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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  

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February 2020


The Dream.US Scholarship

Amount: Up to $25,000     Deadline: February 27, 2020

 1. You are eligible to apply for our scholarship if you meet the following eligibility criteria (and the additional eligibility criteria set forth below):

You must have current DACA or TPS or certify that you meet the following immigration eligibility criteria:

  • Came to the United States before the age of 16;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since November 1, 2014 up to the present time and have had no lawful status;
  • Are currently in high school or have graduated from a United States high school or obtained a general education development (GED) certificate from a United States Program; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors in the categories which would have disqualified you for DACA, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety

 2. Have significant unmet financial need;

 3.Have graduated or will graduate from a United States high school (or have  earned or will earn a high school equivalency diploma) by the end of the 2019-20 academic year;

4.Graduated or will graduate with a GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale;

5.Are not and have not previously been enrolled in a four-year institution or bachelor program and have not earned more than 21 credits in a community college (not counting credits earned in a pre-college or dual enrollment program in high school);

6.Intend to enroll full-time in an associate or bachelor’s degree program at a Partner College no later than the Spring term of 2020-21 academic year; and

7.Are eligible for in-state tuition at the Partner College you want to attend (not applicable if it is a private Partner College).


San Jose Scottish Rite Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $2,500(Renewable up to 4 yrs)  Deadline: Extended to February 28th

Students must graduate from a public high school located in the counties of Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Luis Obispo. Have a minimum GPA of 3.2, be a US Citizen, and demonstrate financial need. Must demonstrate responsibility in school, community, religious or social organization. In addition the applicant must attend a University next year Please read directions carefully. Make sure your personal resume is in your own handwriting. ​


Native Daughters of the Golden West/ Mae B. Wilkin/Phyrne Lorenz Scholarship

Amount: $5,000   Deadline: February 29, 2020

Male and Female applicants with a 3 or above GPA, have taken the SAT/ACT, High school senior in Santa Cruz County who has been accepted or anticipates being accepted to a four year college. U.S. Citizen. Autobiography, essay and official transcripts needed.


March  2020

Order Sons & Daughters of Italy In America Grand Lodge of California and Sons of Italy Western Foundation Academic Scholarship

Amount: TBD    Deadline: March 1, 2020

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 2020. Essay, transcripts, and letters of recommendation needed

Order Sons & Daughters of Italy In America Grand Lodge of California and Sons of Italy Western Foundation Italian Language Study Grant

Amount: TBD    Deadline: March 1, 2020

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 2020. Essay, transcripts, and letters of recommendation needed

Order Sons & Daughters of Italy In America Grand Lodge of California and Sons of Italy Western Foundation Athletic 2020 Scholarship

For students pursuing a degree in sports or a sports related field. 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 2020. Essay, transcripts, and letters of recommendation needed


Albert Lee Wright, Jr. Memorial Migrant Scholarship

Amount: $3,000 and up Deadline: March 6, 2020

Criteria: High school senior, migrant student, dedicated and willing to work hard, and demonstrates financial need


California Wine Grape Growers Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $2,000-$8,000   Deadline: March 6, 2020

To qualify for the scholarship students must have a parent or legal guardian who was employed by a California winegrape grower during the current or past 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  6, 2020

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.

Coach Gene Johnson Student Athlete Nonendowed Scholarship

Amount: $500 Deadline: March 6,2020

WHS students: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. Must be a one-sport athlete that has received a block W at Watsonville High school with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Prefer a student with academic capabilities, desire, and athletic potential to continue to a four-year college. Must enroll in 12 or more units at Cabrillo College for Fall 202 semester


2020 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

Amount: $2,000  Deadline: March 7, 2020

Applicant must be a graduating senior of Japanese American descent at an accredited high school with a grade point average minimum of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0.  Applicant should be actively involved in her or his local community.


Beauty Through Diversity Scholarship

Amount:$500  Deadline: March 8, 2020. 

Must be a female or someone who identifies as female
Must be attending a 4 year university
Must reside in California or Arizona
Must have a 2.8 GPA at the time of application submission

Joyce Ridgway Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $500     Deadline: March 13, 2020

Must be female, minimum GPA of 3.0, have completed a minimum of 6 seasons of sports at the high school level and have earned a minimum of 2 varsity letters, and have demonstrated leadership in school activities and/or on school teams. Have documented incidents demonstrating integrity and self-sacrifice for teammates and school athletic programs. Need Letter of recommendation from principal, coach or athletic director, and member of the community.


