Scholarships for Students from California


Scholarships for Students from California

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Most states offer special scholarships specifically for their residents. California is one of the largest states and therefore has many scholarship opportunities for the individuals who live there! We have compiled a list of scholarships that likely apply to many high school students, however, there are many more offered based on your heritage, major, and interests!

Scholarships that most California residents can apply for:

California Association of Collectors (CAC) Educational Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies
Application Deadline: Spring 2018
Essay: Yes

If you are a senior attending a California high school and you plan to attend an accredited institution to complete your educational goals after graduation, you can apply for this scholarship! To do so, you must complete the simple application form and submit a one-page essay on the “importance of establishing and maintaining good financial credit during your college years.” You can start researching this concept here. The scholarship application isn’t available yet, but check the CAC website frequently; it should be published this month.

Cal Grant C Award

Award Amount: Up to $2,462 for tuition and $547 for books
Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

If you plan to earn an associate’s degree or a certificate at a vocational, occupational, or technical school that is also a Cal Grant-eligible institution, then this is the perfect grant for you! Not everyone plans to or needs to attend a four-year college after high school graduation, and California recognizes and supports that fact. Simply fill out the FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application and, if you’re eligible, you’ll be contacted by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) with more information. Learn more about this award here and get a list of which occupations will get you into the priority pile here. Contact your school’s financial aid office with any questions.

Cal Grant Competitive Award

Award Amount: Varies
Application Deadline: March 2, 2018
Minimum GPA Required: Varies

This grant is actually a group of three separate grants that are awarded to distinct groups of students. They are maintained and distributed by the CSAC for students who are not eligible for Cal Grant Entitlement Awards (see below). Grant A is awarded to low- and middle-income students with at least a 3.0 GPA. Grant B is awarded to low-income students with at least a 2.0 GPA. Grant C is awarded to low- and middle-income students; there is no GPA requirement. To qualify for a grant, you must complete the FAFSA and submit your GPA. Awards are distributed based on multiple factors including your GPA, your parents’ education levels, and your family’s income. It’s definitely worth applying because the state gives over 25,000 awards each year!

Cal Grant High School Entitlement Award

Award Amount: Varies
Application Deadline: March 2, 2018
Minimum GPA Required: 2.0

This award is available to high school seniors and recent high school graduates who can demonstrate some financial need. To qualify for this grant, you must complete either the FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application. Awards are given based on academic achievement and financial need. But not to worry! If you do not qualify for the High School Entitlement Award, the California Student Aid Commission offers other scholarships (also listed in this blog post) that are definitely worth checking out!

Cal Grant Transfer Entitlement Award

Award Amount: Varies
Application Deadline: March 2, 2018
Minimum GPA Required: 2.4

This grant is open to students who plan to transfer from a California community college to a four-year institution to complete their bachelor’s degrees. To qualify for this grant, you must complete the FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application and submit your transcripts. Both low- and middle-income students are eligible for this award and the GPA requirement (minimum 2.4) is the same for all students. Awards are given based on academic achievement and financial need.

Scholarships for California residents in particular regions:

Bobette Bibo Gugliotta Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writing

Award Amount: Up to $1,000
Application Deadline: February 21, 2018
Region: San Mateo County or Santa Clara County
Letter of Recommendation: Yes
Essay: Yes

This scholarship is for high school seniors with a passion for creative writing! Applicants will need to show financial need and plan to attend a four-year college or university. With the application, you will need to submit a personal statement, financial need documentation, two letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and two creative writing samples.

Community Scholarship Program

Award Amount: Varies
Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Region: San Diego County
Minimum GPA Required: 2.0

This program offers valuable scholarships for any students living in San Diego County. With just one application, you have access to over 100 scholarships in the Community Scholarship Program. In order to apply, you must have at least a 2.0 GPA, have participated in community service and extracurricular activities throughout high school, have work experience, and have financial need.

