Scholarships

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See your counselor for more information about the scholarships listed below.

Deadline  Scholarship/Link  Award  Description 
OCTOBER
     
 10/26/2016 Good Tidings Community Service $10,000 (10) Students must demonstrate greatest service and financial need.
 10/27/16 National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
Merit-based scholarships Must want to study one of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish.
10/31/16 National Eagle Scout Association
Various Academic scholarships are based on school and Scouting participation, academic performance, and financial need. Applicants must score a minimum 1800 SAT (old SAT)/1290 (new SAT) or 28 ACT to apply. NESA merit scholarship applicants must be Eagle Scouts graduating high school or undergraduate college students no farther than completion of the junior year. Recipients may receive the scholarship one time only.
 10/31/16 Stokes Educational Scholarship Program by the NSA
 Up to $30,000 for tuition/school fees. In addition, year-round salary, rewarding work experience, and 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 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      
 11/8/16 Elks National Foundation "Most Valuable Student Scholarship Competition" Up to $5,000 
Must be in grades 5-12 as of November 8, 2016, and a legal resident of 1 of the 50 US or D.C. Must have participated in a volunteer activity at least in part after September 1, 2016
 11/15/16  Check binder in 
Career Center
 $500 Any high school seniors enrolled in an accredited secondary school. US citizenship is NOT required. Should show qualities of dependability, leadership, and patriotism.
 11/30/16 ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION

“Most Valuable
Student Scholarship Competition“
  $4,000-$50,000 Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks. College students 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. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.



 DECEMBER
   
Rolling Deadline - check website

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.
 12/1/2016 The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program Merit-based scholarships  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.
12/2/2016
Students Committed to Engineering Excellence Scholarship
12 scholarships ranging from $2500 to $9000
Selection is based on academic achievment, especially in science and mathematics. Student must be planning on majoring in the field of engineering or physical science.
 12/2/16 2016 Presidential Scholarships at Montana State University
Full Tuition Waiver & Generous Stipend renewable for 4 years Students must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. Students must be committed to reflecting MSU’s highest ideals through academic excellence, demonstrated leadership and public service.
 12/5/16 Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship $5,000 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.
 12/18/16 Young Entrepreneur Foundation  $2,000-$15,000 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards are open to any graduating high school senior entering their freshman year at an accredited (not for profit) two- or four-year university, college or vocational/technical institute. Applicants MUST be running their own small business in order to be considered for an award.
 12/22/16 California Scholarship Federation Michelson Scholarship
$1,000
Students must be active chapter members at their local school. Students must exemplify the values of CSF and scholarship for service. Requires essay responding to a prompt.
 12/31/16 International Organization of Women Pilots $1,000 flight training scholarship Must be female wanting to earn pilot certificate or advanced rating.
TBD for 2016 Violet Richardson Award $1,000 Eligible applicants are young women who are currently between the ages of 14 and 17, have demonstrated initiative in both identifying a problem and trying to solve it, and have had significant and noteworthy accomplishments as volunteers.
 JANUARY
   
 1/15/17

The Colorado Mesa University Ambassador Scholarship Full tuition and up to 120 credits student fees and hours. Students must be incoming first-time freshmen and have a cumulative HS GPA of 3.25 or above. Students must demonstrate significant contributions to their school and community.
TBDThe Gates Millennium Scholars Program Financial Aid up to graduate & professional school  Must be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American/Pacific Islander or Hispanic American. Must be citizens, legal permanent residents or nationals of the United States. Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or earned a GED. Must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities. Must meet Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria. Must enroll for the first time at a U.S. located , accredited college or university (with the exception of students concurrently pursuing a high school diploma) in the fall as a full-time, degree seeking, first year student.
 1/11/17 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 degree0seeking 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. 
 1/15/17The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program  Merit-based scholarshipsThe program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany.
 1/15/17 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.
TBD Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest
$25-$1,000 Student must be part of Rotary International District 5170. Student must address the “Be a Gift to the World” theme and include one reference of the 4-Way Test . Speech must be between 4 minutes and 5 minutes long. To register please contact peggya@sbcglobal.net or call (831)-429-9070.
 1/31/17  Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement State Scholarship  $1,000  All full-time graduating high school seniors in good academic standing (minimum unweighted 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 2016.

