Private Scholarships

Each year, hundreds of UC Santa Cruz undergraduates apply for and receive thousands of scholarship dollars from private organizations. The organizations have their own eligibility criteria and application processes. Many organizations award scholarships to qualified students regardless of financial need.

Finding private scholarships and applying for them can be time consuming. However, the rewards can be great - scholarships help reduce a student's need to accept student loans or to work part-time in order to pay educational costs. If you receive a scholarship, stay in contact with the agency that funds it - let hem know how much you appreciate their support and reapply each year.  If you are able to make a personal visit, your chances of future funding may be improved.

Beware of scholarship scams. A good rule of thumb is: "If you have to pay money to get money, it's probably a scam."

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  • UCSC Scholarship List

    UCSC Scholarship List

    We post scholarships as we become aware of them at this site.

  • FastWeb


    Fastweb members are matched to relevant scholarship opportunities completely free of charge.
  • FindTheBes


    A free scholarship and fellowship search service that helps match you with awards you qualfiy to apply for.
  • Bay Area Gardener’s

    Bay Area Gardener’s

    Bay Area Gardener’s Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to providing financial support to eligible economically disadvantaged students. The foundation plans to award at least ten scholarships per academic year and two special scholarships to deserving students whom are academics standouts and who value and are committed to community service.

  • The Chicana/Latina Foundation

    The Chicana/Latina Foundation

    Each year the Chicana Latina Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to 30 Latina college students, valued at $1,500 dollars each.  The application deadline is in March.  The Foundation is a non-profit organization which promotes professional and leadership development of Latinas. The Foundation's mission is to empower Chicanas/Latinas through personal, educational, and professional advancement.
  • Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations (COHEAO)

    Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations (COHEAO)

    The Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations (COHEAO) annually awards scholarships to undergraduate students who attend COHEAO member institutions. On an annual basis, COHEAO awards up to three $1,000 scholarships based on applicants and dollars available in the scholarship fund.

  • College Track

    College Track

    College Track provides support to our college students through academic advising and help finding financial aid.
  • Davis-Putter Scholarships

    Davis-Putter Scholarships

    This fund provides need-based scholarships to college students actively working for peace and justice and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community. The Fund was founded in 1961 as the Marian Davis Scholarship Fund, a memorial to a teacher and political activist who died of breast cancer in 1960. Marian was an advocate for racial justice and the rights of labor.

  • East Bay College Fund

    East Bay College Fund

    East Bay College Fund provides $16,000 four-year scholarships, mentoring, on-going college counseling and life skills training to East Bay (primarily Oakland) public high school students from low income families and communities with historically low college attendance rates. East   The focus is on helping to ensure that recipients are successful and graduate from college.

  • Educators for Fair Consideration

    Educators for Fair Consideration

    Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) offers low-income immigrant students, from the San Francisco Bay Area, scholarships to attend U.S. colleges. Also see their Financial Aid Guide for College Bound Undocumented Students.
  • Gates Milleniumn Scholars

    Gates Milleniumn Scholars

    The goal of this program is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential.  GMS selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. They provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund

    Hispanic Scholarship Fund

    Scholarships are open to Hispanic-Americans who are U.S. citizens or permanent resident, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), will be full time undergraduate students, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  HSF works to address the barriers that keep many Latinos from earning a college degree. In addition to scholarship opportunities for deserving Latino students, they offer a broad range of outreach and educational programming to help students and their families navigate through the rigors of college life.

  • Latino College Dollars

    Latino College Dollars

    The Latino College Dollars Directory, published by The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, provides a comprehensive list of scholarships



    MALDEF (The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) provides a comprehensive directory of scholarships open to or specifically designated for undocumented students.

  • The Rising Farmworker Dream Fund

    The Rising Farmworker Dream Fund

    Awards are intended to encourage the sons and daughters of farmworkers to pursue MBA degrees and in turn, develop more leaders who will channel resources to the U.S. farmworking community. RFDF focuses on educating students about the benefits of an MBA degree as well as the process of MBA admissions – an often rigorous and competitive journey.

  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation Scholarships

    Silicon Valley Community Foundation Scholarships

    The Foundation administers a variety of scholarship programs with the majority of the awards designated for residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The community foundation administers a variety of scholarships that grant between $500 and $15,000 to high school, community college and university students.

