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Scholarships
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College Center Building 10, Room 360
(650) 574-6146
csmfinancialaid@smccd.edu 
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.

2016-2017 CSM Scholarships


2016-2017 College of San Mateo Scholarship Application is available NOW through February 18, 2016 at 11:59 pm.


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 2015 or spring 2016 semesters but plan to attend next year, please Apply for Admissions to attend the summer 2016 or fall 2016 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.
Workshop Information:
Need help filling out your scholarship application? Attend a Scholarship Application Workshop.

PRE-QUIZ for attending Scholarship Application Workshop.
POST-QUIZ for attending Scholarship Application Workshop.
Please download instructions to help you complete the application.

Scholarship Application Workshop
  • Log in to your WebSmart account
  • Click on the Student Service -- Schedule appointments
  • Click MAKE an APPOINTMENT button above,
  • Click on the button on the Scholarship Workshop tab
  • Read instructions before making an appointment
  • Click Make Appointment tab-click on Make Appointment box
  • Click Find Appointments box (a list of workshops and locations will appear
  • Select the appointment location, date and time
  • Click and select on your desired workshop
  • Verify the phone number and email address, and click CONTINUE
  • Your confirmation and instructions will be displayed on the following page.
    You should print this for your records.

Application Deadline: February 18, 2016 at 11:59 pm

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 thoroughly and follow directions.

Please see below for External Scholarships for additional opportunities.

2015-2016 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT INFORMATION:
If you received a scholarship award you will receive half the scholarship amount in Fall 2015 and the second half in Spring 2016 (if your award is $500.00 or less you will receive 1 disbursement fall 2015).

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, 2016 (scholarship award will be forfeited if proof of enrollment is not received by February 2).
  • you must write a thank you letter to your donor and submit to Financial Aid/Scholarship office no later than May 15, 2015.
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

Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program - University of California, Santa Cruz
Due February 1, 2016
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.

Minimum Eligibility 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 Program;
  • Because of financial need, would not otherwise be able to attend UC Santa Cruz;
  • Are qualified for fall 2016 admission to UCSC as a new junior-level transfer student;
  • Apply for financial aid by submitted the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by March 2, 2016
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, 2016 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.

National Scholarship Fund for DREAMers
Due February 15, 2016
TheDream.US provides college scholarships to highly motivated DREAMers who want to get a college education but cannot afford it. Scholarships will help cover your tuition and fees for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at one of their Partner Colleges.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements
  • Either earn an associate’s degree from an accredited community college by the end of the 2015-2016 academic year or have already earned your associate’s degree from an accredited community college;
  • Have earned a college GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale;
  • Not have yet enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program;
  • Intend to enroll full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at one of TheDream.US Partner Colleges in the 2016-2017 academic year;
  • Be eligible for in-state tuition if seeking to attend a Partner College that is a public institution;
  • Have come to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  • Be DACA or TPS eligible and have applied for or received DACA or TPS approval; and
  • Demonstrate significant unmet financial need.
The application is available online through TheDream.US.

Latinos in Technology Scholarship - Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Due February 24, 2016
The Latinos in Technology Scholarship was established by the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, a public foundation dedicated to inspiring community philanthropy and engaging people to invest in the educational achievement and leadership development of a thriving Hispanic community in Silicon Valley.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements
  • Must be of Latino or Hispanic origin (as defined by U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Have a declared major in and been accepted into a STEM program
  • Current college student entering their junior or senior year and planning to enroll on a full-time or part-time basis for the next academic school year. Preference will be given to full-time and rising junior students.
  • Graduate of a high school in the Greater Silicon Valley (includes Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, San Francisco County; Fremont, Newark, and Union City in Alameda County and Scotts Valley in Santa Cruz County). Preference will be given to San Mateo and Santa Clara County high school graduates.
  • Minimum cumulative college grade point average of 2.5
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • United States citizen or eligible non-citizen (eligible non-citizens include United States legal residents and students who have obtained Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
The application is available online through Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Palo Alto Rotary Club - Robert Smithwick Vocational Scholarships
Due March 1, 2016
The Rotary Club of Palo Alto vocational scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance to students who will enroll in an accredited career program or vocational program at a community college in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements
  • High school seniors who will graduate in June, 2016 and will enroll in a career/vocational program in fall of 2016
  • Students currently enrolled in an accredited career/vocational program described above, and continuing in that program in fall of 2016.
  • Returning students: individuals with high school degrees who have been out of school and are returning to pursue a career/vocational education.
The application is available online through the Palo Alto Rotary Club.

Rotary Club of Burlingame

Due March 10, 2016 by 4:00pm
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 or resident of Burlingame for the past 3 years, 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 2.75 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.
Rotary Club of Burlingame scholarship application (pdf version)
Rotary Club of Burlingame scholarship application (word version)

Please submit your completed application to Karen Chadwick no later than March 10, 2016, 4:00pm, 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.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Application Opens January 1, 2016
Due March 30, 2016

In the 2015-2016 scvholarship cycle, HSF selected more than 4,400 Scholars funded by many different companies and organizations. The HSF application allows for students to apply for multiple scholarships with one application. Awards range from $500-$5000 and may be used for the institution and major of choice.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements
  • Must be of Hispanic heritage
  • U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, DACA or eligible non-citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale for college and graduate students
  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited 4-year university in the fall.
  • Complete FAFSA or Dream Act application
The application is available online through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Rotary Club of San Mateo
 
Due March 10, 2016 
This scholarship recognizes CSM students who will be transferring to a 4-year college/university Fall 2016/Spring 2017. 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 2016/Spring 2017 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 10, 2016 by 4:30pm 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.

Della Smoot P.E.O. Chapter QK Scholarship 
Due March 10, 2016 
The Della Smoot P.E.O. scholarship is sponsored by San Mateo Chapter QK of P.E.O., a Philanthropic Educational Organization. P.E.O. is a worldwide non-profit women's group whose
philanthropic purpose is to help women complete their education. The scholarship is intended for students who are continuing their studies at CSM at least through Fall 2016.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
  • Be a full or part time student at CSM who has completed at least 18 units by 1/31/2016.
  • Be enrolled in a major, certificate, AA/AS degree, or transfer program of courses that requires at least 48 units, including general education requirements.
  • Complete at least 12 units at CSM during the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or better
The application is available in the Financial Aid office or download the Della Smoot P.E.O. Chapter QK scholarship application. Please submit your completed application to Karen Chadwick
no later than March 10, 2016 by 4:30pm 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.

San Mateo County California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA)
Due March 18, 2016
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
  • Must submit academic transcripts
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 18, 2016 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
Application Opens January 6, 2016
Deadline Date varies from February - May 2016
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.