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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.

2016-2017 CSM Scholarships

2016-2017 College of San Mateo Scholarship Application has now CLOSED (deadline was February 18, 2016).

Please Note: Announcements will be sent out by email to "" email addresses in mid April for students who have both received and not received scholarship awards. Please read email thoroughly and follow directions.

CSM's Scholarship Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016.

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

Please see below for External Scholarships for additional opportunities.

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 or call (650) 574-6514.

External Scholarships

AIA San Mateo County Scholarship

Due May 2, 2016
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
The application is available online through AIA San Mateo County.

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