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.

Skyline College Scholarships

Our 2020-2021 Skyline College Scholarship Application is now OPEN as of November 1st 2019!

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 floresp@smccd.edu 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.

Eligibility

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 21, 2019.

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:

  • 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;

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
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 - DmvEdu.org 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.