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What is a Scholarship?

A scholarship is money given to you to help pay for your education or related expenses. Scholarships come from a variety of sources, such as your college or a private organization.

Examples of types of scholarships:

  • Merit scholarships are based on a student's achievements.
  • School scholarships are given to students by the school they attend.
  • Work scholarships require students to work to receive scholarship money.
  • Field of Study scholarships are given to students pursuing a specific field of study or academic program.
  • Need scholarships are based on financial need.

Scholarship Tips

Scholarships Take Work

The first thing to keep in mind is that scholarships take work. This is not a one-and-done deal. Those who are successful treat scholarship hunting like a part-time job. Understand that you will need to schedule time regularly and keep at it until you graduate from college.

Play to Your Strengths

Don't waste time completing applications for scholarships that don't interest you. If you focus on those that excite you, it will come through in your essays and applications, increasing your chances for success.

Start Locally

Focusing on local awards is the best place to begin because there is less competition.

  1. Check with your guidance counselor, employers, churches, civic groups, the paper, social media, and area organizations that focus on education and youth.
  2. Next, visit college financial aid websites (see the outside resources section) and California’s education website.
  3. Then, visit large company websites (look under community or education tabs), especially those associated with your intended major. You'll also want to look into professional membership organizations.

Not Everyone Wins

There is no guarantee that all your efforts will pay off. However, one thing is for certain: you won't win if you don't apply. In most cases, it will take several applications before you succeed.

External Scholarship Opportunities

AB 540 Scholarships

The following are scholarships for students who qualify for AB 540 offered through outside organizations.
Name Description Approximate Deadline
Casa 2 Scholarship High school seniors and current undergraduates who reside in California and are undocumented. February
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund For active participants in struggles for civil rights, economic justice, international solidarity, or other progressive issues. April
Golden Door Scholarship Undergraduate students who are eligible for the deferred action program prior to receiving funds. September
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) Scholarship MALDEF has developed a Scholarship Resource Guide to support high school, college, and graduate students in their attainment of higher education. This is a free, informative resource guide for students, parents, and educators. Varies
Que Llueva Café Scholarship High school undocumented students from any state or Puerto Rico who are of Chicano or Latino descent. February

Agricultural Scholarships

The following are agricultural scholarships offered through outside organizations.
Name Description Approximate Deadline
American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship Students entering their junior year or higher with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater and a major emphasizing enology, viticulture, or a science pertinent to the wine and grape industry. Applicants may reside in Canada, Mexico, or the United States. March
A.W. Bodine Sunkist Memorial Scholarship High school seniors or current undergraduates who have a GPA of 2.7 or greater and financial need, and whose family has earned the majority of their income from agriculture. April
California Farm Bureau Scholarship California residents who are members of the California Farm Bureau Federation and are planning a career in the agricultural industry. March
California Strawberry Scholarship Program Scholarship awards start at $200, and can be renewed annually. February
Clair A. Hill Scholarship For California residents pursuing degrees in engineering, agricultural or urban water supply, environmental studies, or public administration. Applicants must be entering their junior or senior year. February
National FFA Scholarship For students with agricultural majors. February
National Poultry & Food Distributors Association Scholarship Full time students entering their junior or senior year who are pursuing a poultry or related agricultural degree (agricultural business, poultry science, food science, animal science, pre vet, food marketing, agricultural economics, and so on). May
Paulsen Family Scholarship Students who graduated from a high school in Colusa or Sutter counties. High school applicants must plan to major in agriculture, agribusiness, veterinary medicine, forestry, wildlife management, or natural resources. Undergraduates must have an agriculture major. All applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater. April
Rain for Rent Scholarship For students with majors in agriculture, engineering, or construction management. April
Syngenta/FarmAssist Scholarship For students with agricultural majors. May

