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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Scholarship List

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Watsonville Woman's Club Scholarship

Amount: Unspecified Deadline: April 19, 2017 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.


Hellenic Cultural Institute Student Scholarship Program

Amount: April 20, 2017        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: “Hippocrates: Why is He Considered the Father of Medicine?” 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

Martina Mendoza Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Not stated  Deadline: April 21, 2017

Applicant must be a high school senior that has been accepted to a California State College, California University, California Community College or Technical School. Student is required to write a 500-1000 word essay on a prompt located on the application


Student Advocates for Higher Education
Amount: $500-$1,000 Deadline: April 22, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                       The SAHE Scholarship is open to Bay Area students and students who will be attending school in the Bay Area (Santa Cruz included).  Recipient must be enrolled or planning to enroll next Fall quarter or semester at a CommunityCollege (CC), California State University (CSU), University of California (UC) or private University in California, as Undergrad, Graduate student, or enrolling in a Credential Program. Applicant must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

ESA Foundation Scholarship Program

Amount:$3,000 Deadline: April 27, 2017

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



James E. Roberts Engnineering Scholarship

Deadline: April 28, 2017 Amount: 2 @ $1,500.00

Applicants must be in their senior year of a California high school and interested in pursuing a college degree in civil engineering. The award of the scholarship is based on the applicant’s commitment to a career in transportation, current job skills, academic record, and specific goals and experience. Financial need may be considered, but it is not a primary factor


Caltrans/CTF District 5

Amount:$750 Deadline: April 29, 2016

Seniors planning on pursuing a career in transportation. Open to students graduating from the counties of Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara. Must plan on attending a university, community college, or trade school in California.


Big Stick Surfing Association Scholarship

Amount:$50-$500   Deadline: April 25, 2017

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.


2017 Wayne Richards Memorial Scholarship

Amount:$500-$1000        Deadline: April 30, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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.


Pajaro Valley Pride Scholarship

Amount:$500 Deadline: April 30,2017

Be LGBTQIA identifying or ally, 2.5GPA or higher, enroll full-time to a  higher education institution. Essay, transcripts, letter of recommendation needed




Mary Solari Scholarship(Cabrillo College)

Amount: Up to $2,000 over 2yrs Deadline: May 5, 2017

Mary Solari Scholarships will support hard-working Santa Cruz County high school seniors with financial need, who are enrolling at Cabrillo College full-time for the Fall Semester of 2017. Scholarship awards up to $2,000 per student, will be disbursed over two years to cover tuition and fees at Cabrillo. Students must have a 3.0 GPA upon graduation from high school, maintain a 3.0 GPA at Cabrillo, and take at least 12 units per semester to continue to receive their scholarship.Scholarships are to support motivated students who are interested in gaining skills in college to become contributing members of society. There will be 50 Mary Solari Scholarships awarded.


Cruzando Fronteras/Ayudando a la comunidad Scholarship

Amount: $100-$200 Deadline: May 17, 2017

Be an undocumented student and/or Dream Act and/or DACA recipients or Identify/supporting LGBTQIA+. Must live in CA and planning to pursue higher education in CA. Minimum 2.5 GPA



Azazie Scholarship Program

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

The contest will require the student to write an 500 to 800-word essay on the topic of "How would technology influence the fashion industry in the future?" The winner will be judged on the sincerity of their passion, drive to make a difference and intelligence in conveying their vision. One winner will be chosen at the sole discretion of Azazie Scholarship Committee. Email the essay, applicant’s name, address, phone number and the university/school of attendance to


Insurance Professionals of Monterey Bay Scholarship

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: May 19, 2017

High school senior in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara or Santa Cruz County who is planning to continue his/her education after high school. Minimum GPA 2.75 Essay and transciprt required


AAC's Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship

Amount: Up to $5,000   Deadline: May 31, 2017

High school graduate as of Summer 2017, Open to full or part-time undergraduate or college graduate students, Must be entering or enrolled in behavioral health, nursing, counseling, psychology, social work, marriage/ family therapy, or other program focusing on treating, mental health and/or substance abuse issues


Breakaway 2017 Community Soccer Scholarship

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

The Breakaway 2017 Community Soccer Scholarship recognizes the combined power of soccer and education. ELIGIBILITY: Minimum of two years playing soccer while in high school on a school or club team established in the City of Watsonville, or in the communities of Freedom, Pájaro, Aromas, or Corralitos; Demonstrate the positive impact that soccer has had in student’s life; Be graduating from a high school or alternative school of the Pájaro Valley Unified School District; Have at least a 3.0 GPA; Provide evidence of acceptance to a two or four-year college.


PCS Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship(Juniors only)

Amount:Up to $2,000 Deadline: May 31, 2017

Eligibility extends to any high school JUNIORresiding anywhere in the U.S. and playing for a high school team or in club sports! 

Current High School Junior (class of 2018)Grade Point Average of 2.5 or aboveCurrent resident of the United States of America

Participant in individual or team sport sponsored by school or local club


Young Historian Award 

Amount:$500 Deadline: June 1, 2017

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.


“Aspiring Fashion Professional” Scholarship

Amount: $1,000     Deadline: June 1, 2017

The scholarship is limited to high school seniors in the US pursuing a fashion related degree program at an accredited post-secondary school or college. Criteria-Scholarship may be used at any accredited post-secondary school or college. Selection is based on the students high school academic performance combined with the student's application essay. Selection is determined by the staff. Application and essay are submitted online.



Arboreta Taking Root Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 Deadline:June 1,2017

Be citizens or legal residents of the United States. Be high school seniors. Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the entire 2017-18 academic year. Plan to pursue a forestry course of study or related major (e.g., Forestry, Plant. Sciences, Horticulture, Entomology, Environmental Science or other related major).



The "Aspiring Animation Professional" Scholarship

Amount $1,000 Deadline: June 1, 2017

This scholarship will be awarded to seniors that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college, have a record of academic success, and passionate about animation and/or design related career. Selection is based on the students high school academic performance combined with the student's application essay.

AWG Minority Scholarship

Amount:$6,000 Deadline: June 30,2017

A woman who is African-American, Hispanic, or Native American.§  A full-time student who is pursuing an undergraduate degree in the geosciences (geology, geophysics, geochemistry, hydrology, meteorology, physical oceanography, planetary geology, or earth science education) at an accredited college or university (high school students who will enter one of these fields during their freshman year may also apply).§  A contributor to the larger world community through her academic and personal strengths 


Korean American Scholarship Foundation

Amount:UP to $5,000  Deadline: June 30, 2017

High School Korean American Seniors (including foreign students from Korea) with plans to attend college in 2017-18 school year.  Students must be a full time student at a school in one of the designated Western region states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming ) during the 2017-18 school year, Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Can demonstrate need for financial assistance. All applicants must be enrolled in a full time program in the U.S during the scholarship application year. If extra funds are available, other students (non Koreans) may qualify for scholarships. Specifically, descendants of American veterans served during the Korean War may qualify for scholarships (applicable to selective regions


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 4/18/2017

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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 11/17/216

Newsletter 9/14/2016

Newsletter 12/11/2016



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