Scholarships

 
Charlotte Achen,  College & Career Specialist
Phone: 831-335-4721 x215 Email: [email protected]
 
 
 
 
Local Scholarships 2022-23
 
 
Note: Fall 2022 Scholarship Information is Up-to-date. Spring 2023 will not be updated till January, Be sure to check with Charlotte if you have any questions.
 
 
Ongoing Scholarship

College Board Opportunity Scholarships and Recognition Program

Application: https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/home

Due: Monthly scholarship drawings 

Note: Year-round monthly opportunities for high school juniors and seniors completing these steps:

  1. Build your college list (Junior / Senior Year)
  2. Practice for the SAT (Junior / Senior Year)
  3. Improve your score (Junior / Senior Year)
  4. Strengthen your college list (Junior / Senior Year)
  5. Complete the FAFSA (Senior Year)
  6. Apply to colleges (Senior Year)
  7. Complete your journey (Senior Year)
 
 
Click Below to see the Scholarships for Each Month
 
 
The Gates Scholarship
Due: September 15th
Note: Must have a 3.3 GPA, additional requirements (See website for details) 
 
The Don and Roy Splawn Charitable Foundation West Scholarship Grant
Due: September 18
 
Questbridge Scholarship
Due: September 27
 
 

Coca-Cola Scholarship

Application: https://webportalapp.com/sp/login/ccsf

Due: October 31

Note: This is is open high school seniors. It is an achievement-based scholarship, for students demonstrating service and leadership.

 

 
LOCAL: Elks National Most Valuable Student Application (Opens August 1st)
Due: November 14th
 
 
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship
Due: November 17
 
NHS Scholarships
Due: December 1st 
Note: This application is for current NHS Members
 
Burger King Scholars Program
Due: December 15th
 
Horatio Algers Scholarship for JUNIORS
Application Opens in December
 
 
Ronald McDonald House Scholars
Opens: TBD 2024
 
GE-Regan Scholarship
Due: TBD 2024
 
Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award
Due: TBD 2024
Note: Must be a Senior of Jewish Descent 
 
 MENSA Foundation
https://www.mensafoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships/
Due: TBD 2024
 
Washington Crossing Foundation Essay Contest
Due: TBD 2024
Note: Must be a senior planning to go into a career in government service (local, state or federal)
 
JKF “Profile in Courage” Essay Contest
https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/education/profile-in-courage-essay-contest
Due:  TBD 2024
 
CIF Spirit of Sport Scholarship - Winter Sports
Due TBD 2024
  • Only One Male and One Female Athlete Applicant can be chosen by each school as applicants.
  • Winners will be selected based on demonstrated principles of good sportsmanship, school and
    community service, and leadership.
 
Krishnan-Shah Family Scholarship
Due: TBD 2024
Note: Must be First Gen. College Student (Neither Parent has a Bachelors Degree) and Demonstrate financial need.
 
Hamilton Scholars
https://www.hamiltonscholars.org/apply
Due: TBD 2024
 
PBWC Scholarship
https://pbwc.org/scholarship-program/
Due: January 27th, 2023
 
Local: Community Foundation of Santa Cruz (One Application for Multiple Scholarships)
Due: January 30th, 2023
Click Here for the Application (Create an Account and Submit online)
 
 
 
Local: Agriculture Scholarships (Multiple)
Due: February 3, 2023
Note: Must be Pursuing an Agriculture-based Major
 
 
Local: Native Daughters of the Golden West
Due: February 28th, 2023 (Mailed to Scholarship Organization)
 
 
 
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Priority Due: March 2nd, 2023 (Online Application)
 
CIF Scholar Athlete Scholarship
Due:  March 7, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
      • Possess no less than an unweighted cumulative (grades 9-12) grade point average of 3.50.
      • Have demonstrated athletic ability in at least two years of varsity play within
        California (must be participating in athletics as a senior); and
      • Most of all, have portrayed themselves as athletes of character displaying the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
 
 
Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California Scholarship
Due: March 15, 2022 (Mailed to Scholarship Organization)
Criteria: Portuguese descent, 3.50 GPA, participated in 3 extracurricular activities
 
Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship
Due: March 15th, 2022 (Mailed to Scholarship Organization)
Note: Must be of Italian Decent and Roman Catholic, but do not need to be a part of the Italian Catholic Federation.
 
