Scholarship Information

Each year, the three colleges of the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) -- 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, College of San Mateo, and Skyline alumni, faculty, and staff), businesses, civic groups, community organizations, and other foundations. Learn more about the San Mateo County Colleges Foundation here.


Cañada College Scholarships

The 2022-2023 SMCCCD scholarship application is NOW CLOSED  Click HERE to apply!


APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 2, 2022 at 11:59 PM.

If you will be attending any of the SMCCCD colleges next year, plan to apply for our 2022-2023 Scholarship Cycle. The application is now open!

Need assistance? Attend one of our Scholarship Zoom Workshops to receive assistance with creating your Academic Works login and completing the application or NEW step by step videos aSMCCCD Scholarship Application TV

Zoom Scholarship Workshop Reservation Form


Outside Scholarships

  • SVCF Latinos in Technology Scholarship:
  • STEM Center Scholarship page:
  • See list of funding opportunities for Non-U.S. Citizens. Published by the National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA); includes applications for an array of nationally competitive and merit-based scholarships.
  • Immigrants Rising - 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.
  • Scholarships for Black and African American Students-Many organizations and schools offer college scholarships for Black and African American students. Learn about the top scholarships for these learners.
  • Scholarships for California Students - Since 2003, has been providing scholarship management services for companies, as well as a comprehensive database of scholarships for students.
  • MALDEF - Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund Scholarship List  - A list of scholarships for all students regardless of immigration status.
  • Latino College Dollars, Scholarships for California's Latino Students Directory (current) - The Latino College Dollars Scholarship Directory contains clear information on more than 300 scholarships targeting Latino high school, undergraduate, and graduate students across the United States. A guide on how to apply for scholarships in both Spanish and English is included in the directory. For the ease of students and parents, scholarship listings are categorized by education level, deadline, minimum GPA, by whether citizenship is required as well as by region. The online directory is searchable by key categories such as grade level, grade point average (GPA) and citizenship at

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CCCSFAAA Student Scholarship

Deadline to apply: TBD

Please see the CCCSFAAA Scholarship Application here. This is an annual $500 scholarship provided by the statewide financial aid association. Each applicant must submit a statement of candidacy that includes:

  • Special circumstance and/or unusual hardship
  • Educational and career goals
  • Why they have chosen these goals
  • Any community involvement or leadership roles which they may have had


Attention UC Santa Cruz Students: $20,000 Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award Program at UC Santa Cruz

Deadline to Apply: February 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

This scholarship is for 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.

Submit these items in one packet to Soraya Sohrabi, c/o Cañada College Transfer Center by the deadline. 

  • Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program application (with personal statement attached - single-sided paper, no staples)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • All official college transcripts (unopened)

Applicants must have applied to UCSC
Applicants must apply for financial aid by submitting the FAFSA or California Dream Act application by March 2,2021

Contact:  Soraya Sohrabi, Transfer Services Coordinator
Office: (650) 306-3493

San Mateo Credit Union  

Deadline to Apply: Mach 25, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

$5,000- Scholarships to two individual graduating high school seniors in our community.

Qualifications for Applicants:

  • Complete application
  •  Be a class of 2022 high school senior or a 2021 graduate who
    took a gap year and is enrolling in a college or technical school for
    the first time.
  •  Have a GPA of 3.0 or greater and submit an unofficial transcript.
  •  Provide a typed essay on the following prompt:
    Credit unions believe in the philosophy of People Helping People.
    Tell us how you have helped your community during your high
    school experience or how a college education will assist you in
    helping your community overcome the financial wellness challenges
    they face.
  • Applicants must live, work, worship, or attend school in San Mateo County, the City of Palo Alto, or select San
       Francisco zip codes: 94110, 94112, 94116, 94122 94124, 94132, or 94134.

