A scholarship is a sum of money granted to a student to help further their education. Scholarships come from various sources like a school, organization, or other private source. Every scholarship has specific requirements and deadlines that have to be met to qualify. Here are a few examples:

  • Merit scholarships are based on the students achievements in various areas like: athletics and academic interests to name a few.
  • School scholarships are given to students by the school they attend. They can be associated to a specific field of study or students interests at that institution.
  • Work scholarships require a student to earn their award by working.
  • Field of Study scholarships are awarded to students who are pursuing specific field of study.
  • Need scholarships are based on the student meeting specific financial need criteria. Some scholarship competitions use a Federal Financial Need formula.
  • Student-Specific scholarships can be based on a student’s nationality, gender, race, religion, medical history and other student-specific factors.

SCC Scholarships:

External Scholarships:


AAUW Sacramento ($2,000) Female attending a Los Rios Community College, or CSU Sacramento. Deadline: Mar 6

AL (assistance league Sacramento) ($1,000) – Qualified candidates attending Los Rios Community College District, Sierra and Woodland Community Colleges. Deadline: Feb 8

American Agri-Women Resource Center ($500-$1000) Agriculture relationship and interest. Deadline:  Apr 15 & Jun 1, 2016

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (Varied Amount) Undergraduate & graduate nursing education. Deadline: Various

American Iris Society – Region 14 ($1,000) – Contact for application. Promoting interest in irises or interest in field. Deadline: Apr. 6

Asian Pacific State Employees Association Foundation (Unlisted) – Awarded annually to youth and young adults from the Sacramento region. Deadline: Feb 29

Benjamin A. Gilman International (up to $5,000) US undergrads who might otherwise not study abroad due to financial constraints. Deadline: Term-Based

Big Fish Online Games ($2,500) College-bound HS senior or currently enrolled in an accredited university for the 2016-2017 school year. Deadline: May 31

BigSun ($500) Student athletes regardless of the sport. HS senior or attending a post-secondary institute. Deadline: Jun 17

Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation ($1,000) HS seniors graduating in June, & college freshmen returning to school in fall (17 – 25) with 2.0 -3.5 GPA. Deadline: Jul 25

Bradley R. Corbett ($2,000) Any degree-seeking category, no minimum GPA. Deadline: Jul 15


CA Conservation Corps (up to $4,000) – Corps members who meet the performance eligibility requirements. Deadline: N/A

Christopher W. Keyser ($1,500) Undergrad enrolled in 4-year college/university program with interest in the legal or criminal justice. Deadline month: July

CIEN AMIGOS-IME BECAS ($1,000) Consulate General of Mexico (Sacramento), Cien Amigos, Inst. of Mexicans Abroad (IME), Mexican Cultural Center of N CA. Deadline month: May ($500-$3,000) Scroll to bottom and press SCHOLARSHIP. US students who write an essay: What is your credit score, and why is it important for your future success. Deadline month: Aug

Cystic Fibrosis Awareness ($1,500) Students attending US higher education institutions. Deadline month: Jul

Daughters of the American Revolution ($1,000-$5,000) US Citizens attending, or planning to attend, an accredited college or university in the US. Deadline month: Feb

Divine Mercy Foundation (6 at $1,000) Established to help disadvantaged students reach their highest potentials in keeping with their human dignity.

Drive to Learn ($1,000) –  Full-time student at a 4-year university, graduate program, community college, or trade school. Deadline month: Jul

California Strawberry ($400-$5,000) – Applicant’s parent currently employed as a CA strawberry fieldworker for the current and prior two harvest seasons (or CA strawberry fieldworker). Deadline month: Feb

Education for Success ($1,000) – Currently/previously involved in Sacramento County’s juvenile justice system and/or on probation. Deadline month: Aug

Ed Dorado County Mineral & Gem Society ($500-$2,000) – pursuing a degree/career in earth sciences or lapidary arts at and accredited college/university. Deadline month: May

eQuality(LGBT)($6,000-$12,000) – Service to the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community. Deadline month: Feb


Golden 1 Credit Union ($1,000-$5,000) – Members and their dependents. Excellence in academics, community involvement, & extracurricular activities. Deadline month: Jan

Griswold Home Care ($1,000) – Students pursuing a bachelor/associate/ graduate/professional degree at accredited college/university. Deadline month: June

Health and Wellness Award for Career Success ($1,000) – Current student at accredited U.S. college/university. Deadline month: July

HerbAffair ($1,000) – Currently enrolled in school with a GPA of 3.0. Deadline month: July ($1,000) – Write a 400-600 word essay. Deadline month: Nov

