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 & JUNE 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: JUNE 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: JULY 25

Bradley R. Corbett ($2,000) Any degree seeking category, no minimum GPA. DEADLINE: JULY 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 MONT: 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: JULY

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: JULY

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: NOVEMBER

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. OPENS 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