Harold Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship

Award Amount: Up to $5,000
Application Deadline: February 21, 2018
Region: Greater San Francisco Bay Area
Minimum GPA Required: 2.5
Letter of Recommendation: Yes
Essay: Yes

This scholarship is for students who plan to earn a degree in police work, corrections, or other criminal justice fields. It was established to honor former Police Chief Harold Johnson and is awarded to individuals who have a passion for public service, show leadership and academic potential, and have financial need. To apply, you will need to submit the application, a 500- to 850-word personal statement, financial need documentation, two letters of recommendation, and a copy of your transcript.

Hazel Reed Baumeister Scholarship Program

Award Amount: Up to $5,000
Application Deadline: February 21, 2018
Region: San Mateo County or Santa Clara County
Minimum GPA Required: 3.5
Letter of Recommendation: Yes
Essay: Yes

If you are a student who shows academic excellence and community involvement, participates in extracurricular activities, and can demonstrate financial need, then this scholarship is for you! Applicants will need to submit a personal statement, financial need documentation, two letters of recommendation, and their transcripts to apply.

Krishnan Shah Scholarship

Award Amount: Up to $40,000
Application Deadline: February 21, 2018
Region: Silicon Valley
Minimum GPA Required: Up to 3.75
Letter of Recommendation: Yes
Essay: Yes

If you are a first-generation college student who would benefit from financial assistance, then this scholarship may be perfect for you. Scholarships are awarded to students who plan to attend a four-year college (not limited to California) and who have shown involvement in extracurricular or community activities. To apply, applicants must submit a 500- to 850-word essay describing their short- and long-term goals and how they relate to the need for education; their personal characteristics and extracurricular involvement and how it’s prepared them for education or a career; and their personal journey. Students must also submit documents showing their financial need, two letters of recommendations, and transcripts.

Ralph Hale and Martha L. Ruppert Educational Scholarship

Award Amount: $10,000
Application Deadline: February 22, 2018
Region: San Mateo County, San Francisco County, or Santa Clara County
Minimum GPA Required: Up to 3.3
Letter of Recommendation: Yes
Essay: Yes

This unique scholarship is designed for “late-bloomers,” defined as students who show promise, but may have struggled academically until recently. The maximum GPA for this is a 3.3, making it perfect for those students who think they might not qualify for any other merit-based scholarships. Additionally, applicants should be able to show community involvement and financial need.

Scholarships for anyone attending the University of California or California State University:

Association of California Water Agencies Awards

Award Amount: $3,500
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
Letter of Recommendation: Yes
Essay: Yes

We all have heard about the severe droughts that have impacted California in recent history. This scholarship is for current college students who will or who already have declared a major in water-related studies (think conservation, protection, agriculture, environmental studies, public administration, etc.). To apply, you must be a current junior at an accredited University of California or California State University, and commit to full-time enrollment for the academic year. Additionally, you will need to submit two letters of recommendation, your official transcripts, and an essay.

Middle Class Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies
Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

This scholarship is for students from middle class families with a combined annual income of up to $165,000. Applicants must plan to attend the University of California or California State University to receive this scholarship. You can apply for it by completing the FAFSA (or the California Dream Act Application if you don’t have a Social Security number). It’s a great opportunity for those students who might not qualify for additional financial aid due to their family’s income.

This article highlights just some of the many California scholarships available to residents. If you want to learn about other scholarships you may qualify for, you have many options. Talk to your guidance counselor (or visit your financial aid office if you are already in college); check out the following sites: Niche.com, the College Grants Database, and a list of California Scholarships at scholarships.com; or do some Googling of your own! There are scholarships available for all types of students, so make the effort to look for them. Good luck!


About Shannon Whitney

Shannon loves traveling, watching Friends, and all things Florida Gators. While she grew up in Northern Virginia, she left the state to attend the University of Florida in 2001. After earning a master’s degree in education, she returned home and has worked as an elementary school teacher for the past 11 years. Shannon recently decided it was time to put teaching on hold and venture down a new professional path. During her free time, Shannon is either traveling, cheering for Florida, binge-watching a Netflix series, or preparing to be an aunt!

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