Applicants who are United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
 1/31/17 Bay Federal Credit Union 2017 Education Scholarship
 $1,500 (3) Students wishing to apply must be a Bay Federal Credit Union member in good standing, or become a new member; have a high school diploma, GED certificate, or equivalent proof of high school completion by September 1, 2016; or, enroll in a post-secondary educational program that begins by October 1, 2016. Students will also need to write an essay in response to the questions on the application.
 FEBRUARY      
 2/1/17


PG&E Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) Scholarships Varies Different requirements for the specific eleven scholarships funded by this organization. Please see website.
 2/1/17 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 6/30/17, and plan to attend o rhave begun attending an accredited post-secondary institution for the first time in 2017.
 2/1/17 Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship  $1,000 1. Recent history of migration for agricultural employment
2. Teaching as a career goal
3. Scholastic achievement
4. Financial need
 2/3/17
 
The James M. & Erma T. Freemont Foundation Scholarship Program
Amount undetermined
Must plan to graduate from a United States high school in Spring 2017. Must intend to enroll in an accredited historically black college or university beginning in Fall 2017. 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.
School nomination only
Northern California Scholarship Foundation $8,000 Student must demonstrate great financial need.  Student must have a high GPA and high SAT scores. Student must possess an outstanding moral character and participate in extracurricular activities. Student must be willing to earn a portion of their expenses while in college. Student must also have a clear idea of college courses/major/goal in life. Nomination only. See scholarship coordinator in Counseling office.
2/15/17 *exceptions for certain schools
WACE Scholarship Partner Institutions $6,000-$6,500  Must have a cumulative HS GPA of 3.5 or better. Must apply for the 2016-2016 at one of the WACE PArtner Institutions listed (i.e. Clarkson University, Johnson & Wales University, Drexel, Rochester Institute of Technology, Merrimack College, State University of NY Oswego, University of Cincinnati, University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Toledo, Wentworth Institute of Technology).

Visit web site or see counselor for application.
 2/15/17 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 two harvest seasons.  Visit web site or see counselor for application.
2/17/17 San Jose Scottish Rite Scholarship  $500 Students must be a senior graduating from a public high school in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, or San Luis Obispo counties. Student must have a min. GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate financial need. Student must be a US citizen.

Student must pick up application in the Career Center or see Scholarship Coordinator in the Counseling Office.
 2/22/17 Krishnan Shah Scholarship
Up to $40,000 paid over 4 years Must be a graduating high school senior 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.).
 2/22/17 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.
 2/25/17 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 for the 2016-2017 academic year. Student must demonstrate financial need. Student must demonstrate academic potential and promise.

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The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize
$5,000 The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize returns for its second year! This time, we’re looking for exceptional high school student essays that insightfully analyze and interpret a meaningful work of art.
 2/28/17 Discover Student Loans Scholarship
$2,500 Must sign up to receive helpful tips on planning and paying for college at CollegeCovered.com. No purchase or student loan necessary for students to enter or win. To learn more about our scholarship, visit Visit web site or see counselor for application.
TBD for 2017 Community Foundation Santa Cruz County $500-$2,400 Different requirements for the specific nine scholarships funded by this organization. Please see website.
TBD for 2017
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.
TBD for 2017 Asian Pacific Fund Scholarships
$500-$5,000 Different requirements for the specific twelve scholarships funded by this organization. Please see website.
2/1/17
PG&E Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) Scholarships
varies Different requirements for the specific eleven scholarships funded by this organization. Please see website.
 MARCH      
 3/1/17Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation$1,000-$5,000Student must be pursuing a career in printing technology, printing management, or graphic communication.
 3/1/17 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.
 3/1/17 The Grand Lodge of California, Order Sons of Italy in America Class of 2016 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.
 3/1/17 The Grand Lodge of California, Order Sons of Italy in America Class of 2016 Scholarship - Italian Language Study Grant for Summery of 2016 Italian Language Study Grant to be used Summer 2016 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.
 3/1/17 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.

