Scholarships

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See your counselor for more information about the scholarships listed below



Deadline  Scholarship/Link  Award  Description 





 
October
   
 
10/26/2018
Good Tidings Community Service
$10,000 (10)

Students must demonstrate greatest service and financial need.
 
10/30/2018
National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
Merit-based scholarships

Specifically a scholarship for a language-based summer immersion program. Must want to study one of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish.
 
10/30/2018
A.O. Smith Scholarship
$1000 (5)


This application is intended for students who will be technicians in the plumbing, HVAC or electrical residential service industry.
 
10/31/2018
Stokes Educational Scholarship Program by the NSA
Thorn Arts Scholarship For Migrant Farmworkers $500-$2,500
Must be a U.S. citizen and be eligible to be granted a security clearance. Must be a HS senior at the time of application and have achieved a SAT score of 1600 (1100 Critical Reading and Math, 500 Writing) or ACT of 25. Must be planning to be major in computer science or computer/electrical engineering. Must have a GPA of 3.0 and above


November
     


Biannually (6/1 & 11/1)
Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarship For Migrant Farmworkers
$500-$2,500
This scholarship has been initiated in order to foster and encourage the creative talents of individuals with a history of migration to obtain work in agriculture. Eligible applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing further development of their talents in one of the following disciplines: Visual, performing, media, literary, crafts


11/1/2018
DomCop Scholarship
$1,000
This program is open to all University, College, and High school students who are currently enrolled in an educational program.


11/06/2018
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program
Up to $5,000
Targeted to students who have demonstrated exceptional volunteerism


11/8/2018
Good Tidings Community Service Scholarship $10,000 (10x)
Students must demonstrate greatest service and financial need


11/12/2018
Fisher and Talwar Scholarship
$1,000
Must be a U.S. citizen, Must be a full-time student who is currently attending (or planning to attend full-time) an accredited institution of higher education, Must provide proof of current enrollment or plans to enroll in an accredited institution of higher education. If you have not received acceptance, you may still apply, but be sure to provide proof of acceptance and enrollment for the scholarship to be released, Must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA.


11/15/2018
CALIFORNIA-HAWAII ELKS ASSOCIATION
Vocational Grant

$500-$2,000 per year
The program is open to anyone residing in California or Hawaii who is a citizen of the United States of America and planning to pursue an eligible vocational/technical (voc/tech) course resulting in a certificate or two-year degree and leading to employment opportunities.


11/15/2018
ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION “Most Valuable Student Scholarship Competition“
$1,000-$12,500
Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply, Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks, High school graduates are not eligible to apply, Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify., Male and female students compete separately.


11/15/2018
Stokes Educational Scholarship Program by the National Security Agency
up to $30,000 in addition to year-round salary, rewarding work experience, & guaranteed employment
Must be a U.S. citizen and be eligible to be granted a security clearance, must be a HS senior at the time of application and have achieved a SAT score of 1200 (600 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, 600 Math) or ACT of 25; must be planning to be major in computer science or computer/electrical engineering; GPA of 3.0 and above preferred


11/20/2018
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
$40,000
Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2018, Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college or university beginning in fall 2018, Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above, SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above, Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant


11/30/2018
3 p.m. PST

2019 Presidential Scholarships at Montana State University
Full Tuition Waiver & Generous Stipend renewable for 4 years
Students must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, and must be committed to reflecting MSU’s highest ideals through academic excellence, demonstrated leadership and public service


December

   


12/1/2018
Dell Scholars Program
Up to $20,000
Must be participating in a Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approved college readiness program (such as AVID) in grades 11 and 12. Must be graduating from an accredited high school this academic year. Must be earning a minimum of a 2.4 GPA. Must demonstrate need for financial assistance. Must be eligible to receive a federal Pell grant in first year of college.Must be planning to enroll full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after your graduation from high school.


12/4/2018
Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program
Merit-based
Students must be interested in spending an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations.


12/5/2018
Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship
$10,000 (20)
The Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships are designed to recognize and reward the great steps students are taking to fight hunger in our communities across the United States.


12/11/2018
The Science Ambassador Scholarship
full-tuition
A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math. Film a three–minute video of yourself explaining a topic in STEM you are passionate about.