Society of Women Engineers Scholarship 
Due: March 20th, 2023 (Submit Application Online)
Note: Identify as female and are pursuing a BS in engineering or computer science full-time at accredited universities
 
Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group (PAFMG) Annual Scholarship Award
Due: March 30th, 2023 (Online Application)
 
Local: SLV Athletic Booster Award Scholarship
Due:  March 31st, 2023 to Charlotte in Counseling.
Note: Must be a graduating Senior that has competed for at least 2 seasons as a Varsity Athlete
 
Local: San Jose State University – Santa Cruz Alumni Chapter Scholarship
Due: March 31st, 2023 (Emailed to Organization)
 
Tzu Chi Scholars Northwest Region
Due: March 31, 2023
 
Local: Democratic Ideals Award for Outstanding Youth Scholarship
Due: TBD 2023(Online Application)
Click Here for Application
 
Local: Slavic American Cultural Organization Scholarship
Due: March TBD (Mailed to Scholarship Organization)
Click Here for Application
Note: Must be of Slavic Heritage and living in Santa Cruz (Regions include Yugoslavia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia)
 
Local: Omega Nu College Scholarship
Due: March TBD (Emailed or Mailed to Organization)
Click Here for Application
Note: 3.2 GPA, must have applied / intend on attending a CSU, UC or California Community College
 
Local: Omega Nu Vocational Scholarship
Due: TBD (Emailed or Mailed to Organization)
Click Here for Application
Note: Must be accepted into a full time vocational program
 
Local: Omega Nu Swimming / Water Polo Scholarship
Due: TBD (Emailed or Mailed to Organization)
Click Here for Application
Note: Same Requirements as the Omega Nu College Scholarship. Additionally, must have competed in High School swimming and / or water polo for a minimum of 2 years. See Information on what to include in the application. 
 
Local: Mike Smith Kiwanis Scholarship
Due: TBD (Mailed to Scholarship Organization)
Click Here for Application
 
Local: Joseph A. Grabill “UNK” Scholarship
Due: TBD (Mailed to Scholarship Organization)
Click Here for Application
Note: Must have been involved in Key Club
 
 
 
 
Local:  MOAA Scholarship - Santa Cruz Chapter
Due: April 1st, 2023 (Mailed to Scholarship Organization)
Note: Preference will be given to students who are either: (1) students who are pursuing a military career, (2) or have a parent, grandparent or sibling serving in the military,(3) or are closely related to a MOAA Santa Cruz Chapter member.
 
Local: Sons & Daughters of Italy Scholarship
Due: April 7th, 2023 (Mail to Organization)
Note: Student Must be of Italian Heritage 
 
 
Local:  Boulder Creek Odd Fellows Scholarship
Due: April 13, 2023 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
 
 
Local: Mikali Waite Smiles College Scholarship Fund
Due: April 13, 2023 to Charlotte in Counseling
Note: Must have a 3.0 and a combined family income of less than 100k
 
Local: David Maze Memorial Scholarship
Due: April 13, 2023 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Note: Must be a graduating senior that played a varsity sport.
 
Local: Music Boosters Scholarship
Due: April 13, 2023  to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Note: Must have completed eight semesters of music classes.
 
Local: SLV Little League Scholarship
Due: April 13, 2023 to Charlotte in Counseling or via email at [email protected] 
Note: Must have played on or volunteered with SLV Little League
 
LocalThe Robert Lahey Memorial Scholarship
Due: April 13, 2023 (To the SLVHS Counseling Office)
Note: Requires a 3.0 GPA and must be interested in pursuing a career as a teacher, or in math or science.
 
Local: Nurse Debbie Ruskin Memorial Scholarship
Due: April 20, 2023 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Requirements: Student with at least a 3.0 GPA and planning to enter the medical field such as nursing, EMT or becoming a doctor.
 
