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Scholarships

Did you know there are a variety of scholarships available to future college students that do not require a 3.0 GPA, financial need, or US citizenship?  Here are some of the scholarships offered for the current school year- remember to apply early!


Scholarship opportunities will be added throughout the school year as the applications open. Seniors have access to these scholarships in the HHS Grade 12 Google Classroom. If you have any questions, please email julieannablotz@sccs.net or drop by the Counseling Office. 

Fall Scholarships

September & October

Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise Youth Scholarships
Deadline: TBD
Criteria: For high school seniors planning to further their education at either an academic or vocational college. Both academic performance and a need for financial assistance are taken into account as well as active involvement in the school and community.
Description: Rotary scholarships are available for both academic and vocational fields of study. There are three categories of scholarships available.
Amount: $700 - $1000
For more information: Applications are available online at https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2276/sitepage/scholarships

QuestBridge College Match Scholarships
Deadline: TBD
Criteria: For high school seniors with financial need and strong academic standing
Description: College Match Scholarship Recipients are granted admission to one of QuestBridge's college partners with a full, four-year scholarship worth over $200,000 each. Our college partners use a combination of their own funds as well as state and federal aid to fund the scholarship. Can cover the cost of attendance, including: Tuition and fees, Room and board, Books and supplies, Travel expenses.
Amount: Can be up to $200,000
For more information:  https://www.questbridge.org/high-school-students/national-college-match/how-to-apply 

"No Essay" College Scholarship
Deadline: TBD
Amount: $2,000
Link: https://www.niche.com/colleges/scholarship/no-essay-scholarship/?utm_source=ScholarshipExperts&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=SEnes&source=se

Rent A Knee Walker Scholarship
Deadline: TBD      Amount: $250
Criteria: 1. Currently enrolled on a 2 or 4 year accredited college as an undergraduate, graduate-level or final year of high school (accepted into college), in the United States. 2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 3. There are no requirements in terms of physical disability or ability. All applications are welcome. 4. Family or relatives of Rent A Knee Walker employees or associates are ineligible.
Website: https://www.rentakneewalker.com/scholarship

 

AES Engineers Scholarship
Deadline: TBD
Criteria: This is a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, not GPA. Must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or eligible non-U.S.citizen.
Description: Students must submit an essay between 500 and 1,000 words (prompts on their website). Submit essay to scholarships@aesengineers.com
Amount: $500  
For more information: http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.php

 

ExtremeTerrain Scholarship
Deadline: TBD
Criteria:  High school seniors who are pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Research, Land Use, Earth & Atmosphere Studies, Sustainable Land Management, Parks and Recreation, Sustainable Agriculture Systems.
Amount: 2 a year at $2500 each / second round due June 15, 2022
For more information: https://www.extremeterrain.com/scholarships.html
App. Form: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/10570faf5b024dbfb23e66e1f8bedbdb

AmericanMuscle Scholarship
Deadline: TBD
Criteria: High school seniors planning to attend a college or post-secondary institution pursuing an automotive or related degree.
Amount: 2 a year at $2500 each / second round due June 15, 2022
For more information: https://www.americanmuscle.com/scholarships.html

AmericanTrucks Student Scholarship
Deadline: TBD
Criteria: Currently attending high school and will be attending an accredited school in the next academic year to an automotive school program.
Amount: 2 a year at $2500 each / second round due June 15, 2022
For more information: https://www.americantrucks.com/scholarships.html

Scholarship America
Deadline:  Varied - many different scholarship types available
Description:  Hundreds of scholarship opportunities for students and parents looking for assistance on the way to university.  Phone contact available for more information.
Amount: Award sums vary as do deadline dates. 
For more information: Scholarship America 

Horatio Alger Scholarship
Deadline: TBD
Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled full time in a U.S. high school and plan to graduate in Spring/Summer 2021, as well as plan to enter college in the fall.  Students also must show financial need, show involvement in curricular and community activities, have a minimum GPA of 2.00, and be U.S. citizens.
Description: This scholarship rewards students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society.
Amount: up to $20,000
For more information: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: TBD
Criteria: Available to current seniors carrying a minimum of 3.00 GPA (must show 3.00 GPA at end of junior year) who plan to attend an accredited post-secondary institution.
Description: Coca-Cola is awarding $3,000,000 in scholarships to 250 dedicated, motivated and involved seniors.
Amount: $10,000 to $20,000
For more information: www.coca-colascholars.org

VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Scholarship 
Deadline: TBD
Criteria: Open to students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in a high school, home study program, or an overseas U.S. military/civilian dependent school.
Description: This scholarship is a "Voice of Democracy Audio Essay" competition- students record a 3-5 minute essay on cassette tape or CD.  This year's theme is "America:  Where Do We Go From Here?"
Amount: Winners can win an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. and up to $35,000 in scholarships.
For more information: http://www.vfw.org/Youth/ 

