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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California Wine Grape Growers Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $2,000-$8,000   Deadline: March 24, 2017

To qualify for the scholarship students must have a parent or legal guardian who was employed by a California wine grape grower during the current or past 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. 


Robert Miller Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $500-$1,000 Deadline: March 24, 2017

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.



The 2016 CAA/ESA Youth Scholarship

Amount: $1,000-$5,000 Deadline: March 24, 2017

Applicants must be accepted for admission to an accredited college or university, matriculating the following year, Each eligible student must have a father, mother or natural guardian that must be a full-time paid member of the police or sheriff’s department or fire department. Parent/guardian may also be a volunteer member of a fire department.


Fabric of Society Scholarship Essay Contest

Amount: $2,000 Deadline: March 27, 2017 

Must be a PVHS student to apply. Contestants must be in good academic standing and on track to graduate in 2017. Essays are to be no fewer than 600 words and no more than 800 words.


Mary Ann Gomez Scholarship

Amount: Up to $1,000 Deadline: 4:30pm March 30, 2017 

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, 2017

The HSF application opens January 1st and allows students to apply for multiple scholarships with one application!  Create your MyHSF profile and get ready now, to apply for scholarships January 1st! 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 Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation

Amount: $100,000 to be distributed   Deadline: March 31, 2017

Be a freshman in the 2017-2018 academic year and anticipate enrolling at a U.S. accredited college/university in the 2017-2018 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 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.


2017 Vetericyn’s Future Innovators of Agriculture Scholarship

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

Applicants must be graduating high school seniors enrolling at a two-year or four-year institution for the 2017-2018 school year. 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, 2017

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: $8,000     Deadline: March 31, 2017

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.


Youth Opportunities Foundation Scholarship

Amount: Varies   Deadline: March 31, 2017

This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors who are residents of California and planning to attend college. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have an exceptional high school career, a minimum GPA of 2.0, and a SAT score of at least 1100.



San Jose State University Alumni Scholarship

Amount:$500-$2000 renewable   Deadline: March 31,2017 @ 1pm

Must submit to 

Nicole Morasca or Ximena Ospina at PVHS

Nicole Morasca or Maria Alcantar at WHS

Nicole Morasca or Cheryl Nickel at AHS

Graduating Senior attending full-time enrollment at San Jose State University in the fall of 2017, minimum GPA 3.0, Evidence of involvement in school and/or Community Affairs. 


Slavic American Cultural Organization

Amount: Varies Deadline: March 31, 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. For an application, please check in with Nicole Morasca at PVHS and WHS and Cheryl Nickel at AHS.


WHS 2017 Dance Club Scholarship

Amount:TBD Deadline: March 31, 2017 at 4pm

Watsonville High Seniors Only-Please submit your application, taxes, and essay to Nicole Morasca or Leandra Cabadas by March 31, 2017 at 4PM 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.



James Bliss and Annette Sward Forestry and Nursing Scholarship

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

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


Gloria Mattera National Migrant Scholarship

Amount:$250     Deadline: April 1, 2017

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.


The NSHSS Foundation Scholarship

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

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). 

  • 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.


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

Amount: $25,000, paid out over 5 years  Deadline: April 1, 2017

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.

Corralitos Grange Scholarship

Amount: Not Stated  Deadline: April 1, 2017

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


MOAA Scholarship

Amount:$500-$1,000 Deadline: April 1, 2017

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.


Sons of Italy Class of 217 Scholarship

Amount: Not stated Deadline: April 3, 2017

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 3, 2017

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.


Armando S. Quintana Memorial Scholarship

Amount:$250  Deadline:  April 4, 2017

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.


Prevedelli Farms Scholarship

Amount: Unspecified     Deadline: April 06, 2017

Students and/or their legal guardian must live either in Santa Cruz County or within the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. Selection is  based on the student's scholastic record, agricultural potential, special activities, personal history, letters of recommendation and financial need. 


Northern California District Council of Laborers Scholarship

Amount: $3,000 Deadline: April 7, 2017

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 (2017) semester, and plans to attend, full-time, an accredited college, university, or trade school in the U.S.


ACSA Santa Cruz Charter Region 10 Scholarship

Amount:$500  Deadline:April 10, 2017

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 2017. Essay, transcripts, letter of recommendation (see details), and proof of residence(current utility bill or similar documentation) needed. Submit to  Jean at


Zeiger Firm Scholarship

Amount: $1,000     Deadline: April 10, 2017

Prospective applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited United States college or university or planning to attend one in the fall 2017 semester. Applicants should submit a 500-word essay answering the question on the website.



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.



Amount: $500     Deadline: April 14, 2017

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.


Johnny Mattos and Cesar Chavez Scholarship Program

Amount: $500         Deadline: April 14, 2017

Applicants must be either a member, spouse, or a dependent/child of a member of any union properly affiliate with the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council. The affiliation must be current. Application, essay, official transcripts, and counselor report are required.


Diabetes Scholars Foundation

Amount: Various Deadline: April 15, 2017

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


Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority Scholarship

Amount:$250-$500 Deadline: April 15,2017

Female high school senior with a minimum 2.5 GPA.Scholarship based on academic achievement, financial need, and community involvement. Student must attend a junior college, vocational school, or four-year institution in the fall semester 2017 No SS# required



Amount:$1,000/renewable      Deadline: April 15, 2017  

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


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



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



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

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 3/16/2017

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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. 

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