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.
Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program - University of California, Santa Cruz
Due February 1, 2017
Enables outstanding UC-qualified junior-level community college students to complete their undergraduate studies at UC Santa Cruz. The program provides a $20,000 scholarship distributed over two years, mentoring and academic support, and assistance finding paid or volunteer summer work experience.
- 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 Program;
- Because of financial need, would not otherwise be able to attend UC Santa Cruz;
- Are qualified for Fall 2017 admission to UCSC as a new junior-level transfer student;
- Apply for financial aid by submitting the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by March 2, 2017
You can download the Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program Scholarship application or pick it up in the Financial Aid office. Please submit your COMPLETED application to Karen Chadwick no later than February 1, 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 (650) 574-6514.
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.
AIA San Mateo County Scholarship
The AIASMC is pleased to announce the 2016 Academic Scholarship Awards Program. The awards program is intended to encourage and assist students graduating from high school as well as students already enrolled in college in their pursuit of a degree in architecture at a college or university level in an accredited architecture program. This expresses the Chapter’s commitment to education and the future of our profession.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
- Candidates must be a resident of San Mateo County OR a full time student in a San Mateo County school.
- Candidates must be currently enrolled OR accepted to enroll, as an architecture major, in a university or college offering a degree in architecture.
- Scholarship award will be contingent on candidate’s proof of acceptance/enrollment to a university or college
Silicon Valley Community Foundation ScholarshipsApplication Opens TBA
Deadline Date varies
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 ScholarshipsA 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.