Business and Finance Scholarships

The following are business- and finance-related scholarships offered through outside organizations.
Name Description Approximate Deadline
African-American Entrepreneurs Grant – Male Award The scholarship award is $1,000. February
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Students majoring in accounting. April
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year with a major or minor in accounting, business administration, finance, or criminal justice and a demonstrated desire to pursue a career in an anti-fraud profession. February
CalCPA Scholarships (Sacramento Region) CalCPA members who are interested in CPA careers. March and September
Government Finance Officers Association Candidates for these scholarships should have a superior record of academic achievement and/or job performance and show promise of completion of their studies at a high level of performance. In addition, candidates should have plans to pursue a career in state or local government finance. April
HubShout Online Marketing Scholarship Students pursuing business or marketing careers that involve online marketing and who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. March and November
iHourInfo Scholarship The scholarship amount is $2,000 and it will be awarded to one student for their education expenses. The scholarship is tuition-only and will be sent to the financial office. The scholarship is not renewable. December
NRF Foundation Ray Greenly Scholarship Students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the fall who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater and have an interest in digital retail. April
Shutterfly Students must be 18 years old and a business major who has completed primary, middle, and high school in the United States. August
Simmrin Law Group Entrepreneurial Scholarship $1,500 scholarship. December
Threlkel Scholarship Female students pursuing a business-related degree with a GPA of 2.5 or greater and financial need. March

Gender Scholarships

The following are gender-related scholarships offered through outside organizations.
Name Description Approximate Deadline
AAUW Sacramento (CA) Branch Scholarship A woman age 25 or over attending Los Rios Community College District OR CSU Sacramento. See site for additional requirements. March
Asian Women in Business Scholarship Fund Female students of Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must be current undergraduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. October
Google Anita Borg Scholarship Full-time female students pursuing a computer science, computer engineering, or closely related degree. Must have strong academic performance, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to computer science and technology. January
Hubertus W. V. Willems Scholarship Male NAACP members who are U.S. citizens with a GPA of 2.5 or greater and financial need. Must be majoring in engineering, chemistry, physics, or mathematical sciences. March
PEO California State Chapter Scholarship Scholarships for California women. February
Soroptimist Live Your Dream Scholarship Women who provide the primary financial support for themselves and their dependents. Must be enrolled in or accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. May not have a graduate degree. November
Soroptimist International of Sacramento Scholarship Women who have not already earned an undergraduate degree, who demonstrate financial need and are the heads of household. November
Superdad Scholarship $2,000 college award. December
Threlkel Scholarship Female students pursuing a business related degree, with a GPA of 2.5 or greater and financial need. March

