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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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Good Tidings Scholarship

Amount: 10 @ $10,000     Deadline: November 8, 2018

Criteria is based on community service and financial need.  Applicant must be a high school senior graduating in 2019 and a resident of one of the following California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, or Yolo. no SS# required

CME Beef Industry Scholarship

Amount: $1,500  Deadline: November 9, 2018

Applicants must be a graduating high school senior or full-time undergraduate student enrolled at a two or four-year institution for the 2019-2020 school years. Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to a career in the beef industry through classes, internships or life experiences. Previous scholarship winners are eligible to apply in subsequent years. Include letter of intent, essay, and two letters of recommendation.

The Fisher & Talwar

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: : November 15, 2018


Must be a full-time student who is curreantly 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. A 500 word essay on the following topic: Who or what is your inspiration for pursuing an education?

Most Valuable Student

Amount: Up to $50,000     Deadline: November 15, 2018

Open to high school seniors. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks. 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. Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

Amount: Up to 40,000/yr     Deadline: November 20, 2018

This scholarship rewards excellence by supporting high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Minimum eligibility – Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2019, Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2019Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above, Receive standardized test scores in the top 15%: 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 no ss# required

2019 National Space Club and Foundation Keynote Scholar Application

Amount: $10,000   Deadline: November 30, 2018

Provided to a high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student with definite plans to pursue a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields. The recipient must be available to speak at the 2019 Goddard Memorial Dinner in January. Travel and lodging for the recipient and one guest will be provided by the National Space Club and Foundation.Conditions of Eligibility   

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
  • The scholarship is open to seniors in high school through graduate students.
  • The applicant must have the intention of pursuing a career in the STEM fields and plan to attend an accredited U.S. college or university to follow a course of study to pursue a career in the STEM field, with a preference for those with space related interests.
  • The applicant can only use the $10,000.00 scholarship towards tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • The applicant must not have previously spoken at the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner.
  • The applicant may apply for any of the scholarships offered by the National Space Club and Foundation (Robert H. Goddard Memorial Scholarship, Olin E Teague Scholarship, Keynote Scholarship) in the same year, but may only win one in the same year.

Seattle University’s Sullivan Leadership Award Scholarship

Amount: Full tuition, room, and meals/4yrs     Deadline: November 30, 2018

For undergraduate study at Seattle University. Students selected based on academic excellence(3.7 GPA or higher), service, and leadership.  Students must apply for Early Action by submitting a complete admissions application in addition to the Sullivan Leadership Award application. The deadline for both is November 15, 2017.


United States Hispanic Leadership Institute: Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Scholarship

Amount:$500-$1,000 Deadline: November 30, 2018

Applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student, in an accredited four-year or two-year institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories, and demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support. At least one parent must be of Hispanic ancestry. Non-US citizens are eligible to apply (DACA or Undocumented). Recipients must also be available to attend the 37th National USHLI Conference in Chicago, IL, February 14-17, 2019.


College Board Opportunity Scholarships


Program opens in December Open to class of 2020 high school students in the United States, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories. There's no citizenship requirement. This program is open to students regardless of family income.  It doesn’t require an essay or an application, and it doesn’t have a minimum GPA or SAT score requirement. Students have the chance to earn scholarship when they: Build their college list, practice for the SAT, improve their SAT score, strengthen their college list, fill out the FAFSA, and apply to college.

Barbara Lotze Scholarship

Amount:$2,000     Deadline: December 1, 2018

Applicants must declare their intent to prepare for, and engage in, a career in physics teaching at the high school level and must, at the time the scholarship funds are received by the student, be:

  • an undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited two-year college, four-year college or a university; or a high school senior accepted for such enrollment.
  • pursuing, or planning to pursue, a course of study leading toward a career in physics teaching in the high schools.
  • showing promise of success in their studies, and
  • a citizen of the United States of America.

Look Twice, Save A life Scholarship

Deadline: December 1, 2018 Amount: $1,000

One applicant will be chosen who best brings awareness to motorcycle safety. Criteria: Current college student or anyone planning on attending college (or another form of higher education) in the upcoming school year and Student must have a valid driver’s license.

Caring Ambassador Scholarship

Amount: $100-$333 Deadline: December 10, 2018

Open to all high school students. Submit a written essay answering the following question:

“If you were the Caring Ambassador at your school, what would you do to inspire other students to be more caring?”

Foot Locker Scholar Athlete

Amount: Up to $20,000     Deadline: December 14, 2018

Students must be entering college in the Fall of 2019 as a Freshman at a four-year school for an undergraduate degree. Be currently involved in high school sports, intramural sports, or community-based sports. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident (you will be asked to prove citizenship and age if you win). Not be an officer or director of Foot Locker, Inc., or any of its subsidiaries, or a member of the immediate family of such an officer or director.


Pasatiempo Neuf Trous Club Scholarship

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: December 15,2018

Pasatiempo ladies nine hole club has established a $1,000 scholarship for use by a local high school senior of a Santa Cruz County girls’ high school golf team. This girl should be planning on pursuing higher education after high school.

Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship

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

The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship is a merit-based program which means financial need is not considered. The selection of the winner is made by an independent panel of judges and is based primarily on the quality of the submitted personal statement. Open to 9th-12th grade high school, legal resident of the U.S.



The Jackie Robinson Foundation

Amount: up to $28,000/four years   Deadline: February 1, 2019

The Jackie Robinson Foundation award is based on academic merit, leadership, community service, and financial need. Open to high school seniors who plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States; Be a United States citizen; Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21

Bay Federal Credit Union Education Scholarship

Amount: $1,500,  Deadline: February 1, 2019

Open to high school seniors, high school graduates, current college students, and re-entry college students who plan to pursue their education at an accredited college, university, or trade school. Applicants must have a savings account with Bay Federal Credit Union when submitting their applications, and applications must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation, transcripts, other supporting documents, and an original essay on the following topic: “What do you consider to be the most important financial problem faced by people in your community? Why? What should be done about it?”

CIF Scholar-Athlete

Amount: $5,000 Deadline: February 11, 2019

College-bound high school seniors whose academic and athletic careers have been truly exemplary and whose personal standards and accomplishments are a positive model for others. Student must have 3.5 GPA or higher, have demonstrated athletic ability in at least two years of varsity play within California. Must have portrayed themselves as athletes of character displaying the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

California Strawberry Scholarship

Amount: $400 to $5,000     Deadline: February 15, 2019

Merit based scholarship, maintain a GPA 2.0 or higher. Parent or student be currently employed as a strawberry fieldworker for the current and prior 2 harvest seasons.  Monies can be used at a trade school, community college, or 4 year university. No SS# needed

CSUMB Scholarships

Amount: $500-$8,000  Deadline: February 15, 2019

Application opens October 1st. Attending CSUMB in Fall 2019. There are over 30 scholarships you can be considered for. Personal statement, transcripts, and 2 letters of recommendation required.


The Dream.US Scholarship

Amount: Up to $25,000     Deadline: February 28, 2019

The Dream.US Scholarship Program awards scholarships 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.


Sons of Italy Western Foundation Academic Scholarship

Amount: TBD    Deadline: March 1, 2019

Applicants must be wholly or partly of Italian ancestry and high school seniors. Must be enrolled in an accredited Trade School, College, University, or Community College for the fall of 2019. Essay, transcripts, and letters of recommendation needed

Italian Language Study Grant

Amount: TBD    Deadline: March 1, 2019

Applicants must be wholly or partly of Italian ancestry and high school seniors. Must be enrolled in an accredited Trade School, College, University, or Community College for the fall of 2019. Essay, transcripts, and letters of recommendation needed

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship

Amount: $10,000 Deadline: March 1,2019

Criteria: Submit original photo, artwork or computer graphics for the front of a greeting card. Age Eligibility: Must be 14 years or older at time of entry and be enrolled in High School, College, University or Homeschool. The finalists will again be decided by voting!


California Wine Grape Growers Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $2,000-$8,000   Deadline: March 8, 2019

To qualify for the scholarship students must have a parent or legal guardian who was employed by a California vineyard during the 2018-2019 winegrape growing season. Be graduating from high school and planning to attend a California four-year university/state college or a two-year community college in the fall. Transcripts, SAT/ACT, letter of recommendation, and essay required.


Robert Miller Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $500-$1,000 Deadline: March  8, 2019

Be a Central Coast high school senior; Plan to major in viticulture or enology at either Alan Hancock Community College or Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Transcripts, SAT/ACT, letter of recommendation, and essay required.


Bruce Church Educational Foundation Scholarship                                                Amount: $500 - $5,000   Deadline: April 1, 2019                                    

Students who are interested in studying agriculture to prepare themselves for a career in agriculture.  Applicants for scholarships should have at least a 2.5 grade point average, be committed to studying agriculture at the college level, and be actively involved in service to their schools and /or their communities.   “Studying agriculture” includes agricultural business, agronomy, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, food science and safety and other academic disciplines reasonably related to a career in agriculture.   The Foundation’s first priority will be students from the Salinas or Pajaro Valleys. No SS# required


B. Davis Scholarship

Deadline: May 24, 2019 Amount:$1,000

Essay open to high school juniors and seniors.


 Minecraft Scholarship

Amount: $2, 00 Deadline: July 31, 2019

Criteria:  currently be enrolled in college or high school, 3.0 or high GPA, and United States citizen. Application and essay needed.

December 2019


Amount:$1,000 Deadline: December 31, 2019

The scholarship is for high school seniors planning to attend a career school participating in the Imagine America High School Scholarship Program. (Participating career schools are listed at To qualify, applicants must graduate in calendar year 2019 with a GPA of 2.5 or above and enroll in a participating career college. Applicants may also be requested to demonstrate commitment to community service and/or financial need

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 Hospitality 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 11/05/2018




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E4FC Undergraduate Scholarship Database (Resource for undocumented students)


E4FC has developed resources to help undocumented students across the United States find scholarships to pay for college. (Click here for Scholarship Database)



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