12/15/2018
Pasatiempo Neuf Trous Club Scholarship
$1,000
Santa Cruz County Girls High School golf team


12/30/2018
International Organization of Women Pilots
$1,000 flight training scholarship
Applicant must be in good health and not dependent on medication or have any other disqualifying condition, must have a current medical certificate, appropriate to the rating she seeks, must live in Santa Cruz County. If the applicant is already a licensed pilot, she must have completed any necessary written exams, have a current flight review or equivalent, and have all ratings prerequisite to the rating she seeks before money is awarded, but not necessarily before application. Otherwise, she must have completed the private written exam before money is awarded, but not necessarily before application, The applicant, if less than 18 years of age, may elect to use the scholarship for ground school instruction expenses or have the money held until she is 18 years of age for flight instruction expenses, If not already a licensed pilot, applicant must be proficient in English, The applicant must demonstrate a financial need for the scholarship.


January
     


1/31/2019
Professional Business Women of California Academic Scholarship
Varies- approx $5,000 (3)
The PBWC Conference, which is the largest women’s conference of its kind in Northern California, provides a forum for advancing women’s professional and personal development through tools, resources, training and inspiration. The annual conference includes an academic scholarship program recognizing a minimum of three high school seniors who are women and California residents.


1/4/2019
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
$10,000 (renewable over four years)
demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;
demonstrate strong academic performance (min. 3.0 GPA/4.0 scale or equivalent); be citizens of the United States of America; be current high school seniors attending high school in the United States; plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.



1/10/2019
5 p.m. EST

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
varies
The APIASF General Scholarship is open to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) high school and college students who will be enrolling or are currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited college or university as a degree-seeking undergraduate student in the upcoming academic year. There are multiple scholarship opportunities that vary in award amount, number of years, field of study, location, and more. For high school seniors, current college students, and students with GED entering college in Fall 2018.


1/15/2019
The Colorado Mesa University Ambassador Scholarship
Full tuition fees, four-year scholarship
Students must be incoming first-time freshmen and have a GPA of 3.25 or above. Students must demonstrate significant contributions to their school and community, and must be willing to work between 12-30 hours/week during fall and spring semesters.


1/17/2019
Santa Cruz Charter of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)
$500 (2)
High School applicants must live within the boundary of Santa Cruz County schools.
Applicants must be attending a 2 or 4-year college in fall 2016 and interested in a career in education. Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor, counselor or administrator about their character, academic history and potential as an educator.



       


       


       


       






    


       


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04/13/2018
Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group Pre-Med Scholarship
$25,000 over 5 years
Anticipate a career as a doctor. Plan 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 (verified by documentation listed below).


04/13/2018

California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA)  $500 Students must demonstrate having overcome difficulties in their life.


04/14/18 Signet Essay Contest
$1,000 (5)
Open to 11th and 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, or home-schooled students between the ages of 16-18 who are residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia. Void where prohibited by law. All state and local restrictions apply.
To be eligible, all entries must be postmarked by April 14, 2016 and received on or by April 21, 2016. Submissions by fax, email or any other electronic means will not be considered. Essays must be submitted by a high school English teacher on behalf of students who write an essay on one of five topics for this year’s competition book, Little Women.


04/15/2018
Gloria Mattera National Migrant Scholarship Fund
$250
Must show recent history of movement for agricultural employment - priority will be given to currently interstate migrant youth, Scholastic potential, financial need, and be enrolled in or accepted at an accredited public or private college, technical or vocational school, or a dropout or a potential dropout from high school who shows promise of ability to continue schooling.


04/15/2018
Kingsmen Car Club Industrial Arts Scholarship  $1,000 Must be planning on enrolling in an industrial arts program at a college or trade school.


04/13/2018 Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise 2018 Youth Scholarships: Rotary Academic Scholarships
$1,400-$4,000
Must demonstrate high degree of academic ability, be engaged in extracurricular activities on campus and have involved themselves in community service.


04/13/2018
Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise 2018 Youth Scholarships: Rotary Vocational Scholarships
$1,400  Applicants must be planning to enter a vocational field by
attending a vocational/technical school or a community college. Successful applicants will be able to articulate their plans and goals in their chosen field of study. Being active in school and community life is considered a plus. This scholarship award is for up to $1,400 ($700/year) while enrolled at a vocational/technical school or a community college.


04/13/2018
Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise 2018 Youth Scholarships: John Caldwell Community Service Scholarship
$1,400-$4,000 This scholarship is awarded in honor of Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary member John Caldwell who, by example, is living a life of service to his community. The successful applicant will have demonstrated a commitment to the community by participating actively in school and/or community service. Students attending a four-year university will receive up to $4,000 ($1,000/ year). Students attending a two-year community college will receive up to
$1400 ($700/year).


