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 2023-2024 Skyline College Scholarship Application will be available November 1st! 



2022-2023 Scholarship Awards Ceremony

**ATTENTION: Student Award/Denial Notifications for the 2022-2023 academic year will emailed to students on April 25, 2022. Scholarship Recipients have been sent Award Notifications and scholarship disbursements will start on August 4th. Please check your "" email account for details and instructions. If you are a Transfer Student, who received a scholarship for 2022-2023, do not forgot to submit proof of your Enrollment Status at your new school. The proof must contain a class summary of your classes and displaying units. Please send all proofs to Ms. Patricia Flores at with your G# for processing

On behalf of Skyline College's Scholarship Committee, we thank you for applying and wish you continued success in your educational goals!

**Click here to view the prerecorded Scholarship Ceremony **

To view our 2022-2023 Skyline scholarships, visit our Scholarship Opportunities page.


Need help? We have several videos to help you complete your scholarship application. 




Need help on writing your Thank You Letter? Click here   for helpful tips and advice.


You can virtually thank you donor(s) by leaving them a quick 1 minute video of your appreciation and how the scholarship(s) you were awarded will help you, click on here to see an example and get started.



American Council of Engineering Companies- Peninsula Chapter Scholarship

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, 2022. The scholarship recipient(s) will be invited to our June 2022 Chapter's monthly meeting (virtual or in-person, TBD) to present himself/herself to the organization and recieve the scholarship. The number of scholarships will vary depending upon the number resonses. The minimum award will be $3,000.

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 2021.

Students interested in this scholarship should send an email to Ernest Chan ( ) with a personal note letter (in PDF format, see contents requirements within the application  . The email should be titled “ACEC Peninsula Chapter Scholarship 2022” and must be sent no later than 11:59pm on April 30, 2022. 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 following topics:

A. Describe your reason of your choice on the major and 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 the following:

  • Filled out “2022 Scholarship Application” in PDF format (Click here   to access the application).
  • An electronically official transcript including your Fall 2021 final grades. The electronical official transcript must be sent directly from the School’s Registrar’s office to Alternatively, an original “Sealed” official transcript (hardcopy) is also acceptable. Please send the “Seal” official transcript to Ernest Chan, ACEC Peninsula Chapter Scholarship 2022, DES Architects & Engineers, 399 Bradford Street, Suite #300, Redwood City, CA 94063.

Scholarship Deadline is April 30, 2022.

William & Cora Saperstein Foundation

The purpose of the William and Cora Saperstein Foundation is to further education by awarding deserving individuals pursuing an Associate Degree with a 2-year stipend to help offset tuition and living costs.

Deadline to apply: Tuesday, May 31, 2022.


Qualifications for Applicants:

  • Complete application
  • Prospective full-time student pursuing an Associate Degree (2 year program) 
  • REsident of San Mateo County Community College District
  • emonstrate a need for financial support an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number less than 5,800
  • This is a $1,000 scholarship

Have Questions? Send an email 

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

There are plenty of scholarships available to apply for outside of the district. See a list of scholarships we recommend looking into based on your personal background, interests, and goals.

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 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.

Additional Assistance

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.