 3/1/17 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.
 3/1/17 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.
 3/4/17 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.
 3/3/17 Tzu Chi Scholars 2016 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.
 3/11/17 2017 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. For further information, please call Steven Hirabayashi at (510) 471-7324 or email at yshiraba@gmailc.com. Stop by the Career Center to pick up the paper application.
 3/15/17 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).
 3/15/17 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).
 3/15/17 Caners (California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers) Foundation
not stated 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.
 3/15/17 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.
 3/15/17 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.
 3/18/17 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.
 3/20/17 California Women for Agriculture 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
 3/20/17 California Women for Agriculture 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
 3/24/17 California Wine Grape Growers Foundation 
$2,000-$4,000 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.
 3/24/17 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.
 3/24/17 The Rotary Club of Scotts Valley Scholarship Program
   For residents of Scotts Valley. Minimum GPA of 3.0
 3/30/17 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).
 3/31/17 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.
 3/31/17 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. 
 3/31/17 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.
 3/31/17 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.
 APRIL
     
 4/1/17 Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group Pre-Med Scholarship
$20,000 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).
 4/1/17 The Swackhamer Disarmament Video Contest  $200-$500 2017 Contest: The Most Dangerous Period in Human History. The world’s nine nuclear-armed nations still possess nearly 15,000 nuclear weapons. Donald Trump, as a Presidential candidate, showed impulsiveness, irrational behavior and a lack of understanding of nuclear weapons. Now he has control of the United States’ vast nuclear arsenal. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently moved its “Doomsday Clock” to 2 ½ minutes to midnight. Make a video of 2 ½ minutes or less about why this is the most dangerous period in human history, and what can be done to take civilization back from the brink.

 

 4/1/17  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.
 4/3/17Sons of Italy Lodge #2016
 $500-$5,000 Students must be of Italian heritage or related to a member of Sons of Italy Lodge #2016, have their legal home address within the Santa Cruz County Boundary, and have a 3.0 or better GPA
 4/3/17Sons 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
 4/5/17Kaiser Permanente Asian Association$3,500High school student graduating in Spring, 2017, and planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college, university, trade or technical school in Fall, 2017. High school or student's residence located in the Kaiser Permanente Northern CA service area. Minimum 2.5 GPA
 4/7/17 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. Please include SAT or ACT test scores or related equivalent. Again, photocopies are acceptable.

Please 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.

Please 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.
 4/14/17 California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA)  $500 Students must demonstrate having overcome difficulties in their life.
 4/14/17Monterey Bay Central Labor Council: Johnny Mattos Memorial Scholarship and the Cesar Chavez Memorial Scholarship $500Applicants 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
 4/14/17 Signet Essay Contest
$1,000 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.
 4/15/17Sigma Pi Alpha$250-$500For Female high school seniors with GPA of at least 2.5. 
 4/15/17Kingsmen Car Club Industrial Arts Scholarship $1,000Must be planning on enrolling in an industrial arts program at a college or trade school.
4/15/17 Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise 2016 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.
 4/15/17 Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise 2016 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.
 4/15/17 Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise 2016 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).
 Date TBACaltrans 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.
 4/12/17 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.
 4/22/16 Hellenic Cultural Institute, California Central Coast
Up to $3,000 Students must be seniors bound for college who have a GPA of 3.0 and above. Students must demonstrate exemplary classroom conduct. Students will submit a brief biographical sketch and completion of the application form as well as a minimum 600-word essay on: “The Importance of Constantine the Great as a Roman and a Christian Emperor.” The winning essay may be read by the writer at the Institute’s annual awards dinner. In addition, the Institute reserves the right to publish it as it sees fit. Student must pick up application in the Career Center or see Scholarship Coordinator in the Counseling Office. Applications and correspondence should be sent to: Hellenic Cultural Institute, California Central Coast, P.M. Box 18, 484B Washington Street, Monterey, California 93940-3052. Submissions must reach the Institute at the above address or kairete@comcast.net by April 22, 2016.
 4/21/17 2017-2018 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 undergraduatedegree 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. We do not offer scholarships to minors in these disciplines. Eligible disciplines include:
» Fine Art
» Graphic Design (includes; visual design)
» Illustration (includes; animation)
» Interactive Design (includes; UI/UX, motion, digital and web)
» Photography
 4/25/17Big 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
 4/30/16  2016 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 2016, 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.
 4/30/17 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.
 MAY      
 5/1/16 Big Stick Surfing Association
$50-$500 Must show scholastic ability, have a commitment to ocean sports and ecology, and demonstrate a commitment to their communities and good sportsmanship.
 5/1/16 CFMA 2016 Silicon Valley Chapter Scholarship CFMA 2016 Silicon Valley Chapter Scholarship 
$1,000-$5,000 The scholarship competition is open and available to any student who wants to pursue a career in construction or accounting/finance. Applicant must be in 12th grade level of high school and will be attending college/university during the fall of the 2016-2017 school year, or currently an apprentice participating in a registered trades apprenticeship training program relating to the construction industry. Applicant must have at least a 3.0 grade point average (B) or a 90% completed trade course, and must submit sealed or official electronic transcript verification. Student must pick up application in the Career Center or see Scholarship Coordinator in the Counseling Office.
 5/12/16 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.
 5/16/16 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.
 5/20/16 Mary Solari Scholarship for HS Students
$2,500 Mary Solari Scholarships will support hard-working Santa Cruz County high school seniors enrolling at Cabrillo College full-time with financial need. Scholarship awards are $2,500 per student, disbursed over 4 consecutive semesters. Students must have a 3.0 GPA upon graduation from high school, maintain a 3.0 GPA at Cabrillo, and take at least 12 units per semester to continue to receive their scholarship. A $500 scholarship award will be disbursed for fall 2016 and $500 for spring 2017, followed by a $750 scholarship award for fall 2017 and $750 for fall 2018. Scholarships are to support motivated students who are interested in gaining skills in college to become contributing members of society.

