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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First Generation Students Unite

This video presents the perspective of several first-generation college students attending an Ivy League school. Interested in knowing their stories? Please click on the video link to get an account of their fascinating experiences.

Scholarship List

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Jeannie Witmer Memorial Scholarship

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: August 16, 2017

The Jeannie Witmer Memorial Scholarship is a $1,000 award for a student who has participated in the California High School Rodeo Association, District 4 or a California 4-H Horse program within the same geographical boundaries - Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.


Make Me Laugh Scholarship 

Amount: $1,500 Deadline: August 31, 2017

Open to students over the age of 13. Write a short essay trying to make the judges laugh.  It can a funny story, joke, just something that makes them laugh.


Cameron Impact Scholarship

Amount: $20,000-$50,000    Deadline: September 15, 2017

The Bryan Cameron Education Foundation (“Foundation”) awards four-year, full-tuition, merit-based undergraduate scholarships to exceptional high school students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service.The applicant must display academic excellence ( 3.7 grade point average), excel in a broad variety of extracurricular activities, demonstrate active participation in community service, be a motivated leader with a strong work ethic and social acumen. Must be a citizen and be  the high school graduating Class of 2018, planning to enroll in a full-time course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year.


2016 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.




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


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.


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


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 5/4/2017

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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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E4FC Undergraduate Scholarship Database (Resource for undocumented students)


E4FC has developed resources to help undocumented students across the United States find scholarships to pay for college. (Click here for Scholarship Database)



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