Each year, the three colleges of the San Mateo County Community College District — 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. The Foundation is the colleges' partner in promoting student success at our colleges and in ensuring that quality, affordable higher education is available to every member of our community.
It is due to the ongoing generosity of donors since the Foundation's inception in 1966 that many thousands of students have attended college and realized a better life. Contributions to the Foundation are received from many sources: individuals (including Cañada, College of San Mateo, and Skyline alumni, faculty, and staff), businesses, civic groups, community organizations, and other foundations. For more information about San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation, please visit smcccfoundation.org.
College of San Mateo offers many scholarships with awards ranging from $100 to approximately $2,500.
Who is eligible to apply?
The college offers scholarships for incoming, continuing, and transfer students.
2017-2018 College of San Mateo Scholarship Application is available NOW through February 23, 2017.
In order to apply for scholarships, students must have a college-issued "my.smcccd.edu" email address and be enrolled within the San Mateo County Community College District (Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College). If you are not currently enrolled for fall 2016 or spring 2017 semesters but plan to attend next year, please Apply for Admissions to attend the summer 2017 or fall 2017 semesters. Once admitted, you will be sent your "my.smccd.edu" email address and be able to apply for our scholarship program. Please click here to view our Scholarship Opportunities and apply.
- 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.
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Download instructions to help you complete the scholarship application.
Application Deadline: February 23, 2017 at 11:59 pm
If you have any questions please call or email the Scholarship Coordinator, Karen Chadwick at email@example.com or call (650) 574-6514.
Please Note: Announcements will be sent out by email to "my.smccd.edu" email addresses in mid April for students who have both received and not received scholarship awards. Please read email thoroughly and follow directions.
Please see below for External Scholarships for additional opportunities.
2016-2017 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT INFORMATION:
If you received a scholarship award you will receive half the scholarship amount in Fall 2016 and the second half in Spring 2017 (if your award is $500.00 or less you will receive 1 disbursement fall 2016).
In order to receive this award, you are required to do the following:
- enroll full-time (12 units) (half-time enrollment exceptions apply to certain awards)
- you MUST submit proof of enrollment if you are transferring to a four-year institution no later than February 1, 2017 (scholarship award will be forfeited if proof of enrollment is not received by February 1).
- you must write a thank you letter to your donor and submit to Financial Aid/Scholarship office no later than June 24, 2016.
Deadline Date varies but most are due February 22, 2017
Several opportunities for new, continuing and tranferring students.The Silicon Valley Community Foundation administers a variety of scholarship programs that grant up to $40,000 to high school, community college and university students. The majority of our scholarships are designated for current or former residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
For more information and how to apply please see siliconvalleycf.org/scholarships.
National Scholarship Fund for DREAMers
Due March 8, 2017
TheDream.US provides college scholarships to highly motivated DREAMers who want nothing more than to get a college education but are unable to afford the cost. You may be eligible for our National Scholarship if you are or soon will be a high school graduate (or have an HSE certificate) or a community college graduate, you are eligible for DACA or TPS status, and you qualify for in-state tuition at one of our Partner Colleges (some of the partner colleges are Sonoma State University, San Francisco State University, CSU East Bay, San Jose State University, UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced).
For more information and how to apply please see thedream.us/scholarships.
Rotary Club of San Mateo
Due March 9, 2017
This scholarship recognizes CSM students who will be transferring to a 4-year college/university Fall 2017/Spring 2018. Tota awards will be based on financial need, acceptance at a 4-year college, and other financial support.
- Be a current CSM student transferring to a four-year university for the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 academic year
- Demonstrate financial need
- Good scholastic performance
- Participate in school activities and community service
Download the Rotary Club of San Mateo scholarship application. Please submit your completed application to Karen Chadwick no later than March 9, 2017 to be considered for this scholarship. If you have any questions please call or email the Scholarship Coordinator, Karen Chadwick at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (650) 574-6514.
Real Estate Scholarship
Due March 15, 2017
Students pursuing careers in real estate may be eligible for scholarships of up to $800 per academic year through the Foundation's Real Estate Endowment Scholarship program.
For more information and how to apply please see foundationccc.org/What-We-Do/System-Support-and-Services/Real-Estate-Endowment/Real-Estate-Scholarships.
San Mateo County California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) Division 22 Scholarship
Due March 18, 2017
This scholarship will be awarded to students planning to attend public or private college or university, enrolled in a teacher preparation program with plans to teach at the elementary or secondary level.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
- Must be attending one of the community colleges in the county;
- Must plan on attending a 4-year public or private college or university;
- Minimum GPA of 2.5 or better;
- Must plan to enroll in a teacher preparation program;
- Must submit a 350-500 word essay stating his/her need for the scholarship and goals/ambition;
- Must submit 2 letters of recommendation required with application;
- Must submit academic transcript
Download the San Mateo County California Retired Teachers Association scholarship application. Please submit your completed application to Karen Chadwick no later than March 18, 2017 to be considered for this scholarship. If you have any questions please call or email the Scholarship Coordinator, Karen Chadwick at email@example.com or call (650) 574-6514.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Due March 30, 2017
HSF General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to: graduating high school seniors, community college transfer students, undergraduate students and graduate students.
For more information and how to apply please see hsf.net/en/scholarships.
Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program
Due March 31, 2017
The purpose of the Chicana/Latina Foundation (CLF) Scholarship Program is to assist Chicana/Latina students in completing their undergraduate and graduate college education. We are committed to serving Latina women of all races and from all countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. We honor all roots of our communities.
For more information and how to apply please see chicanalatina.org/scholarship.html.
Pine Cone Foundation
Due May 1, 2017
The Pine Cone Foundation (PCF) is a 501c3 that awards multi-year scholarships to financially-disadvantaged students with documented learning disabilities across the state of California who aspire to attend community college. PCF is a private family foundation that is aiming to positively impact LD students' lives in California by making college more accessible and financially feasible. It was founded in 2015 to honor a beloved family member that passed away. The PCF scholarship program assists eligible students with documented learning disabilities who demonstrate academic promise and meet the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW) criteria. Because the BOGFW waives enrollment fees, the award monies support students specifically with purchasing books and prescription glasses, as well as covering health service, student center, parking permit and Universal Transit Pass fees.
For more information and how to apply please see pineconefoundation.org.
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
Educators for Fair Consideration lists scholarships that don't require proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residence. This carefully researched list contains 52 pages of up-to-date information about scholarships available for immigrant students that don't have U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency as well as advice and tips for writing winning scholarship applications.
Search for Scholarships
A number of local and national organizations offer scholarships to CSM students. These can be viewed on our Search for Scholarships page. Eligibility requirements vary and separate applications for these scholarships are available through the Scholarship Office. For specific dates and additional information, please contact the Scholarship/Financial Aid Office.
Funding for CSM Scholarships comes from the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation. Founded in 1966, the Foundation raises funds for scholarships as well as educational programs at the District's three colleges. Contributions to the Foundation are received from many sources: individuals, businesses, civic groups, community organizations, and other foundations.
The mission of the Foundation is to promote student success and nourish program innovation and excellence by providing special financial support for the District's colleges.
For more information about the Foundation, please visit smcccfoundation.org.