Scholarship Information

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.

2020-2021 Cañada Scholarship Application will OPEN November 2019!

In order to apply for scholarships, students must be currently enrolled or have applied to enroll for the fall 2019, spring 2020, summer 2020 or fall 2020 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 2019 or spring 2020 semesters but plan to attend next year, please Apply for Admissions to attend the summer 2020 or fall 2020 semesters.

  • To APPLY for the Cañada College scholarship and view our Scholarship Opportunities click HERE
  • If you are a new applicant, click Sign Up to create your account.
  • If you are a returning applicant, click Sing 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. Workshop dates and times are still being determined but will start in the fall 2019 semester.


Need Help Writing a Personal Statement?

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. For more information please contact the Learning Center. Workshop dates and times are still being determined. Check back shortly for updated information.



The Cañada Financial Aid Office would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2018-2019 Cañada Scholarship! Please join us in congratulating the winners and take a moment to view photographs of the May 11th Student Recognition and Achievement Awards where we celebrated our student's accomplishments.

Outside Scholarships

  • SVCF Latinos in Tehnology Scholarship:
  • STEM Center Scholarship page:
  • See list of funding opportunities for Non-U.S. Citizens. Published by the National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA); includes applications for an array of nationally competitive and merit-based scholarships.
  • Immigrants Rising - List of scholarships that don't require proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residence. This carefully researched list contains 52 pages of up-to-date information about scholarships available for immigrant students that don't have U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency as well as advice and tips for writing winning scholarship applications.
  • - a comprehensive database of scholarships for anyone interested in pursuing an engineering degree
  • Scholarships for California Students - Since 2003, has been providing scholarship management services for companies, as well as a comprehensive database of scholarships for students.
  • MALDEF - Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund Scholarship List  - A list of scholarships for all students regardless of immigration status.
  • Latino College Dollars, Scholarships for California's Latino Students Directory (current) - The Latino College Dollars Scholarship Directory contains clear information on more than 300 scholarships targeting Latino high school, undergraduate, and graduate students across the United States. A guide on how to apply for scholarships in both Spanish and English is included in the directory. For the ease of students and parents, scholarship listings are categorized by education level, deadline, minimum GPA, by whether citizenship is required as well as by region. The online directory is searchable by key categories such as grade level, grade point average (GPA) and citizenship at

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CCCSFAAA Student Scholarship

Deadline to apply: April 1, 2019

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:

  • Special circumstance and/or unusual hardship
  • Educational and career goals
  • Why they have chosen these goals
  • Any community involvement or leadership roles which they may have had

All applications must be submitted to the financial aid office by April 1, 2019.


Latina Leadership Network of the California Colleges Conference (LLNCCC) Scholarship

Deadline to Apply : February 1, 2019

LLNCCC will be awarding six (6) $500 scholarships to students currently attending any of the California Community Colleges. All students who meet stated eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

Students may apply online at

For more information about the scholarship, students are encouraged to contact of of LLNCCC Scholarship Coordinators: Margarita "Maggie" Baez at

Attention 2019-20 UC Santa Cruz Students: $20,000 Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award Program at UC Santa Cruz

Deadline to Apply: February 8, 2019

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 8, 2019, no later than 4:30 p.m.: 

  • Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program application (with personal statement attached - single-sided paper, no staples)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • All official college transcripts (unopened)

Applicants must have applied to UCSC
Applicants must apply for financial aid by submitting the FAFSA or California Dream Act application by March 2, 2019

Contact:  Soraya Sohrabi, Transfer Services Coordinator
Office: (650) 306-3493

San Mateo County Calif. Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) Division 22 Scholarship

Deadline to apply: March 25, 2019

$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:

  • Complete application
  • Currently attending Cañada College, College of San Mateo or Skyline
  • Maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Planning on attending a 4-year public or private university
  • Plans to enroll in a teacher preparation program
  • Transferring in Fall 2019 to four-year university

Completed applications must be received by the Cañada College Financial Aid Office no later than Monday, March 25, 2019. 

Completed applications may be scanned and emailed to Margie Carrington at .

Contact Person: Lyn Chan
Phone: 650-490-0125

MANA Scholarship

Deadline to apply: October 23, 2019

Open to Undocumented students. The music group, MANA (in partnership with Univision and Selva Negra), recently announced a scholarship opportunity that is open to undocumented students in the U.S. Each scholarship recipient will received $10,000. For more information and application criteria please click here.


CFMA Silicon Valley Chapter Scholarship Application

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.