November

November

Prudential Emerging Visionaries Awards
Deadline:  TBD
Criteria: Student applications being accepted for Prudential Emerging Visionaries from people ages 14 to 18 who are taking on today’s toughest financial and societal challenges.
Amount: Varies
For more information: https://www.spirit.prudential.com/

Good Tidings Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: TBD

Criteria: High school seniors with financial need who have committed themselves to community service. 
Amount: 10 scholarships at $10,000 each
For more information: https://goodtidings.org/impact/education-and-scholarships/

The Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards 
Deadline:  TBD
Description: Youth Awards for Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community.  Recipients receive a one-time grant to fund their college education or community service effort that tackles a social issue.
Criteria:  Be currently enrolled in high school and graduating in the spring of 2023. Must have a minimum unweighted  3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale and be heading to an accredited higher education institution.  Must be of Hispanic heritage (includes Philippines, Spain and Brazil). If selected, attendance to virtual regional awards ceremony is mandatory.
For more information:  https://hispanicheritage.org/programs/leadership/youth-awards/

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Deadline: TBD
Criteria: MVS scholarships are for high school seniors who demonstrate leadership and pursuing a four-year degree on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), at a U.S. college or university next school year. Some important applicant details include:

«  Current high school seniors (or equivalent) who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.

«  Applicants do not have to be related to a member of the Elks.

«  Male and female students compete separately. 


Description: The Most Valuable Student Scholarship program has helped thousands of students who need financial assistance to fulfill their dreams of attending college. These scholars are at or near the top of their class, active in school and community activities and recognized as leaders by their peers.
Amount: $800 to $50,000
For more information: https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/MVS.cfm

Education Matters Scholarship
Deadline:  TBD
Criteria: 1) Be fourteen (14) years of age or older at the time of application. 2) Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or DC. 3) Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2024) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education.
Description: "What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn't matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?" (250 words or less)
Amount: $5,000
For more information: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/education-matters-scholarship

December

December

The Right to Trial Scholarship Contest

  • Award: $1,000

  • Deadline: TBD

  • Eligibility: Must be high school seniors accepted to a college or university (graduating summer 2023) or students who are currently enrolled in a college or university (beginning fall semester 2023).

  • More Info: https://geerhartlaw.com/scholarship-contest/  



Dell Scholarship

Deadline: TBD

Criteria: 1)Participate in a program-approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12. 2)Plan to enroll full-time at an accredited higher education institution in the pursuit of a bachelor's degree in the fall directly following high school graduation. 3)Be eligible to receive a federal Pell Grant in the first year of college. 4)Demonstrate a need for financial assistance. 5)Earn a minimum of a 2.4 GPA. 6)Be on track to graduate from an accredited high school in the current academic year.

Description: While we have a required 2.4-grade point average, Dell Scholars targets low-income, highly motivated students who are better than their numbers indicate and demonstrate the drive to succeed despite personal obstacles. 

Amount: $20,000 

For more information:   https://www.dellscholars.org/scholarship/

 

Various Student Scholarships

Deadline: various

Criteria: Various, see link below for specific details to each scholarship

Description: Various scholarships geared towards a “no hassle” of numerous applications & essays

Amount: from $1,000 - $50,000

For more information:   2022 College Scholarships | Application Deadlines for Students (studentscholarships.org

The Science Ambassador Scholarship

Deadline: TBD

Criteria: Plan to attend college in the United States; will be pursuing a degree in the STEM field. To apply, submit a three-minute video of yourself explaining a topic in science you are passionate about. You can discuss any topic in science you like, not necessarily your field of study. Upload the video to YouTube, and make sure the video is set to public. 

Description: A full tuition scholarship for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, or math, funded by Cards Against Humanity. 

Amount: The winner of the Science Ambassador Scholarship will receive full tuition coverage for up to four years. 

For more information:  http://www.scienceambassadorscholarship.org

 

The Equitable Excellence Scholarship 

Deadline:   TBD

Description: Applicants should highlight academic achievement, work ethic, and support of  their community through volunteerism and work experience.

