industry (can include safety, accounting, IT, etc.) The applicant must be a California resident.The following materials must be included with the application:1.A transcript of high school grades. The high school transcript must include ACT/SAT scores and class standing.2 A letter of recommendation from the high school or college faculty.3.A letter of sponsorship from a CPCA member considered to be in good standing. (Contact the CPCA office if you need help contacting a member).


National Eagle Scout Association Scholarship

Amount: From $2,000-$50,000     Deadline: October 31, 2017

Academic and merit scholarships awarded to Eagle Scouts. Various scholarships available-please read criteria




APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship Program

Amount: $2,500-$5,000 Deadline: November 2, 2017

Criteria: Live at or below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status; Are the first in their families to attend college; Are representative of the AAPI community's diversity, geographically and ethnically, especially those ethnicities that have been underrepresented on college campuses due to limited access and opportunity; and have placed strong emphasis on community service and leadership as well as solid academic achievement. The APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship is available annually to students attending APIASF AANAPISI partner campuses: American Samoa Community College California State University, East Bay California State University, Sacramento Century College City College of San Francisco Coastline Community College College of Micronesia - FSM De Anza College Guam Community College Highline College Irvine Valley College Laney College Mission College Northern Marianas College Queens College, CUNY Richland College San Jose State University South Seattle College University of Guam University of Hawai'i at Hilo University of Illinois at Chicago University of Massachusetts Boston University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Seattle University’s Sullivan Leadership Award Scholarship

Amount: Full tuition, room, and meals/4yrs     Deadline: November 15, 2017

For undergraduate study at Seattle University. Students selected based on academic excellence(3.7 GPA or higher), service, and leadership.  Students must apply for Early Action by submitting a complete admissions application in addition to the Sullivan Leadership Award application. The deadline for both is November 15, 2017.


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

Amount: Up to 40,000/yr     Deadline: November 14, 2017

This scholarship rewards excellence by supporting high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Minimum eligibility – Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2017, Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2018Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above, Receive standardized test scores in the top 15%: SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above, Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant no ss# required


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. 




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.




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 9/19/2017

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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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