Each year, the three colleges of the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) -- Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College -- award institutional scholarships to new, continuing, and transfer students. The scholarship awards are based on academic achievement, financial need or specific interests such as clubs, athletics, and service.
Funding for our scholarships comes from contributions to San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation. The Foundation is the colleges' partner in promoting student success at our colleges and in ensuring that quality, affordable higher education is available to every member of our community. It is due to the ongoing generosity of donors since the Foundation's inception in 1966 that many thousands of students have attended college and realized a better life. Contributions to the Foundation are received from many sources: individuals (including Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline alumni, faculty, and staff), businesses, civic groups, community organizations, and other foundations. Learn more about the San Mateo County Colleges Foundation here.
In order to apply for scholarships, students must be currently enrolled or have applied to enroll for the fall 2018, spring 2019, summer 2019 or fall 2019 terms within the San Mateo County Community College District (Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College). If you are not currently enrolled for fall 2018 or spring 2019 semesters but plan to attend next year, please Apply for Admissions to attend the summer 2019 or fall 2019 semesters.
Please click HERE to view our Scholarship Opportunities and apply. If you are a new applicant, click the Sign Up button to create your account. If a returning applicant, click Sign In to complete or update your scholarship application. Please click here to download instructions and plan to attend a Cañada Scholarship Workshop if you have questions or need assistance in completing the application. All workshops are held in the Financial Literacy Lab, Building 9-123.
|Wednesday||December 5, 2018||9:00 AM -10:00 AM|
|Friday||January 4, 2019||11:00 AM - 12:00 PM|
|Thursday||January 10, 2019||1:30 PM - 2:30 PM|
|Wednesday||January 16, 2019||5:00 PM - 6:00 PM|
|Tuesday||January 22, 2019||5:00 PM - 6:00 PM|
|Thursday||January 31, 2019||1:30 PM - 2:30 PM|
|Tuesday||February 5, 2019||11:00 AM - 12:00 PM|
|Wednesday||February 13, 2019||5:00 PM - 6:00 PM|
|Friday||February 22, 2019||11:00 AM - 12:00 PM|
|Friday||March 1, 2019||8:00 AM - 12:00 PM|
The Learning Center will be hosting workshops to assist students in writing a thoughtful and well written personal statement for the Cañada Scholarship Application and other scholarship opportunities. The work shop dates and time are still to be determined. Please check back soon for more information.
The following scholarships contain a variety of "essay contents/scholarships" from different businesses and organizations that may be promoting goods and services. Our office does not endorse any of them and we encourage all students to fully read the scholarship criteria before providing any information or applying.
Deadline to apply: May 1, 2018
The Construction Financial Management Association Silicon Valley Chapter (“CFMA-SV”) is offering scholarships to eligible students for the 2017-2018 academic year. CFMA-SV awards scholarships to assist students with the cost of their books, classes, housing, tools and supplies needed to further their education.
At the start of the Fall 2018 semester or quarter, students must
CFMA-SV will consider the applicant’s GPA, interest and work experience in construction or finance, extracurricular activities, and up to two references or advisor evaluations (optional).
Click here for the scholarship application and more information.
Deadline to apply:March 30, 2018
The Rotary Club of San Carlos annually presents scholarships to deserving High School Seniors and current post-secondary education students. Applicants must be residents of San Carlos and must complete an application and appear for an interview. Applications are judged on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. In addition, factors to be considered are pursuit of specific vocational goals, and evidence of service to the community, church or school. Students who are highly motivated but may not have achieved top grades should be encouraged to apply. We also encourage students who may be considering furthering their education through junior colleges or trade schools to apply
In order to be eligible, the applicant must:
• be a San Carlos resident.
• not be a child of member of San Carlos Rotary.
• have a personal Interview.
• send a School Transcript.
• have the completed application in before March 30, 2018.
You may submit a hard copy of the application and transcripts to:
1313 Laurel Street, Suite 114, San Carlos, California 94070
No later than 5:00 pm on Friday, March 30, 2018
SVCF's believes that a good education is key to a bright future. Each year we offer more than 40 different scholarships, with awards up to $40,000. Scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors and undergraduates, graduates, re-entry and non-traditional students. Some awards are renewable and you may be eligible to receive multiple scholarships.
Online application opens in January and most program applications have a February deadline. Visit www.siliconvalleycf.org/scholarships to learn more about the 2018 scholarship opportunities, their eligibility requirements and application instructions.
