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What is a Scholarship?

A scholarship is money given to you to help pay for your education. Scholarships come from a variety of sources, such as your college or a private organization and like grants do not have to be repaid.

Example 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.

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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.

What do I need? Scholarships may ask for personal, educational, volunteer, and work history information. You may also be requested to provide an essay and/or letters of recommendation. Remember that you should never have to pay for a scholarship. Any scholarship that costs you money is probably a scam.

Play to your strengths: If you focus on those that excite you, it will come through in your essays and applications, increasing your chances for success.

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.

Time Sensitive Scholarships

We encourage you to do your own research to find other scholarship opportunities. Remember that you should never have to pay for a scholarship. Any scholarship that costs you money is probably a scam.

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SCHOLARSHIP

AMOUNT

Ongoing

24+ College Scholarships for College Students

Varies

Ongoing

45+ College Scholarships for Minority Students

Varies

Ongoing

Boom & Bucket's Student Scholarship Program

$1,000

Ongoing

High Ticket Expert Annual Scholarship Application

$500

Ongoing

Last Mile

up to $10,000

Ongoing

Rotary Club of Cameron Park Community Foundation

TBD

Ongoing

Scholarships for Black and African American Students 

Varies

Ongoing

Smart Rain Scholarship Program

$1,000

Ongoing

The CAPTRUST Scholarship

$1,000

Ongoing

TrueInsight STEM and Engineering Scholarship

$3,500

Ongoing

Undergraduate Scholarships

Varies

December 5, 2022

Chappell Smith & Arden Scholarship Essay Contest

$1,500

December 8, 2022

Resoluteness Scholarship 

$1,000

December 9, 2022

Neumeister & Associates, LLP 2022 Scholarship

$1,000

December 14, 2022

Kinan Nimeh Scholarship

$1,000

December 14, 2022

Renaissance Recovery Scholarship

$1,000

December 14, 2022

The Greg Van Wyk Scholarship

$1,000

December 15, 2022

CANVASDISCOUNT

$2,000

December 15, 2022

Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship

$1,000

December 15, 2022

Rizwan Ahmed CPA Grant

$1,000

December 15, 2022

Vincent Camarda Scholarship for Finance Students

$1,000

December 15, 2022

Whittel & Melton Magna Carta College Scholarship

$1,215

December 20, 2022

The 2022 California Workers Compensation Lawyers Scholarship

$1,500

December 20, 2022

North Spore Scholarship 2022 

$1,000

December 25, 2022

Solwiser Solar Scholarship Fund

$1,000

December 31, 2022

Organic Life Start Empower Scholarship

$1,000

December 31, 2022

Not Consumed $1,000 Scholarship Program

$1,000

December 31, 2022

Bronx Injury Lawyers P.C Essay Contest $500 Scholarship 2022

$500

January 1, 2023

Chairish Scholarship Program

$2,500

January 4, 2023

WellBefore Scholarship

$1,000

January 12, 2023

All American Clothing Scholarship

$1,000

January 31, 2023

Kass & Moses Addressing Injustice Scholarship

$1,000

February 10, 2023

The Forza Club Scholarship

$1,000

February 15, 2023

Francis Santa Scholarship 2022-2023 For Business Students

$1,000

February 15, 2023

Mark Mariani Scholarship 20222-2023 For Entreprenurs

$10,000

March 31, 2023

NY Today Scholarship

$2000

April 21, 2023

Rotary Club of Citrus Heights 2023 Community College Scholarship

Up to $1000

April 30, 2023

McCormick & Murphy P.C. Distracted Driving Scholarship

$500

May 31, 2023

Booster Scholarship

$1,000

June 1, 2023 Scholarship for Future Entreprenuers $1,000

June 15, 2023

Kovi Fabrics Scholarship 2023

$1,000

July 14, 2023 The Wells Call Annual Scholarship Contest $1,500
July 15, 2023 Samer Habbas & Associates Annual Scholarship $2,500
July 15, 2023 Charles J. Argento & Associates Scholarship For Students $500 

July 31, 2023

Looking Forward to End Distracted Driving Scholarship Contest

$1,000

August 1, 2023

How to protect Yourself From Cyber Crimes Scholarship Contest

$1,500

August 1, 2023

Law offices of Theodore A. Naima Undergrad Scholarship Contest

$1,000

August 1, 2023

Pines Federal Annual Scholarship

$1,000

Apply for an Outside Scholarship

Computer Information Science Scholarship

CyberCorps:
Scholarship for Service

Students attending specific participating institutions may qualify for CyberCorps scholarships, which are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation. Scholarship recipients are obligated to serve at a federal, state, local, or tribal government organization in an information assurance position for a period equivalent to the length of the scholarship or one year, whichever is longer.

Learn more at the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service website.

Microsoft:
Cybersecurity Scholarship Program

The Microsoft Cybersecurity Scholarship Program supports community college students completing their cybersecurity degrees and attaining industry certificates through scholarships (up to $500) or subsidies for cybersecurity certification exam costs (up to $375).
Students currently enrolled in a cybersecurity-related program at a two-year institution, such as American River College, are able to demonstrate financial need by providing Pell Grant eligibility, financial aid award letters, or other evidence of need are eligible.

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Dreamer Scholarships

Scholarships Available to Dreamers:

The following websites provide information on scholarships open to undocumented students.

This is a helpful tool to help students find scholarships that do not require proof of citizenship. Criteria can vary, but the common denominator is that a social security number and proof of citizenship or legal residency is not required to apply or receive the scholarship

LGBTQ+ Scholarships

Scholarships Available to LGBTQ+ Students: 

The following are outside (non-ARC) scholarships for LGBTQ+ students.

Affordable Colleges Online - College Scholarships for LGBTQ Students

Umoja Diop Scholarships

Scholarships Available to Students of African Descent:

Umoja Diop can provide assistance with outside scholarships for students of African ancestry.