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 2021-2022 Skyline College Scholarship Application is now CLOSED. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

To view our 2021-2022 Skyline scholarships, visit our Scholarship Opportunities page.


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


2021-2022 Scholarship Awards Ceremony

All awarded scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Student Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 6, 2021.To view our 2020-2021 Scholarship Awards Ceremony, you may click on Student Scholarship Awards Ceremony. On behalf of Skyline College's Scholarship Committee, we thank you for applying and wish you continued success in your educational goals!

Cal Water Scholarship Program


California Water Service (Cal Water) has established a scholarship program to assist students residing within its service areas who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.

To be eligible for this scholarship program:

  • Applicants must be a minimum of 16 years of age and a high school senior or high school graduate, have received GED certification, or be a current post-secondary undergraduate student.
  • Applicants must plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Applicants must not have already received a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university.
  • Applicant or applicant’s parents or guardians must live within a Cal Water service area.
  • Applicants must not be the child of a current or former employee of Cal Water, California Water Service Group, any of its subsidiaries, or a Member of its Board of Directors.

Non-traditional students who are returning to school or planning to pursue a post-secondary education for the first time are eligible and encouraged to apply.

To apply to this scholarship and for more information, please click here.

Required Documents: As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

  • Current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course, and term in which each course was taken.

Also as part of your application, one online recommendation must be submitted on your behalf.

Your application is not considered complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

Customer service will only be available until 1:00 pm Pacific/ 3:00 pm Central Time on April 16 so, please plan accordingly. No late applications will be accepted.

Selection of Recipients
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, participation and leadership in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. Other than verifying and confirming eligibility, no officer or employee of Cal Water play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Applicants will be notified in late May. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

APPLICATION DEADLINE – April 16, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT.

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 ( 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
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 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 “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 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.

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.


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   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, 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.

Maltese Cross Foundation of California: 2020-2021 Vella-Dankwerth Cultural Scholarship

The Maltese Cross Foundation of California is proud to announce the twenty fifth annual Vella- Dankwerth Cultural Scholarship for students of Maltese descent, residing in Northern California. Our thanks fand appreciation go to all generous donations towards these scholarships. Special thanks go to the Dankwerth Familyand friends who through the years, have consistently supported this scholarship program.

A total of three (3) scholarships will be awarded for year 2020-2021. The awards will be divided as follows: One scholarship for one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500), one for one thousand dollars ($1,000) and one for seven hundred fifty dollars ($750). Eligibility is extended to: High School seniors or college freshmen, sophomores or juniors. 

For more information, requirements and application, please click here  .

All supporting document and application must be received no later than May 1, 2021. Mail entire package to Maltese Cross Foundation of California, Vella-Dankwerth Cultural Scholarship, PO Box 698, San Carlos, CA 94070.

The San Mateo County Employer Advisory Council and the Employment Development Department Scholarship


Purpose of Scholarship: To assist San Mateo County students who are studying 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 used to further the education of recipients.

About the Employer Advisory Councils (EAC’s): 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. For more information you may click here.

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 your mailing address, telephone number where you can be reached, and your email address.
• One letter of recommendation from a 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 Ceremony, Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

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

Application Schedule:

  • Applications must be postmarked, or emailed, no later than Wednesday, June 23, 2021.
  • Finalists will be interviewed on Friday, July 2, 2021.
  • Recipients will be notified no later than Friday, July 9, 2021.
  • Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

Mail Application or Email Application to:

EAC Scholarship Committee 
P.O. Box 5633
South San Francisco, CA 94080

or email to

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. 

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.