Contact Person: Gustavo Castillo
Phone: (650)562-1233

The San Bruno Community Foundation

Deadline to apply: TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

Qualifications for Applicants:

  • Complete application
  • Plan to enroll, during the fall of 2022, as a transfer student from a community college at an
    accredited four-year college or university
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for AB 540 students, the
    California Dream Act Application
  • Awards are up to $10,000.





The purpose of the William and Cora Saperstein Foundation is to further education by awarding deserving individuals pursuing an Associate Degree with a 2-year stipend to help offset tuition and living costs.

Deadline to apply: Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Qualifications for Applicants:

  • Complete application
  • Prospective full-time student pursuing an Associate Degree (2 year program) 
  • Resident of San Mateo County Community College District
  • emonstrate a need for financial support an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number less than 5,800
  • This is a $1,000 r scholarship


2022-2023 Woodside Terrace AM Kiwanis Club

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis and member and former club president, David Amann, are proud to announce the availability of our 2022-23 Community College Transfer Scholarship.

Deadline to apply: 11:59 pm on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Qualifications for Applicants:

  • Complete application
  • San Mateo County resident
  • Transferring from Cañada College, College of San Mateo, Foothill College or Skyline College
  • Transferring to four-year university in fall 2022
  • Demonstrated financial need and personal or family hardship
  • Extracurricular activities including service to community, volunteerism and/or student leadership a plus
  • Additional consideration given for students that must work, homeless youth and former foster youth
  • This is a $5,000 transfer scholarship


Additional Scholarships

NAME OF SCHOLARSHIP TYPE                                                       AMOUNT DEADLINE              
Palo Alto Rotary Vocational Scholarship Career/Vocational $500-$1,000 April 15, 2022
San Carlos Rotary Scholarship San Carlos resident Varies March 25, 2022
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Scholarships All Students Varies Varies
Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program Students Who Identify as Chicana/Latina $1,500 March 31, 2022
Latinos In Technology Scholarship STEM Students Up to $30,000 March 18, 2022
TheDream.US Scholarship Opportunity Immigrant Students $14,500-$29,000 February 28, 2022
Crestmoor Scholarship San Bruno Residents $5,000-$20,000 TBD
Credit Sesami Financial Literacy Scholarship US Citizens/Permanent Residents $2,500 On Going
POE Scholarships High School & Community College Students Varies TBD
Gainsber Law Scholarship All Students $2,500 TBD
Innovation in Education Scholarship  Citizens/Permanent Residents/Visa Holders  $500 On Going
Marie Calderilla Scholarship  Female Students  $20,000 TBD
The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) Scholarship at UC Berkeley   All Students  $6,000 TBD
180 Medical Scholarship Program   US Citizens/Permanent Residents  $1,000 On Going
Mills-Peninsula Hospital Scholarship Program  Healthcare Majors/Careers  Varies TBD
The Pursuit of Excellence (POE) Scholarship UC Transfers $4,000-$6,000 TBD
The Huggable Supermom Scholarship US Citizens/Permanent Residents $2,000 On Going
The Emery Reddy Legal Studies Scholarship  All Students  Varies November 30th (annually)
CCIS Future Contractor Scholarship Contractor Career $750 January 31,2022
Akkadian Labs Scholarship All Students $1,000 TBD
Simeone & Miller Scholarship  All Students  $1,000 On Going
Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship-College Award All Students Varies On Going
The Chairish "Design Your Future" Scholarship All Students  $2,500 On Going
The Kreeger Law All Students  $1,000 On Going
Test Prep Insight All Students  $1,500 November 30, 2022
"Test Yourself" Scholarship From STDLab All Students $1,500 On Going
Radiology Scholarship  Radiology   $1,000 TBD
San Mateo Credit Union's 2021 Educational Scholarship All Students  $5,000  TBD
Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley - Latinos in Technology Scholarship STEM $30,000 TBD
Earnest All Students $5,000 January 31, 2022
San Francisco Alumnae Delta Community Foundation Single Parent $1,500 April 15, 2022