TBA Caltrans District 5 Scholarship
$750 High school seniors living in Caltrans District 5 (includes the counties of Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz) are eligible to apply.
The candidates must also intend to enroll in a community college, college, or university, or trade school in California. Caltrans hires in many areas that do not necessarily require a 4 year degree, but require courses from a community college or trade school. Students pursuing a variety of academic fields are welcome to apply so long as they plan to pursue a career in transportation.


04/18/2018
Leo and Trinidad Sanchez Scholarship
Up to $4,500  Must be a Hispanic/American student (with at least one parent of Hispanic or Hispanic American heritage), a current resident of Santa Clara County or Santa Cruz County, and current graduating high school senior or undergraduate at West Valley College enrolled in a program leading to a degree in architecture, or in any architectural school on a full-time or part-time basis.


04/20/2018
Lapiz Family Scholarship
$2,000 Incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduate in 2018-19; University; University of California (any campus, preference given to Davis and Santa Cruz); Minimum GPA: 3.0; Farm worker or child of farm worker or migrant farm worker; Financial need; Any ethnic or racial background; US citizen or permanent resident


04/30/2018
Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships
$2,000 - $3,000 Applicants must be citizens of the United States or possess a green card. Having DACA certification and or a Social Security number does not make you eligible. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a discipline listed below. Though not a requirement, minority status is a significant factor considered in jury decisions. Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA. Scholarships are only awarded to those students who are in financial need. Students may apply in only one discipline and it must be the student’s major. Eligible disciplines include:
» Fine Art
» Graphic Design (includes; visual design)
» Illustration (includes; animation)
» Interactive Design (includes; UI/UX, motion, digital and web)
» Photography


04/25/2018
Big Stick Surfing Competition   $100-$700  Must show scholastic ability, have a commitment to ocean sports and ecology, and demonstrate a commitment to their communities and good sportsmanship


04/30/2018 2018 Wayne Richards Memorial Scholarship
$500 (2) -$1,000 (2)
Student must be a graduating senior varsity athlete from a HS in Santa Cruz County with a 3.0 GPA or above. Student must also intend to enroll full time, starting in fall 2018, at a university, college, or trade school of their choice. Student must show evidence of involvement in school or community affairs. Student must also be a U.S. citizen. Student must pick up application in the Career Center or see Scholarship Coordinator in the Counseling Office.


04/30/2018
HENAAC Scholars Program
$500 - $10,000 Applicants must demonstrate merit through academic achievements, leadership and campus/community activities. Applicants must be pursuing a science, technology, engineering or math degree. Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must be of Hispanic origin and/or must significantly demonstrate leadership or service within the Hispanic community. Recipients must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program for the preceding fall semester, at an accredited 2-yr or 4-yr college/university in the U.S. or its territories.


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 05/01/2018  Society of Women Engineers Scholarship
 $1,000-$2,500 Students must be female HS seniors, college, and graduate students pursuing a BS and/or MS in engineering or computer science. Engineering students must be enrolled in ABET-accredited engineering programs. Computer science students must be enrolled in CSAB-accredited programs or attend schools with ABET-accredited engineering programs. Complete scholarship application online or mail in a paper copy. Obtain two recommendation letters, official stamped school transcript and standardized test scores.


 05/09/2018
 Harbor High Parent Booster Club  $500 Student must be a graduating Harbor High senior with a minimum GPA of a 2.5. Student must be in good standing and show evidence of involvement in school or community activities. Student must be planning to attend accredited 2 or 4 year college or trade school. Student must submit at least one letter of recommendation. Scholarship funds are to pay for school expenses only (books, fees, tuition, etc.) and will be deposited in a school account in your name. Student must pick up application in the Career Center or see Scholarship Coordinator in the Counseling Office. Return your completed application to the Counseling Office.


