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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
MALDEF (The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) provides a comprehensive directory of scholarships open to or specifically designated for undocumented students.
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 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.
- 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.
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 email@example.com.
- 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.
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.
- For Hispanic college students who are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field major.
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.
- For students who are active members in their muslim community.
- 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.
- For American Korean students with at least a 3.0 GPA.
- For minority students who are enrolled as business or engineering majors with at least a 3.0 GPA.
- For African-American high school seniors with the potential to make great contributions to society.
- For American Indian students studying at a 4-Year college or university.
- For minority students who are majoring in accounting, finance, political science, economics, or business administration (with a specific focus on government or nonprofit management).
- For students with an Asian Pacific background, eligibility varies depending on 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).
- For sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.
- 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.