Eligibility Requirements:

At the start of the Fall 2018 semester or quarter, students must

  • be enrolled full-time in an accredited junior college, college or university;
  • be interested in a finance or construction related career OR be related to an employee of a CFMA-SV member company; and
  • reside or be enrolled in a college or university situated in an eligible county (Santa Clara, San Mateo, Monterey, Alameda, San Benito, or Santa Cruz).
  • have maintained a cumulative 3.0 GPA for the past two years.

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.

 Palo Alto Rotary Vocational Scholarship

Deadline to apply: March 22, 2019

The Rotary Club of Palo Alto vocational scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance to students who will enroll in an accredited career or vocational program at a community college in Santa Clara or San Mateo Counties. 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.

Eligible applicants include:

  • High school seniors who will graduate in June 2019
  • Student currently enrolled in an accredited career/vocational program and continuing in that program in fall of 2019
  • Returning students: individuals with high school degrees who have been out of school and are returning to pursue a career/vocational education

For more information and application please click here.


2019 San Carlos Rotary Scholarship

Deadline to apply:March 29, 2019

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:

Cameron Miller
1313 Laurel Street, Suite 114, San Carlos, California 94070

No later than 5:00 pm on Friday, March 29, 2019

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Immigrants Rising Scholarship

Deadline to apply: March 8, 2019

Immigrants Rising’s Scholarship Fund (previously called New American Scholars Fund) provides financial awards to low-income immigrant college and graduate students who live and/or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area. We provide scholarships of up to $7,000 to cover tuition and other expenses. 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 Immigrants Rising’s programming, events, and activities throughout the year.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Foreign-born
  • 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 2019-2020
  • Minimum GPA requirement:
    • For high school students: 3.3 cumulative high school GPA
    • For college/graduate students: 3.0 cumulative college GPA
  • Demonstrated academic preparation and community/extracurricular involvement

SF 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
  • We 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.

For more information and application please click here.


Silicon Valley Community Foundation Scholarships – Several opportunities for new continuing and transferring students! Applications accepted in January and February.

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 to learn more about the 2018 scholarship opportunities, their eligibility requirements and application instructions.

Credit Sesami Financial Literacy Scholarship

Deadline to apply: October 30th and April 30th every year

Awards a scholarship of $2,500 to a student twice per year.

To be eligible:

  • Open to all majors
  • Must be enrolled at an accredited 2-year, 4-year or technical/vocational college
  • Open to undergraduates, graduate and professional students
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA

For more information please visit


Peninsula Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies of California Scholarship

Deadline to apply: May 18, 2018

Several Scholarships of $2,000 or more will be awarded

To be eligible, a student must be:

  • A resident of San Mateo County
  • Enrolled at a California Community College, a California State University or University of California campus
  • Indicate an interest in engineering or land surveying based on courses taken
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher through fall 2016

For complete information and applications instructions click here.

Bay Area Gardener's Scholarship Foundation (BAGSF)

Deadline to apply: May 10, 2019

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 2019, 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.


National Association of Women in Construction Founder's Scholarship

Deadline to apply: Sunday, February 28, 2019

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

Azazie Student Scholarship

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

- Deadline for Submission:  May 31, 2018

- Award Date: June 30, 2018

- Scholarship Amount: $1,000

- For more visit:

Burlingame Scottish Rite 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.

POE Scholarships

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.

For more information and how to apply, please see

Honoring Veterans Essay Competition (offered by private law firm)

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

California Council of The Blind Scholarship

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.

Mega National Debt Relief Scholarship

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.


  1. The applicants must be enrolled in an accredited 4-year university or college located in United States.
  2. Graduate and undergraduate students can apply
  3. Graduating high school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or above are also eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  4. Applicants must be pursuing or intending to pursue their bachelor's degree which can be in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

For more information and scholarship information click here.

Game Developer Scholarship

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.

Innovation in Education Scholarship

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.

To Enter:

- 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.

Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program

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.

  • Be a woman of Chicana/Latina heritage
  • Be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or community college in one of the listed Northern California counties
  • Have lived at least two years in one of the listed Northern California counties at the time of application
  • Community College and Undergraduate students must:
    • Be enrolled as a full-time college student (as defined by your institution) when applying and for the following academic year and
    • Have completed 12 college units after high school graduation, and
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 of college course work
  • Commit to attending the CLF Leadership Institute (one weekend in August after being selected and one weekend the following year in February)
  • Commit to volunteering ten (10) hours for CLF before March the year after being selected
  • Past CLF awardees may not re-apply until four years after receiving the award.

Additional information, instructions and the application can be found here For any questions regarding this scholarship please email

Best Decision Scholarship

Deadline to Apply: June 30, 2017

Award amount: $2,500
Provider: GoodCall
Online application:
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.

AffordableColleges scholarship resources:

Various scholarships for students. For more information please visit their website.