 05/09/2018  Monterey Bay Central Labor Council: Johnny Mattos Memorial Scholarship and the Cesar Chavez Memorial Scholarship  $500  Applicants must be either a member, spouse, or a dependent or child (not over 25 years of age) of a member of any union properly affiliated with the MBCLC


 05/19/2018  Best Mattress Reviews Scholarship
 $1,000   BestMattressReviews.com is looking for creative video applications that answer the following two questions:

How important is sleep as a public health issue? Sleep has gotten a lot of coverage in the last few years and we’d like to know how you think it stacks up and why you feel that way. Please use research and statistics to back up your opinions.
Describe your current relationship with sleep and assess the quality of that relationship. Research and cover at least two to three ways you think you should change your lifestyle/sleep hygiene habits to improve your sleep health and how you plan to implement them over the next year of your life.


 05/25/2018  Bill Dickey Scholarship Association  Up to $14,000  Student must be a graduating high school senior in the BDSA database. Student must attend an accredited college or university. Student must demonstrate leadership and community service involvement. Student must have participated in golf. Student must be a United States Citizen. Student must present financial need information.


05/31/2018
U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award Program   One female and one male student will be nominated by HHS for having excelled in any organized sport during the school year AND demonstrating a strong academic performance well above average (“B”).


05/31/2018
Passport to Freedom Survivor Scholarship Program 
up to $10,000
Must be a trafficking survivor, which includes individuals who have been exploited by one or more of the following situations: Labor or service compelled by force, fraud, or coercion for any location or industry; Debt bondage, using a debt to compel labor from a person; Commercial sex completed by force, fraud, or coercion in brothels, street prostitution, escort services, child sex tourism, or pornography.


JULY      



American Institute of Chemical Engineers Minority Affairs Committee's Scholarship Awards for Incoming College Freshmen
$1,000 The AIChE Minority Scholarship Award is presented to selected incoming college freshman annually. Applicants shall be required to be high school graduates during the current academic year and be members of a minority group that is under-represented in chemical engineering, i.e., African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander. Applicants must plan to enroll during the current academic year in a four-year college or university offering a science/engineering degree. Students are encouraged to choose classes leading to a degree in chemical engineering. While students admitted for science and engineering degrees are encouraged to apply for this scholarship, preference will be given to students admitted into chemical engineering degree programs.



The 2016 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards  $200-$1,000 The Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards is an annual series of awards to encourage poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit. The contest is open to people worldwide. Poems must be original, unpublished, and in English.






 February
     


 school nomination only
Northern California Scholarship Foundation
 $8,000/year up to 4 years
  Student must demonstrate great financial need, must have a high GPA and high SAT scores, must possess an outstanding moral character and participate in extracurricular activities, must be willing to earn a portion of their expenses while in college, must also have a clear idea of college courses/major/goal in life.


 02/01/2018  eQuality Scholarship Collaborative
$6,000   Recognizing service to lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer community.
Eligibility: be resident of norther or central CA, have completed high school or equivalent between 7/1/12 and 6/30/18, and plan to attend o rhave begun attending an accredited post-secondary institution for the first time in 2018.


 02/01/2018  Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship
$1,000 Nominees must have earned Sealbearer status by the end of their Senior year.


 02/02/2018
 Bay Federal Credit Union Education Scholarship
 $1,500   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.


 02/02/2018 12p.m.
 Community Foundation Scholarship Program
$750 - $2,000 (10) for up to 3 years
  Foundation scholarship are open to all Santa Cruz County students. Students only need to complete one application through or online portalto be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. Students can save their progress on their application and log in and out as needed. A complete list of scholarships and eligibility criteria for each can be found on our website. Agriculture groups please note, the Simunovich Family Agricultural Scholarship is available for students interested in pursuing a 4-year agricultural degree.


 02/02/2018  The James M. & Erma T. Freemont Foundation Scholarship Program
 amount undertemined
  Must plan to graduate from a United States high school in Spring 2018, must intend to enroll in an accredited HBCU beginning in Fall 2018, must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, must have a SAT combined score of 1150 or above and/or ACT composite score of 21 or above, must be a United States Citizen


 02/05/2018  PG&E Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) Scholarship
 $1,000 - $10,000 (200)
  Different requirements for the specific scholarships funded by this organization. Please see website.


 02/15/2018  Nellie Love Butcher Music Scholarship
up to $5,000
  This scholarship is for a male or female music student who is pursuing an education in piano or voice. Special consideration shall be given to students currently attending the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts, Washington, DC. A performance CD (compact disc) must be submitted with the application. All applicants must be citizens of the United States and must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States.


