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(650) 574-6146 
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.

2015-2016 CSM Scholarships

2015-2016 College of San Mateo Scholarship Application is NOW OPEN! Please click on the link below to apply.

                                       2015-2016 College of San Mateo Scholarship Application

Who is eligible to apply?
The 2015-2016 scholarship application for continuing, new, transferring, and high school students. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 12, 2015 by 11:59pm

APPLICATION WORKSHOP: NEED HELP! Attend a Scholarship Application Workshop.

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 2014 or spring 2015 semesters but plan to attend next year, please Apply for Admissions to attend the summer 2015 or fall 2016 semesters. Once admitted, you will be sent your "" email address and be able to apply for our scholarship program.

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.

Please download instructions to help you complete the application. If you have any questions please call or email the Scholarship Coordinator, Karen Chadwick at or call (650) 574-6514.

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 throughly and follow directions.

Please see below for External Scholarships for additional opportunities.

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 or call (650) 574-6514.

External Scholarships

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation - Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship (due December 2, 2014)

Faculty Representative: Arnett Caviel
If you need more information about this scholarship, please make an appointment with Arnett Caviel, Counseling Center, College Center Building 10, 3rd floor.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a four-year college or university. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 85 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements
  • Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2014, or a recent graduate (since spring 2010).
  • Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2015.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant.
  • Have not previously been nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
  • Have not previously attended a four-year institution.
Silicion Valley Community Foundation Scholarships

Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) - List of 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.

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