Criteria:  Must be a US citizen and currently a high school senior with plans to attend a 2 or 4-yr college or university. WILL CLOSE WHEN 10,000 HAVE BEEN RECEIVED - APPLY EARLY

Amount:  Varies at $2500, $5,000 and $500  - over 350 being offered

For more information:  https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/equitableexcellence/

 

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes (2022)

Deadline: TBD

Amount: $20,000 (20 at $1000 each)

Criteria: 1. Be entering college in the Fall of 2022 as a Freshman at an accredited four-year institution for an undergraduate degree;

2. Be currently involved in high school sports, intramural sports, or community based sports.

3.Have a minimum GPA of 3.0; 

4. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident (you will be asked to prove citizenship and age if you win); 

5. Not be an employee, officer or director of Foot Locker, Inc., or any of its subsidiaries, or a member of the immediate family of such an employee, officer or director.

For more information:  Footlocker

 

Raoul Teilhet Scholarships

Deadline: TBD

Amount: $3000 for four year study, $1,000 for two year programs

Criteria: 1)Applicants must be high school seniors or undergraduate continuing college students. 2)The applicant’s parent or guardian must be a member in good standing of an AFT local union in California. 3)The applicant must be listed as a dependent on their parent’s or guardian’s tax return.

Award selection is based on academic achievement, special talents and skills, participation in extracurricular activities, community service, financial need, and a 500-word essay on a social issue of the applicant’s choice. Scholarships are awarded for any one year of higher education: High school seniors who received Raoul Teilhet Scholarships are not eligible for another scholarship as continuing college students.The CFT accepts only online applications.

For more information:  https://www.cft.org/scholarships

 

Let's Get YOU Flying! (Flight Training Scholarship)

Deadline: TBD

Criteria: Applicant must be a female living with Monterey or Santa Cruz counties. To be used by the recipient to obtain her private pilot license or to obtain an advanced rating to further her pursuit of a career in aviation.

Amount: $ 2000

For more information: https://www.montereybay99s.org/scholarship.html

 

The Little Bundle Superdad Scholarship 

Deadline: TBD 

Description: Scholarship is in support of single dads who sacrifice for their children.   

Criteria:  Open to high school seniors in financial need who have been raised by a single dad or who are single fathers themselves.  Must be US citizen or permanent legal resident, accepted by a 2 or 4 year vocational or technical institution in the US after graduation.  

Amount:  Twice a year at $1000 each event

For more information:  https://littlebundle.com/pages/superdad-scholarship

 

Scholarship Guides to Review

Scholarship Guide for Hispanic and Latino Students

 Scholarship Guide for LGBTQ Students

 Scholarship Guide for Students of Color

Winter Scholarships

January

MALDEF Scholarship Information Source

Website:  https://www.maldef.org/resources/scholarship-resource-guide/#

St. John's University Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline: Rolling dates through the year

Criteria: Applicants must be graduating high school and have an overall B average and a combined score of 1000 on the SAT'S or an ACT composite score of 22.

Description: Applicants must submit the Ozanam Scholars application and St. John's University application for admission. (There are 4 other scholarships on this page as well)

Amount: Up to a $10,000 renewable annually, for four years.

For more information:  https://www.stjohns.edu/admission/scholarships

 

Youth on Course College Scholarship​

Deadline: TBD

Criteria: You must be a high school senior, enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited Northern California high school with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Scholarships are both need and merit based. You must be accepted for enrollment at a four-year college/university the same year the scholarship is awarded. You do not need to be a member of Youth on Course, but Youth on Course members and/or golfers will be given first priority during selection. You can join today at http://youthoncourse.org/join

Description: The core purpose of Youth on Course is to provide youth with access to life-changing opportunities through golf. 

Award: From $4,000 to $20,000 to be distributed over four years. 

For more information: http://youthoncourse.org/scholarships

 

APIA Scholarship

Deadline: TBD

Amount:  $2500

Criteria:  The APIA Scholarship is open to Asian and Pacific Islander American students who'll be enrolling or are currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited college or university as a degree-seeking undergraduate student in the fall of 2023. This year's application opened on September 7, 2022, and closes on January 19, 2023. Learn more about the application process and minimum eligibility criteria.

Link: https://apiascholars.org/scholarship/apia-scholarship/?SFMC_cid=EM190588-&rid=67690155
 

Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: TBD

Criteria: Available to students entering or already attending college and majoring in agriculture. Must provide transcripts. Should have school activities and leadership. Financial need. Planning to attend college. Essay required. Letters of recommendation required. Must reside in Santa Cruz County or within the Pajaro Valley Unified School District boundaries.

Description: This award will be allocated for every year in college (maximum of four), proof of full-time registration required.

Amount: up to $4,000 for 4 years.

For more information: Contact the Agriculture office at (831) 722-6622 or http://www.agri-culture.us/scholarships/

 

Jeannie Witmer Memorial Scholarship

Deadline:  TBD

Description:  A $1,500 award for a student active (past or present) in California High School Rodeo Association District 4 or California 4-H Horse Program, entering or currently attending college and majoring in agriculture and/or animal sciences.

Criteria: Student must be active (past or present) in the California High School Rodeo Association District 4 (San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Francisco counties) or a California 4-H Horse program in the same geographic area. The recipient of this scholarship will receive the award upon proof of enrollment in college or a professional technical school.

For more information: http://www.agri-culture.us/scholarships/

 

J.J. Crosetti, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

A $1,000 award for a student entering or currently attending college and majoring in agriculture.

Deadline:  TBD

Criteria: Student and/or their legal guardian must live either in Santa Cruz County or within the Pajaro Valley Unified School District boundaries, or be a current member of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau.  The recipient of this scholarship will receive the award upon proof of enrollment in college. The award will be allocated for the remaining years in college (maximum of 4 years) and issued proportionately during the school year.

For more information:  http://www.agri-culture.us/scholarships/

 

Laura Brown Memorial Scholarship

A $2,000 award for a student entering or currently attending college and majoring in agriculture or a related field, or majoring in culinary arts.

Deadline: TBD

Criteria: Student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.5 and reside either in Santa Cruz County or the Pajaro Valley. Preference will be given to qualified students who have been members of 4-H. The recipient of this scholarship will receive the award upon proof of enrollment in college. The award will be allocated for the remaining years in college (maximum of 4 years) and issued proportionately during the school year.

For more information: http://www.agri-culture.us/scholarships/
 

I Have a Dream Scholarship

Deadline: TBD

Criteria:  Must be 14 years of age or older at the time of application, must be legal U.S. resident, must be resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.

Description: Students write an essay (250 words max) answering the following prompt: "We want to know... what do you dream about?  Share your dreams with us for a chance to win $1,500 for college."

Amount: $1,500

For more information: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/i-have-a-dream-scholarship

 

e-Quality Scholarship

Deadline: TBD

Amount: Up to $12,000

Criteria:  Applicant must: be a resident of northern or central California but may study elsewhere (see map of specific counties); have completed or expect to complete high school or equivalent; and plan to attend or began attending an accredited post-secondary institution (college, university, or vocational/trade school) for the first time in 2023.  Demonstrated service to the local LBGT community. Applicants of all sexual orientations or gender identities are eligible for most scholarships.

Link: https://www.equalityscholarship.org/apply.html

 

InspirASIAN Scholarship Program

Deadline: TBD

Amount: $2000

Requirements:

1.Full-time graduating high school seniors in good academic standing (minimum unweighted cumulative GPA 3.40 on 4-point scale), of any ethnic or cultural background, who plan to attend an accredited college or university (2-year and 4-year) in Fall 2023.

2.Citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

3.Residents of one of the following states or metropolitan area where we currently have InspirASIAN chapters: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area (Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia).

Students interested in applying will need to complete the scholarship application that includes a student essay.

For more Information: https://inspirasian.us/programs/scholarship-program/

January
February

February

MALDEF Scholarships

Website:   https://www.maldef.org/resources/scholarship-resource-guide/#

 

Evergreen Scholarships

Deadline: TBD

#1 Scholastic Achievement Awards (Values Vary/Multiple Awards)

#2 Foundation Scholarships (Values Vary/Multiple Awards)

#3 Cultural Diversity Awards ($7,000/Multiple Awards)

#4 Washington High School Merit Award ($7,000/Multiple Awards)

For more information: https://www.evergreen.edu/scholarships

San Jose Earthquakes BAASST Scholarship
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: TBD 
Criteria: MUST by nominated by teacher or school official by letter of reccomendation, have college bound Santa Cruz county senior,  minimum grade point average of 3.0 from sophomore to senior year of high school, & complete required documents 
For more required, detailed information & application:  https://sjearthquakes.formstack.com/forms/sje_baasst_23

Elks Legacy Award Scholarships

Deadline:   TBD

Description:  Legacy Awards provide $4,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of dues-paying Elk members.

Criteria: More information available from the link

For more information:  https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/Legacy.cfm

 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Deadline: TBD

Criteria:  1) Must be of Hispanic heritage 2)  U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, DACA, or eligible non-citizen (as defined by FAFSA)  3) Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students; minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college and graduate students 4) Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, in the U.S., during the fall of a scholarship cycle (academic year) 5)Submit the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms (if applicable)

For More Information:   https://www.hsf.net/scholarship

California Strawberry Commission Scholarship

Deadline: delayed, please see website for up-to-date information

Criteria: Applicants must be high school seniors with 2.0 or college students. Parents employed for the last two or more consecutive seasons in the California strawberry harvest.

Description: This scholarship is to help students whose parents or guardians have worked in the strawberry industry.

