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.
Skyline College Scholarships
Our 2021-2022 Skyline College Scholarship Application is OPEN!
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM.
To view and apply for Skyline scholarships, visit our Scholarship Opportunities Page.
- If you are a New Applicant, click Sign Up to create your account.
- If you are a Returning Applicant, click Sign In to complete or update your scholarship application.
**Need Assistance with your Application? You can attend one of our Drop-In Workshops **
If you have any questions, please email Scholarship Coordinator Patricia Flores at email@example.com or call (650) 738-4390.
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!
UC Santa Cruz Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program
The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Awards Program was established in 1993 by former chancellor Karl S. Pister to increase opportunities for talented California community college students who want to transfer to UCSC. The program provides a scholarship of up to $20,000 distributed over two years, mentoring and academic support, and assistance in finding paid or volunteer summer work experience. All nominated candidates must have overcome adverse socioeconomic circumstances, have a demonstrated commitment to assisting and improving the lives of others, and have financial aid eligibility.
- Fill out application by clicking here .
- Apply for Fall 2021 admission to UC Santa Cruz by the extended deadline of December 4, 2020 by submitting the UC Application for Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships.
- Apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application by March 2, 2021. Students on a non-immigrant visa (F-1, J-1, etc.) are not eligible for this award.
- Collect two (2) Letters of Recommendation. At least one (1) letter must be from a faculty member. The other letter should be from an individual who is able to comment on such areas as extracurricular activities, leadership skills, commitment, and dedication.
- Obtain transcripts from all colleges attended (unofficial copies are acceptable).
Submission and Deadline:
Your submission must include the follow documents:
- Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program Application (with Personal Statement attached)
- Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
- All college Transcripts (Unofficial copies are acceptable)
Award Notification- Scholarship recipient will be announced by April 30, 2021.
If you have any questions, please email Scholarship Coordinator Patricia Flores at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (650) 738-4390.
San Bruno Community Foundation Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarship
For the sixth year, the San Bruno Community Foundation will offer multi-year college scholarships to outstanding San Bruno students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the San Bruno community through the Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarship. With generous support from the Joseph W Welch Jr Foundation, SBCF plans to award scholarships totaling $190,000 in the spring of 2021 for students planning to enroll in community college or four-year institutions in the fall of 2021.
The Foundation created the Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarship to honor the community members most directly affected by the 2010 gas pipeline explosion. Recognizing outstanding San Bruno students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the San Bruno community, the Crestmoor Scholarship ensures that the tragedy of September 9, 2010, is not forgotten.
High school seniors headed to college and community college students planning to transfer to a four-year college in the fall are eligible to apply for the Crestmoor Scholarship. Applicants must currently live or attend school in San Bruno.
Scholarship Requirements and Application Checklist :
- Online Application
- Supporting Documentation
- Letter of Recommendation- Must have recommender to complete form and upload letter. Applicants may choose to submit an optional second letter of recommendation (not required, but advised) Please allow your recommender sufficient time to write your letter.
Note: We strongly prefer that you scan the requested documents and upload them in PDF format, although a JPEG will be accepted. If you upload a photo of your documentation in JPEG format, we must be able to clearly read the document.
Application Deadline: March 2, 2021 at 5:00 PM.
Award Notification- Scholarship recipient will be announced late April 2021.
San Mateo Credit Union 2021 Educational Scholarship
(Current High School Seniors or 2020 High School Graduate who took a Gap Year)
San Mateo Credit Union believes that a higher education is a catalyst for success.
That’s why, year after year, the SMCU Educational Scholarship
helps students with the growing expenses that come along with a college education. SMCU is proud to offer two $5,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors to help cover costs such as tuition, housing, books, and meals.
- Be a class of 2021 high school senior or a 2020 graduate who took a gap year
- and are enrolling in a college or technical school for the first time.
- Have a GPA of 3.0 or greater and submit an unofficial transcript.
- Provide a typed essay on the following prompt:
Credit Unions believe in the philosophy of People Helping People. Tell us about a
time when you helped someone in need
and explain what you learned about the importance of having compassion and empathy.