  • California Wine Grape Growers Foundation Scholarships

    California Wine Grape Growers Foundation Scholarships

    The California Wine Grape Growers Foundation (CWGGF) is offering up to six scholarships in 2014 to graduating high school seniors. Students may study the subject of their choice. However, to stay active in this program, students must be enrolled in 12 college units during the scholarhip award period.
  • Hispanic Education Endowment Fund Scholarships

    Hispanic Education Endowment Fund Scholarships

    HEEF scholarships are based on a combination of low-income family background, academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities, community volunteer work, church service or work-employment.
  • The Maisin Scholar Award

    The Maisin Scholar Award

    The Maisin Scholar Award acknowledges students who exhibit unwavering commitment to their future and educational goals. The award is designed to support the needs of underserved students within the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) who’s greatest strengths may not necessarily be in their academic performance, but demonstrate a strong dedication to continuing their post-secondary education.
  • Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship

    Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship

    The Geneseo Migrant Center administers a variety of scholarships, linked below, to offer financial assistance to migrant students who want to further their education.
  • The Weidemann Scholarship

    The Weidemann Scholarship

    The Weidemann Scholarship provides $1,000 financial awards to outstanding students exhibiting a financial need to encourage their pursuit of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession.
  • Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program

    Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program

    The scholarship provides an opportunity for students to advance their education and anti-fraud career paths. Many of these outstanding and deserving students go on to become Certified Fraud Examiners. The scholarship award amounts are $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000. Scholarships are awarded in U.S. dollars and include a one-year ACFE Student Associate membership . Awards will be paid directly to the award recipient’s university.
  • Conversion Digital Marketing Scholarship

    Conversion Digital Marketing Scholarship

    Conversion is awarding two scholarships each valued at $1,000 to post-secondary students passionate about marketing. Students applying must submit a 500-750 word essay outlining their current marketing-related involvement as well as their marketing career aspirations. Students who are able to demonstrate their passion for marketing, as well as a clear understanding of their career goals will be favoured.
  • Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

    Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

    A dedicated student. A leader in school. A volunteer worker. A college-bound and community-minded individual. The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program wants to reward students who have succeeded both inside and outside of the classroom—and who may not be able to attend college without financial assistance. It's a reward for what you've made of yourself and the difference you are making for others. The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is offering up to $25,000 per year to 100 first-time freshman or existing college students, renewable up to four years and one additional year for those entering a qualified five-year engineering program.

  • AES Engineering Solutions Scholarships

    AES Engineering Solutions Scholarships

    Our belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluated the essays that are submitted. Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.
  • Life Lessons Scholarship Program

    Life Lessons Scholarship Program

    Recognizing the character and perseverance that so many young people show in the face of such adversity, Life Happens sponsors the annual Life Lessons Scholarship Program for college students and college-bound high school seniors. Qualified entrants who submit essays or videos about how the death of a parent impacted their lives are eligible for scholarship money. Nearly $900,000 in college scholarships have been awarded over the years.
  • Medicare Supplemental Insurance Scholarship

    Medicare Supplemental Insurance Scholarship

    Applicants must be any person 17 years of age or older who demonstrates interest in physical, massage, recreational, or occupational therapy or psychology professions and is interested in attending a related program, undergraduate, graduate, or accredited training program at an accredited institution of learning within the United States.
  • The Mercury Satellite Digital Dreamer Scholarship

    The Mercury Satellite Digital Dreamer Scholarship

    Digital media is something that we all enjoy and use on a daily basis. Digital media allows us to quickly research information, connect with long lost friends, entertain, and even inspire. If you personally are inspired by digital media, enter Mercury Satellite's Digital Dreamer Scholarship and you might win $500 dollars!
  • Mark A. Foster Scholarship

    Mark A. Foster Scholarship

    Any student who is currently enrolled in an accredited American university or college, or will be enrolled for the winter semester of 2015, can apply for the Mark A. Forester scholarship.

