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Scholarship and College Pathways

Scholarship & College Pathways Coordinator


Nicole Morasca

831-728-8102 ext. 3598

Aptos High


831-728-7832 ext. 5186

 Pajaro Valley High

Mondays & Fridays  

831-728-8102 ext. 3598

 Watsonville High

Wednesdays & Thursdays

831-728-6390 ext. 6477


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Scholarship List


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Lapiz Family Scholarship

Amount:$2,000 Deadline: April 20th, 2018

Farm worker or child of farm worker or migrant farm worker, financial need, minimum GPA: 3.0, Incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduate in 2018-19, University: University of California (any campus, preference given to Davis and Santa Cruz) Any ethnic or racial background, US citizen or permanent resident


California Association for Bilingual Education Scholarship

Amount: TBD Deadline: April 25, 2018

Must submit to 

Nicole Morasca or Ximena Ospina at PVHS

Nicole Morasca or Ruschele Viotti at  WHS

Nicole Morasca or Cheryl Nickel at AHS

Each year the California Association for Bilingual Education, Pájaro Valley Chapter 66, awards several scholarships to graduating bilingual high school students.  These awards are determined on a competitive basis and require the submission of autobiographical essay questions.  All bilingual students (English and another language) are encouraged to participate in this process.


Big Stick Surfing Association Scholarship

Amount:$50-$500   Deadline: April 25, 2018

Santa Cruz County Seniors who have demonstrated scholastic ability, and a commitment to ocean sports, the preservation of the ocean environment and ecology, good citizenship and sportsmanship.


ESA Foundation Scholarship Program

Amount:$3,000 Deadline: April 26, 2018

ESA Foundation established a scholarship program to assist women and minority students who are pursuing degrees leading to careers in Computer & Video Game Arts. Min GPA 2.75 and US Citizens


California School Employees Association (Pajaro Valley Chapter) Scholarship

Amount: $300  Deadline:April 27, 2018

Applicant must have a parent who works for the PVUSD as a classified CSEA union member. Open to students who: are graduating seniors; must be planning on entering an accredited college (community college, trade or vocational school, and 4-year institution) by fall term after graduation; is a IRS dependent and have at least one parent or legal guardian who is a "Member in Good Standing" of the CSEA. Note: if the CSEA member parent has deceased within the past school year, being in good standing at the time of death, the applicant is still eligible. Please see the scholarship coordinator for applications. Minimum GPA 2.0


 CVS Health Foundation 2018 Scholarship Program For Children of Full-Time CVS Health Colleagues

Amount: TBD Deadline: April 27, 2018

-The student is a dependent child of a full-time CVS Health colleague.

-The student is either a high school senior or current college student who will be enrolled during the 2018-2019 school year in a 2 or 4 year accredited U.S. based college, junior college or university leading to a recognized undergraduate degree.

-The student’s parent is a full-time colleague at the application deadline.


AAC's Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship

Amount: Up to $5,000   Deadline:April 30, 2018

Scholarship Eligibility
– Enrollment in academic program in nursing, counseling, psychology, social work, marriage/family therapy, or other curriculum focusing on treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.
– GPA 3.2 or above
– College Freshman as of Fall Semester 2018


2018 Wayne Richards Memorial Scholarship

Amount:$500-$1000        Deadline: April 30, 2018

Student must be a graduating senior varsity athlete from a high school in the Santa Cruz County with a 3.0 GPA. Intend to enroll full time at a university, college, or trade school. Must have involvement in school or community affairs and be a U.S. Citizen. Essay, Two letters of Recommendation, and Official Transcripts needed


Wharf to Wharf Howard Marcus Scholarships

Amount:$3,000 per year, renewable for two years     Deadline: April 30, 2018

Applicants for this scholarship must be Santa Cruz County residents, post a minimum 3.0 high school GPA, have track & field or cross country high school running experience  and plans to continue participation  one of these sports at a four-year college or university.


Wharf to Wharf Otis Chandler Scholarship

Amount:$3,000 per year, renewable for two years     Deadline: April 30, 2018

Applicants must reside in Santa Cruz County, have participated in track & field or cross country, and have been accepted into a two or four-year institution of higher learning and have a commitment to lifetime fitness.


Caltrans/CTF District 5

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: April 30, 2018

Seniors planning on pursuing a career in transportation. The field of transportation is broad and employs Engineers, Transportation Planners, Environmental Planners, Archeologist, Land Surveyors, Mechanics, Electricians, Landscape Architects, and many more. Open to students graduating from the counties of Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara. Must plan on attending a university, community college, or trade school in California.


HENAAC Scholarship Program

Amount: Deadline: April 30, 2018

  • 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 minimum GPA 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 upcoming fall semester, at an accredited 2-yr or 4-yr college/university in the U.S. or its territories.


Monterey Bay CAPCA

Amount: $1 ,000  Deadline: April 31, 2018

Must be pursuing a a Bachelors or Associate's degree  in agriculture. Must be a resident of Monterey, Santa Cruz, or San Benito County.




Filipino Community of Watsonville Scholarship

Amount: $500 Deadline: May 1, 2018

Each applicant must have at least on birth parent who must be Filipino or from Filipino descent. Parent or guardian is an active member of the Filipino Community of Watsonville for 2 or more consecutive years. 2.5 GPA or higher. Must plan and be enrolled in a public, private accredited college or university or in a vocational, technical or certificate program.


