California Scholarships

Scholarships for students California. Some scholarships specifically open to California students, and others give preference to students in California.

CalCPA Scholarship
Sponsor: CalCPA Education Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: Varies
Description: Scholarships are open to students with an interest in pursing professional careers in the accounting field. Applicant must be enrolled at an institution of higher learning in the state of California and must be a member of CalCPA (student membership is free). CalCPA chapters have different deadlines for scholarship – see website for details.

AACL Scholarship
Sponsor: Armenian-American Citizens League Educational Fund
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to permanent residents of the United States who have been living in California for at least two years and are of Armenian descent. Applicant must be enrolled full-time at an accredited college in the United States and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

Princeton Prize in Race Relations
Sponsor: Alumni Association of Princeton
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2021
Description: Award is for students currently enrolled in ninth through twelfth grades in a participating region (Alabama, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, New Jersey, NYC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St Louis, or Washington, DC) who have been actively involved in a volunteer activity that has had a significant, positive impact on race relations in their school or community.

Bucks for Books Scholarship
Sponsor: Lodi Grape Festival
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors graduating from a school in the Lodi Unified School District or whose primary residence is within the Lodi Unified School District, or college students who graduated from a high school in the Lodi Unified School District.

Clair A. Hill Scholarship & ACWA Scholarship
Sponsor: Association of California Water Agencies
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 1, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to California residents who will be attending a University of California or California State University campus during the 2020-2019 academic year and enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in a water resources-related field of study related to engineering, agriculture and/or urban water supply, environmental studies or public administration. Applicant must be at least a junior at the time of the award.

Directing Change Program and Student Film Contest – California
Sponsor: Each Mind Matters
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: March 1, 2021
Description: Contest is open to middle school and high school students (grades 7-12) and youth between the ages of 14 and 25 years of age from the state of California. Applicant must create a 60-second film about suicide prevention and mental health.

Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law & Policy Scholarship
Sponsor: Association of California Water Agencies
Amount: $10,000
Closing Date: March 1, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to students pursuing a graduate degree (Master’s, PhD, or Law School) in water law and policy or public administration with a demonstrated concentration in the field of water resources. Student must be enrolled full-time for the entire 2020-2021 academic year.

California Dream Act Scholarships
Sponsor: California Student Aid Commission
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 2, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who attended a California high school for a minimum of three years and will enroll in an accredited California college or university. Applicant must be a non-resident applying under AB 540 and AB 131.

Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program
Sponsor: California State Fair
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: March 2, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students who are legal residents of California. There are 14 categories of scholarships – see website for details. In addition to the general scholarships, there are specific scholarships open to Agriculture, Art, Business, Culinary Arts, Education, Enology, Hospitality Management or Viticulture majors.

San Diego County Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation Grants
Sponsor: San Diego County Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 2, 2021
Description: Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors in San Diego County who plan to attend an accredited college in San Diego County.

Sacramento Region Community Foundation Scholarships
Sponsor: Sacramento Region Communication Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 5, 2021
Description: Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate and graduate students in the Sacramento, California area. There are multiple scholarships available – see website for details.

Dorothy Ross Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: The Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: March 7, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to students between the ages of 18 and 25 who have spent time in the San Luis Obispo Juvenile Detention Services Center and can demonstrate a life change and commitment to higher education.

Carl N. & Margaret Karcher Founders’ Scholarship
Sponsor: Carl’s Jr.
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: March 9, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to students, age 21 and under, who reside in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington or Wyoming. Application must be a high school senior or graduate who plans to enroll for the first time in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.

Education First Scholarships
Sponsor: Education First
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: March 12, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors from select high schools in the following U.S. cities: Austin, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Portland (OR), San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Seguritan: Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship
Sponsor: Asian Pacific Fund
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: March 12, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming freshmen enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college or university. Applicant must be a first generation Asian American, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, be a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and have an interest in business (but not required to be a business major).

