Private Scholarships

Finding private scholarships and applying for them can be time consuming, but 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.

Agencies can mail the scholarship checks to:

Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

205 Hahn Building

1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Checks are made payable to: UC Regents

A letter explaining the terms of the scholarship should be enclosed with the check.

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  • FastWeb

    Fastweb members are matched to relevant scholarship opportunities completely free of charge.
  • Quip Diversity Scholarship

    The Quip team chooses 10 recipients — 5 winners and 5 runners-up — to visit our office in San Francisco for a full day of learning, mentorship, and meeting the team (all expenses paid). At the end, each scholarship winner will receive $5,000 and each runner-up will receive $1,000 toward their education.
  • Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley Latinos in Technology Initiative

    Must be of Latino or Hispanic origin, have a declared major in and been accepted into a STEM program. Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen with a minimum cumulative college grade point average of 2.5 and with demonstrated financial need.
  • iModules Scholarships

    Since 2008, the iModules Scholarship Program has helped high school and university students in their academic pursuits.
  • PG&E STEM Scholarship Program

    PG&E is offering Better Together STEM Scholarships of $5,000 per year, renewable for up to four years, to students pursuing science, technology or engineering studies in California schools.
  • The Coast Guard Scholarship Program

    Students currently enrolled, accepted for enrollment or pending enrollment in a full-time bachelor's degree program at a designated college or institution and who receive a guaranteed commission as an officer in the United States Coast Guard, are eligible to apply.
  • COHEAO Sparks Scholarship

    Eligible applicants are students entering their sophomore year through graduate studies who are enrolled at COHEAO-member colleges and universities.
  • 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.
  • Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations (COHEAO)

    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 provides support to our college students through academic advising and help finding financial aid.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Gates Milleniumn Scholars

    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

    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. 

  • MALDEF

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

  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation Scholarships

    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

    Students may study the subject of their choice. Students must be enrolled in 12 college units during the scholarhip award period.
  • 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 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

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

    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.
  • AES Engineering Solutions Scholarships

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 scholarship@rockymountainmattress.com.

  • 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.
  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • The Alliance Scholars Fund

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

  • Islamic Scholarship Fund

    For students who are active members in their muslim community.
  • 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

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

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

    For American Indian students studying at a 4-Year college or university.
  • 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

    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.
  • Asian Pacific Fund

    For students with an Asian Pacific background, eligibility varies depending on 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

    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

    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.