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 OPEN! Click HERE to apply!

The application deadline is 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 open on November 1, 2021

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:

Fall 2021

Spring 2022

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.
  • - a comprehensive database of scholarships for anyone interested in pursuing an engineering degree
  • 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: Friday, TBD

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 County Calif. Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) Division 22 Scholarship

Deadline to apply: TBD

$1,000-$2,000 Scholarships will be awarded to students planning to attend a public or private college or university enrolled in teacher preparation programs with plans to teach at the elementary or secondary level.

Qualifications for Applicants:

  • Complete application
  • Currently attending Cañada College, College of San Mateo or Skyline
  • Maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Planning on attending a 4-year public or private university
  • Plans to enroll in a teacher preparation program
  • Transferring in Fall 2021 to four-year university

Completed applications must be received by the Cañada College Financial Aid Office by the deadline. 

Completed applications may be scanned and emailed to the financial aid office at

Contact Person: Lyn Chan
Phone: 650-490-0125

Peninsula Chapter ACEC Scholarship

Deadline to apply:TBD

$2500 scholarship for a student who lives in San Mateo County and is attending Cañada College.

For application and more information Engineering or Land Surveying please click here.

Questions? Contact Contact Person: Stephanie Reed
Phone: (916) 441-7991

Additional Scholarships

NAME OF SCHOLARSHIP TYPE                                                       AMOUNT DEADLINE              
Latina Leadership Network (LLNCCC) Scholarship All Students $500 TBD
Palo Alto Rotary Vocational Scholarship Career/Vocational $500-$1000 TBD
San Carlos Rotary Scholarship All Students Varies TBD
Immigrants Rising Scholarship Undocumented Students $7000 TBD
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Scholarships All Students Varies Varies
Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program Students Who Identify as Chicana/Latina $1500  BD
Latinos In Technology Scholarship STEM Students $30000 TBD
TheDream.US Scholarship Opportunity Immigrant Students $14500-$29000 TBD
Crestmoor Scholarship San Bruno Residents $5000-$20000 TBD
Credit Sesami Financial Literacy Scholarship US Citizens/Permanent Residents $2500 On Going
National Association of Women in Construction Founder's Scholarship Interest in Construction $500-$2500 TBD
POE Scholarships High School & Community College Students Varies TBD
Gainsber Law Scholarship All Students $2500 TBD
Innovation in Education Scholarship  Citizens/Permanent Residents/Visa Holders  $500 On Going
Marie Calderilla Scholarship  Female Students  $20000 TBD
The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) Scholarship at UC Berkeley   All Students  $6000 TBD
180 Medical Scholarship Program   US Citizens/Permanent Residents  $1000 On Going
Mills-Peninsula Hospital Scholarship Program  Healthcare Majors/Careers  Varies TBD
The Pursuit of Excellence (POE) Scholarship UC Transfers $4000-$6000 TBD
The Huggable Supermom Scholarship US Citizens/Permanent Residents $2000 On Going
The Emery Reddy Legal Studies Scholarship  All Students  Varies November 30th (annually)
CCIS Future Contractor Scholarship Contractor Career $750 January 31,2021
Akkadian Labs Scholarship All Students $1000 TBD
Simeone & Miller Scholarship  All Students  $1000 On Going
Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship-College Award All Students Varies On Going
The Chairish "Design Your Future" Scholarship All Students  $2500 On Going
The Kreeger Law All Students  $1000 On Going
Test Prep Insight All Students  $1500 November 30,2021
"Test Yourself" Scholarship From STDLab All Students $1500 On Going
Radiology Scholarship  Radiology   $1000 TBD
San Mateo Credit Union's 2021 Educational Scholarship All Students  $5000  TBD
Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley - Latinos in Technology Scholarship STEM $30000 TBD
Earnest   $5000 TBD