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 is Now Available! 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 2, 2023 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.

Need help? You can view our presentation or attend one of our Scholarship Workshops   and we have several videos to help you complete your scholarship application. 




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




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

The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program enables outstanding UC-qualified junior-level community college students from each of 13 participating community colleges to complete their undergraduate studies at UC Santa Cruz. The program provides an award of up to $20,000 (distributed over two years), holistic advising support, and assistance finding paid or volunteer summer work experience. Recipients will be selected by UCSC and community college partners from the nominees submitted by the presidents of the participating community colleges. One scholarship is available for each college.

Scholarship Requirements:

◆ Show exceptional achievement through academic and extracurricular 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 Scholarship Program;
◆ Because of financial need, would not otherwise be able to attend UC Santa Cruz;
◆ Are qualified for Fall 2023 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 6, 2023 at 11:59 PM. Incomplete applications will not be considered! Selected students will be invited to an interview at UC Santa Cruz in March 2023.

View prerecorded UC Santa Cruz's Scholarship Informational Session to have extra guidance on how to submit your application and help answer questions you may have. 

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


Founded in 2016, the Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarship provides multi-year college scholarships to exceptional San Bruno students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the San Bruno community. The Crestmoor Scholarship honors the community members who most directly endured the destruction of the 2010 gas pipeline explosion that devastated San Bruno’s Crestmoor neighborhood, especially the eight San Bruno residents who lost their lives. It ensures that the tragedy of September 9, 2010, is not forgotten and that the resiliency, teamwork, leadership, and commitment to the community displayed in San Bruno in the aftermath of the explosion are honored in the Scholarship’s annual recipients.

The Scholarship Program’s goal is to assist outstanding San Bruno students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the San Bruno community obtain a college degree. Scholarship Recipients must demonstrate, as the top criteria, deep engagement and involvement in the San Bruno community. Other factors that will be considered during the selection process include, in no particular order, an applicant’s financial need, extracurricular activities, academic record, and examples
of leadership, teamwork, and collaboration. The Foundation may also consider whether an applicant has overcome significant challenges or obstacles and how those circumstances may have affected the applicant’s school activities, other community involvement, or achievement in school

Scholarship awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, required supplies, room and board, and transportation. Scholarship renewals will be contingent upon proof of enrollment for the following academic year and proof of status as a student in good standing at the college. (The Foundation also offers Crestmoor Scholarships to graduating high school seniors planning to enroll at a four-year institution or community college.)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Live in San Bruno or attend a community college located in San Bruno at the time of application
  • Plan to enroll, during the fall of 2023, as a transfer student from a community college at an accredited four-year college or university
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for AB 540 students, the California Dream Act Application

Application Checklist:

  • Online Application Form
  • Financial need documentation (copy of FAFSA Student Aid Report or, for AB 540 students, CA Dream Act Application Student Aid Report)
  • Proof of San Bruno residency (for applicants who do not attend a community college located in San Bruno)
  • Official community college transcript
  • Certification of Good Standing from community college Admissions & Records Office (You may send your form with G# to Patricia Flores at
  • Certifications & Authorizations Form

Click here to access the application but do not forget to submit your application by March 7, 2023 at 5:00 PM.

You may attend the Crestmoor Scholarship Workshop on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 6:30 -7:30 PM via Zoom, click here for Details.

If you have any quesitons, please call or email the Scholarship Coordinator, Patricia Flores at or call (650) 738-4390.

San Mateo Credit Union Scholarship 

San Mateo Credit Union (SMCU) believes that a higher education is a catalyst for success. That's why, year after year, the SMCU Education Scholarship helps students with the growing expenses that come along with a college education. SMCU is proud to offer two $5,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors to help cover the costs such as tuition, housing, books, and meals.

Qualifications for Applicants:

  • Complete application
  • Be a class of 2023 high school senior or a 2023 graduate who took a gap year and is enrolling in a college or technical school for the first time.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or greater and submit an unofficial transcript
  •  Submission requires a minimum 500-word essay in APA or MLA style
  • Essay Prompt: Credit unions believe in the philosphy of People Helping People. Tell us how you have helped your community during your high school experience or how a college education will assist you in helping your community overcome the financial wellness challenges they face.
  • Applicants must live, work, worship, or attend school in San Mateo County, the City of Palo Alto, or select San Francisco zip codes: 94110, 94112, 94116, 94122 94124, 94132, or 94134.
  • Immediate family members of SMCU employees or board members are not eligible
  • All applicants who have memberships are eligible to apply

Deadline: January 9, 2023.

For more information, you can visit San Mateo Credit Unionemail or call (650) 562-1282.

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.