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 2020-2021 Skyline College Scholarship Application is now OPEN as of November 1st
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 2, 2020 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.
If you have any questions please call or email the Scholarship Coordinator, Patricia Flores at email@example.com or call (650) 738-4390.
Please Note: Announcements will be sent out by email to "my.smccd.edu" email addresses first week in May for students who have both received and not received scholarship awards. Please read
email thoroughly and follow directions.
2020-2021 Scholarship Awards Ceremony
All awarded scholarship recipients will be honored at the annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony. The ceremony is currently postponed until further notice.
Palo Alto Rotary Robert Smithwick Vocational Scholarship
Eligibility, Schedule, Instructions and Application Form
The Rotary Club of Palo Alto vocational scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance to students who will enroll in an accredited career program or vocational program at a community college in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. These scholarships are named in honor of Dr. Robert Smithwick, a founder of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District and long-time Rotarian. Dr. Smithwick was active in community service and devoted to improving health and education locally and abroad.
Eligible students will enroll in a program leading to a certificate or degree, and will plan to go directly into employment in that field upon completion of the program. Examples of vocational programs include but are not limited to: automotive technology, accounting, child development, dental hygiene, fashion design, graphic design, medical assisting, and many others. The scholarships are primarily need-based rather than grade-based. The scholarships are not intended for general academic pursuits, for students intending to transfer to four-year colleges, or for graduate degrees.
Up to ten (10) scholarships will be awarded typically in amounts varying from $500 to $2,000 for full-time students and lesser amounts for part-time students. The award will be paid to the student upon confirmation of enrollment: it is intended to support the vocational educational goals of the recipient and may be used for tuition or other expenses incurred in pursuit of the educational program.
Eligible applicants include:
- High school seniors who will graduate in June, 2020 and will enroll in a career/vocational program in fall of 2020
- Students currently enrolled in an accredited career/vocational program described above, and continuing in that program in fall of 2020.
- Returning students: individuals with high school degrees who have been out of school and are returning to pursue a career/vocational education.
All applicants must enroll in no fewer than 6 units in an accredited career/vocational program in fall of 2020, and must intend to remain enrolled in 6 units or more for the full 2020-2021 academic year.
Schedule of Application & Review
Schedule of announcement and application process:
- Friday, April 10, 2020—Application Deadline
- Friday, April 17, 2020—Applicants notified if they will be interviewed
- Saturday, May 2, 2020—Interviews
- Monday, May 4, 2020—Make up interviews
- Friday, May 8, 2020—Notification of decisions
Application Process: Application forms may be obtained from the website: www.rotarypaloalto.org. Save the form to your files, fill it out and save the completed form to your files.
Instructions for Submission of Application
- E-mail your completed application as an attachment to: PARotaryRecords@aol.com. In the subject line, please type: Vocational Scholarship Application (add your last name)
- If e-mail is not possible, see mailing address below.
Instructions for Submission of Letters of Recommendation:
One letter of recommendation must also be sent to support your application, preferably from a current or former instructor. You should send this page of application instructions to the person who will be writing a recommendation for you. It will help them understand the intent of the scholarship, and the procedure for them to submit their recommendation.
- Letters of recommendation should be e-mailed to: PARotaryRecords@aol.com E-mail Subject Line: Vocational Scholarship Recommendation (write last name of student here)
If e-mail is not possible, applications and letters of recommendations may be mailed to:
Rotary Club of Palo Alto
Vocational Scholarship Committee
P. O. Box 592
Palo Alto, CA 94302
Point Foundation Scholarship
Point Foundation is the nation’s largest provider of scholarships to LGBTQ+ students. Our application opened March 1st for the 2020-2021 school year.
Students will receive:
- Between $2,000 – 4,800 financial award each year
- Support and advice from a Point Alum who will serve as a “coach”
- Admissions counseling and financial education at the Point Community College Transfer Symposium in Los Angeles
- Access to Point Foundation network of LGBTQ scholars, more than 300 alumni, and many others dedicated to seeing LGBTQ students succeed
To Be Eligible:
- As of fall 2020, students must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited community college in the United States including Hawaii and Alaska, in Fall 2020
- Students must have 1-2 years of community college left AND
- Students must be intending to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university for Fall 2021 or Fall 2022 admission
- OR graduate with an associate’s degree in Fall 2022
- Students must be “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community
- Students must submit an application online. The application opened on March 1st, 2020. The application closes May 1st, 2020 at 11:30 pm (PST).
Point Foundation empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Profiles of Point’s 2018 Community College Scholarship recipients and current application information are online at www.pointfoundation.org/communitycollege
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.
SPONSOR AND AWARD
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 click here
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 be present at the Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, August
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 Application
SCHEDULE: Applications must be postmarked, or emailed, no later than Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Finalists will be interviewed on Friday, July 3, 2020. Recipients will be notified no later than Friday, July 10, 2020. Awards breakfast ceremony will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
For more information, please click here to submit your application.
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;
Click here for more information regarding this scholarship and to view definitions.
External Scholarship Opportunities
|Name of Scholarship||Type||Amount||Deadline|
|Palo Alto Rotary Club Robert Smithwick Vocational Scholarships||All Students||Up to $2000||April 10, 2020|
|Asmzine||Technology||$350||April 15, 2020|
|HomeLight||All Students||$1000||April 15, 2020|
|Swedish Wholesale Sustainability||All Students||$1000||April 22, 2020|
|Conex Boxes||All Students||$1000||April 30, 2020|
|Voy Media||Business Students||$2500||April 30, 2020|
|Point Foundation||LGBTQ Students||Up to $4800||
May 1, 2020
Due at 11:30 pm (PST)
|AutoAccident.com||All Students||$1000||May 1, 2020|
|A Place for Mom||All Students||$2000||May 1, 2020|
|Diversity in Data Science||Business/Allied Health/CIS||$1000||May 1, 2020|
|Burger Law Scholarships||All Students||$2000||May 5, 2020|
|Best Reviews List||All Students||$2000||May 10, 2020|
|The Insurance Guide Local College Scholarship||All Students||$500||May 15, 2020|
|J & Y Law||Law/ Paralegal Students||$1000||May 29, 2020|
|The Steers and Associates Aspiring Attorney Scholarship||All Students||$1000||May 31. 2020|
|Babcock Law Firm||All Students||$1500||May 31, 2020|
|Boster||Biology/Allied Health||$1000||May 31, 2020|
|USA Corporate Services Inc.||All Students||$500||May 31, 2020|
|American Council Of Engineering Companies- Peninsula Chapter||Engineering||$2500||June 1, 2020|
|San Mateo County Employer Advisory Council||All Students||$1000||June 24, 2020|
|Silver Law Firm||All Students||$2000||June 30, 2020|
|Building the Future Together Scholarship||ECE Students||$10000||June 30, 2020|
|The Dominguez Firm, LLP Scholarship||Law Students||$5000||July 31, 2020|
|Antibodies.com Scholarship Program||Biology Students||$2000||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|
|Price It Here||Business||$1000||Ongoing|
|Lowenberg & Kumar||All Students||$1000||Ongoing|
|CFF Foundation||All Students||$1500||Ongoing/Quarterly|
|Youth Forward - DmvEdu.org||All Students||$3000||Ongoing/Trimester|
|American Muscle Automotive||All Students||$2000||Ongoing/Semester|
|Hedding Law Firm||All Students||$2500||Ongoing/Yearly|
|The Youthist||All Students||$1000||Ongoing/Yearly|
|Food Stamps Now||All Students||$1000||Ongoing/Yearly|
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 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.
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.