 02/15/2018  California Strawberry Scholarships
 $400 - $5,000
  must have a HS cumulative GPA of 2.0, must be enrolled in a trade school, community college, four year university or graduate school program, must have a parent that is currently employed as a California strawberry fieldworker for the current and prior harvest seasons


 02/15/2018  The Robert Hunter Swadley Horticulture Scholarship
 full or partial tuition and room and board
  The scholarship is for graduating high school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale who will be entering an accredited college or university located in the United States as a freshman with a major in horticulture. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen residing in the state of California. The scholarship shall cover full or partial tuition and full or partial funding for room and board, books and educational supplies. The actual amount of the scholarship will be determined each year based on the income generated by the principal of the fund.


 02/15/2018 *exceptions for certain schools
WACE Scholarship Partner Institutions
 $6,000 - $6,500 Nominations open Jan. 1


 02/15/2018  Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizens Scholarship
 $500   Any high school seniors enrolled in an acredited secondary school. US citizenship is NOT required. Should show qualities of dependability, leadership, and patriotism.


 02/16/2018
 Team Type 1 Foundation
 $5,000/year for up to 4 years
  The applicant has Type 1 diabetes, is a competitive athlete, and maintains a GPA of 3.0 or better. The applicant wants to use their sports as a platform to inspire, and attends (or will attend) an accredited NCAA and NAIA institution, continues to compete in an NCAA and NAIA sport, and commits to being available for two Team Type 1 speaking opportunities (at diabetes camps, conferences, or other events) to raise awareness about diabetes management and to inspire people with diabetes to better manage their disease.


 02/18/2018  Sons of Italy in America Academic Scholarship
 $500 - $5,000
  Must be wholly or partially of italian descent. Must be enrolled in an accredited trade school, college, university or community college for the fall of 2016.


 02/18/2018  Youth on Course College Scholarships
 $4,000-$20,000   Student finalists must attend the spring conference in his or her region.


 02/19/2018  San Jose Scottish Rite Scholarship
 $2,500   Student must pick up application in the Career Center or see Scholarship Coordinator in the Counseling Office.


 02/21/2018  The Harold Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship
 up to $5,000
  Student must have a demonstrated desire and a plan to pursue a career in police work, corrections or other criminal justice fields. Law school students are not eligible, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and be a current graduating senior or graduate of a public or private high school in the greater San Francisco Bay Area (includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties) and plan to enroll or currently enrolled in a two- or four-year college, university or police academy as a full-time student. Student must also be a United States citizen.


 02/21/2018  Kaiser Permanente  Awards
 $3500   High school student graduating in Spring 2018, and planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college, university, trade or technical school in Fall 2018, High school or student's residence located in the Kaiser Permanente Northern CA service area, Minimum 2.5 GPA


 02/21/2018  Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship
 $4,000 over 4 years
  The Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship has teamed up with American AgCredit to offer a $4,000 award for a student entering or currently attending college and majoring in agriculture. This award will be allocated for the remaining years in college (max. 4-years) with verification of registration for each session of full time classes. Students and/or their legal guardian must live either in Santa Cruz County or within the Pajaro Valley Unified School District boundaries, or a current member of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau. Criteria for the scholarship are based on student leadership skills, a demonstrated commitment to the industry, grades and financial need.


 02/21/2018  Krishnan Shah Scholarship
 up to $40,000 (paid over 4 years)
  Must be a graduating high school senior or current community college student who is pursuing first undergraduate degree, planning to enroll in a four-year college or university on a full-time basis in the upcoming fall session, a current resident of California, and demonstrate financial need or hardship. Student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate involvement in activities (extracurricular, volunteer, paid, etc.)


 02/23/2018 Asian Pacific Fund Scholarship
 $500 - $20,000
  Different requirements for the specific twelve scholarships funded by this organization. Please see website.


  March      


 opens 03/01/2018
 California Association of Collectors Educational Scholarship Foundation
 $2,500 first place, $2,000 second place, $1,500 third place
  Applicants must write an original essay about the importance of establishing and maintaining good financial credit during your college years.


 03/01/2018  The Dream.US Scholarship  up to $25,000
 Scholarships are awarded to Dreamers who have DACA or TPS status and who have demonstrated significant unmet financial need and the determination to succeed in college and in life. Open to high school seniors who are first time college students and seek to earn a career-ready associate’s or bachelor’s degree at one of our Partner Colleges. Student needs to have an un-weighted GPA of 2.5 or higher, have not enrolled in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program or have earned college credits; must be eligible for in-state tuition if seeking to attend a Partner College that is a public institution; Have come to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; Be DACA or TPS eligible and have applied for or received DACA or TPS approval.