John Foy & Associates Strong Arm Leukemia ($1,000) – High-achieving students who has been/or has a loved one affected by leukemia. Deadline month: June


Latina Leadership Network ($500) – 4 awards made to community college students. Deadline month: Jan

LGBT Caucus of Sacramento County – Sacramento County resident with minimum 2.0 GPA. Contact Deadline month: Apr

Life Lessons Scholarship Program (Up to $15,000) – submit essays or videos about how the death of a parent impacted their lives. Deadline month: Mar

LogoMaker ($2,500) – Undergraduate students in the US regardless of major. Deadline month: July

Lexington Law  ($10,000) – Current, full-time student of an accredited US university/college with a min. 2.5 GPA. Deadline month: Feb

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance ($4,000) – Those who have/or have had an immediate family member battled cancer at any point in their lives (not limited to mesothelioma). Deadline month: Mar

NISTS Research Grants (two $800) – For research associated with transfer students, policy, process. Deadline month: Sept

Nordson BUILDS (average $4,000) – Password BUILDS2016 Majoring in Engineering, Information Technology, Machining, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Account, Finance, STEM related field. Deadline month: May

Oz Moving & Storage ($1,000) – Creative multi-media piece or well-written essay entry that relates back to the subject of moving. Deadline month: June

PG&/E Employee Resource Groups ($1,000-$5000) – The PG&E Employee Resource Groups offer scholarship opportunities for individuals who are pursuing higher education. Open in Nov, Deadline month: Feb

PlushBeds Green Scholarship ($1,000) – 1,000-word minimum essay. Deadline month: Fall – Aug/Spring – Dec

Proven Data Recovery Technology ($1,000) – Write a 500-800-word essay on a technology topic of your choice. Deadline month: Jan


Raab Collection Stewards of History ($1,000) – Junior or senior history major with a passion and appreciation for historical documents and preservation. Deadline month: Dec

Real Estate Endowment Fund ($800) – Students taking 6 units of Real Estate courses. Deadline month: Mar

RE/MAX of New Jersey ($1,000 – $2,000) –Graduating HS senior or enrolled in undergraduate program with expected grad no earlier than December 2015. Deadline month: Apr

Reservation Counter College ($1,500) – Students in a 2/4 year, or graduate program. Awarded fall & spring semester. Deadline month: Apr

Revzilla “The Future of Motorcycle Technology” ($1,000) –Graduating HS senior/freshmen or sophomore in college. Deadline month: June

Rocky Mountain Mattress – Mark A. Forester ($1,000) –Write a 300-500-word essay explaining how they go about honoring America’s military heroes. Deadline month: June

Rotary Club of Sacramento Foundation Community College to Four-Year College (3 – $2500) – Assist towards one year of undergraduate academic study in a four-year college of the student’s choice. Deadline: March 31, 2017

Rotary Club of Sacramento Foundation – Annual Scholarship (10 – $750) – Available to College Bound Graduating Seniors, persons with GED attending a Junior College or Community College. Deadline March 31, 2017

Rover Daily Treat ($1,000) – Graduating HS senior or currently a freshman, sophomore, or junior in college. Deadline month: May

Sports Unlimited ($1,000) – Graduating HS Senior or freshman/sophomore in college. Deadline month: May ($4,000) – Undergrad enrolled in accredited US college/university with a minimum of 9 credits, 3.0 GPA. HS grad with a min. 3.2 GPA accepted at an accredited college/university. No requirements for major or graduation date. Deadline month: Dec

Sunoco Rewards ($1,000) – Graduating HS senior or a full-time college freshman/sophomore/junior. Deadline month: May

Ski Butlers ($2,000) – Undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate attending an accredited US college/university with a passion for the mountains. Deadline month: Mar

Soroptimist of Sacramento ($1,000) – Students who are Sacramento area residents currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. Deadline month: Feb


Toptal Scholarships for Female Developers ($5000) Female, 13 years or older. Deadline: Oct 14, 2016

Udall Undergraduate (up to $7,000) – for college sophomore/junior for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment. Deadline: Mar 2, 2016

Undergraduate Transfer (up to $40,000) Full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall. Deadline: Various

Varsity Tutors College Contest ($1,000) Write an essay, and promote using social media.

Westway Electric Supply “Illuminating Ideas” ($1,000) Graduating HS senior or enrolled undergraduate with an expected grad no earlier than Dec. 2016. Deadline: Jan 15, and Feb 15, 2016