SMCCCD Scholarships

Each year, the three colleges of the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) -- Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College -- award institutional scholarships to new, continuing, and transfer students. The scholarship awards are based on academic achievement, financial need or specific interests such as clubs, athletics, and service.

Funding for our scholarships comes from contributions to San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation which ensures that quality, affordable higher education is available to every member of our community. Visit the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation website to learn more.

Visit the Student Scholarship Awards Ceremony website for dates and deadlines and to view scholarship recipients.

Skyline College Scholarships

The 2020-2021 Skyline College Scholarship Application is CLOSED.

Scholarship Announcements will be sent out by email to "" email addresses on the first week of May for students who have both received and not received scholarship awards. Please read the email thoroughly and follow directions.

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2020-2021 Scholarship Awards Ceremony

All awarded scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Student Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 7, 2020. On behalf of Skyline College's Scholarship Committee, we thank you for applying and wish you continued success in your educational goals!

If you have any questions, please email Scholarship Coordinator Patricia Flores at or call (650) 738-4390.

Americans Council of Engineering Companies- Peninsula Chapter

To be eligible, you must:

1. Be a resident of San Mateo County.
2. Be enrolled at a community college (Cañada College, Skyline College, College of San Mateo,
Evergreen Valley College, etc), a California State University (CSU East Bay, CSU
Sacramento, etc.) or University of California System (UC Davis, UC San Diego, etc.)
3. Indicate an interest in engineering or land surveying based on courses taken in the fields of
Engineering or Land Surveying.
4. Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 basis) through Fall 2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE – June 1, 2020 (Postmarking)

Students interested in this scholarship should write a letter to Ernest Chan, Scholarship Spring
2020, DES Architects & Engineers, 399 Bradford Street, Suite #300, Redwood City, CA 94063.
The letter should not be more than two pages long and must be postmarked no later than June 1,
2020. No applications will be accepted with a postmark after that date.

It should include the following information:

1. Filled out application.
2. You must include an original "sealed" transcript of your Fall 2019 final grades. Your
application will not be accepted without the inclusion of such.
3. A short narrative with descriptions of the following topics:
A. Describe your career goals that may include future education and employment goals.
B. Describe your work experience, including companies worked for and duties performed.
Previous Engineering/Surveying experience is helpful, but not required.
C. Describe your financial need and how you would use this scholarship. Please indicate if
you are interested in summer or part-time employment to supplement the scholarship.


The Scholarship is sponsored by the Peninsula Chapter of the American Council of
Engineering Companies of California. All applicants will receive a written response (by email) sent no
later than July 1, 2020. The scholarship recipient(s) will be invited to our July 2020 Chapter's monthly
luncheon meeting to present himself/herself to the organization and receive the scholarship. The
number of scholarships will vary depending upon the number of responses. The minimum
award will be $2500.

For more information and application, please check Peninsula Chapter Scholarship and Application  .

San Mateo County Employer Advisory Council 

 PURPOSE of Scholarship: To assist San Mateo County residents who are studying some aspect of Business Administration, Human Resources, or other areas of study that will ultimately provide the opportunity to make a contribution to our society. Scholarship awards are to be used to further the education of recipients.

ABOUT the EAC: Employer Advisory Councils (EAC’s) were formed in 1978 to serve in an advisory capacity to the Employment Development Department (EDD) Workforce Services Program. The San Mateo County EAC meets monthly to exchange information, ideas, and concerns about Human Resources management issues.

REQUIRED for Application:

• Brief letter of introduction (approximately 300-500 words) stating your financial needs as well as career and personal goals. Your letter should demonstrate why you should be awarded this scholarship. Include mailing address, telephone number where you can be reached, and email address.

• One letter of recommendation from school counselor or teacher, community agency, employer, or other professional entity familiar with your qualifications • History of academic accomplishments, volunteer services, certificates of achievements, etc., demonstrating a desire to learn

• Personal interview with the EAC Scholarship Committee

Scholarship recipient(s) must attend Awards Ceremony with EAC Board, via Zoom, Friday, August 14, 2020.

ELIGIBILITY for Scholarships: Any undergraduate student residing in San Mateo County, enrolled or planning to enroll in: Community College, College or University, Vocational Training Program, or Adult School R.O.P. Previous San Mateo County EAC Scholarship recipients are not eligible.

Award AMOUNT: $1,000.00 Awards 


  • Applications must be postmarked, or emailed, no later than Friday, July 24, 2020.
  • Finalists will be interviewed on Friday, July 31, 2020.
  • Recipients will be notified no later than Friday, August 7, 2020. Awards Ceremony with EAC Board will be held via Zoom on Friday, August 14, 2020.

For more information, please click here   to submit your application.

Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

To qualify for the scholarship, students must be:

  • Pell-eligible
  • Have a Pell-eligible EFC
  • Must be less than 24 years of age
  • Or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parents or guardians death

 For purposes of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, a “public safety officer” is:

  • An individual serving a public agency in an official capacity, with or without compensation, as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or chaplain;
  • An employee of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) who is performing official duties of the agency, if those official duties:
    • are related to a major disaster or emergency that has been, or is later declared to exist with respect to the area under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; and
    • are determined by FEMA to be hazardous duties;

Check Children and Fallen Heros Scholarship Act for more information regarding this scholarship and to view definitions. 

External Scholarship Opportunities

Name of Scholarship Type Amount Deadline
The 2020 Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers Driving Awareness Scholarship All Students $1000 July 15, 2020
Cyber Security IT Students $1000 July 15, 2020
San Mateo County Employer Advisory Council Scholarship   All Students $1000 July 24, 2020
Phoenix Bats All Students $500 July 25, 2020
Consumer Law All Students $1500 July 30, 2020
Auger & Auger Disabled Scholar Award All Students $1000 July 31, 2020
The Nargis E. Ragab First Generation Scholarship All Students $1500 July 31, 2020
Sober Partners Scholarship All Students $1000 July 31, 2020
Reach for the Skiber Scholarship All Students $1000 July 31, 2020
The Dominguez Firm, LLP Scholarship Law Students $5000 July 31, 2020
BambooHR All Students $5000 July 31, 2020
The Last House All Students $1000 July 31, 2020
One Mile at Time Scholarship All Students $1500 July 31, 2020
Lulu's Scholarship  All Students $1000 July 31, 2020
Elizabeth Auger - Diabetes All Students  $1000 July 31, 2020 Scholarship Program Biology Students $2000 August 1, 2020
Rustic Pathways All Students Up to $1000 August 1, 2020
Digital Signages All Students $1000 August 15, 2020
Bonsai Finance Veterans $1000 September 28, 2020
Scholarships for Teachers Education/Teacher Track Varies Ongoing
The Elizabeth Greenshields  Art  Varies Ongoing
G2 Crowd Entrepreneur All Students $5000 Ongoing
Native American Student Support Guide Native American Students Varies Ongoing
TTR Data Recovery High School Students $1000 Ongoing
Same Day Loans 365 All Students $500 Ongoing
GoTranscript All Students $1000 Ongoing
Price It Here Business $1000 Ongoing
Win-Win-Win All Students $1000 Ongoing
Lowenberg & Kumar All Students $1000 Ongoing
Photonify All Students $!000 Ongoing/Monthly
FlatPyramid 3D Art $1000 Ongoing/Quarterly
CFF Foundation All Students $1500 Ongoing/Quarterly
Youth Forward - All Students $3000 Ongoing/Trimester
American Muscle Automotive All Students $2000 Ongoing/Semester
MedEvac   All Students $5000 Ongoing/Yearly
Hedding Law Firm All Students $2500 Ongoing/Yearly
The Youthist All Students $1000 Ongoing/Yearly
Food Stamps Now All Students $1000 Ongoing/Yearly
TastyPlacement All Students $1000 Ongoing/Yearly


Additional Scholarship Resources

Application Process

  1. Student must go to My AmeriCorps Website and electronically submit a request indicating Skyline College as their school.
  2. Student must be registered for classes in the semester they are requesting funds for.

Please note: To ensure proper and timely payment of your award, it is our practice to accept only one Americorps award request per term. Skyline College must see that you are enrolled in at least 0.5 units for the term you are requesting. If you are not enrolled, your request will be denied. Your award is then pending the release of federal funds to Skyline College.

Timeline for Americorps Scholarships

  • The process may take up to 6 weeks
  • Email Financial Aid Director Regina Morrison once you complete your electronic voucher
  • A check will be mailed to Skyline College's Financial Aid Office (2 weeks)
  • Check requisition forwarded to Cashiers Office (2 weeks)
  • A check will be mailed to student's address on file with the Admissions & Records Office (1-2 weeks)
  • Please note: mailing address can be updated through your WebSMART account

Payment Schedule for Financial Aid and Other Scholarship Payments

There are two major payment days at the beginning and at the mid-point of each semester for all students eligible for payments by those dates. These are followed by secondary payment dates every week to pay students who were not previously ready for payment. For disbursement dates, please see the Financial Aid Status page.

Additional Assistance

If you have any questions, please email Financial Aid Director Regina Morrison or call (650) 738-4350.

How do I pay for a study abroad experience?

Study abroad can seem expensive, but there are sources of financial aid available to help with the costs. Please visit the Study Abroad website for more information.