Local: Ted Toft Memorial Scholarship
Due: April 20, 2023 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Note: Must live within the Felton Fire District Service Area
 
Local: SLV Theatre Boosters Scholarship
Due: April 20, 2023 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Note: Must have participated in SLVHS Theatre and/or Community Theatre
 
Local: Loudheart Scholarship
Due: April 20, 2023 to Charlotte in Counseling or via email at [email protected] 
Note: Must be a female athlete
 
Local: Boulder Creek Elementary Scholarship
Due: April 21st, 2022 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Note: Must have attended and “graduated” from Boulder Creek Elementary
 
Local: Mike Drake Film, Performing or Media Arts Scholarship
Due: April 21, 2022 (Note this application is mailed)
Note: Must plan to go into any field of visual performing or media arts
 
Local: Kirsten Wetterhorn Scholarship
Due: April 21, 2022 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
 
ACSA Santa Cruz Charter Region 10 Scholarship
Due: TBD 2023 to the email listed in application
Click Here for Application
Note: Must be pursuing a career in Education / Teaching
 
Ayn Rand Essay Contest
Due: April 27, 2023
Note: Look for the 11th & 12th-grade contest for details
 
Local: McCrary Family Scholarship 
Due: TBD 2023 (Email or Mail Application)
Click Here for Application
Note: Must plan on majoring in forestry or attend a trade, vocational or truck driving school.
 

Local: The Lewis Design Build Remodel (LDBR) Student Scholarship

Application Due: TBD 2023

Click Here for Application

 
Local: Cougar Club Volunteer Service Award
Due: TBD 2023 to Charlotte in Counseling.
Note: Submit Electronically to Charlotte at [email protected]
 
Local: SLV Rotary Club “Service Above Self ” $1000 Scholarship
Due: TBD 2023 to Charlotte in Counseling
Click Here for Application
Note: Must have completed Volunteer Service
 
Local: San Lorenzo Valley Teachers Association Scholarship
Due: TBD 2023 to Charlotte in Counseling or via email at [email protected] 
Click Here for Application
Note: All Applicants must be the child or dependent of a current SLVTA member and currently enrolled in high school or college. Must have a minimum cumulative and current GPA of 2.0 or higher. Applicants are eligible to receive the scholarship only one time.
 
Local: Valley Women’s Cabrillo Scholarship
Due: TBD 2023 to Charlotte in Counseling.
Click Here for Application
Note: Must be a resident of San Lorenzo Valley, Open to Women & Men, must be going to Cabrillo College.
 
Local: Valley Women’s STEM Scholarship
Due: TBD 2023 to Charlotte in Counseling.
Click Here for Application
Note: Must be a resident of San Lorenzo Valley, Open to Women & Men, must be enrolling in a STEM-related major in the Fall 2022
 
Local: Big Stick Scholarship 
Due: TBD 2023 (Mailed to Scholarship Organization)
Click Here for Application
Note: Must show some of the following: a commitment to ocean sports, the preservation of the ocean environment and ecology, good citizenship, and sportsmanship.
 
Local: SLV Alumni Association Scholarship
Due: TBD 2023 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Click Here for Application
 
Local: Karen & Chet "JR" White Memorial Scholarship
Due: TBD 2023 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Click Here for Application
 Requirements: Interested in the Arts, Elementary School Education or Culinary Arts and pursuing higher education in one of these fields.
 
Local: Ann Wise Memorial Scholarship
Due: TBD 2023 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Click Here for Application
 Requirements: Must be planning on entering an early childhood education field.
 
Local: Mike Smith Scholarship
Due: TBD 2023 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Click Here for Application
Requirements: Student in good standing, planning to enter the Fire Service.
 
Local: Dr. Ashby Steele Scholarship
Due: TBD 2023 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Click Here for Application
Requirements: Student with at least a 2.0 GPA and planning on entering the Medical Field
 
Local: Ken Frey Scholarship
Due: TBD 2023 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Click Here for Application
Requirements: Student with at least a 2.5 GPA  and planning to enter the mathematics and / or teaching fields.
 
Local: Chief Robustelli Citizens’ Scholarship
Due: TBD 2023 (mailed to scholarship organization)
Click Here for Application
Note: Must be graduating from SLVHS and pursuing an interest in fire and emergency services.
 
 
 
 

2023 Youth Scholarship

Due: TBD 2023
Note: Requires 2.0+ GPA. Two Letters of Recommendation and an essay (Max 500 words) on How will you, if selected, as a scholarship recipient envision your college education addressing the needs of the African American community in Santa Cruz County along with a personal outline of your background and why you would benefit from this award.
 

2023 Steps for Change Scholarship

Application Due: TBD 2023

Click Here for Application

Eligibility:

  • Have a household income of less than $55,000*
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5
 
Horatio Algers CTE Scholarship
Due: TBD 2023
Must be pursuing a degree with a Career Technical Education Focus
 
 
 
Jane Austen Essay Contest 
Due: June 1, 2023