Stanislaus Community Foundation Scholarships
Sponsor: Stanislaus Community Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 12, 2021
Description: Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors and current college students who are residents of Stanislaus County, California. There are multiple scholarships available – see website for details.

Gary D. Radine Scholarship
Sponsor: Delta Dental of California
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: March 15, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who are dependent children of a Delta Dental employee.

Mario Cugia Italian Studies First Year Scholarship
Sponsor: Italian Catholic Federation
Amount: $500
Closing Date: March 15, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent and live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois, and Nevada. Applicant must be majoring in Italian Studies.

Orange County Community Foundation Scholarships
Sponsor: Orange County Community Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 16, 2021
Description: Scholarships are open to high school seniors and current college students who reside in Orange County, California.

UNCF Ladders of Hope Scholarship
Sponsor: UNCF
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: March 17, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to college freshmen enrolled as a full-time student in fall 2020 at any UNCF member institution at the time of application. Applicant must have at least a 2.5 GPA, have demonstrated, unmet need, and be a permanent resident of South Los Angeles and/or surrounding areas.

Tri-Valley Retired Educators’ Scholarship Award
Sponsor: California Retired Teachers Association Tri-Valley Division 85
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: March 19, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors, community college transfer students, and four-year college/university students who will complete the sophomore year by the end of spring term 2021. Applicant must be a resident of Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, or Sunol (California) with plans of having a career in education.

PFLAG SD Scholarship
Sponsor: PFLAG San Diego County
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: March 22, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to LGBT graduating high school seniors and current college students who are residents of San Diego County.

Don Diego Scholarships
Sponsor: Don Diego Scholarship Foundation
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: March 29, 2021
Description: Scholarships are open to high school seniors who reside in San Diego County (California) and have participated in the San Diego County Fair and/or other activities associated with the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Chicana/Latina Foundation
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: March 31, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to Chicana/Latina women who are enrolled in an accredited college, university, or community college in Northern California.

Hearthstone Housing Foundation Scholarship
Sponsor: Hearthstone Housing Foundation
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: March 31, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to students between the ages of 16-25 years of age who reside at a Hearthstone Housing Foundation property or in a county where a Hearthstone property is located (specific location details available on website) and who can demonstrate financial need, or come from a low-income household.

JVS Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Jewish Vocational Service (JVS)
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: March 31, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to Jewish students who are residents of Los Angeles County (California) and are incoming or current college student.

Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association Scholarships
Sponsor: Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association
Amount: Up to $25,000
Closing Date: March 31, 2021
Description: Scholarships are open to eligible dependents of active and retired Relief Association members.

Growing Up Asian in America Contest
Sponsor: Asian Americans for Community Involvement
Amount: $500
Closing Date: April 2, 2021
Description: Award is open to Bay Area (California) students from Kindergarten through 12 grades who are from backgrounds including Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and other Asian, Pacific Islander or multiracial ethnicities. Applicant must submit artwork, essay or video on the theme, “This is My Time.”

NATAS PSW Foundation Scholarship
Sponsor: NATAS Pacific Southwest Chapter
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: April 15, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate students enrolled in nine units or more and graduate students enrolled in six units or more for the coming Fall or Spring school year. Applicant must be a resident of the Pacific Southwest Chapter Area (San Diego, Las Vegas, Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria or Palm Springs) and intending to pursue a career in television and related fields.

Lapiz Family Scholarship
Sponsor: Asian Pacific Fund
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2021
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current full-time undergraduate students in 2021-2022 who are attending a University of California campus (preference given to Davis or Santa Cruz). Applicant must be a farm worker or child of a farm worker or migrant farm worker.

LNESC Emergency Scholarship Fund
Sponsor: LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. | Macy’s
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: Rolling
Description: Scholarship is open to students facing economic hardship, such as change in family income/support, loss of job, death of an immediate family member, natural disaster, pending eviction or home foreclosure, burglary or fire. Applicant must be a resident of California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, or Texas and enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university with at least a 3.0 GPA.

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