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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 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.

2015-2016 CSM Scholarships


2015-2016 College of San Mateo Scholarship Application is NOW CLOSED!

If you have any questions please call or email the Scholarship Coordinator, Karen Chadwick at chadwick@smccd.edu 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 throughly and follow directions.

Please see below for External Scholarships for additional opportunities.

2014-2015 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT INFORMATION:
If you received a scholarship award you will receive half the scholarship amount in fall 2014 and the second half in spring 2015 (if your award is $500.00 or less you will receive 1 disbursement fall 2014).

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 2, 2015 (scholarship award will be forfeited if proof of enrollment is not received by February 2nd).
  • you must write a thank you letter to your donor and submit to Financial Aid/Scholarship office no later than May 16, 2014.
If you have any questions please call or email the Scholarship Coordinator, Karen Chadwick at chadwick@smccd.edu or call (650) 574-6514.

External Scholarships

San Mateo County California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA)
Due March 16, 2015
This scholarship will be awarded to students planning to attend public or private college or university enrolled in teacher preparation programs 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

The application is available in the Financial Aid office or download the San Mateo County California Retired Teachers Association scholarship application. Please submit your completed application to Karen Chadwick no later than March 16, 2015 to be considered for this scholarship. If you have any questions please call or email the Scholarship Coordinator, Karen Chadwick at chadwick@smccd.edu or call (650) 574-6514

Rotary Club of Burlingame
Due March 12, 2015
This scholarship recognizes promising students who are, or will be, attending a 2-year community college. Rotary awards are given for that unique combination of the criteria listed below and where the Rotary believes their funds can truly make a difference.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Any graduate of Burlingame High School who is enrolled full time in a community college (12 units or more)
  • Any full time, continuing College of San Mateo student who is a former graduate of Burlingame High School or a resident of the city of Burlingame
  • Academic accomplishments (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  • Commitment to the community
  • Ability to grow and succeed in school and beyond
  • Financial need
The application is available in the Financial Aid office or download the Rotary Club of Burlingame scholarship application. Please submit your completed application to Karen Chadwick no later than March 12, 2015 to be considered for this scholarship. If you have any questions please call or email the Scholarship Coordinator, Karen Chadwick at chadwick@smccd.edu or call (650) 574-6514

Rotary Club of San Mateo
 
Due March 12, 2015 - 12:00 noon 
This scholarship recognizes CSM students who will be transferring to a 4-year college/university Fall 2015/Spring 2016. Rotary awards will be based on financial need, acceptance at a four-year college, and other financial support.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements
  • Be a current CSM student transferring to a four-year university for the Fall 2015/Spring 2016 academic year.
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Good scholastic performance
  • Participate in school activities and community service
The application is available in the Financial Aid office or download the Rotary Club of San Mateo scholarship packet. Please submit your completed application to Karen Chadwick no later than March 12, 2015 (12:00 noon) to be considered for this scholarship. If you have any questions please call or email the Scholarship Coordinator, Karen Chadwick at chadwick@smccd.edu or call (650) 574-6514

Silicon 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.

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.