Latinos In Technology Scholarship

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.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to current college students of Latino or Hispanic origin who have declared a major in STEM
  • Current college students entering their junior or senior year in the 2018 academic school year
  • Graduate of a high school in the following Northern California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Solano County
    • OR, a Graduate of a high school not in the above counties, but enrolled at a college/university within the 10 listed counties
  • Minimum cumulative college grade point average of 2.5
  • United States Citizen or eligible non-citizen (eligible non-citizen include United State legal residents and students who have obtained Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA)

For more information to apply please click here.

MorningChores Essay Scholarship

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 see


TheDream.US Scholarship Opportunity

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 see

CGTrader Essay Scholarship Entry

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.

Big Fish Scholarship

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.

Scholarships for Undocumented Students:

Generation Progress

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.

AccuWeb Hosting College Scholarship - $1,000 Scholarship

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

Sponsored Scholarship Contests - The following scholarships are being offered by various companies as a means of promoting their services and products. Students are advised to review each carefully before making a decision to apply.

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.

2017 Marie Calderilla Scholarship, for female students attending Skyline, CSM or Cañada with awards up to $20,000. 

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

The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) Scholarship at UC Berkeley

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

Should you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns, please email:

2017 180 Medical Scholarship Program – 7 each $1,000 scholarships – Deadline- June 1 each year

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

Mills-Peninsula Hospital Scholarship Program

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

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Resident of San Mateo County for at least one year (except MPHS employee)
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.7 (based on a 4.0 scale)
  • Enrolled in a health care service career program with completed prerequisites

Additional information, instructions and the applications can be found here Please call the MPHS Auxiliary Office at (650) 696-2465, option 1, with any questions regarding the application process.

2017 National Association of Women in Construction Founder's Scholarship

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

Chen Foundation Scholarship Program

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.

 2017 AFCPE Symposium Student Scholarship

Deadline to apply: September 9, 2019

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full-time students enrolled in personal finance, financial counseling, personal financial planning and consumer science majors.
  • Students who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to the field either through service or research.

Submission Process:

  • Applicant must complete, sign and submit the Student Scholarship application form.
  • Applicant must submit one major financial project from 2016-17 academic year (examples include, but are not limited to, video, research paper, factsheets, case studies, etc.). While the project should be professional, it does not need to be purely academic. A creative project to get people interested or excited about personal finance (example: writing and performing a song on a financial topic or instituting a marketing campaign or competition on a personal finance topic) would also be appropriate.
  • Applicant must submit a formal resume. (PDF format preferred)
  • Applicant must include a letter of recommendation from a University professor. Letter must be on formal letterhead.
  • All materials required for the Student Scholarship must be received no later than September 8, 2017.
  • Applicant is responsible for reviewing and following all Symposium Student Scholarship guidelines for submission.

Please click here for scholarship application and more information.

Essay Scholarships

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.

  • The Absolute Reviews Scholarship Program - $1000 scholarship will be awarded to one student each year. Winner shall be a candidate whose writing is original, demonstrates high-quality and abides by the general laws of the UK English Language. For more information click here.
  • Judge Bill Huggins Public Service Scholarship - $500 scholarship will be awarded to students interested in the path of public service. Current students who volunteer with charitable organizations are eligible and can submit a record of their service hours to enter. For more information click here.
  • Candere Scholarship - $350 scholarship for students who can demonstrate their skills as a writer or sketch artist. Applicants must submit a doodle or write an inspirational piece on "what is the next big thing in  fashion". For more information click here.
  • Sports Gear Lab Scholarship - $500 scholarship aimed to help students better understand the connection between sports, exercise and learning. For more information click here.
  • Straight North STEM Scholarship - $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math. For more information click here.
  • ZipRecruiter - $3,000 scholarship to the winning college or university student with the most creative entry. For more information click here.
  • Max McElhaney Memorial Educational Scholarship - $2,500 scholarship for undergraduate students currently enrolled full-time and who meet the eligibility criteria. For more information click here.
  • Gainsberg Law Scholarship - $2,500 scholarship opportunity for students. For more information click here.
  • Taylor & Ring's Victim Advocate Scholarship - $5,000 scholarship for students. For more information click here
  • The Emery Reddy Legal Studies Scholarship - $2,500 Essay Scholarship for the students interested in the study of law. For more information click here.
  • Future Contractors Scholarship - Scholarship for students interested in construction industry. For more information click here.
  • The Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship - $1,000 Scholarship for students pursuing a medical, health-related course of student. For more information click here.
  • DECASO Scholarship - $2,500 scholarship for students any any major. For more information click here.
  • Thomas Law Offices Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship opportunity for first year college students. For more information click here.
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