 03/01/2018  Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation  $1,000-$5,000  Student must be pursuing a career in printing technology, printing management, or graphic communication.


 03/01/2018  Ocean Mist Farms Academic Scholarship
 $1,000 (4)
  Student must plan to pursue a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in the agriculture field; Student must demonstrate leadership experiences and successes as part of demonstrating the guiding values of Ocean Mist Farms; must have 3.0 GPA


 03/01/2018  Order Sons of Italy in America - Academic Scholarship
 $500 - $5,000
 Applicant must be wholly or partially of Italian decent, must be enrolled in an accredited Trade School, College, University or Community College for fall of 2018


 03/01/2018  Order Sons of Italy in America - Athletic Scholarship
   Applicant must be wholly or partially of Italian decent, must be enrolled in an accredited Trade School, College, University or Community College for fall of 2018; student must be pursuing a degree in a sports related field, such as Sports Medicine, Sports Business Management, Coaching, etc.


 03/01/2018  The Grand Lodge of California, Order Sons of Italy in America Scholarship - Italian Language Study Grant for Summer of 2018  Italian Language Study Grant to be used Summer 2018  For the Italian Language Study Grant, applicants must also have completed a foreign language course in high school. Selection will be based on scholastic record, activities evidencing leadership, financial need, written personal goals statement, Essay of Italian Origin, and letters of recommendation.


 03/01/2018  E4FC's New American Scholars Program
 Up to $7,000  Student must be foreign-born
 and demonstrate financial need. Student may not have a visa, permanent residency (green card) or citizenship in the U.S.
 Student must have a HS GPA of at least 3.3 and demonstrate academic preparation and community/extracurricular involvement. Student must either graduate from a high school in the San Francisco Bay Area or plan to enroll 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.



 03/02/2018  Tzu Chi Scholars 2018 Northwest Region  $1,000  Scholarship program funded by Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation providing financial assistance to outstanding college-bound high school graduates. Based on financial need, academic achievement and community involvement. US Citizen, 3.0 GPA, demonstrated financial need.


 03/07/2018  The United Methodist Church—General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Scholarship
 Up to $2,500  Applicant must be an ACTIVE, full member of The United Methodist Church for at least ONE year. Membership is determined by the date the applicant was confirmed and took membership vows with a United Methodist church (Members of other Methodist denominations are not eligible). Applicants must be pursuing a degree program at ANY accredited institution within the U.S. High school students may apply IF they will be college students in the fall term. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to be full-time students according to their school’s standards for the program for which they are enrolled.


 03/08/2018  2018 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival  $2,000  Applicant must be a graduating senior of Japanese American descent at an accredited HS with a GPA of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0. Applicant should be actively involved in his/her local community.


 03/15/2018  California-Hawaii Elks Association 
Vocational Grant

 $500 - $2,000 per year
 The program is open to anyone residing in California or Hawaii who is a citizen of the United States and planning to pursue an eligible vocational/technical (voc/tech) course resulting in a certificate or two-year degree and leading to employment opportunities.


 03/15/2018  Santa Cruz Lodge No. 824 B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge California-Hawaii Elks Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities  $1,000-$2,000  Individuals applying must be a US citizen and a resident of California or Hawaii; have a physical impairment, neurological impairment, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and/or speech-language disorder; and be a senior in high school, a high school graduate, or have passed the General Educational Development (GED) Examination or the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE).


 03/15/2018  Italian Catholic Federation
 $400  Students must have a GPA of at least 3.2 and either be Roman Catholic and of Italian descent OR have a Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent who is a member of the Italian Catholic Federation and student must be Roman Catholic (even if they are not of Italian descent).


 03/15/2018  Caners (California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers) Foundation
 at least $2,500
 Must be a current HS senior entering college in a horticulture-related field in fall 2016. Majors that are not accepted: Landscape Architecture, Dairy Science, Enology/Wine, Floral Design, Golf/Sports Turf Management, Animal Science, and Landscape Contractor. Must submit transcripts and two current reference letters.