General Scholarships

The following are general scholarships offered through outside organizations.
Name Description Approximate Deadline
3LAU "Everything" Scholarship $10,060 award. June 20, 2021
Adley Law Firm Scholarship $500 scholarship for current and incoming students. August
Abundance Advice Scholarship Scholarship amount is $2,000. September 10, 2021
AHN Scholarship Scholarship worth $1,000. December
American Car Review $1000 Scholarship February 28th, 2022
Apex Lighting Scholarship $500 scholarship. July 30, 2021
Apicdmo Scholarship Scholarship amount is $2,000. December
Assistance League of Sacramento Scholarship Scholarship amount is $2,000. May 8, 2021
2021 Marketing Scholarship $1,000 scholarship. October 20, 2021
Benjamin Gordon Grant $1,000 merit-based grant. March 1, 2021.
Beth Ann DeBouvre Scholarship One-time award of $1,000. April
Brian C. Jensen Grant Scholarship worth $1,000. June 1, 2021
Bubba Wallace Live to Be Different Scholarship Scholarship worth $10,000. May 31, 2021
California New Car Dealers Association Car Career Scholarship Up to 20 awards of $5,000 each will be granted (four awards will be granted in each of the 5 regions). One recipient will receive an additional $5,000. June 16, 2021
Chip Unsworth Scholarship Scholarship worth $1,000. December 1, 2021
Complete Test Preparation Inc. Scholarship Submit your 700 word essay or short video on your best test preparation method or your best study skill. September 30, 2021
Court Records Scholarship First place $1,500. September 1, 2021
Curt E. Liebman MD Grant Amount: $1,000. March 1, 2021
Drug-Rehabs Health Care Scholarship $1,000 scholarship. July 1, 2021
Eric Dalius Giving Scholarship Award of $1,000. April
Exceptional Student Scholarship Award of $2,000. September 30, 2021
Foreclosure.com Scholarship Program Three winners will be selected. Top prize is $2,500; second and third place will receive $500 each. December 15, 2021
Gary Saitowitz Scholarship One-time award of $1,000. March
Grad Coach Scholarship Award of $2,000. June 10, 2021
The CE Shop 2021-2022 Give Back Scholarship Award of $1,000. July 31, 2021
Hani Zeini Scholarship One-time payment of $1000. March
Health Mania Scholarship Award of $1,000. November
Help to Study Scholarships See a listing of scholarship opportunities. N/A
Ice Breaker Questions Scholarship Award of $2,000. September 30, 2021
JC Cutler Grant Award of $1,000. December 31, 2021
Jack Howley Scholarship Award of $1,000. December 15, 2021
Josh Gibson MD Giving Scholarship Award of $1,000. December 15, 2021
Land Of The Free Scholarship $500 amount. August 15, 2021
Live Your Dream Award Scholarship Up to $16,000. November 15, 2021
Jonah Engler Trust Grant of $1,000. May 1, 2021
LSATMax Fee Waiver Scholarship LSAC Fee Waiver. Six weeks prior to the regular registration deadline
Local Realty Service 2021 Scholarship $1,500 2021 scholarship. February 17, 2021
Marc Ravenscroft Scholarship Winner announcement – May 15, 2021. May 1, 2021
Madison Campbell Scholarship Amount of $1,000. May 1, 2021
MedResidency Scholarship $2,000 scholarship. March
Mercer Mettl Scholarship Three scholarships worth $2,000. December
Mask Market Scholarship Amount of $1,000. December
Oak View Law Group scholarship amount is $1000 December 1, 2021
Organic's Best SuperParent Scholarship Scholarship amount is $2,000. September 10, 2021
Wildlife and Nature Scholarship $500 scholarship. June 3, 2021
Office Headquarters Info Scholarship Amount of $2,000. March
Patrick Maddren Scholarship Scholarship is meant for students pursuing a four-year degree course at an accredited US public or private university or college. March
Pickup World Scholarship Scholarship awards $1,000. December
RDC Paving Scholarship RDCPaving.com will award one (1) $500 scholarship. October
Rent To Own Labs Scholarship Declare a major related to real estate. $2,500 scholarship. October 15
Reviews Case Scholarship Award of $1,000. August 15
Robert Trosten Scholarship $1,000 award. June 1, 2021
SimpleTexting Scholarship $1,000 college scholarship. February
Sleep Scholarships Applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited US college or university for the semester that they are applying to receive the scholarship. Domestic, international, online and undocumented students are welcome to apply. $1,000 award. March 20
Spark Health MD Scholarship A scholarship worth $1,000 . November
Stressays Scholarship $1,000 scholarship. March
Student Loan Hero Scholarship Student Loan Hero, an unbiased solution to organize, manage, and repay your student loans, is thrilled to award two (2) $1,000 scholarships each semester to help alleviate educational costs. August 15
TrophyCentral Sportsmanship Scholarship Award $1,000 scholarship award. September
Visionary Integration Professionals Scholarship A number of programs available. N/A
Water Damage Professionals $1,000 scholarship award. April 30, 2022
WiseGeek Mental Health Well-Being Scholarship $500 scholarship. December
WiseMerchant Scholarship Fund The WiseMerchant Scholarship Fund will grant two students each $500 to be used towards books and tuition. The students must either already be attending a university or planning to attend in the upcoming semester. July 15 and December 15
Zilculator Scholarship $1,000 scholarship. December
Zumper Scholarship $1,000 scholarship. April 1, 2021

LGBTQ+ Scholarships

The following are scholarships students who identify as LGBTQ+ offered through outside organizations.
Name Description Approximate Deadline
20 Scholarships for LGBTQ Students This guide aims to reduce the stress of college for LGBTQ students by assisting with one key element: financial aid. N/A
Human Rights Campaign Scholarship Database a list of scholarships, fellowships and grants for LGBTQ and allied students at both the undergraduate and graduate-level. N/A
Pride Foundation Scholarships Pride Foundation provides essential financial resources and community support to inspirational LGBTQ+ and allied student leaders across the Northwest. N/A
Campus Pride National Scholarship Database Campus Pride is constantly adding new scholarships, so check this resource often. N/A
Scholarship for LGBTQ Students $500 academic award July 1, 2021