- Plan to enroll in an accredited college or technical school for Fall 2021. If selected as a winner, enrollment will be verified prior to receiving scholarship funds.
Additionally, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume highlighting work experience,
extra curricular activities, and/or
talents if applicable. There is no restriction regarding applicants’ county of residence.
Submission deadline: Friday, March 19, 2021 by 11:59 PM
American Council of Engineering Companies- Peninsula Chapter 2021 Scholarship
The American Council of Engineering Companies Peninsula Chapter is offering a $3,000 Scholarship for qualified applicants. Read below for eligibility requirements, application and where to submit your application.
To be eligible, you must:
1. Be a resident of San Mateo County.
2. Be enrolled at a community college (i.e., Cañada College, Skyline College, College of San Mateo,
Evergreen Valley College, etc), a California State University (i.e., CSU East Bay, CSU Sacramento,
etc.) or University of California System (i.e., 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 2020.
Students interested in this scholarship should send an email to Ernest Chan (email@example.com) with a
personal note letter (in PDF format, see contents requirements below). The email should be
titled “ACEC Peninsula Chapter Scholarship 2021” and must be sent no later than 11:59pm on April 30,
2021. No applications will be accepted received after the time stamp noted above.
The personal note letter should be a short narrative (not more than two pages long) with descriptions of the
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 school activities, extra-curricular activities, hobbies, or special interests.
D. 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.
In addition to the personal note letter mentioned above, applicant must also provide
· Filled out “2021 Scholarship Application” in PDF format.
· An electronically official transcript including your Fall 2020 final grades. The electronical official
transcript must be sent directly from the School’s Registrar’s office to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively,
an original “Sealed” official transcript (hardcopy) is also acceptable. Please send the “Seal” official
transcript to Ernest Chan, ACEC Peninsula Chapter Scholarship 2021, DES Architects & Engineers, 399
Bradford Street, Suite #300, Redwood City, CA 94063.
SPONSOR AND AWARD
The Scholarship is sponsored by the Peninsula Chapter of the American Council of
Engineering Companies (ACEC) of California. All applicants will receive a written response (by email) sent no
later than May 31, 2021. The scholarship recipient(s) will be invited to our June 2021 Chapter's monthly
meeting (virtual or in-person, TBD) 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 $3000.
APPLICATION DEADLINE – April 30, 2021
Real Estate Education Endowment Scholarship
The Foundation for California Community Colleges is pleased to announce the availability of 2020-2021 Real Estate Education Endowment Scholarships for California Community College students. These awards are available for students in good academic standing who need financial assistance to help afford enrollment costs in community college real estate education programs.
Must be pursuing either a major in Real Estate or, if a Real Estate major isn’t offered by their college, a major in Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate.
- Must have completed at least one college-level real estate course with a grade of C or better (2.0).
- Can be full-time or part-time.
- Must demonstrate financial need.
- $600 max per semester.
- $1,200 max per academic year.
The total amount available for scholarships is limited to the amount of interest income generated by the Real Estate Education Advancement Fund.
The campus Financial Aid Director or Scholarship Coordinator will determine student eligibility and initiate award funding after the student submits the Real Estate Scholarship Application.
Scholarship selection criteria has remained unchanged and includes low- income/disadvantaged status, GPA, and declared interest in real estate as a career path. Specific eligibility criteria are delineated in the Real Estate Education Scholarship Guidelines.
Visit foundationccc.org/RealEstate to download materials.
September 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021
Students must submit their application to their college’s Financial Aid Office to Ms. Patricia Flores, email@example.com. The Financial Aid Office will determine eligibility and forward the Real Estate Scholarship Invoice to the Foundation’s office. All materials must be received by May 1, 2021.
The scholarship application, letter of recommendation, and academic transcript documenting grades and current/completed courses must be retained in college files for each scholarship recipient. A checklist is available online.
Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship
To qualify for the scholarship, students must be:
- 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.
Additional Scholarship Resources
For more tips on searching for scholarships, please visit:
- Student must go to My AmeriCorps Website and electronically submit a request indicating Skyline College as their school.
- 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 Ariackna Soler 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.
If you have any questions, please email Financial Aid Director Ariackna Soler 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.