Amount: $4,000 to $5,000, can be renewed annually

For more information: https://www.californiastrawberries.com/student-portal/

Asian Pacific Fund Scholarships ( 10 separate awards)

Deadline: varies Feb to May
Criteria: Incoming or current college students of various ethnic backgrounds planning on enrolling full time for the upcoming school year. A minimum of a 3.00 GPA is needed and U.S. citizenship or Permanent Residence is required. 
Description: This Bay Area foundation provides scholarships to students with a financial need. They have 10 different scholarship programs focused on various elements of achievement.
Amount: $1,000- $20,000

For more information: www.asianpacificfund.org/scholarships

Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
Deadline: TBD 

Amount: $1,000 - $24,000

Criteria: Santa Cruz County & Pajaro Valley residing students. Must be high school seniors as well as local community college freshman or sophomores for select opportunities.

For more information: application link at www.cfscc.org/scholarships.

Native Daughters of the Golden West Santa Cruz Parlor No. 26
Mae B. Wilkin/Phyrne Lorenz Scholarship
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: TBD
Criteria: 

  • Applicant must plan to graduate from a Santa Cruz County high school and be enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university by Fall 2023

  •  must have a minimum overall 3.0 GPA

  • must compose and submit a 600-word autobiography. Please refer to the Evaluation Criteria for the judging standards

  • must compose and submit a 600-word essay on: “What period or event in California’s history interests you and why?” Please refer to the Evaluation Criteria for the judging standard

 

For more information: See Mrs. April in counseling or email her at awalls@sccs.net

March

March

MALDEF Scholarships
Website:  https://www.maldef.org/resources/scholarship-resource-guide/#

 

Rent A Knee Walker Scholarship
Deadline: TBD  

Amount: 2 at $500 per cycle, 2 cycles/year
Criteria: 1. Currently enrolled on a 2 or 4 year accredited college as an undergraduate, graduate-level or final year of high school (accepted into college), in the US. 2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 3. There are no requirements in terms of physical disability or ability. All applications are welcome. 4. Family or relatives of Rent A Knee Walker employees or associates are ineligible.  ** In 2021 there will be quarterly offers of this type**
Website: https://www.rentakneewalker.com/scholarship

California Wine Grape Growers Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: TBD
Criteria: Must be a dependent of a vineyard employee and plan to attend a University of California, California State University or California community college.
Description: Selection is based upon financial need (which may be waived), demonstrated scholastic ability, community involvement and leadership and/or work history, and determination to succeed.
Amount: $2,000 to $8,000
For more information: https://cawgfoundation.org/scholarship-eligibility-requirements/ 

Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship

Deadline: TBD
Criteria: Students must achieve a total cumulative GPA (3½ years) of at least 3.2 and meet one of the following: 1) Are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent and live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada, only where Branches of the Federation are established; or, 2) Are Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian Descent or live where Branches of the Federation are established if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is a member of the “Italian Catholic Federation.”
Amount: $400
For more information: https://www.icf.org/scholarships/

 

Bay Federal Credit Union 2023 Education Scholarship

Deadline:  TBD

Description: Bay Federal Credit Union’s Education Scholarship is for students who are pursuing educational and career training opportunities after high school. Up to three individual winners will be awarded $1,500 to pay for expenses directly related to their continuing education.

Amount: $1,500

For more information: http://www.bayfed.com/scholarship

 

Omega Nu Scholarship
Deadline: TBD
Amount:  from $500 for community college and vocational
schools, up to $5,000 for all Cal State and UCs. In addition we have
one supplemental scholarship for aquatics athletes who plan to attend
a Cal State or UC school. This scholarship averages $3,000.
For students headed for a UC or CSU program, 2yr Community CA college or a CA vocational school - new easier apply on line.
New aquatic scholarship open this year for 2year varsity swimming or water polo participants in addition to the traditional.
For more information: http://www.duckyderbysantacruz.org/scholarship-main-page

Automotive Service Councils Educational Foundation (ASCEF)
Deadline: TBD
Criteria:  Planning to seek employment in the CA aftermarket/independent repair industry. Be a high school senior with min 2.0GPA who plans to enroll in post high school technical & academic training in the automotive field.
Amount:  18 scholarships granted from $500 - $1000 each
Website:   https://automotivescholarships.com/apply-online

Slavic American Cultural Organization Scholarship
Deadline: TBD
Criteria: Must be of Slavic heritage (i.e. the former republics of Yugoslavia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, or Slovenia); must be a graduating Senior planning to attend an accredited university, college, junior college or technical school and must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
For more information: Email John Basor at john_basor@PVUSD.net  
Scholarship application available in the SHS Counseling Office.

Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group (PAFMG) Pre-Medical Scholarship
Amount: $30,000, paid out over 5 years 
Deadline: TBD
Santa Cruz County High School Seniors that anticipate a career as a doctor. Plans to take pre-medicine courses to prepare for medical school.  Be in top 20 percent of class (verified by transcript). Demonstrate a need for financial assistance to attend a university. Visit the website for complete criteria.
For more information:
https://www.sutterhealth.org/forpatients/premedscholar-pamf

 

SJSU Alumni Scholarship - Santa Cruz Area Chapter
Deadline: TBD
Criteria: Available to students who plan to attend San Jose State in the Fall. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA, be a graduating senior, show involvement in school and/or community, and have two letters of recommendation.
Description: SJSU would like to award students for staying local. 
Amount: $500 to $2,000 one-time and renewable scholarships available.
Information:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/15b0crcnbDjcv9Usnkvzoy-cAvufRhJUy/view 


Tzu Chi Scholarship
Deadline: TBD
Criteria: Applicants must demonstrate financial need, be a U.S. high school graduating senior, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and plan to enroll in an accredited U.S. college full-time for the 2020-2021 school year.
Description: This scholarship is funded by the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation to recognize and provide financial assistance to outstanding college-bound high school graduates. Applicants are selected based on their financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement. 
Amount: up to $1,000
For more information: https://tzuchi.us/scholarships

 

Aviation Scholarships
Amount: Two $4000 scholarships  Deadlines: March & September
Would you like to learn to fly airplanes or train to become an airplane mechanic?   Interested in pursuing an aviation related career or want to further your aviation education.
Criteria: 16 to 25 year old, Resident of Watsonville, Freedom, Aromas, or Moss Landing, Legal resident or citizen of the United States and Proficient in English (required by the Federal Aviation Administration)
Website: http://www.pajarovalleyaviation.org/Home/scholarship-information

April

April

MOAA Scholarship

Amount:$1,000-$2,000
Deadline: TBD
Eligible applicants must be entering or already pursuing a college degree and have ties to Santa Cruz County. Preference will be given to: (1) students who will pursue a military career,  (2) students whose parents, grandparents or sibling have served or are serving in the military and (3) students who are closely related to a Military Officers Association Santa Cruz member
Questions?   Call Scholarship Chairman, LCDR Bob Semas, USCGR at 831.423.1030.

Big Stick Surfing Association
Amount: $100 - $800
Deadline: TBD
Criteria: graduating seniors in S.C. county with a commitment to ocean sports, preservation of the ocean environment and ecology, good citizenship, & sportsmans
For more information: https://bigsticksurfing.org/scholarships.html
 
Wells Call Injury Lawyers Scholarship Contest

Award: Varies

Deadline: TBD

Eligibility: Applicants must be high school students currently residing in or attending high school in California. 

For more information: https://www.wccbc.com/scholarship-video-contest/

 

The California Association of Professional Firefighters Scholarship
Deadline: TBD
Amount: Four scholarships at $500 each
Requirements: Child of CAPF Participants who has participated since April 1, 2020 or prior or child of NPFBA Participant who has participated since April 1, 2020. • Enrolled or planning to enroll in full-time course of study at accredited community college,  college, university, vocational or technical school. • 3.0 or better GPA on 4.0 scale
Applications may be downloaded at www.CAPF.org/scholarship-opportunities

We the Students Scholarship Essay Contest
Amount: 16 student winners for a total possible $20,000
Deadline: TBD
The scholarship will be awarded to one high school in grades 9-12 attending a school in one of the participating states. 
Essay:  How does an understanding of natural rights and respect build a free society?
Website:  https://billofrightsinstitute.org/we-the-students-essay-contest


Ocean Mist Scholarship
Deadline: TBD
Criteria: Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Application requirements include an essay, letters of reference, a completed scholarship application and proof of higher education acceptance. The Ocean Mist Farms Scholarship Committee will review all applications and award scholarships based on the applicant’s demonstrated potential for
academic success. To learn more, visit OceanMist.com/scholarship-program.
Amount: $1000
For more information: https://www.oceanmist.com/scholarship-program

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Zeta Epsilon Chapter Scholarship
Amount: TBD 

Deadline: TBD
Criteria: Female student going into the education field
Update: Please submit application to Laura at laursie3829@yahoo.com
For the application click HERE

DON & ROY SPLAWN CHARITABLE FNDN - WEST SCHOLARSHIP
Amount:$1,000/renewable     

Deadline: TBD
Scholarship Requirements 1) High School Senior (graduating) 2) CA resident 3) Financial need 4) Academics (2.6 GPA and above) 5) Employment: Paid or unpaid, Community Service Extracurricular Activities. Please note that we encourage students to apply that have extraordinary circumstances in their lives as well as students who may not have the chance to attend college without financial assistance. We are looking for students that understand and exemplify the meaning of "hard work". No SS# needed
Website: https://online.foundationsource.com/ws/index.jsp?site=splawnscholarship

 Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise Youth Scholarships
Deadline:  TBD
Criteria: For local high school seniors planning to further their education at either an academic or vocational college. Both academic performance and a need for financial assistance are taken into account as well as active involvement in the school and community.
Description: Rotary scholarships are available for both academic and vocational fields of study. There are three categories of scholarships available. 
Amount: $700 - $1000
For more information: http://scholarships.santacruzsunriserotary.org/

High School Scholarship Application for Cabrillo College 
Amount: $500         

Deadline: TBD
Scholarships are awarded to Santa Cruz County high school seniors once they enroll full time at Cabrillo College. Scholarships are disbursed in Fall 2021 after attendance is confirmed. Scholarship amounts are typically $500. In addition, all students are encouraged to complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Application, in order to be considered for financial aid funds.
Unofficial Transcripts can be submitted to the Financial Aid Office (SAC East- Welcome Center) in person, or you can email to Holly Goodman at hogoodma@cabrillo.edu. Please use "High School Scholarship Transcript" in the subject line.
To view application click HERE

LA Tutors Innovation in Education Scholarship
Deadline:  TBD
Criteria: Students must be seniors bound for college, a grade point average of 3.0 and above, and a US citizen or permanent resident
Description: Showcase your creativity/innovation skills by either solving a problem, or designing something that helps others solve problems, in several different possible presentation formats.
Amount: $500.00 every month - reapply in May!... and June!
For more information:  Innovation Scholarship

WiseGeek LGBTQ+ Awareness Scholarship
Due:  TBD

Amount: $500
Criteria:  Students who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community - and US citizen or permanent legal resident of the US
Application and Scholarship information: https://www.wisegeek.com/lgbtq-awareness-scholarship.htm

Hellenic Cultural Institute Student Scholarship Program
Deadline: TBD
Criteria: Students must be seniors bound for college, a grade point average of 3.0 and above, exemplary classroom conduct, a brief biographical sketch, and completion of the application form, a minimum 600-word essay on: “The Causes of the 1821 Greek Revolution and Its Aftermath"
Description: The institute offers scholarships to high school students of the Central Coast, who have demonstrated an interest in the area of Hellenic History and Civilization, by way of Greek literature, drama, poetry, and the arts, as well as other aspects of Greek culture.
Amount: $10,000 amongst winners
For more information: Hellenic App Info  Hellenic Form

 

Big Creek Lumber McCrary Family Scholarship
Deadline: April 29, 2022 at 5pm PST
Criteria: Applicant must be a high school senior who plans to attend a university or college majoring in forestry or attend a trade, vocational or truck driving school in the fall of 2022.  Only open to applicants who live within a 25 mile distance of Big Creek Lumber.  
Amount:  One time $2000
More information:  https://bigcreeklumber.com/scholarships/

Jose Luis Mandujano Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: April 29, 2022
Criteria: Applicant must be a high school senior who plans to attend a university or college majoring in Agriculture in the fall of 2022. Must be a resident of Monterey, Santa Cruz or San Benito counties.  Submit 2 letters or recommendation and a 500-word essay.
Amount:  One time $1000
More information:  Application Here

CANERS Foundation Scholarship
Deadline : April 30, 2022
Criteria: Applicants must graduating high school seniors with at least a B average and submit an application with at least two letters of recommendation.
Description: This scholarship is given by the CANERS Foundation, Endowment for Research and Scholarship to students planning to major in Horticulture or Agribusiness related to Horticulture.
Amount: $2,500 and above
For more information: Information Here

May

Spring/Summer Scholarships

May

NAACP  Scholarship
Deadline: May 10, 2022
Requirements: TBA
Questions: Ms. Banks (Counseling Office)
Apply online: https://naacp.org/find-resources/scholarships-awards-internships

Merritt S Duncan Scholarship
Deadline: May 12, 2022
Requirements: 
Be a resident of Santa Cruz County, California
Be in good academic standing
Demonstrate financial need
Plan to attend full-time, Cabrillo College or the University of California, Santa Cruz
Questions: 864-368-3363 or email Hanna at hanna@csascholars.org
Apply online:   https://csascholars.org/duncanm/

Joseph Schnaier Scholarship for Finance Students
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: May 15, 2023
Criteria: Available for students in the United States who are currently enrolled in a university or high school students who have plans to attend a university.  with wishes to become a finance professional. See link for more details.
For more information: https://josephschnaierscholarship.com/joseph-schnaier-scholarship/