Merit and Honor Scholarships

The following are merit-related scholarships offered through outside organizations.
Name Description Approximate Deadline
Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship Junior and senior African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific American, or Alaska Native students with a 3.0 or greater GPA with declared majors in civil, chemical, or environmental engineering or one of the environmental sciences. April
Google Lime Scholars Full-time students with visible or invisible disabilities pursuing a computer science, computer engineering, or closely related degree. Must have strong academic performance, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to computer science and technology. January
International Schooling's Scholarship Program Maximum five scholarships of up to $1,500. September 15, 2021
Phi Theta Kappa Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships for members and non-members. December and May
Thermos Scientific Pierce Scholarship Biology, chemistry, biochemistry or related life science field major with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. July
Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian and Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American students majoring in a technical science or engineering discipline with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. September

Military Scholarships

The following are military-related scholarships offered through outside organizations.
Name Description Approximate Deadline
AFCEA Educational Foundation The AFCEA Educational Foundation is dedicated to providing support to US military personnel. Varies
Air Force ROTC Students with an interest in the US Air Force. December
Allied.com Military Scholarship Competition 2021 Individual scholarship award amount of $1,000 per winner. Total scholarship awards: $2,000. December, 15 2021
Army Emergency Relief Fund Funding for Army families. May
Army Scholarship Foundation Scholarship opportunities for Army families. May
Fisher House Foundation Scholarships for military spouses and children. Varies
Folds of Honor Thanks Scholarship Spouse or dependent of service member who has been killed or disabled with a service-connected disability, current POW or MIA, or who has received a Purple Heart Medal. March
Google SVA Scholarship Active duty or honorably discharged veterans who exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for computer science and technology. Must be pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related field. January
Graydon and Myrth Fox Scholarship Veterans who served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces, surviving spouse, dependent child or grandchild of a US Veteran, who have financial need. Preference is given to wounded veterans or surviving dependents of deceased veterans. April
Heroes Legacy Scholarships Dependent unmarried children under age 23 of active duty, reserve/guard and retired military members, or survivors of service members who died on active duty. Service member must have died, become disabled, or received a permanent and total compensation rating of 100% on or after September 11, 2001. Varies
Marine Corps Scholarship Fund Children of active duty, reserve, honorable discharged, or deceased while serving US. Marine Corps member or U.S. Navy Corpsman who served a U.S. Marine unit. March
Morton and Susan Rumberg Scholarship Currently serving or have served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces, pursuing a career in education, have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater, and financial need. April
Navy Recruiting Command ROTC Scholarship Funding for students in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. Varies
Nursing Scholarships for Veterans One-time award of $1,000. April
Pat Tillman Foundation Honorably discharged veterans and active-duty military service members from all branches of the U.S. Military including National Guard and Reserve, or current spouses of veterans or active-duty service members, including surviving spouses who are enrolled full-time. March
Sarah A. Bonnifield Vietnam Veterans Scholarship For Vietnam Veterans or relatives of Vietnam Veterans (spouse, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, nephew, or niece). June
Scholarships for Military Children Dependent unmarried children under age 23 of active duty, reserve/guard and retired military members, or survivors of individuals who died on active duty or while receiving retired pay from the military. February
Veterans United Foundation Military Scholarship Current active-duty service members, veterans of the US Armed forces, spouse or child of a military member, or surviving spouse of child of a military member. Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater. October