Deadline to apply: May 18, 2018
Several Scholarships of $2,000 or more will be awarded
To be eligible, a student must be:
For complete information and applications instructions click here.
Deadline to apply: January 4, 2018
Please see the CCCSFAAA Scholarship Application here. This is an annual $500 scholarship provided by the statewide financial aid association. Each applicant must submit a statement of candidacy that includes:
All applications must be submitted to the financial aid office by January 4, 2018.
Deadline to apply: May 10, 2018
BAGSF provides financial support to low-income, underserved and underrepresented students who are pursuing a college education. Additionally undocumented students are encouraged to apply. Students must reside within the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara.
Yearly, BAGSF awards twenty scholarships of $2,000; two of the twenty recipients who display community involvement and who are excelling academically will receive an additional $1,000. The BAGSF scholarship is open to high schools seniors expected to graduate in spring of 2018, high school graduates, GED recipients, and students attending college. This scholarship is renewable new and past applicants can apply each year. All applicants must apply using the most current year’s scholarship application
Please click here for scholarship application and more information regarding the scholarship.
Deadline to apply: March 2, 2018
$1,000-$2,000 Scholarships will be awarded to students planning to attend a public or private college or university enrolled in teacher preparation programs with plans to teach at the elementary or secondary level.
Qualifications for Applicants:
Completed applications must be received by the Cañada College Financial Aid Office no later than Friday, March 2, 2018.
Completed applications may be scanned and emailed to Margie Carrington at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Contact Person: Lyn Chan
Deadline to apply: May 31, 2018
Below are the full details of the scholarship:
- Students must write an essay on the topic of “What is a problem within the industry you’re currently majoring in, and how will you solve this issue”
- Email the essay, applicant’s name, address, phone number and the university/school of attendance to email@example.com.
- Deadline for Submission: May 31, 2018
- Award Date: June 30, 2018
- Scholarship Amount: $1,000
- For more visit: http://www.azazie.com/scholarship
Deadline to apply: April 1, 2018
The Burlingame Scottish Rite Scholarship is a one-time award, offering scholarships to San Mateo County Seniors who have demonstrated volunteerism and are enrolling in an AA/AS, and vocational programs at public institutions after graduation. The award for those pursuing an AA/AS or a vocational program is $1000 each for one male and one female student. All qualified students are encouraged to apply, and the recipients will be chosen by the Burlingame Scottish Rite Scholarship Committee.
For more information and the application please click here.
This is a great scholarship opportunity for graduating seniors from High School or Middle College (Home high school must be: Carlmont, Castilleja, East Palo Alto Academy, Eastside Prep, Everest, Gunn, Los Altos, Menlo-Atherton, Mountain View, Paly, Phoenix Academy, Sequoia, Summit or Woodside)
For transfer students headed to CSU and UC campuses in 2018.
SF Peninsula high school seniors use Application #1.
Community College Transfer Students use Application # 4.
Deadline to apply: July 1, 2018
Essay contest open to U.S. Military Veterans. The essay should be at least 600 words long and must provide details about the veteran’s service (dates of service, branch of the military, highlights of the veteran’s service, etc.). The essay must also provide details about how the writer knows the veteran. Anyone can nominate a deserving veteran for a cash grant, but the nominee must be a veteran of the U.S. military. Veterans may nominate themselves. For more information and complete rules see www.injuryclaimnyclaw.com/veterans-grant-contest.
The California Council of the Blind gives a number of awards to the most deserving blind student applicants who are residents of California and who will enter or continue studies at an accredited college or university in either undergraduate or graduate status. Persons attending vocational schools are also eligible. It is not necessary to be attending a college or university in California. These awards are granted in two parts (1/2 each term) upon receipt of proof of enrollment for each term. Awards will be granted on the basis of academic scholarship and other factors. THIS APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED IN MS WORD FORMAT OR IT WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY REJECTED. Even if you have previously applied, you must submit an entirely new application, including supporting documentation. Every year we deny applications solely because they are incomplete. If an item is not applicable, please provide a brief explanation. Do not fail to include a Doctor's statement or a statement from a qualified professional, such as a Rehabilitation Counselor.
To qualify to receive a scholarship award, you must be a full-time student registered for at least 12 semester/8 quarter units for each term of the entire academic year or 9 semester/6 quarter units each term for graduate students. If you believe that you have extenuating circumstances, such as additional disability or job requirements, that do not enable you to meet this requirement, please provide a complete explanation of your circumstances.