 5/20/16 Women in Business Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce
$1,000 Two scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded to women pursuing a business career: one scholarship is awarded to a high school senior and one to a woman entering or re-entering a college or university after a two-year break. Two Cathy Schlumbrecht Cruzin' Courses Scholarships of $1,000 are awarded to women for study in any discipline.
 5/20/16 Insurance Professionals of Monterey Bay Scholarship
$1,000 Students must pick up application in Career Center and must submit completed application DIRECTLY to the address indicated on application. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and submit a verified a sealed transcript. Students must write an essay of no more than 2 pages.
 End of May 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”).
 JUNE      
 6/1/16 Aspiring Fashion Professional
$1,000 Must be interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college.
 6/1/16 California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Scholarship
  Must be a graduating HS senior with written proof of acceptance at an accredited institution of higher learning. Must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.
 6/1/16 Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship Program
$1,000 Must be interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college.
 6/1/16 The OMBAR "Aspiring Business Professional" Scholarship Program
$1,000 OMBAR is proud to announce our first annual ""Aspiring Business Professional"" Scholarship Program. Our goal for this program is twofold:
* To promote business and its related fields as a career path for young people
* To encourage aspiring business professionals to research and understand what a career in business requires.

Our program offers a scholarship opportunity to high school seniors in the US. Scholarships will be awarded to a high school senior who intends to pursue a business related field at an accredited post-secondary school or college. Has a demonstrable record of academic success. Has a passion and drive for a business career.
 6/10/16 Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants
$1,000 Must write an essay about educational career and life goals.
 6/15/16 Coldwell Banker $2,000 High school seniors are invited to submit an original and thoughtful essay of 1,000 words or less exploring the topic of relocation.Essays will be accepted starting March 1 and no later than June 15. At least 30 essays must be submitted for the scholarship to be awarded. The applicant who most effectively communicates how the relocation process has affected them personally, and how they grew from the experience will receive the scholarship. Details: 925-771-5273 or kathy.denning@westrsc.com.
 6/30/16 Aspiring Nurse Scholarship $1,000 Must have a passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare. Must have a track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics.
 6/30/16 Automotive Hall of Fame Scholarship
Amount undisclosed Student must submit a completed application form indicating a sincere interest in an automotive career and provide an official transcript of all academic work. Student must submit two letters of recommendation supporting your automotive interests. Student must submit a letter of acceptance for an associate, bachelor, or masters program. Student must be accepted at an accredited college, university or trade school within the United States at the time of application. Students attending a technical training school may also apply (trade school should equal a two-year associate program). Student must be a United States citizen or in the United States on a Student Visa. Student must be enrolled full-time. Student must have 3.0 GPA or higher.
JULY      
 7/1/16 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.
 7/1/17The 2016 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards $200-$1,000The 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.


Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarships
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarships