Scholarships

 
Charlotte Achen,  College & Career Specialist
Phone: 831-335-4721 x215 Email: cachen@slvusd.org
 
 
 
 
Local Scholarships 2021-22
 
 
Note: Many scholarships are being updated at the moment, 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, 2021
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 19,2021
 
Questbridge Scholarship
Due: September 28, 2021
 
 

Coca-Cola Scholarship

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

Due: October 2021

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

 

 
LOCAL:Good Tidings Scholarship
https://goodtidings.org/scholarship/
Due: November 12th, 2021
 
LOCAL: Elks National Most Valuable Student Application (Opens August 1st)
Due: November 15th, 2021
 
 
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship
Due: November 18, 2021
 
NHS Scholarships
Due: December 1st 
Note: This application is for current NHS Members
 
Burger King Scholars Program
Due: December 15th
 
Local: Community Foundation of Santa Cruz (One Application for Multiple Scholarships)
Due: February 4th, 2022
Click Here for the Application (Create an Account and Submit online)
 
Horatio Algers Scholarship for JUNIORS
Application Opens in December
Ronald McDonald House Scholars
Opens: January 1st, 2022
 
GE-Regan Scholarship
Due: January 6th, 2022
 
Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award
Due: January 8th, 2022
Note: Must be a Senior of Jewish Descent 
 
 MENSA Foundation
https://www.mensafoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships/
Due: January 22nd, 2022
 
Washington Crossing Foundation Essay Contest
Due: January 15th, 2022
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:  January 14th, 2022
 
CIF Spirit of Sport Scholarship - Winter Sports
Due  January 24, 2022 at 5:00 p.m
  • 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: January 24th, 2022
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: January 26th, 2022
 
Local: Agriculture Scholarships (Multiple)
Due: January 28th, 2022
Note: Must be Pursuing an Agriculture-based Major
 
PBWC Scholarship
https://pbwc.org/scholarship-program/
Due: January 28th, 2022
 
DAR Scholarships (Multiple)
Due: January 31st, 2022
 
 
 
 
Local: Community Foundation of Santa Cruz (One Application for Multiple Scholarships)
Due: February 4th, 2022
Click Here for the Application (Create an Account and Submit online)
 
Local: Bay Federal Educational Scholarship
Due: February 12, 2022
Note: You must either have or open a Bay Federal account with $5 in it before February 12th
 
The Completing the Dream Scholarship:
Application Closes: When All Scholarships Awarded
Click Here for Application
 
San Jose Scottish Rite Foundation Scholarships
Due: February 11th,  2022 (Mailed to Scholarship Organization)
Criteria:
  • Must have at least a  3.2 GPA
  • Must have a demonstrated Financial Need
  • Must have a sealed transcript sent directly to the Scottish Rite by your school.
Note: You do not have to have any masonic affiliation to apply for this scholarship.
 
Society of Women Engineers Scholarship 
Due: February 23, 2022 (Submit Application Online)
Note: Identify as female and are pursuing a BS in engineering or computer science full-time at accredited universities
 
The Bridging the Dream Scholarship for High School Seniors:
Application Due: February 28
Click Here for Application
 
Women's Cyber Security Scholarship
Due: February 28, 2022 (Submit Application Online)
Note: Plan to pursue a degree with a focus in cyber security or information assurance.
 
Local: Native Daughters of the Golden West
Due: February 28th, 2022 (Mailed to Scholarship Organization)
 
CIF Spirit of Sport Scholarship - Spring Sports
Due: February 28, 2022 at 5:00 p.m
  • 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.
 
MOAA Scholarship
Due: March 1st, 2022 (Online Application)
 
Local: Sons & Daughters of Italy Scholarship
Due: March 1, 2022 (Mail to Organization)
Note: Student Must be of Italian Heritage 
 
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Priority Due: March 2nd, 2022 (Online Application)
 
CIF Scholar Athlete Scholarship
Due:  March 7, 2022 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.
 
 
California Wine Grape Growers Foundation Scholarship
Due: March 4, 2022 (Mailed to Scholarship Organization)
 
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.
 
Women for Agriculture Scholarship
Due: March 22, 2022 (Emailed or Mailed to Organization)
Note: Must be female, 3.0 GPA and pursuing degree in Agriculture
 
Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group (PAFMG) Annual Scholarship Award
Due: March 27th, 2022 (Online Application)
 
Local: Democratic Ideals Award for Outstanding Youth Scholarship
Due: March 27th, 2022(Online Application)
 
Local: San Jose State University – Santa Cruz Alumni Chapter Scholarship
Due: March 31st, 2022 (Emailed to Organization)
 
Tzu Chi Scholars Northwest Region
Due: March 31, 2022
 
Local: Slavic American Cultural Organization Scholarship
Due: March 31st, 2022 (Mailed to Scholarship Organization)
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 31st, 2022 (Emailed or Mailed to Organization)
Note: 3.2 GPA, must have applied / intend on attending a CSU, UC or California Community College
 
Local: Omega Nu Vocational Scholarship
Due: March 31st, 2022 (Emailed or Mailed to Organization)
Note: Must be accepted into a full time vocational program
 
Local: Omega Nu Swimming / Water Polo Scholarship
Due: March 31st, 2022 (Emailed or Mailed to Organization)
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: March 31st, 2022 (Mailed to Scholarship Organization)
 
