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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


View scholarships on a month to month deadline

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Pajaro Valley Pride Scholarship

Amount:$500 Deadline: June 10, 2018

-Be LGBTQIA+ identifying or ally.

-Graduating from an accredited high school in the PVUSD this academic year.

-Earn a 3.00 GPA or higher to qualify for the Academic scholarship. Earn a 2.00 GPA or higher to qualify for the Community scholarship.

-Enrolled full-time to a higher education institution in the fall directly after graduation.

Essay, transcripts, letter of recommendation needed


The Cabrillo college Scholars Program

Amount: details below    Deadline: June 15,2018

The Cabrillo Scholars Program, featuring the two-year Cabrillo Pledge Scholarship provides a learning experience for local high school (California resident and AB540) students who are ready to go to college full time and plan to succeed, either transferring to a four year university or working toward an AA or AS degree at Cabrillo to enter a Career Technical Vocation.

Students will enroll in a two-week session from August 6th to August 17th, 2018. 9:00AM-12:20PM Monday through Friday, August 6 - August 10. The following week, August 13 - 17 9:00AM-3:00PM Monday through Friday. Please see details on their website

The Cabrillo Pledge scholarship - We pledge to provide a two year scholarship, including tuition and all student enrollment fees (health, student activity fee, student center fee, student representative fee, and the transportation fee).

A $500 credit towards textbooks per academic year/Free Math textbook for participating in the Math refresher course/A $200 one-time credit towards access to tech devices (laptop, chrome book, etc.), as needed/Support from counselling and financial aid services to create a pathway to graduation that will serve students' academic and career goals.


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


Korean American Scholarship Foundation

Amount: UP to $5,000  Deadline: June 30, 2018

High School Korean American Seniors (including foreign students from Korea) with plans to attend college in 2018-19 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


Solar Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 Deadline: July 1, 2018

Solar Action Alliance is a group of environmentalists who want to spread the word about the most clean, reliable, and abundant source of renewable energy: the sun. Criteria: 1. You must be (or planning on being) a full-time student at an accredited institute of higher education. In order to verify this, you must provide us an official statement verifying your enrollment.2. You must have at least a 3.2 (out of a 4.0 scale) GPA. Submit a 500-1000 word essay(see details on website)


Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 Deadline: July 31, 2018

The Gen and Kelly Tanabe recipients are chosen by a committee, which bases its decision primarily on the submitted personal statement.  Criteria: 9th-12th grade high school, college, or graduate student including adult students, Legal resident of the U.S., Currently in school or planning to start school within the next 12 months.



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

Make Me Laugh Scholarship 

Amount: $1,500 Deadline: August 31, 2018

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 12, 2018

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 2019, planning to enroll in a full-time course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year.



AES Engineering Services

Amount:  $500     Deadline: October 6, 2018

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


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 4/17/2018


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 9/15/17


2018 Summer Programs & Volunteer Work for 9th-11th graders

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Websites / Resources

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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