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Scholarship and College Pathways

Scholarship & College Pathways Coordinator


Nicole Morasca

831-728-8102 ext. 3598

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Scholarship List


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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.


Burger King Scholar

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

Open to high school seniors who: live in the United States; are graduating from high school; have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale; plan to enroll full-time without interruption, for the entire 2019-20 academic year at an accredited two-or four-year college, university or vocational –technical school in the U.S., Canada, or Puerto Rico. The first 50,000 submitted applications will be processed.  no ss# required


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.


GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Amount: $10,000/ renewable 3yrs     Deadline: January 4, 2019

Demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship. Must be a senior who has a min GPA 3.0, demonstrate financial need, be a US citizen, and plan to enroll full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the Unites States.


Amount: $10,000 a year Deadline: January 9, 2019

The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans.  Criteria: Must be Black/African American, excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities, Demonstrate financial need, Be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card, Be a current high school senior at the time of your application.

Raoul Teihet Scholarship   

Amount: Up to $3,000     Deadline:January 10, 2019

The California Federation of Teachers(CFT) offers scholarships to high school seniors and college students who are children or dependents of CFT members in good standing.Scholarships of $3,000 are awarded to students  entering or attending a four-year university;  $1000 scholarships are awarded to students entering or attending a two-year school. The  awards are based on academic achievement, financial need, special talents and skills, participation in extracurricular activities, and a 500-word essay on a social issue about which the applicant feels strongly.

APIASF Asian  Pacific Islander Scholarship

Amount: $2,500 to $20,000    Deadline: January 10, 2019

Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity, A United States citizen, Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2019. Please read the scholarships by supporter details below for specific eligibility requirements regarding the academic standing required for each scholarship. Minimum 2.7 GPA

STEM Scholars Program at Gettysbury College

Amount: Full Scholarship Deadline: January 15, 2019

The goal of Gettysburg College STEM Scholars Program is to increase and diversify the number of talented STEM majors who go on to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a broad range of scientific endeavors, either by entering the STEM workforce or a STEM-related graduate program upon graduation from Gettysburg College.Eligibility-1. Be a U.S. citizen, national (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), alien admitted as a refugee under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or an alien lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.2. Demonstrate financial need through submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE. 3. Be enrolled as a full-time student.4. Intend to major in one of the following: Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Health Sciences or Environmental Studies (BSc only, with an interest in one of the following concentrations: Earth System Science, Marine and Freshwater Ecology or Wildlife and Conservation Biology).

Profiles in Courage Scholarship Contest

Amount: $100-$10,000 Deadline: January 18, 2019

To be eligible for the JFK Library "Profile in Courage Scholarship" contest you must be an United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate. Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate. Essay required- see webpage for details.

Orange Scholars Scholarship Program

Amount: up to $2,500      Deadline: January 22, 2019

Applicant must be the dependent of a full- or part-time hourly associate of The Home Depot and its subsidiaries. Applicant's parent/legal guardian must be a Home Depot associate for at least one year as of November 1, 2018 and must be a Home Depot associate at the time the scholarship is awarded. Based on financial need and academic performance, as well as community involvement and leadership. Financial need is given the highest consideration. Applicant must be a current high school senior. Applicant must attend an accredited, non-profit two-or four-year college/university.

Union Plus Scholarship

Amount:$500-4,000     Deadline: January 31, 2019

Current and retired members of unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations) are eligible.  At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant's spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2019


Professional Business Women of California Academic Scholarship                                                                                                                   

Amount:Up to $10,000 Deadline: January 31, 2019                                                                                                                                                                           

High School Seniors who are women and California resident. Winners must be present at the April 23rd event in San Francisco to receive their award.

EQuality Scholarship

Amount: Up to $6,000      Deadline: January 31, 2019

Service to the LGBTQ community, Leadership, hardship or special circumstances, academic achievement. Must be available for an interview. For full criteria, visit the website. No SS# needed




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?”

Hispanic Scholarship Fund General College Scholarship

Amount:$500-$5,000      Deadline: February 5, 2019

Application opens January 1st. The HSF application allows students to apply for multiple scholarships with one application! Eligibility: Must be of Hispanic heritage; U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, DACA or eligible non-citizen (as defined by FAFSA); Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students; Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited 4-year university in the fall of the desired scholarship year; and Complete FAFSA or Dream Act (if applicable) no SS# needed

San Jose Scottish Rite Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $2,500(Renewable up to 4 yrs)  Deadline: February 8, 2019

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. ​

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.

Joyce Ridgway Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $500     Deadline: February 15, 2019

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.

Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship                                                                                                                                                                                                Amount: $4,000     Deadline February 15, 2019

For a student entering or currently attending college and majoring in agriculture.  Students and/or their legal guardian must live in Santa Cruz county or within the PVUSD boundaries or be a member of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau.  Leadership skills, demonstrated commitment to the industry, grades, and financial need. No SS# needed

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.

Daughters of the American Revolution

Amount: Varies Deadline: February 15, 2019

All applicants must be citizens of the United States and must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States. They offer a variety of scholarships with different criteria. Please visit the website for specific scholarships.


(DAR Specific Scholarships) The Robert Hunter Swadley Horticulture Scholarship(DAR)

Amount: Full or partial tuition and room and board        Deadline: February 15, 2019

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


(DAR Specific Scholarships) Nellie Love Butcher Music Scholarship(DAR)

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

This scholarship is for a male or female music student who is pursuing an education in piano or voice. Special consideration shall be given to students currently attending the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts, Washington, DC. A performance CD (compact disc) must be submitted with the application. All applicants must be citizens of the United States and must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States.  Fill out the application and email completed scholarship application form to:

The Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation

Amount: $100,000 to be distributed   Deadline: February 28, 2019

Be a freshman in the 2019-2020 academic year and anticipate enrolling at a U.S. accredited college/university in the 2019-2020 academic year Have a cumulative, un-weighted grade point average between 3.7 and 4.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Have a minimum SAT score of 1300 (out of 1600) or a minimum ACT score of 28.  Have at least two reference letters, one of which must be from a current or former teacher in an academic subject. Applicants should have demonstrated outstanding personal achievements, academic merit, leadership qualities and/or community service. Special consideration will be noted for applicants: who have parents that are United States veterans or are currently in the U.S. military; with a demonstrated financial need; with parents who did not attend college; or with a documented significant disability. Submit personal statements Have applied to a U.S. college/university. Submit to interviews in person or by phone/Skype, if requested.

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.



College Board Opportunity Scholarships(class of 2020)


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.

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.

America’s 911 Foundation

Amount$2,000 Deadline: March 9, 2019

If you or your parent, one or both, is an active duty First Responder you are eligible. A first responder is someone who has arrest authority, someone who works on an ambulance or rescue vehicle helping others, EMTs, Paramedics, Firefighters, Police, Sheriff's Office, Game Warden, Border Partol, Park Rangers, Marshals, Correctional Officers or a dispatcher for any of the noted above. These positions can be Paid or Volunteer. Essay required


Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship

Amount:$400 Deadline: March 15, 2019   

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.

Mary Ann Gomez Scholarship

Amount: Up to $1,000 Deadline: 4:30pm March 29, 2019

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.


The Gladys Carol Scholarship

Amount: $2,500 yr/2 yrs Deadline: March 30, 2019

Criteria: Applicant must be enrolled full time as defined through credit hours at their institution, Applicant must be majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math, (STEM) field,  must have a minimum, cumulative GPA of 3.75 (unweighted) on a 4.0 scale,  must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a permanent resident ID card or current passport.


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


Young Historian Award 

Amount:$500 Deadline: April 25, 2019

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.


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


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