Los Hermano De Stanford

Amount:$500-$1,000 Deadline: May 11, 2018

Latinx students graduating from high school with plans to attend any 2-year or 4-year institution of higher learning. Open to any gender and documented or undocumented status.


Zeiger Firm Scholarship

Amount: $1,000     Deadline: May 25, 2018

Prospective applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited United States college or university or planning to attend one in the fall 2018 semester. Applicants should submit a 500-word essay answering the question on the website.


Young Historian Award 

Amount:$500 Deadline: May 31, 2018

The Young Historian Award will be offered annually to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the study, conservation/preservation, or enhancement of the history of the Pajaro Valley. Open to students who: are 16-25 years of age; have not received compensation for the activity or project other than for materials, travel expenses or other out-of-pocket costs related to the activity or project; have not received the Young Historians Award.


Azazie Scholarship Program

Amount: $1,000 Deadline: May 31, 2018

The contest will require the student to write an 500 to 800-word essay on the topic of "What is a problem within the industry you're currently majoring in, and how will you solve this issue?" The winner will be judged on the sincerity of their passion, drive to make a difference and intelligence in conveying their vision. One winner will be chosen at the sole discretion of Azazie Scholarship Committee. Email the essay, applicant’s full name, address, phone number and the university/school of attendance to


Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarships

Amount: $1,000-$2,000  Deadline: May 31, 2018

Eligibility:Any high school Junior (class of 2019), Residing in the United States, Plays a high school or club sport, Maintains a GPA of 2.5 or higher



James E. Roberts Engnineering Scholarship

Deadline: June 1, 2018 Amount: 2 @ $1,500.00

Applicants must be in their senior year of a California high school and interested in pursuing a college degree in civil engineering. The award of the scholarship is based on the applicant’s commitment to a career in transportation, current job skills, academic record, and specific goals and experience. Financial need may be considered, but it is not a primary factor


Pajaro Valley Pride Scholarship

Amount:$500 Deadline: June 10, 2018

-Be LGBTQIA+ identifying or ally.

-Graduating from an accredited high school in the PVUSD this academic year.

-Earn a 3.00 GPA or higher to qualify for the Academic scholarship. Earn a 2.00 GPA or higher to qualify for the Community scholarship.

-Enrolled full-time to a higher education institution in the fall directly after graduation.

Essay, transcripts, letter of recommendation needed


BigSun Scholarship

Amount: $500 Deadline: June 19, 2018

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. All student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in or the capacity in which they participate. Essay required


Korean American Scholarship Foundation

Amount:UP to $5,000  Deadline: June 30, 2018

High School Korean American Seniors (including foreign students from Korea) with plans to attend college in 2018-19 school year.  Students must be a full time student at a school in one of the designated Western region states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming ) during the 2017-18 school year, Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Can demonstrate need for financial assistance. All applicants must be enrolled in a full time program in the U.S during the scholarship application year. If extra funds are available, other students (non Koreans) may qualify for scholarships. Specifically, descendants of American veterans served during the Korean War may qualify for scholarships (applicable to selective regions



Aspiring Nurse Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 Deadline: August 31, 2018

This scholarship competition is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. This scholarship will be given to the applicant who best demonstrates:

+ A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics

+ A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare



AES Engineering Services

Amount:  $500     Deadline: October 6, 2018

Open to high school seniors. This scholarship is intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted. There is no application, submit essays to


Ongoing Scholarships

Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest Description

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: Monthly

Open to juniors and seniors. Students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the scholarship.


Monterey County Hospital Association

Amount: Up to $2,000 

The Scholarships assist students pursing degrees in hotel management, culinary studies, wine and other hospitality fields. Priority goes first and foremost to Monterey county residents. Applicants from San Benito and Santa Cruz counties will be considered at the discretion of the selection committee. Must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale a minimum of 100 hours of hospitality/wine related work or internship experience; have applied and gained acceptance to a hospitality/wine related post-secondary program either full-time or substantial part-time in the US or US territories .

Common Knowledge Scholarship Fund

Amount: $250-$2,500 

Take a quiz, show us what you know, win scholarships. It's that easy! At CKSF there are no essays, no applications, and no GPA requirements. Students will the highest scores at the end of each completion win.

Marine Corps NROTC

Amount: Full tuition

Must be a US citizen.  SAT scores of at least 1000 or ACT of at least 22.  Apply to one of the approved NROTC colleges.  For more information, contact Captain Melanie Clifton at 510-714-3144 or  

Wells Fargo College STEPS Sweepstakes

Amount: $5,000

Sign up to receive college planning and money management information from Wells Fargo's CollegeSTEPS Program.  Sweepstakes winners are chosen randomly.  

Walmart Associate Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Application due: varies, check website for each specific award  Criteria: Must be a US citizen or Legal Resident.  Must be employed part-time or full-time with any division of Walmart for at least six consecutive months prior to the appropriate application due date.  Must have financial need and be able to demonstrate the need with required documents

AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts Scholarships 

Amount: $1,000 

Scholarships are awarded based on talent, merit, academic excellence and financial need.  Must attend AMDA.  Visit for more information


Last updated 4/17/2018

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Please take a few minutes to read the newsletters to find valuable information regarding college applications, financial aid, as well as important dates to keep in mind as you prepare to go to college. 

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E4FC Undergraduate Scholarship Database (Resource for undocumented students)


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