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 Community Colleges Foundation.

SMCCCD/Cañada College Scholarships

How to Apply- Deadline: CLOSED

Follow the steps below to complete and submit your scholarship application.

 1. Create an account

Through the San Mateo County College Foundation(please make sure to use your email).

  • New Applicant: sign up to create your account.
  • Returning Applicant: sign in to complete or update your scholarship application.

 2. Fill out your information

Complete your scholarship profile by selecting your major and career goals to filter scholarships that best fit your academic goals.

 3. Personal statement

Check out our workshops for assistance with personal statements.

 4. Reference

One reference from staff, a professor, or a counselor who knows your academic history. The reference will receive a link to access the scholarship portal,they will be asked to answer questions about you as the student.

 5. Unofficial Transcript

Go to your WebSMART account, then "Student Records" and request an Unofficial Transcript.

 6. Submit Scholarship Application

You are now ready to submit your scholarship application!

Additional Scholarships

 The San Bruno Community Foundation

Deadline: March 5, 2024 at 5pm

Qualifications for Applicants:

  • Complete 
  • Live in San Bruno or attend a high school or community college located in San Bruno at the time of the application
  • Plan to enroll, during the fall of 2024, 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.
  • Deadline to apply is: March 5, 2024 @ 5pm.



 UC Santa Cruz 2024 Karl S. Pister Leadership

Deadline: March 4, 2024

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

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 Dr. Mary Ho (), c/o Cañada College Transfer Center by the deadline. 

  • Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program  (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 2,2022.

Contact:  Dr. Mary Ho, Director of Post-Secondary Success and the University Center.
Office: (650) 306-3407

 Monterra Credit Union 2024 Scholarship

Deadline: March 29, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

Monterra Credit Union believes that a higher education is a catalyst for success. That's why, year after year, Monterra Credit Union Education Scholarship helps students with the growing expenses that come along with a college education. Monterra is proud to offer four $5,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors to help cover the costs such as tuition, housing, books, and meals.

Qualifications for Applicants:

  • Complete 
  • Be a class of 2024 high school senior or a 2023 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
  • Be a member of Monterra Credit Union and/or 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. 
  • Essay Prompt: Provide a minimum 500-word essay in APA or MLA style with the following prompt: We love our community. We believe in the bond of community — and here, those bonds run deep. That's why we're invested in making it stronger. Explain how you have helped enrich your community, and how these experiences have shaped your values and aspirations. 
  • Submit a resume highlighting work experience or extra-curricular activities and two (2) letters of recommendation.

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

 Woodside Terrace AM Kiwanis Club

Deadline: April 15, 2024 

2024-2025 Woodside Terrace AM Kiwanis Club $5,000 Community College Transfer Scholarship

Link to scholarship application

David Amann/WTAM Kiwanis Transfer Scholarship for Community College Students (2/$5,000): This scholarship is to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of a transferring community college student that has overcome personal and/or financial hardship. The scholarship will be awarded over two years ($2,500 junior year and $2,500 senior year). 

Two scholarships will be awarded this year.
 Applications will only be accepted by email to .

Minimum eligibility to be considered for a scholarship include the following:

  • San Mateo County resident
  • Transferring from Cañada College, College of San Mateo, Foothill College, or Skyline College
  • Transferring to four-year university in fall 2024
  • 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


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Outside scholarship name Type Amount Deadline
Palo Alto Rotary Vocational Scholarship Career/Vocational $500-$2,000 TBD
San Carlos Rotary Scholarship San Carlos resident Varies TBD
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Scholarships All Students Varies Varies
Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program Students Who Identify as Chicana/Latina $1,500 March 31, 2024
Crestmoor Scholarship San Bruno Residents $5,000-$20,000 Every March

Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley - Latinos in Technology Scholarship

STEM $30,000

Passed, check again in January 2024

The William and Cora Saperstein Foundation

All students $1,000

2/1/2024- 5/31/2024

Pivotal College Scholarship

Foster Youth Varies