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 or call (650) 738-4390.

Please Note: Announcements will be sent out by email to "" 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 will be at 6:00 PM on Thursday, May 7, 2020 in the Skyline College Theater, Building 1.

UC Santa Cruz- Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program Scholarship

The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program enables outstanding UC-qualified junior-level community students to complete their undergraduate studies at UC Santa Cruz. The program provides a scholarship of up to $20,000 distributed over (2) two years, mentoring and academic support, and assistance finding paid or volunteer summer work experience. Recipients will be selected by the UCSC chancellor from nominees submitted by the president of participating community colleges. One is scholarship available.

Program Requirements  :

  • Show exceptional achievement through academic and extra curricular accomplishments despite adverse socioeconomic conditions
  • Demonstrate an involvement in activities that assist and improve the lives of others
  • Exhibit outstanding leadership qualities that reflect the ideals of the Pister Program
  • Because of financial need, would not otherwise be able to attend UC Santa Cruz
  • Are qualified for fall 2020 admission to UCSC as a new junior-level transfer student.

UC Santa Cruz Transfer Students may apply here  to start the application, please follow all application instructions and keep a copy of your application. The application is due on February 7, 2020 at 12:00 PM. Incomplete applications will not be considered! Selected students will be invited to an interview at UC Santa Cruz on March 20, 2020. If you have any questions, please call or email the Scholarship Coordinator, Patricia Flores at or call (650) 738-4390.

San Bruno Community Foundation Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarship

For the fifth 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 a $70,000 donation from the Joseph W Welch Jr Foundation  , SBCF plans to award scholarships totaling $190,000 in the spring of 2020 for students planning to enroll in community college or four-year institutions in the fall of 2020.  

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. 

The Pursuit of Excellence (POE) Scholarship- UC Transfer Students

The Pursuit of Excellence (POE) scholarship program supports students with demonstrated financial need who are determined to pursue a college degree. Transferring students to a UC institution maybe eligible to receive up to $6,000/ year scholarship.

POE Provides:

  • Financial Scholarships- $4,000- $6,000 per year
  • Continued financial support throughout college- based on need
  • Mentoring throughout colleges
  • Workshops
  • Stipends for unpaid internships
  • Financial incentive post college graduation for students who graduate from UC in just 2 years

Qualifications and Requirements:  

  • Financial Need- typical family income less than $70,000/year
  • Successful completion Skyline College of transfer requirements to a 4 year university
  • One professor recommendation
  • One employer recommendation
  • Copy of your parents' taxes and/or your taxes (if you file)
  • Transcript
  • Personal essay, as well as a short answer paragraph
  • Information about your extra-curricular activities and work experience
  • Information about your family's financial situation

You may apply here and submit your completed application by February 28, 2020.

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.

Workshop Information

Need help filling out your scholarship application? Attend a Scholarship Application Workshop - please look below for a list of dates & times.


Workshop Title



January 2020




Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Scholarships Information Drop In

Building 8

Room 119

2:00pm- 3:00pm

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

San Bruno Community Foundation

Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarship Workshop

Learning Center

Room 102

12:00pm – 1:00pm

February 2020


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

California Dream Act Application Workshop

Building 8

Room 119

2:00pm- 3:00pm

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award

Drop In Workshop

Building 2

Room 116

4:00pm- 5:00pm


Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Cal Grant Workshop

Building 2

Room 116

1:30pm- 2:30pm

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Scholarship Information Drop In

Building 8

Room 119

2:00pm- 3:00pm

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 Scholarship Information Drop In

Building 2

Room 116

1:30pm- 2:30pm
Monday, February 24, 2020 Scholarship Information Drop In

Building 2

Room 116

Friday, February 28, 2020 Scholarship Information Drop In

Building 2

Room 116

11:00am- 12:00pm


External Scholarship Opportunities


Name of Scholarship Type Amount Deadline
Maptive All Students $2500 January 5, 2020
College Monk All Students $1500 January 31, 2020
CCIS Future Contractor Scholarship Technology $750 January 31, 2020
The Chairish "Design Your Future" Scholarship Engineering/Math  $2500 January 31, 2020
Give Me Liberty - College Monk All Students $1000 January 31, 2020
Protoly All Students $1000 February 1, 2020
Latest Computer Gadgets All Students $750 February 9, 2020
Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program Scholarship for UC Santa Cruz   All Students $20000

February 7, 2020

Deadline 12:00 PM 

Healthy Living All Students $2500 February 12, 2020
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Hispanic Heritage Students Up to $5000 February 15, 2020
POE Scholarships Transfer Students Up to $6000 February 28, 2020
Pendini All Students $500 February 29, 2020
Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarship San Bruno Residents Up to $10000

March 3, 2020

Deadline 5:00 PM

Modern Castle All Students $1000 March 31, 2020
Asmzine Technology $350 April 15, 2020
Voy Media Business Students $2500 April 30, 2020 All Students $1000 May 1, 2020
A Place for Mom All Students $2000 May 1, 2020
The Insurance Guide Local College Scholarship All Students $500 May 15, 2020
The Steers and Associates Aspiring Attorney Scholarship All Students $1000 May 31. 2020
USA Corporate Services Inc. All Students $500 May 31, 2020 Scholarship Program Biology Students $2000 August 1, 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.