Scholarship and College Pathways

Scholarship & College Pathways Coordinator

Nicole Morasca

831-728-8102 ext. 3598

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Society of Women Engineers Scholarship

Amount:$1,00-$2,000 December 23, 2017

Female high school seniors, interested in studying engineering or computer science at a 4 year or community college. Students should be planning on enrolling full time and attend a college that has ABET or CSAB accredited engineering programs. Primarily on the basis of scholastic achievement, motivation and interest in engineering demonstrated in the application form.


United States Hispanic Leadership Institute: Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Scholarship

Amount:$500-$1,000 Deadline: December 29, 2017

Applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student, in an accredited four-year or two-year institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories, and demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support. At least one parent must be of Hispanic ancestry. Non-US citizens are eligible to apply (DACA or Undocumented). Recipients must also be available to attend the 36th National USHLI Conference in Chicago, IL, February 15-18, 2018.


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.



Profiles in Courage Scholarship Contest

$500-$10,000 Deadline: January 4, 2018

To be eligible for the JFK Library "Profile in Courage Scholarship" contest you must be an United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate. Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate. Essay required- see webpage for details.



Amount: $10,000 a year Deadline: January 9, 2018

The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans.  Criteria: Must be Black/African American, excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities, Demonstrate financial need, Be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card, Be a current high school senior at the time of your application.


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


Santa Clara University Theatre and Dance Scholarship Auditions

Amount: TBD Deadline: January 13, 2018

Open to prospective Santa Clara University students. The Department of Theatre and Dance annual merit scholarship auditions are on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Santa Clara University. Auditions for scholarship in Acting, Dance and Design/Technology. Online application, resume, letters of rec. See website for details.


Dell Scholars Program

Amount:$20,000 Deadline: January 15, 2018

To be eligible to apply for the Dell Scholars Program scholarship, you must meet the below listed criteria: Participating in a GEAR UP or AVID (Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12), Graduating from an accredited high school this academic year, Earning a minimum of a 2.4 GPA, Demonstrated need for financial assistance, Eligible to receive a federal Pell grant in first year of college, and Planning to enroll full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after your graduation from high school. Dell Scholars are students who demonstrate their desire and ability to overcome barriers and to achieve their goals. Your application will be evaluated on your: Individual determination to succeed, Future goals and plans to achieve them, Ability to communicate the hardships you have overcome or currently face, Self motivation in completing challenging coursework and, Demonstrated need for financial assistance.

All applicants must be United States citizens or have an immigration residency status that allows the applicant to qualify for federal financial aid after completing the FAFSA.



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.


CHISPA Hartnell College Scholarship

Deadline: January 26, 2018 Amount: TBD

Scholarships at Harnetll College are awarded annually to students with financial need who live in housing developed or managed by CHISPA.


Point Foundation: College Scholarships for LGBT Students

Amount: Approximately $13,000-will vary based on students need Deadline: January 29, 2018

No citizenship requirements. Must be “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community.History of leadership and/or allyship in issues that affect the LGBT/ Queer community. Must plan to continue this leadership/ allyship in the future. Must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited 4 year college or university based in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, in the fall of 2017. No specific GPA but seeking candidates with high academic performance.


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.


Professional Business Women of California Academic Scholarship                                                                                                                   Amount:not stated Deadline: January 31, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                    High School Seniors who are women and California resident. Winners must be present at the April 24th event in San Francisco to receive their award.


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


Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County Scholarships

Amount:$750-$2,400      Deadline: February 2, 2017 Noon

These scholarships are available to Santa Cruz County students for undergraduate study at a college, university or vocational school. Students can apply for more than one scholarship using one application. No SS# needed for some of the scholarships


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 Teachers Association (CTA) Scholarship                                                                                                                                                                                      Amount: $5,000  Deadline: February 2. 2018

Applicant must be claimed as a dependent status* on the member’s current year’s IRS forms.  Applicant must be the dependent child of an active, CTA/NEA-Retired or deceased CTA member.  This scholarship is not available to spouses of CTA members.   *Per IRS regulations.


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



Amount: $5,000 per year for 4 years  Deadline: February 16, 2018

The applicant has Type 1 diabetes. The applicant is a competitive athlete. The applicant maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better. The applicant wants to use their sports as a platform to inspire. The applicant attends (or will attend) an accredited NCAA and NAIA institution. The applicant continues to compete in an NCAA and NAIA sport.The applicant commits to being available for two Team Type 1 speaking opportunities (at diabetes camps, conferences, or other events) to raise awareness about diabetes management and to inspire people with diabetes to better manage their disease.


