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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

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.

2014-2015 CSM Scholarships


To apply for CSM Scholarships please view the: online application for Scholarship OpportunitiesIMPORTANT please be sure to completely read directions below before applying!

The 2014-2015 College of San Mateo Scholarship Application is now open. In order to apply for scholarships, students must have a college-issued 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 2013 or Spring 2014 semesters but plan to attend next year, please Apply to CSM to attend the Summer 2014 or Fall 2014 semesters. Once admitted, you will be sent your email address and be able to apply for our scholarship program.

For the 2014-2015 school year, the scholarship application for continuing, new, transferring, and high school students will be done through Academic Works, an online scholarship application program. Along with the online application, you will also need to submit one letter of recommendation (MUST be submitted online by February 13th), a personal statement (at least 250 words but no more than 750 words in length), and any unofficial transcripts (including your SMCCCD academic transcripts). Please complete and submit all documents through your online Academic Works scholarship application. Scholarship documentation will NOT be accepted through the Financial Aid office.

Please view our Scholarship Opportunities and Apply. If you are a new applicant, click the Sign Up button to create your account. If a returning applicant, click Sign In to complete or update your scholarship application. The application deadline is February 13, 2014 at 11:59 pm.

If you have any questions please contact the Scholarship Coordinator, Karen Chadwick at or (650) 574-6514.

Have questions? Need help filling out your scholarship application? Attend a Scholarship Workshop. Space is limited and based on first come, first serve. View a list of Scholarship Workshop dates and times.

Outside Scholarships

2014 Marie A. Calderilla Scholarship, Silicion Valley Community Foundation (due May 14, 2014)

Mills-Peninsula Scholarship Program (due May 31, 2014)

Silicion Valley Community Foundation Scholarships

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.

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