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Finding Money to Pay for College

Early each spring semester, we offer more than 175 scholarships, totaling approximately $200,000 for ARC students. Students with a minimum of 6 units from ARC may apply online by using the Los Rios Online Scholarship Application. Applications are open beginning January 15, 2021 and ending March 5, 2021.

These scholarships are made possible by the Los Rios Foundation, through generous contributions from donors.

Is this your first time searching for college scholarships?  Are you not sure where even to begin? It can be a bit overwhelming when you think about how much college costs, but take a deep breath and relax. The funding is out there, and you just need to know where to find it.

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

Outside Scholarship 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 Scholars Undergraduate students who are eligible for the deferred action program prior to receiving funds. September
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) 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

Outside Scholarship Description Approximate Deadline
American Society for Enology and Viticulture 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 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 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. Re-applying Students - February 1, 2021
First-Time Applicants - February 15, 2021
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 For students with agricultural majors. February
National Poultry & Food Distributors Association 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, etc.). 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 For students with majors in agriculture, engineering, or construction management. April
Syngenta/FarmAssist For students with agricultural majors. May

Business and Finance Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Description Approximate Deadline
African-American Entrepreneurs Grant — Male Award The scholarship award is $1,000 Feb 11, 2021
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Students majoring in accounting. April
Association for the Advancement of Cost Accounting For students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater who are majoring in business or engineering. January
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
Mass Mutual Scholarship Sophomore, junior, or senior students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater who are pursuing a career in insurance or financial services. Varies
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 Business major who completed primary, middle and high school in the United States. August
Simmrin Law Group Entrepreneurial Scholarship $1,500 scholarship December 15th, 2020
Threlkel Scholarship Female students pursuing a business related degree, with a GPA of 2.5 or greater and financial need. March

Gender Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Description Approximate Deadline
AAUW Sacramento (CA) Branch 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
P.E.O. California State Chapter Scholarships for California women. February
Soroptimist Live Your Dream 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 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 31st 2020
Threlkel Scholarship Female students pursuing a business related degree, with a  GPA of 2.5 or greater and financial need. March

LGBTQ+ Scholarships

Outside Scholarship 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

Scholarships for LGBTQ Students and Picking a School

Take a look at the following scholarship offers designed for applicants who proudly express their unique experiences in the LGBTQ community. 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

General Scholarships

External Scholarship Description Approximate Deadline
3LAU "Everything" Scholarship $10,060 Award Jun 20, 2021
Adley Law Firm Scholarship $500 scholarship for current & incoming students August 15th, 2020
AHN Scholarship Scholarship worth $1000 December 15th, 2020
Apicdmo Scholarship Scholarship amount is $2,000 December 30th, 2020
2021 Marketing Scholarship $1000 scholarship 10/20/2021
Benjamin Gordon Grant $1000 merit-based grant March 1, 2021.
Beth Ann DeBouvre Scholarship One-time award of $1000 awarded on April 1, 2021
Brian C. Jensen Grant Scholarship worth $1000 1st June 2021
Curt E. Liebman MD Grant Amount: $1,000