Jeff Lamb Scholarship

Amount: $500     Deadline: March 13, 2020

The ideal candidate are student athletes who have exhibited an interest in becoming a teacher/coach and eventually attain leadership in the Athletic Director role.


American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) is a nationwide non-profit organization

Amount: (5) $1,000 awards  Deadline: MARCH 15, 2020 


- Unweighted academic average of B or better (3.0 on a 4.0 scale)

 - Graduating high school senior who intends to enroll next semester in an college or university

 -  Pursuing a business, one of the physical sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics field 

The Corralitos Women's Club Scholarship

Amount:TBD     Deadline: March 15, 2020

Applicants must be a high school student in a  Pajaro Valley School with a minimum 3.5 GPA; or resident in one of the following zip codes: 95076, 95019, 95003; and be a U.S. Citizen


Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship

Amount:$400 Deadline: March 15, 2020   

Total cumulative GPA of at least 3.2and meet all of the requirements in either #1 or #2: 1) Are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent and live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada, only where Branches of the Federation are established. or 2) if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is a member of the Italian Catholic Federation, the student must be Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian Descent or live where Branches of the Federation are established -membership of a Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is mandatory for #2.

Farm Worker Scholarship (CWA)

Amount:$500-$2,000  Deadline: March 18, 2020

Must be a female resident or high school graduate from Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz County. 1) Must 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. 2) Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree or a degree from an accredited trade school in any subject area. 3) If the applicant is in high school when applying, they must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.


Women Pursing Degrees in Agriculture Scholarship (CWA)

Amount:$500-$2,000  Deadline: March 18, 2020

Must be a female resident or high school graduate from Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz County. 1) 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 under graduate degrees and trade schools. 2) If applicant is in high school when applying, they must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher  The Women Pursuing Degrees in Agriculture scholarship is for women who want to major in an Ag related field such as crop science or animal production.  This scholarship in not for Environmental Science or Forestry.


Cabrillo College Scholarship for High School Seniors

Amount: $500     Deadline: March 20, 2020 @5pm

All high school seniors planning to attend Cabrillo should apply. There is an online application and you are considered for two scholarships. You must also ubmit your transcripts to the financial aid office in person, or you can mail it to the following address.

Cabrillo College
Financial Aid & Scholarships Office
6500 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003


Slavic American Cultural Organization

Amount: Varies Deadline: March 25, 2020

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. 3.0 GPA or higher. For an application, please check in with Nicole Morasca at PVHS and WHS and Cheryl Nickel at AHS.



Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group (PAFMG) Pre-Medical Scholarship

Amount: $25,000, paid out over 5 years  Deadline: March 27, 2020

Santa Cruz County High School Seniors that anticipate a career as a doctor. Plans to take pre-medicine courses to prepare for medical school.  Be in top 20 percent of class (verified by transcript). Demonstrate a need for financial assistance to attend a university. Visit the website for complete criteria.


Mary Ann Gomez Scholarship

Amount: Up to $1,000 Deadline: 4:30pm March 27, 2020

Children of Classified Staff Members, Classified Confidential Employees or Classified Management of the Pajaro Unified School District.·  Graduating High School Senior with 2.5 GPA or higher. Submit essay and official transcripts, no application. Minimum 300 word essay on the topic: Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you or your community.


San Jose State University Alumni Scholarship

Amount:$500-$2000 renewable   Deadline: March 27, 2020

Must submit to 

Nicole Morasca or Ximena Ospina at PVHS

Nicole Morasca or Leandra Cabadas at  WHS

Nicole Morasca or Cheryl Nickel at AHS

Graduating Senior attending full-time enrollment at San Jose State University in the fall of 2020, minimum GPA 3.0, Evidence of involvement in school and/or Community Affairs


 Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture Scholarship Application

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: March 30, 2020


1. Applicant must live within the boundaries of Pajaro Valley Unified School District

2. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior.

3. Applicant must demonstrate positive-impact involvement in some form of community service.

4. Applicant must be accepted in trade or post-secondary institution.


Gen Giammanco Foundation Scholarship

Amount: Minimum $500    Deadline: March 31, 2020

The Gen Giammanco Foundation provides financial support to deserving college bound student athletes who exhibit the passion and commitment to achieve their dreams of both scholastic and athletic success. Criteria: The student athletes that are eligible for assistance must be high school students who reside in Monterey County, Santa Cruz County or students who attend Terra Linda or Ventura High School. Eligible students must intend to continue their education and athletic career at a junior college, college or university. Funding of a Gen Giammanco Foundation (GGF) Award is contingent on the student athlete becoming a member of an NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA or CCCAA athletic team. Consideration will also be given to the applicant's leadership, sportsmanship, community service, academic record and financial need. Some GGF Awards may be renewed upon application provided the student athlete continues to meet the above stated criteria.

