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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


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


View scholarships on a month to month deadline

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May 2020




June 2020


2020 Wayne Richards Memorial Scholarship

Amount:$500-$1000        Deadline: June 15, 2020

Update: The signature from the athletic director at WHS, PVHS, and AHS are not required for submission. Please submit unoffical transctipts.

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

El Dabe Ritter Scholarship

Amount: $1,500 Deadline: June 30, 2020

3.0 GPA or higher, must attend an accredited university in the U.S.A in the fall.



Balanced Man Scholarship

Sigma Phi Epsilon offers the Balanced Man Scholarship at over 140 universities to student leaders this year. Check out the site for details.

Amount: TBD Deadline: June 1, 2020

July 2020

2020 Dreaming Scholarship

Amount: $2,000($1,000 per yr for 2 years) Deadline:  July 1, 2020

Send applications via email to or via fax to 888.391.8801.

Applicants must be current seniors from Pajaro Valley Unified School District 

Applicant must be a 2020 graduating high school senior applying for accredited post-secondary or vocational school of the Arts (i.e., Any area in Music, Theatre, Art & Design; Fashion etc.) in the year of the scholarship award.

Applicant must show proof of enrollment prior to receiving award in an accredited post-secondary institution (2 Year College/ 4 Year University) or vocational school of the Arts in the year of the scholarship award. GPA requirement of 2.0 or better

Applications are open to all students regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or U.S. Residency Status


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 Hospitality 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.  


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 1/27/2019




2020 Summer Programs & Volunteer Work for 9th-11th graders

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Donate to PVUSD Scholarship Fundraiser

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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