March 1st, 2021

Drug-Rehabs Health Care Scholarship $1,000 scholarship

July 1, 2021

Eric Dalius Giving award of $1,000 1st April 2021
Exceptional Student Scholarship award of $2,000 September 30, 2021
Gary Saitowitz Scholarship one-time award of $1,000 March 1st, 2021
Grad Coach Scholarship award of $2,000 June 10th 2021
Hani Zeini Scholarship one-time payment of $1000 March 15th, 2021
Health Mania Scholarship award of $1,000 November 15th, 2020
Help to study a listing of scholarship opportunities
Kidguard Scholarship Program All undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at an accredited University or College. Multiple scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 Ongoing (Annual), Every October 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time)
Land Of The Free Scholarship $500 amount August 15, 2021
Live Your Dream Award  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
$1500 2021 Scholarship Feb 17, 2021
Marc Ravenscroft May 1, 2021
Madison Campbell Scholarship May 01, 2021
MedResidency Scholarship $2000 scholarship 17th March 2021
Mercer Mettl Scholarship Three Scholarships Worth $2000 15th December 2019
Mask Market Scholarship amount of $1000 December 15th, 2020
Wildlife and Nature Scholarship $500 scholarship Jun 3, 2021
Office Headquarters Info amount of $2000 March 15th, 2021
Painting Kits Scholarship $2000 scholarship 17th March 2021
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 1st, 2021
Pickup World Scholarship scholarship awards $1,000 December 15th, 2020
RDC Paving Scholarship RDCPaving.com will award one (1) $500 scholarship October 15, 2020
Rent To Own Labs Scholarship Declare a major related to real estate | $2,500 scholarship October 15
Robert Trosten Scholarship $1,000 award June 1, 2021
SimpleTexting $1,000 College Scholarship February 5, 2021
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 20th every year
Spark Health MD Scholarship A Scholarship Worth $1,000  November 15, 2020
Stressays Scholarship $1000 scholarship March 31, 2021
Student Loan Hero 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
The Economic Secretariat Award Amount $500 October 15, 2020
TrophyCentral Sportsmanship Scholarship Award $1,000 scholarship award September 2020
WiseGeek Mental Health Well-Being Scholarship $500 scholarship Dec 31, 2020
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 15th & Dec 15th of each calendar year
Young Entrepreneur Scholarship Since a huge part of being a successful entrepreneur is investing in yourself and your education, we are offering one motivated undergraduate student a scholarship to help them on their entrepreneurial journey. October 15, 2020
Zilculator $1,000 scholarship December 31, 2020
Zumper scholarship $1,000 scholarship Winter: November 15, 2020
Spring: April 1st, 2021

Merit and Honor Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Description Approximate Deadline
Phi Theta Kappa Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships for members and non members. December & May
Brown & 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
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

Outside Scholarship Description Approximate Deadline
AFCEA Educational Foundation The AFCEA Educational Foundation is dedicated to providing support to U.S. military personnel. Varies
Air Force ROTC Students with an interest in the U.S. Air Force. December
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 & Myrth Fox Scholarship Veterans who served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces, surviving spouse, dependent child or grandchild of a U.S. 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 & 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
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 receive retired pay from the military. February
Veterans & Military Family Scholarship $1,000 scholarship June 15, 2020
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

Outside Scholarship Description Approximate Deadline
Alliance/Merck Ciencia Scholarship Hispanic students majoring in STEM fields. March
American Chemical Society 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 Students of Greek decent and active members of AHEPA. March
American Indian Education Foundation American Indian and Alaska Native students with a 2.0 or greater GPA April
American Indian Science and Engineering Society 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 Native American and Alaska Native students enrolled in a tribe Varies
Brown & 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
Canfit 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 African-American students pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Varies
Eugene & 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 U.S. 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 Scholars 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 Italian students with high academic achievements, or any student studying Italian language or studies. March
Italian Catholic Federation Catholic students with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater 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
Swiss Benevolent Society Must be of Swiss heritage and Northern California resident. April
UNCF Various scholarships based on college attending, major, state of residence, ethnicity, etc. Varies

STEM Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Description Approximate Deadline
American Chemical Society Students with financial need who are planning a career in the chemical sciences. March
American Indian Science and Engineering Society American Indian and Alaska Native students majoring in the sciences, engineering, medicine, natural resources, or mathematics. Varies
American Society of Naval Engineers 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 & 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
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
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 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. 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 $1,200 dollar scholarship Nov 18, 2020
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 For students with majors in agriculture, engineering, or construction management. April
Sacramento Post of the Society of American Military Engineers 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 Architecture, design, and engineering students July and December
Tylenol Scholarship Scholarships for future health care providers June