April  2020

MOAA Scholarship

Amount:$500-$1,000 Deadline: April 1, 2020

Eligible applicants must be entering or already pusuing a college degree and have ties to Santa Cruz County. Preference will be given to: (1) students who will pursue a military career,  (2) students whose parents, grandparents or sibling have served or are serving in the military and (3) students who are closely related to a Military Officers Association Santa Cruz member


Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship

Amount: $500 Deadline: April 1, 2020

The scholarship will be awarded to one high school or university student. Essay: How do you envision using your interests, skills, and career in technology to make the world a better place?


  • Must be a current high school or college student.
  • Must be a woman.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident
  • All GPAs will be considered.
  • All majors are encouraged to apply

Ocean Mist Farms Academic Scholarships

Amount: $1,000 Deadline: April 6 , 2020

Applicants must be a high school graduate with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and reside in California in Monterey, Riverside, San Benito or Santa Cruz county. 2. Applicants must submit an essay of not more than 500 words that relates to Ocean Mist Farms Guiding Values of Integrity, Quality, Passion and Success. 3. Applicants must include two letters of reference, one from a school teacher and another from counselor, coach, employer, etc. 4. Applicants must provide proof of higher education acceptance and enrollment before scholarship award is awarded. Transcripts, acceptance letter or proof of registration will qualify 5. There is no age requirement or restriction. 6. An interview may be required and will be determined during application review process. 7. Work experience, community service, club participation, awards and extracurricular activities will be taken into consideration. 9. Participation in a Scholarship Award Ceremony at the Annual Castroville Artichoke Food and Wine Festival. Saturday event tickets awarded to recipient and four family members.

Angel Joel Montes II Scholarship

Amount:$250 Deadline: April 10, 2020

Must be a graduating senior from Watsonville High School. Preference will be given to students interested in majoring in business; however, this scholarship is open to any student entering college after graduating high school.


Amount:$1,000/renewable      Deadline: April 12, 2020 

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



Amount: $500     Deadline: April 17, 2020

Each year Bay Section CASCWA, California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance, award scholarships to deserving, graduating high school seniors who have overcome unique obstacles and difficulties.

Big Stick Surfing Association Scholarship

Amount:$50-$500   Deadline: April 20, 2020

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

California Association for Bilingual Education Scholarship

Amount: TBD Deadline: April 23, 2020

Must submit to 

Nicole Morasca or Ximena Ospina at PVHS

Nicole Morasca or Leandra Cabadas at  WHS

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.


2020 Wayne Richards Memorial Scholarship

Amount:$500-$1000        Deadline: April 30, 2020

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

Otis Chandler Memorial Scholarship 

Amount: 3,000 Deadline: April 30, 2020

Attend and graduate from a Santa Cruz County high school.

Must have track & field or cross country high school running experience.

Must have been accepted into a two or four-year institution of higher learning.

Must have a commitment of lifetime fitness.

Howard Marcus Memorial Scholarships

Amount: 3000 Deadline: April 30, 2020

Must be a Santa Cruz County resident.

Must post a minimum 3.0 cumulative, high school GPA.

Must have track & field or cross country high school running experience.

Must plan to continue participation in one of these sports at a four-year college or university.

May 2020 Scholarship

Amount:$500 Deadline: Postmarked by May 30, 2020

Visual Contest- Please review website for details


  • Enrolled at an accredited high school, college, or university in the U.S.
  • Enrolled at the graduate level, undergraduate level or your final year of high school
  • Aged sixteen (16) years or older
  • Carry a status of "good standing" (i.e. currently enrolled)
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (or equivalent)

There are no requirements in terms of physical disability or ability. All applications are welcome


B. Davis Scholarship

Amount:$1,000             Deadline: May 22, 2020

Essay open to high school juniors and seniors. See site for topic. Submissions must be sent by email to

June 2020


El Dabe Ritter Scholarship

Amount: $1,500 Deadline: June 30, 2020

3.0 GPA or higher, must attend an accredited university in the U.S.A in the fall.



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.  


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 1/27/2019




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