 03/15/2018  United States Institute of Peace: National High School Essay Contest
 $2,500  The contest will engage high school students in learning about and writing about issues of peace and conflict, encouraging appreciation for diplomacy’s role in building partnerships that can advance peacebuilding and protect national security. The 2015-16 contest theme, ""Building Peace through Diplomacy,"" challenges students to identify a current threat to U.S. interests abroad and to research and present options via which Foreign Service officers to respond. The contest is administered by AFSA, with USIP as a core sponsor for 2015-2016. The winner of the contest will receive a $2,500 cash prize, an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to meet the secretary of state and tour USIP, and a full-tuition paid voyage with Semester at Sea upon the student’s enrollment at an accredited university. The runner-up will receive a $1,250 cash prize and a full scholarship to participate in the International Diplomacy Program of the National Student Leadership Conference. Students are eligible to participate if they are U.S. citizens, their parents/guardians are not in the Foreign Service, and they are in grades nine through twelve.


 03/15/2018  Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California Scholarship
 $500  Student must be of Portuguese descent, have a 3.50 GPA, and have participated in 3 extracurricular activities during their HS career. Student will need to submit application with transcript and three letters of recommendation.


 03/16/2018
5 p.m.
 Santa Cruz Rotary Endowment
 $500-$4,000  Student must be a graduating senior with a GPA of 3.3. Students must also report their ACT/SAT scores. Student must be a U.S. citizen. Student must submit an essay and two letters of recommendations. Student must pick up application in the Career Center or see Scholarship Coordinator in the Counseling Office.


 03/16/2018  California Wine Grape Growers Foundation
 $2,000 or $8,000  Each year the Foundation awards two 4-year scholarships and four 2-year scholarships to high school seniors whose parent or legal guardian is employed by a California winegrape grower. The two 4-year scholarships provide a total of $8,000 each for any campus in the University of California or California State University system. The four 2-year scholarships provide a total of $2,000 each at any California community college.


 03/16/2018  Robert Miller Scholarship for Viticulture and Enology   $500 or $1,000  Be a Central Coast high school senior or a student enrolled at Alan Hancock Community College or Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Plan to major or are majoring in viticulture or enology at either Alan Hancock Community College or Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.


 TBA  The Rotary Club of Scotts Valley Scholarship Program

   For residents of Scotts Valley. Min. GPA of 3.0


 03/17/2018  Chicano Organizing & Research in Education (CORE) Que Llueva Café Scholarship Program
 $500  Student must be of Chicano / Latino descent. Student must be an undocumented student.
We define an undocumented student as someone who was born outside of the U.S. but lives here without authorization of the federal government. Student must be enrolling for the first time in an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico. Student must demonstrate financial need. Student must demonstrate academic potential and promise.



 03/19/2018  California Women for Agriculture Farm Worker Scholarship  $500-$2,000   Must be pursuing a bachelor's degree, an associate's degree, or a degree from an accredited trade school in agriculture or related subject area. This scholarship is only for undergraduate degrees and trade schools. Must have 3.0 GPA or higher. Must be employed as a farm laborer or have at least one parent or spouse who has been employed as a farm laborer fore two consecutive seasons in Monterey, San Benito, or Santa Cruz County


 03/19/2018  Farm Worker Scholarship
 $500 - $2,000
 Must be a female resident or high school graduate from Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz County, be employed as a farm laborer or have at least one parent or a spouse who has been employed as a farm laborer for two consecutive seasons in Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz County, pursuing a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree or a degree from an accredited trade school in any subject area, and if the applicant is in high school when applying, they must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.


 03/23/2018
5 p.m.
 Cabrillo College Scholarship for High School Seniors
 $500  All high school seniors planning to attend Cabrillo should apply.  There is one application and you are considered for two scholarships. Submit your transcripts to the financial aid office in person, or you can mail it in.



 03/30/2018  Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarships  $500 - $5,000  Student must be of Hispanic Heritage. Student must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent). Student must plan to enroll full-time in an accredited not-for-profit 4-year university or graduate school during FALL of scholarship cycle year. Student must be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
Student must complete FAFSA as well as complete state based financial aid application (if applicable).


 03/30/2018  San Jose State University Alumni Association Santa Cruz Area Chapter
 $500-$2,000  Must be admitted to SJSU for Fall 2016. Must provide evidence of involvement in school and/or community affairs. Must have a 3.0 GPA. See counselor/Career Center for packet.