Once an award has been approved, when the student applies for his or her award each term, he or she must submit written proof of their enrollment, signed by the Registrar on school letterhead, including a complete list of the classes and total units to be taken.
For application, please click here.
Deadline to apply: January 31, 2018
National Debt Relief will award 5 scholarships of $1,000 each to outstanding college students pursuing studies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.
For more information and scholarship information click here.
Deadline to apply: December 31, 2018
Both current students and rising freshmen are eligible for this scholarship. The $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to one student and the money will be transferred to their University to go towards the tuition fee. The student will be chosen based on their creativity in and commitment to digital media and game development. The choice will be made by a scholarship committee of 2 game publishing experts, and 2 game developers. To apply, applicants need to submit one piece of work. There are no limits on the form of this work. Examples of work would be a game prototype, an essay related to games, an overview of game development technologies, and so forth. The work will remain the student's property.
For more information and scholarship application please click here.
Deadline to apply: Monthly
Award a monthly $500 Innovation Scholarship to high school and college students who showcase their creativity and make a positive impact.
- Must be currently enrolled in high school or college
- Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or the equivalent)
- Must be a citizen of, permanent resident of, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada.
- Submit an essay describing their innovative project (examples include: setting a world record to
raise money for cancer research or becoming an activist for a worthy cause.)
- Provide supporting documentation (e.g. website, news article, letter of recommendation, etc.)
- Submissions are due by 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month.
For more information and scholarship application please click here.
Deadline to apply: March 1, 2018
The Rotary Club of Palo Alto vocational scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance to students who will enroll in an accredited career program or vocational program at a community college in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. These scholarships are named in honor of Dr. Robert Smithwick, a founder of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District and long-time Rotarian. Dr. Smithwick was active in community service and devoted to improving health and education locally and abroad.
Eligible students will enroll in a program leading to a certificate or degree, and will plan to go directly into employment in that field upon completion of the program. Examples of vocational programs include but are not limited to: automotive technology, accounting, child development, dental hygiene, fashion design, graphic design, medical assisting, and many others. The scholarships are primarily need-based rather than grade-based. The scholarships are not intended for general academic pursuits, for students intending to transfer to four-year colleges, or for graduate degrees.
Eligible applicants include:
Instructions for Submission of Application:
Rotary Club of Palo Alto
Vocational Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 592
Palo Alto, CA 94302
If you wish to apply or know someone who wishes to apply for a Vocational Scholarship, please download the application here http://www.rotarypaloalto.org/VocationalScholarships.cfm.
Deadline to apply: March 31, 2018
The purpose of the Chicana/Latina Foundation (CLF) Scholarship Program is to assist Chicana/Latina students in completing their undergraduate and graduate college education.
Toward this end, the CLF awards $1,500 scholarships and the accompanying leadership training on a competitive-basis to continuing full-time undergraduate and graduate college students of Chicana/Latina heritage.
Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria to be eligible for the CLF Scholarship.
Additional information, instructions and the application can be found here http://www.chicanalatina.org/scholarship.html. For any questions regarding this scholarship please email CLFinfo@chicanalatina.org.
Deadline to Apply: June 30, 2017
Award amount: $2,500
Online application: https://www.goodcall.com/scholarship/
Eligibility: High school seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students
Essay prompt: Write an essay between 400 and 500 words detailing one of the most important decisions you've made in your life.
Various scholarships for students. For more information please visit their website.
Deadline to Apply: November 20, 2017
This scholarship will present up to 100 Latino students with up to #30,000 in scholarship aid to help the continue their education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.
For more information to apply please click here.
Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2017
Students who have a strong passion for gardening, farming, raising livestock, green living, homesteading, agriculture, and/or permaculture are encouraged to apply (though you do not have to have actual experience). Write a 1,500-2,000 word essay about how people living in an urban area can adopt a sustainable lifestyle. In other words, what are the ways or steps people can take in order to reduce carbon footprint and their use of Earth’s natural resources?
For more information and how to apply, please seehttp://morningchores.com/scholarship/
Dealine to Apply: February 1, 2018
This scholarship is for outstanding UC-qualified junior-level community college students to complete their undergraduate studies at UC Santa Cruz. The program provides a $20,000 scholarship distributed over two years, mentoring and academic support, and assistance finding paid or volunteer summer work experience.