    To enter, the student must write a 300-500-word essay explaining how they go about honoring America's military heroes. You can simply send the essay, with your full name, school you will be attending, and contact information to

  • AAHD Scholarship Program

    AAHD Scholarship Program

    The AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability is awarded annually to a deserving  student with a disability who is pursuing undergraduate/graduate studies (must be at least enrolled as a Junior in college) in an accredited university who is pursuing studies related to the health and disability, to include, but not limited to  public health, health promotion, disability studies, disability research, rehabilitation engineering, audiology, disability policy, special education and majors that will impact quality of life of persons with disabilities.
  • A.W. Bowdine Sunkist Growers Scholarship

    A.W. Bowdine Sunkist Growers Scholarship

    Eligibility requirements include financial need and a family or personal involvement in California or Arizona agriculture. It is open to students entering any phase of their undergraduate college career, at any school, and in any field of study. Please remember that the student and/or a member of the immediate family (parents/siblings/grandparents) must be, have been or currently be involved in California or Arizona agriculture.
  • Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

    Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

    THE COCA-COLA SCHOLARS PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.
  • CAC Educational Scholarship Foundation

    CAC Educational Scholarship Foundation

    Awarded to California High School seniors who are in this state legally for their use as full-time students at any accredited public or private college, university or trade school. Scholarship recipients must start attendance within 12 months of the award and show proof of enrollment in a minimum of 12 credit hours.
  • Mensa Education and Research Foundation

    Mensa Education and Research Foundation

    The Mensa Education & Research Foundation college scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program or financial need.
  • San Diego Foundation

    San Diego Foundation

    Scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, graduate, medical and professional school students and adult re-entry students who are attending community colleges, four-year universities, career/technical schools, graduate, medical or professional schools or teaching credential programs. Scholarships range from $1,000 to more than $5,000 and - depending on the scholarship - can pay for tuition, room and board, books, fees and other related expenses.
  • Google Lime Scholarship Program

    Google Lime Scholarship Program

    For undergraduate, graduate, or phD students pursuing a career in Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field (such as software engineering; or electrical engineering with a heavy computer science course load) who have a visible/invisible  disability.

  • Linda Lael Miller Scholarship

    Linda Lael Miller Scholarship

    For women at least 25 years of age who have experienced barriers to achieving their educational goals.

  • The Alliance Scholars Fund

    The Alliance Scholars Fund

    For Hispanic college students who are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field major.
  • American Indian College Fund

    American Indian College Fund

    These scholarships are funded through our partnerships with corporate and private donors and are available to American Indian/Alaska Native students attending public and private colleges and universities.
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

    Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

    For African American students who are pursuing a career in any field.


  • Islamic Scholarship Fund

    Islamic Scholarship Fund

    For students who are active members in their muslim community.
  • Xerox Minority Scholarship Program

    Xerox Minority Scholarship Program

     Xerox is committed to the academic success of all minority students. That’s why we offer a Technical Minority Scholarship that awards between $1,000 and $10,000 to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above.
  • Korean American Scholarship Fund

    Korean American Scholarship Fund

    For American Korean students with at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • LULAC National Scholarship

    LULAC National Scholarship

    For minority students who are enrolled as business or engineering majors with at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Ron Brown Scholarship Program

    Ron Brown Scholarship Program

    For African-American high school seniors with the potential to make great contributions to society.
  • American Indian Education Fund

    American Indian Education Fund

    For American Indian students studying at a 4-Year college or university.
  • Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship

    Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship

    For minority students who are majoring in accounting, finance, political science, economics, or business administration (with a specific focus on government or nonprofit management).
  • Inland Empire Scholarship Fund

    Inland Empire Scholarship Fund

    The Inland Empire Scholarship Fund provides scholarship assistance and student support to Inland Empire students with demonstrated need who are pursuing a college or university education at an accredited academic institution in the United States.  Scholarship awards can be used for tuition, books, educational fees, living expenses, or other education-related expenses. Student must be a permanent resident of San Bernardino or Riverside Counties and must be of Latino(a) heritage.
  • Asian Pacific Fund

    Asian Pacific Fund

    The Asian Pacific Fund administers 12 scholarship programs to help undergraduate and graduate students achieve their education goals. For students with an Asian Pacific background, eligibility varies depending on scholarship.
  • Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship

    Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship

    For minority students, at least in their 3rd year, majoring in civil, chemical or environmental engineering or one of the environmental sciences (e.g. biology, geology, hydrogeology, ecology).
  • Morris Udall Scholarship

    Morris Udall Scholarship

    For sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.
  • The Mabel Wilson Richards Scholarship

    All grants are made on a competitive basis, consideration being given to scholastic achievement, financial need and promise. Eligibility is determined from the applicant’s statements on the
    application form and the school reports.
  • Giva Scholarships

    Giva Scholarships

    Giva's Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award is for anyone attending a college or university worldwide. This scholarship grant is aimed at assisting undergraduate or graduate students further their education as well as expand their social responsibility and community service footprint in the world. There is no specific course of study or major required.