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.




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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SVCF administers scholarship programs for high school seniors, college and graduate students, re-entry students, and vocational and technical school students.

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.

Attention 2020-21 UC Santa Cruz Students: $20,000 Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award Program at UC Santa Cruz

Deadline to Apply: February 7, 2020

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 7, 2020, 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

Peninsula Chapter ACEC Scholarship

Deadline to apply: December 20, 2019 (Postmarking)

$2500 scholarship for a student who lives in San Mateo County and is attending Cañada College.

For application and more information please click here.

Additional Scholarships

NAME OF SCHOLARSHIP TYPE                                                       AMOUNT DEADLINE              
Latina Leadership Network (LLNCCC) Scholarship All Students $500 October 15, 2019
Palo Alto Rotary Vocational Scholarship Career/Vocational $500-$1000 April 10, 2020
San Carlos Rotary Scholarship All Students Varies March 27, 2020
Immigrants Rising Scholarship Undocumented Students $7000 March 8, 2019
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Scholarships All Students Varies Varies
Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program Students Who Identify as Chicana/Latina $1500 April 8, 2019
Latinos In Technology Scholarship STEM Students $30000 November 12, 2019
TheDream.US Scholarship Opportunity Immigrant Students $14500-$29000 February 27, 2020
Empowered Future Teachers Scholarship Education Majors $10000 On Going
Building the Future Scholarship Teaching Career $5000 On Going
Crestmoor Scholarship San Bruno Residents $5000-$20000 March 3, 2020
Credit Sesami Financial Literacy Scholarship US Citizens/Permanent Residents $2500 On Going
Peninsula Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies of California Scholarship  Engineering or Land Surveying  $2000 January 22, 2020
Bay Area Gardener's Scholarship Foundation (BAGSF)  All Students  $1000-$2000 May 10, 2019
National Association of Women in Construction Founder's Scholarship  Interest in Construction  $500-$2500 February 28, 2020
POE Scholarships  High School & Community College Students  Varies February 28, 2020
Game Developer Scholarship  All Students  $1500 December 31, 2019
Innovation in Education Scholarship  Citizens/Permanent Residents/Visa Holders  $500 On Going
Marie Calderilla Scholarship  Female Students  $20000 April 24, 2019
The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) Scholarship at UC Berkeley   All Students  $6000 June 1, 2019
180 Medical Scholarship Program   US Citizens/Permanent Residents  $1000 On Going
Mills-Peninsula Hospital Scholarship Program  Healthcare Majors/Careers  Varies March 15, 2020
Straight North STEM Scholarship   All Students  $1000 August 15, 2020
Honoring Veterans Essay Competition   U.S. Military Veterans  Varies July 1, 2019
MANA Scholarship  Undocumented Students  $10000 October 23, 2019
Gainsber Law Scholarship   All Students  $2500 August 1, 2020
Taylor & Ring's Victim Advocate Scholarship   All Students  $5000 June 1, 2020
The Emery Reddy Legal Studies Scholarship   All Students  Varies November 30, 2019
 CCIS Future Contractor Scholarship Contractor Career $750 January 31, 2019
 Game Authority Scholarship  All Students  $1000  April 15, 2020
 Simeone & Miller Scholarship  All Students  $1000  On Going
The Self-Publishing School Scholarship All Students $1000 On Going
Akkadian Labs Scholarship All Students $1000 January 1, 2020
Modesta's Spirit & Courage Scholarship All Students $500 - $100 December 6, 2019
Covers In Play Scholarship All Students $1000 On Going
The Huggable Supermom Scholarship US Citizens/Permanent Residents $2000 On Going
Real Estate Scholarships Real Estate Majors $1200 On Going
The Pursuit of Excellence (POE) Scholarship UC Transfers $4000-$6000 February 28, 2020