 

B.Davis Scholarship
Deadline: May 21, 2023
Criteria: There is no age restriction. Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next. This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are.
Description: This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post-secondary institution.
Award: $1,000
Information: http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm 
Submissions must be sent by email to awards@studentawardsearch.com

1800wheelchair.com Scholarship
Amount:  $500       Deadline: May 31, 2022
Visual Contest- Please review website for details
Criteria: Enrolled at an accredited college, or university in the U.S. or your final year of high school
Aged sixteen (16) years or older
Carry a status of "good standing" (i.e. currently enrolled)
Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (or equivalent)  There are no requirements in terms of physical disability or ability. All applications are welcome. 
Website:  https://www.1800wheelchair.com/scholarship-2021/

 

Alice B. Woolsey Scholarship
Deadline: May 17, 2022 by 5pm local - to be updated in March 2022
Criteria: Be a graduating senior who was a graduate of New Brighton Middle School; have accepted as a full-time student at an accredited college or paid upon confirmation of Community College registration before June 30. 
Description: To support and further the education of students in our community, and through the gift of funds in loving memory of Alice B. Woolsey, former Soquel teacher, the district has established one scholarship of $500.00 to be awarded to a worthy high school graduating senior who was a graduate of New Brighton Middle School.
Award: $500.00
For more information email: brannabanks@sccs.net or ljacobs@suesd.org 
Link:  Apply Here

June

June

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program

Deadline: June 12, 2022
Criteria: To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Your submissions must be sent to us by email to scholarships@abbottandfenner.com. Topic: Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.
Description: The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution.
Amount:  $1,000.
For more information: http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.php

 

Big Sun Scholarship
Deadline: June 19, 2022
Criteria: Available to all student athletes, regardless of sport
Description: Students should be high school seniors or be attending a post-secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at the institution within the community. To apply, visit the website.
Amount: $500
For more information: http://www.bigsunathletics.com

 

California Association of Collectors Scholarship
Deadline: June 30, 2022
Criteria: Available to any California high school senior for their use at any accredited college, university, or trade school.
Description: One-page application and essay on "The Importance of Establishing and Maintaining Good Financial Credit During Your College Years." 
Email entries to: scholarship@calcollectors.net
Amount: $1,500- $2,500
For more information: https://www.cacesf.org/

OppU Achievers Scholarship
Deadline: June 30, 2022
Amount: $2,500
Eligibility: GPA above 3.0
How to Apply: Students submit a short essay through the portal on our scholarship page 
Link: https://www.opploans.com/scholarship/

July

July & August

Know Your Rights! Employment Law Scholarship Contest

No Deadline

Without Deadline

California-Hawaii Elks Vocational Grant

No deadline (file 3 months after beginning application process)

Criteria: This program is open to any prospective applicant, residing in California or Hawaii who is an American citizen planning to pursue an eligible vocational/technical course, culminating in an associate degree, diploma, or certificate, but less than a baccalaureate program(Bachelor's degree). 

Description: This vocational grant is available for one year, with an option to renew. The grant may be used for tuition and fees, room and board, and books and supplies.  

Amount: $1,000 

For more information: https://chea-elks.org/youth-activities/scholarships/

The Johnson Scholars Program
No deadline (must apply to attend Santa Clara University)
Description: Santa Clara University's Johnson Scholars Program offers exceptionally committed, talented, high achieving students an extraordinary opportunity to develop the leadership skills, knowledge, and commitment required to help build a better world. The program is an integral part of a rigorous, honors-level undergraduate education with the privileges and challenges associated with joining a distinctive community of scholars. 
Students selected as Johnson Scholars receive a merit scholarship covering full tuition during the academic year, renewable annually for up to four years. In addition, the University is committed to fully meeting the demonstrated financial need of each Johnson Scholar. 
Criteria: Evidence of leadership and spirit of tenacity; demonstrated record of high academic performance; an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher; a minimum ACT composite score of 30 or SAT combine score of 1,400 in the math and critical reading sections; record service throughout the high school career. 
Amount: A merit scholarship covering full tuition during the academic year. 
Link: https://www.scu.edu/johnsonscholars/selection/

 

Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest
No Deadline: Monthly on the 15th 
Description: Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $200 college scholarship contest where students 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 $200 college scholarship.
Amount: $200
For more information: http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship

 

Scholarship Websites:
BOLD Scholarships for Black Students
Career One Stop
Community Foundation - Santa Cruz County
CTF (California Transportation Foundation) Scholarships
Fast Web: Scholarships for High School Seniors
MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide 2020-2021
Mega Scholarships
UNIGO

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