Multicultural Scholarships

The following are multicultural scholarships offered through outside organizations.
Name Description Approximate Deadline
Alliance/Merck Ciencia Scholarship Hispanic students majoring in STEM fields. March
American Chemical Society Scholarship African-American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian students with financial need who are planning a career in the chemical sciences. March
American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association Scholarship Students of Greek decent and active members of AHEPA. March
American Indian Education Foundation Scholarship American Indian and Alaska Native students with a 2.0 or greater GPA. April
American Indian Science and Engineering Society Scholarship American Indian and Alaska Native students majoring in the sciences, engineering, natural resources, or mathematics. Varies
Asian Women in Business Scholarship Fund Female students of Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Applicants must be current undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. October
Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarship Native American and Alaska Native students enrolled in a tribe. Varies
Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship Junior and senior African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific American or Alaska Native students with a 3.0 or greater GPA with declared majors in civil, chemical or environmental engineering or one of the environmental sciences. April
California Tribal Scholarship Once your College Fund Student Portal profile account and login is created, you will login to your student profile account to access applications. May 31 2021
Canfit Scholarship African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, or Latino/Hispanic students majoring in nutrition or physical education and who have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater. March
COMTO of Northern California Scholarship Program Scholarships for underrepresented students who are interested in transportation careers. February
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Scholarship African-American students pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Varies
Eugene and Thora Chin Scholarship Asian/Pacific Islander heritage students with a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or greater or a cumulative high school GPA of 4.0. Preference is given to students with financial need. March
Fouroutan Foundation Scholarship US Citizens or legal residents who are first generation immigrants to the United States (preference given to Iranian applicants). Applicants must be first year or transfer students with a 3.0 or greater cumulative GPA. May
Gates Millennium Scholarship African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian and Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American students who receive Pell grants and have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or greater January
Iranian-American Scholarships Students of Iranian heritage with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater with financial need and who demonstrate a commitment to community service. May
Italian American Foundation Scholarship Italian students with high academic achievements, or any student studying Italian language or studies. March
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program Graduating minority high school students who show leadership potential, are dedicated to community service, and have financial need.   February
Korean American Scholarship Foundation Korean American students who demonstrate financial need and community and civic leadership. July
Ron Brown Scholar Program Black/African-American high school seniors who excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service, and have financial need. November and January
Study.com Asian American and Pacific Islander Scholarships Scholarship amount is $500. Applicants should be pursuing an undergraduate college degree in any field of study. July
Swiss Benevolent Society Scholarship Must be of Swiss heritage and Northern California resident. April
UNCF Scholarship Various scholarships based on college attending, major, state of residence, ethnicity, and so on. Varies
Wi’áaşal (Great Oak) Future Leaders Scholarship Fund $5,000 Scholarships for Vocational/Technical Certificates MAY 31

Scholarship Resources for Students With Disabilities

The following are scholarships offered through outside organizations.
Name Description Approximate Deadline
Scholarship for Students With Disabilities Article contains several shcholarship opportunities N/A

STEM Scholarships

The following are STEM-related scholarships offered through outside organizations.
Name Description Approximate Deadline
American Chemical Society Scholarship Students with financial need who are planning a career in the chemical sciences. March
American Indian Science and Engineering Society Scholarship American Indian and Alaska Native students majoring in the sciences, engineering, medicine, natural resources, or mathematics. Varies
American Society of Naval Engineers Scholarship Engineering students with an interest in naval engineering who are entering their final year of undergraduate study or will be entering graduate school. March
Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship Junior and senior African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific American or Alaska Native students with a 3.0 or greater GPA with declared majors in civil, chemical, or environmental engineering or one of the environmental sciences. April
Dennis Raveling Scholarship Students majoring in wildlife, zoology, botany, ecology, or other biological science. October
CISOA Scholarship Chief Information Systems Officers Association is proud to announce the establishment of our annual student scholarship program. March
Disney SVA Scholarship Veterans pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics who demonstrate service to others and a commitment to making a positive community impact. April
Future Leaders in Tech $20,000 Scholarship August 20, 2021
Google Anita Borg Scholarship Full-time female students pursuing a computer science, computer engineering, or closely related degree. Must have strong academic performance, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to computer science and technology. January
Google Lime Scholarship Full-time students with visible or invisible disabilities pursuing a computer science, computer engineering, or closely related degree.  Must have strong academic performance, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to computer science and technology. Varies
Google SVA Scholarship Active duty or honorably discharged veterans who exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for computer science and technology.  Must be pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related field. January
Honey Lake Hospice Scholarship Students majoring in nursing, medicine, or related health care with an interest in gerontology, oncology, or hospice and palliative care.  Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater. March
Markforged Distinguished Women Engineers Grant Scholarship $1,200 scholarship. Nov 18, 2020
Perlego EdTech $20,000 scholarship 20 August 2021
Queens Care Scholarship Students pursuing medically related careers with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater, are financially needy, and desire to work with underserved populations in Los Angeles county. May
Rain for Rent Scholarship For students with majors in agriculture, engineering, or construction management. April
Sacramento Post of the Society of American Military Engineers Scholarship Engineering, architecture, mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, and earth sciences majors. March
Simpson Strong – Tie Structural Engineering/Architecture Student Scholarship Program Architecture and structural engineering majors. April
STEM Diversity Scholarship The Everipedia Tech Titans Diversity Scholarship was established by Everipedia, Inc. in 2017. It aims to increase awareness of minorities in STEM areas, along with the challenges they face around the world. December 1st
Tenshon Scholarship Architecture, design, and engineering students. July and December
Tylenol Scholarship Scholarships for future health care providers. June