 03/30/2018
3 p.m.
 Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu
 $500 - $3,000  Student must be currently enrolled at Aptos, Harbor, SC, Soquel, San Lorenzo Valley, and Scotts Valley HS. Students must be in need of financial assistance. HS seniors must have an overall GPA of a 3.2 and/or college potential as recommended by a counselor. Students must be plan to enroll full time at a public California State College or University. Student must submit a short biography, letters of recommendation, personal and financial information along with a photograph. Student must pick up application in the Career Center or see Scholarship Coordinator in the Counseling Office.


 03/31/2018  Orphan Foundation of America and the Casey Family Scholars Program
 Varies  Students must have been in public or private foster care for a minimum of 12 consecutive months at the time of their 18th birthday; OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship from foster care after their 16th birthday; OR they must have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday. Students must have been accepted into or expect to be accepted into an accredited, Pell-eligible college or other post-secondary school. Students must be under the age of 25 on March 31 of the year in which they first apply. Students must have been in foster care or orphaned while living in the United States. U.S. citizenship is not required. Many (but not all) young people who are eligible for OFA/Casey Family Scholars funding are also eligible for federal Education and Training Voucher, or Chafee, dollars. Visit www.statevoucher.org to find out more about this program.


 03/31/2018  American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Robert G. Porter Scholars Program

 $8,000 over 4 years  The AFT Robert G. Porter Scholars Program for high school students is open to graduating high school seniors. Applicants must have at least one parent or legal guardian who is an AFT member. The AFT member whose child or legal dependent applies for a scholarship must be a member in good standing for at least one year. Children or legal dependents of AFT national, state or local union staff are not eligible for this scholarship opportunity.


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 How to start a blog scholarship
 $2,500  Blogging is a great way for students to dive deep into a passion of theirs while gaining marketable skills such as professional writing, web development, and more. All High School Seniors attending school in America


   Slavic American Cultural Organization (SACO)
 amount undetermined
  Student must be of Slavic heritage (i.e. the former Republics of Yugoslavia: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, or Slovenia) living in the California counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, or San Benito. If the applicant resides outside of the above mentioned counties, then their parent, grandparent, or guardian must be a member of SACO. Minimum GPA of a 3.0. Student will submit an essay as well as an application detailing their extracurricular activities.


 03/31/2018
 California School Personnel Commissioners Association - President's Scholarship
 $1,000
 

CSPCA offers a one time college scholarship to a child of a Personnel Commissioner,Director or a classified employee in a Merit district. Minimum 3.0 GPA



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 04/01/2018  Pre-Med Scholarship
   Student is planning to become a doctor (MD); GPA must be in the top 20% of graduating class; Demonstrated financial need


 04/01/2018
5 p.m.
 The Swackhamer Disarmament Video Contest
 $200-$500  The Swackhamer Disarmament Video Contest is an annual contest in which contestants submit short videos on an aspect of nuclear disarmament (the specific topic is announced on February 1 each year).


 04/02/2018

 California Association of Professional Firefighters Children's Scholarship Program
 $500  Be a child or step-child of a California Association of Professional Firefighter (CAPF) Plan Participant who has a minimum of one-year participation with the association as of the application deadline, or a retired CAPF Plan Participant who is currently a Plan Participant of the NPFBA Long Term Care program. Be a high school senior who is planning to enroll or a college sophomore or junior who is enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time course of study at an accredited two- or four- year college, university, or vocational-technical school.
Have a minimum of 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.


 04/06/2018
 Sons of Italy Lodge #2016 - Andrew H. Malatesta Agriculture Science Scholarship  $500-$5,000   Applicant must be pursuing studies in field of Agriculture Sciences. Applicant must be of Italian heritage or related to a member of Sons of Italy Lodge #2016. Applicant's legal home address must be within the SC County boundary. Applicant must have a 3.0 or better GPA


 TBA  Surf City Kiwanis Club of Santa Cruz
 $1,000  A Surf City Kiwanis Scholarship Application Form must be completed, signed and dated by the applicant. Please include an official high school transcript of your grades from the beginning of 9th grade to the present. Transcripts may be photocopies, but should bear an original signature or seal of the proper school authority. Include SAT or ACT test scores or related equivalent. Attach two letters of recommendation, one from a teacher /counselor with whom the applicant has interacted during high school; the second should be from someone related to your extracurricular activities.
Prepare a statement of no more than 500 words explaining why you are applying for this scholarship and the reasons why you feel particularly qualified.
Student must pick up application in the Career Center or see Scholarship Coordinator in the Counseling Office.


Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarships
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarships