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."
We post scholarships as we become aware of them at this site.
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 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.
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 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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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 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.
- ACFE Student Associate membership . Awards will be paid directly to the award recipient’s university.
- 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.
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.
- 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.