Submit these items in one packet to Soraya Sohrabi, c/o Cañada College Transfer Center by the deadline, February 1, 2018, no later than 4:30 p.m.:
Applicants must have applied to UCSC
Applicants must apply for financial aid by submitting the FAFSA or California Dream Act application by March 2, 2018
Contact: Soraya Sohrabi, Transfer Services Coordinator
Office: (650) 306-3493
Deadline to Apply: March 8, 2018
TheDream.US provides college scholarships to highly motivated DREAMers who want to get a college education but cannot afford it; and, who live in any of the Bay Area Counties plus Santa Cruz, Monterrey and San Benito Counties.
This scholarship is for High School Graduates (recent and past graduates) and Community College Graduates transfering to Sonoma State University, San Francisco State University, CSU East Bay, San Jose State University, UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced.
For more information and how to apply please seehttp://www.thedream.us/scholarships/
Enter the CGTrader Scholarship 2016 challenge to win $1000 for educational expenses. All you have to do is write and submit an original essay on the topic "The future of virtual reality: on the footsteps of changing the world or on the brink of failure?"
For more information to apply please click here.
Deadline to Apply: check website below for deadline date
The scholarship is a way for Big Fish to help one promising student on his or her journey through higher education. The $2500 scholarship will be awarded to one qualifying student with the most thought provoking and well-reasoned essay as judged by a panel of Big Fish staff members.
For more information please clickhere.
Within the link below please find scholarships that have an upcoming deadline and that are open to undocumented students. These scholarships are provided by either foundations, organizations, or individual donors who believe that all students should have the opportunity to compete for resources that would make their educational dreams a reality.
Deadline to apply: June 1st, 2017
Accuweb Hosting will award a $1,000 scholarship to an incoming or currently enrolled college student for the best Youtube video submission on the following topic: As you know, Cloud Computing is currently a hot topic in the technology industry. Record a 3 minute video on what you feel the next big technology trend will be within 10 years.
For more information and instructions, please see https://www.accuwebhosting.com/college-scholarship.
Varsity Tutors College Scholarship Contest - For more information please click here.
Karman Healthcare Scholarship - For students who have a mobility disability. For more information please click here.
Deadline to apply: Monday, March 18, 2017
Established in 2007 through a generous gift from Marie A. Calderilla, who believed deeply in the importance of education, this scholarship is to enable women to pursue courses of study that they would otherwise be unable to follow due to limited financial means. The selection committee looks for academic promise, women who have demonstrated a commitment to completing a degree or certificate program or to increasing their work skills, and personal characteristics such as honesty, good judgment and perseverance. Up to 30 awards will be provided. See http://www.siliconvalleycf.org/scholarships/marie-calderilla-scholarship.
This is a scholarship opportunity offered through the Cal Alumni Association. The scholarship is available to incoming freshmen and community college transfer students, including AB 540 Students. TAAP seeks high-achieving, community service-oriented students and provides them with the financial capital necessary to fund their higher education. In addition, the program fosters a strong support network with Berkeley alumni and provides academic, professional, and personal guidance as students pursue their individual academic journeys at the university.
For more information, please see http://alumni.berkeley.edu/services/scholarships/achievement-award-program
Should you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students attending a two-year, four year, or graduate school full time in the fall are eligible to apply. Applicants must be under a physician’s care for a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, or neurogenic bladder. For more information and to apply, see http://www.180medical.com/scholarships.
The purpose of the Mills-Peninsula Scholarship Program is to offer financial assistance to students enrolled in health care career programs. Scholarship awards are based on financial need, scholastic achievement and career potential. Students seeking high level degrees (PhD, MD, DDS, etc.) are not eligible to apply. Application deadline: May 15, 2016
Additional information, instructions and the applications can be found here http://www.mills-peninsula.org/scholarship/. Please call the MPHS Auxiliary Office at (650) 696-2465, option 1, with any questions regarding the application process.
Deadline to apply: Sunday, February 28, 2017
The Santa Clara Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction will be awarding a scholarship through the NAWIC Founders Scholarship Foundation. All students enrolled in a construction-related program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply. Click here for detailed instructions.
All applications, with supporting material, must be submitted online at email@example.com
Deadline to apply: Midnight, April 14, 2017
The Chen Foundation is focused on helping economically-challenged youth fulfill their dreams of obtaining higher education. The scholarship is renewable, allowing scholarship recipients to receive an additional $2,000 award for the Fall quarter/semester of their 2nd year of college if they maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and active service in the community.
For eligibility requirements and further information please click here.
Deadline to apply: September 8, 2017
Please click here for scholarship application and more information.