Local: Joseph A. Grabill “UNK” Scholarship
Due: March 31st, 2022 (Mailed to Scholarship Organization)
Note: Must have been involved in Key Club
 
 
 
 
 
Local:  MOAA Scholarship - Santa Cruz Chapter
Due: April 1st, 2022 (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:  Boulder Creek Odd Fellows Scholarship
Due: April 14, 2022 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
 
Local: Cougar Club Volunteer Service Award
Due: April 14, 2022 to Charlotte in Counseling.
Note: Submit Electronically to Charlotte at cachen@slvusd.org
 
Local: SLV Rotary Club “Service Above Self ” $1000 Scholarship
Due: April 14, 2022 to Charlotte in Counseling
Note: Must have completed Volunteer Service
 
Local: San Lorenzo Valley Teachers Association Scholarship
Due: April 14, 2022 to Charlotte in Counseling or via email at cachen@slvusd.org 
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: April 14, 2022 to Charlotte in Counseling.
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: April 14, 2022 to Charlotte in Counseling.
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: Mikali Waite Smiles College Scholarship Fund
Due: April 14, 2022 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 14, 2022 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Note: Must be a graduating senior that played a varsity sport.
 
Local: Music Boosters Scholarship
DueApril 14, 2022 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Note: Must have completed eight semesters of music classes.
 
Local: SLV Little League Scholarship
Due: April 14, 2022 to Charlotte in Counseling or via email at cachen@slvusd.org 
Note: Must have played on or volunteered with SLV Little League
 
Local: SLV Athletic Booster Award Scholarship
Due:  April 14, 2022 to Charlotte in Counseling.
Note: Must be a graduating SLV varsity athlete
 
Local: Cabrillo College High School Scholarship
Due: April 15th, 2022 - Submit Online
Note: This is a separate scholarship from the Cabrillo Promise Program
 
Local: Big Stick Scholarship 
Due: April 20th, 2022 (Mailed to Scholarship Organization)
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: April 21, 2022  to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
 
Local: Karen & Chet "JR" White Memorial Scholarship
Due: April 21, 2022  to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
 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: April 21, 2022  to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
 Requirements: Must be planning on entering an early childhood education field.
 
Local: Mike Smith Scholarship
Due: April 21, 2022 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Requirements: Student in good standing, planning to enter the Fire Service.
 
Local: Dr. Ashby Steele Scholarship
Due: April 21, 2022  to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Requirements: Student with at least a 2.0 GPA and planning on entering the Medical Field
 
Local: Ken Frey Scholarship
Due: April 21, 2022 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Requirements: Student with at least a 2.5 GPA  and planning to enter the mathematics and / or teaching fields.
 
Local: Nurse Debbie Ruskin Memorial Scholarship
Due: April 21, 2022 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 21st, 2022 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Note: Must live within the Felton Fire District Service Area
 
Local: SLV Theatre Boosters Scholarship
Due: April 21, 2022 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
Note: Must have participated in SLVHS Theatre and/or Community Theatre
 
Local: Loudheart Scholarship
Due: April 21, 2022 to Charlotte in Counseling or via email at cachen@slvusd.org 
Note: Must be a female athlete
 
Local: Alice Hutchinson Memorial Scholarship
Due: April 21, 2022 to Charlotte in Counseling or via email at cachen@slvusd.org 
Note: Must have a demonstrated interest in becoming a teacher or a related goal in the field of
education.
 
Local: Chief Robustelli Citizens’ Scholarship
Due: April 21, 2022 (mailed to scholarship organization)
Note: Must be graduating from SLVHS and pursuing an interest in fire and emergency services.
 
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
 
LocalThe Robert Lahey Memorial Scholarship
Due: April 21st, 2022 (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: Kirsten Wetterhorn Scholarship
Due: April 21, 2022 to Charlotte in the Counseling Office
 
ACSA Santa Cruz Charter Region 10 Scholarship
Due: April 26th, 2022 to the email listed in application
Note: Must be pursuing a career in Education / Teaching
 
Ayn Rand Essay Contest
Due: April 28, 2022
Note: Look for the 11th & 12th-grade contest for details
 
Local: McCrary Family Scholarship 
Due: April 29, 2022 (Email or Mail 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: April 30th, 2022

Click Here for Application

 
Local: Howard Marcus Memorial Scholarship
Due: April 30th, 2022 (Online Application)
Note: A minimum 3.0 high school GPA, have track & field or cross country high school running experience and plans to continue participation one of these sports at a four-year college or university.
 
Local: Otis Chandler Memorial Scholarship
Due: April 30th, 2022 (Online Application)
Note: Applicants must reside in Santa Cruz County, have participated in track & field or cross country, and have been accepted into a two or four-year institution of higher learning and have a commitment to lifetime fitness.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TBD / For 2022:
 
 
Local: Wayne Richards Memorial Scholarship
Due: April 30th, 2021 (Mailed to Scholarship Organization)
Note: 3.0 GPA, Must be a graduating  varsity athlete
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2022 Youth Scholarship

Due: May 10th 2022
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.
 

2022 Steps for Change Scholarship

Application Due: May 2, 2022

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: July
Must be pursuing a degree with a Career Technical Education Focus
 
 
 
Jane Austen Essay Contest 
Due: June 2, 2022