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.


San Jose Scottish Rite Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $2,500(Renewable up to 4 yrs)  Deadline: February 19, 2018

Students must graduate from a public high school located in the counties of Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Luis Obispo. Have a minimum GPA of 3.5, be a US Citizen, and demonstrate financial need. Must demonstrate responsibility in school, community, religious or social organization. In addition the applicant must attend a University next year Please read directions carefully. Make sure your personal resume is in your own handwriting. ‚Äč


The Vegetarian Resource Group


Amount: Up to $10,000   Deadline: February 20, 2018

The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award one $10,000 and two $5,000  in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Early submission is encouraged. Applicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle. no SS# required


The Harold Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship

Amount: Up to $5,000 Deadline: February 21, 2018

Criteria: A demonstrated desire and a plan to pursue a career in police work, corrections or other criminal justice fields. Law school students are not eligible. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Current graduating senior or graduate of a public or private high school in the greater San Francisco Bay Area (includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties)Planning to enroll or currently enrolled in a two- or four-year college, university or police academy as a full-time student.Must be a United States citizen


Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund

Amount:$5,000 Deadline: February 23, 2018

Filipino heritage (at least 50%), Financial need, Incoming freshman enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college or university in 2018-19, Minimum GPA: 3.0 Major: engineering, mathematics, computer science, environmental or physical science (Note: those pursuing health careers are not eligible (i.e. physician, nurse, pharmacist, dentist, etc.)) Residency: Northern California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus or Yolo.


Chin: Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 Deadline: February 23, 2018

Student or parent currently/formerly employed at an Asian-owned or Asian cuisine restaurant, any ethnic heritage, minimum GPA: 3.0, financial need, community advocacy and social justice work on behalf of Asian American, immigrant, gay and lesbian and/or other progressive causes, incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduate at a two-year community college or four-year college/university in 2018-19, No citizenship status requirement



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.



The Dream.US Scholarship

Amount: Up to $25,000     Deadline: March  1, 2018

The Dream.US Scholarship Program awards scholarships to Dreamers who have DACA or TPS status and who have demonstrated significant unmet financial need and the determination to succeed in college and in life. Open to high school seniors who are first time college students and seek to earn a career-ready associate’s or bachelor’s degree at one of our Partner Colleges. Student needs to have an un-weighted GPA of 2.5 or higher, have not enrolled in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program or have earned college credits; must be eligible for in-state tuition if seeking to attend a Partner College that is a public institution; Have come to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; Be DACA or TPS eligible and have applied for or received DACA or TPS approval.


E4FC New American Schoalrs Program

Amount:$1,000-$7,000  Deadline: March 1, 2018 5pm

E4FC's New American Scholars Program provides financial awards to low-income immigrant college and graduate students who live and/or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area. Scholars are selected for their academic excellence, financial need, and community impact; they are also expected to maintain a minimum GPA (2.8 for college students and 3.0 for graduate students), and participate in ongoing E4FC programming, events, and activities throughout the year.ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:


  • Financial need
  • Do not have permanent residency (green card) or citizenship in the U.S.
  • Current or intended enrollment in an accredited college or graduate program for 2017-2018
  • Minimum GPA requirement:
    • For high school students: 3.3 cumulative high school GPA
  • Demonstrated academic preparation and community/extracurricular involvement
  • San Francisco Bay Area residency requirements:
    • You must fulfill at least one of the following:
      • previous or intended graduation from a San Francisco Bay Area high school, or
      • current or expected enrollment in a San Francisco Bay Area college or university define the San Francisco Bay Area as the following 11 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo.

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


CHISPA CSUMB Scholarship

Deadline: March 2,218 Amount: TBD

Scholarships at CSUMB are awarded annually to students with financial need who live in housing developed or managed by CHISPA.


Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship                                                                                                                                                                                            Amount:$400 Deadline: March 15, 2018   

Total cumulative GPA of at least 3.2and meet all of the requirements in either #1 or #2: 1) Are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent and live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada, only where Branches of the Federation are established. or 2) if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is a member of the Italian Catholic Federation, the student must be Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian Descent or live where Branches of the Federation are established -membership of a Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is mandatory for #2.


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.


Mary Ann Gomez Scholarship

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



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


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

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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