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California Scholarships

California, the Golden State, is the 3rd largest state in the nation and features the highest population in the country with just over 38 million people. This means that 1 in 8 Americans live in California. To accommodate all these people, there is an extensive higher education system.  We're talking about famous universities like Stanford, U.C.L.A. and U.S.C. and also an extensive system of community colleges and technical schools.

Computers and electronic products comprise the number 1 export for the state. Other important exports include transportation equipment, machinery and miscellaneous manufactured commodities. Agriculture is another large industry for the state.

Click on the links below to investigate the complete range of funding opportunities available in the state. You'll find funding opportunities for fields such as nursing, engineering, the biological sciences, teaching, music, law, the aerospace industry and much more. 

 

Association of California Water Agencies Scholarships

Each year, ACWA awards two $3,000 scholarships to deserving students in a water-resources related field of study. Eligible students must be California residents attending a four-year, publicly funded college or university in California full-time as a junior or senior during the year the scholarship is awarded. Applications must be postmarked no later than APRIL 1 of each year, or the following business day if it falls on a weekend or holiday. Scholarship Eligibility Applicants must be: • A California resident • A full-time junior or senior in the year the scholarship will be applied • Attending an accredited, publicly funded college or university in California • Studying a water-resources related field or discipline • Planning to attend school for the complete academic year Selection Criteria Awards are based on a combination of scholastic achievement and a commitment on the part of the applicants to their chosen fields, best demonstrated by pursuing a degree related to or identified with engineering, agriculture or urban water supply, environmental studies and public administration associated with resources management. Financial need is also considered.

CAL Grants

To qualify for a Cal Grant, you must: - be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. - be a California resident attending an eligible school or college in the state. - be making satisfactory academic progress. - be in a program leading to an undergraduate degree or certificate. - not have a bachelor's or higher degree before receiving a Cal Grant. - be attending school at least half-time. - have complied with U.S. Selective Service requirements. - not owe a refund on any state or federal educational grant or have defaulted student loans. Selection for all Cal Grants is based on financial need and grades. For Cal Grant B, disadvantaged background is also considered.

L. Gordon Bittle Memorial Scholarships

Three (3), $2,000 scholarships are awarded annually. Must be an active member of Student California Teachers Association (SCTA) and be pursuing a career in public education. This scholarship is not available for those who are currently working as members of CTA. Applicants may be undergraduate, credential or graduate students. In order to receive funds, scholarship recipients will be required to show proof of registration in an approved teacher preparatory program in an accredited institution of higher learning in California.

CLA Scholarship for Minority Students

A maximum of three scholarships are awarded each year. Recipients are each awarded $2,500, a one-year student membership to CLA, and a certificate of recognition. They are honored at the CLA Awards Ceremony during the annual conference and encouraged to enroll into CLA's Mentoring Program. The CLA Scholarship for Minority Students in Memory of Edna Yelland is funded by CLA's Edna Yelland Scholarship Fund. Contributions to the fund are tax-deductible and will enable CLA to continue supporting ethnic minority students and encouraging commitment to the improvement of library services to ethnic minority communities in California. Eligibility Applicants must: be US citizens (or permanent US residents) and permanent California residents; be enrolled in an ALA-accredited master's of library and information science or information studies program and have completed one or more courses; intend to work in a California library upon graduation; be a member of one of the following ethnic minority groups: African American or Black; American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Latino/Hispanic; Pacific Islander; provide a description of your financial need; and be available for interview by the Edna Yelland Scholarship Committee. Individuals will be chosen for oral interview based upon the merits of the written application.

Reference Service Press Fellowship

The Reference Service Press Fellowship encourages college seniors, college graduates, and beginning library school students to prepare for a career in reference/information service librarianship. The Fellowship has been offered annually since 1993. It is provided by Reference Service Press, the only publishing company in the United States specializing solely in the development of print and electronic sources of information on financial aid for specific groups, including women, minorities, the disabled, individuals interested in going abroad, and veterans, military personnel, and their dependents. A maximum of one scholarship is awarded each year. The recipient is awarded $3,000, a one-year student membership to CLA, and a certificate of recognition. He or she is honored at the CLA Awards Ceremony during the annual conference and is encouraged to enroll into CLA's Mentoring Program. Eligibility The Reference Service Press Fellowship is open to (1) college seniors or college graduates who have been accepted in an accredited master's degree program in library/information studies (documentation is required) or (2) graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited master's degree program in library/information students (full or part time) who will have completed no more than eight credits when the award is made. Applicants must be either (1) California residents enrolled in or planning to work on a master's degree at a graduate school of library/information studies accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) OR (2) Residents of any state enrolled in or planning to work on a master's degree at a graduate school of library/information studies in California that is accredited by ALA. Applicants must be interested in preparing for a career in reference or information service and must agree, if awarded the fellowship, to then take at least three classes specifically dealing with reference or information service.

Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship

The Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually to qualified Latino students who are planning to pursue a career in journalism. The scholarships, which range from $500 to $2,000 per student, are based on several criteria including commitment to the field of journalism, scholastic achievement, community awareness and financial need. Students must be enrolled full-time for the entire academic year, and must be a California resident or attend an accredited college or university in California. Open to graduate students.

Golden State Minority Foundation Scholarship

The following are the scholarship requirements: - Attend school or be a resident of California - Qualified under-represented ethnic minority (Black, Latino, Native American) - Minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale - U.S.A. citizen or permanent legal resident - Currently enrolled as a junior or above in college - Employed no more than 28 hours per week - Full-time status at a four-year college/university - demonstrated community service

Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship

The Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually to qualified Latino students who are planning to pursue a career in journalism. The scholarships, which range from $500 to $2,000 per student, are based on several criteria including commitment to the field of journalism, scholastic achievement, community awareness and financial need. Students must be enrolled full-time for the entire academic year, and must be a California resident or attend an accredited college or university in California. Open to graduate students.

Ken Innouye Scholarship

The Ken Inouye Scholarship is for members of ethnic minorities. 1. You must provide proof that you are enrolled or have been accepted as a journalism major at a four-year college. (If your college does not have a journalism program, you must supply a letter from a member in good standing of the Society of Professional Journalists in your geographic area, verifying that you intend to pursue a career as a professional journalist and that you show strong potential as a journalist.) Students in fields such as advertising, public relations, publicity or law are not eligible. Students completing pre-journalism programs must provide proof that they have been admitted to a journalism program. 2. You must have completed at least your sophomore year in college, and you must have at least one semester to complete in a journalism program after the awards of the scholarship. Graduate students in journalism programs are eligible. 3. You must be a resident of Los Angeles, Ventura or Orange counties or be enrolled at a university in one of those three California counties. 4. If you have received a chapter scholarship and continue to meet the eligibility requirements, you may apply to have the scholarship renewed. Renewal requests are considered along with all other scholarships applications and are given no preference. 5. You may apply for more than one scholarship, but no more than one scholarship will be awarded to any applicant. The application form allows you to check off all scholarships for which you are applying on a single page. Do not file separate application forms for each scholarship. Multiple applications will be discarded. 6. Awards are made primarily on the basis of accomplishments and potential. Financial need will be considered in making selections between otherwise equally qualified applicants.

Larry Acterman Public Education Award

Eligibility Applicants for this scholarship award must: 1. Be a high school senior (and US citizen) graduating from the Long Beach Unified School District. 2. Plan to enroll in a full-time course of study which leads to a degree and a teaching credential at an accredited four-year public college or university in the state of California. 3. Demonstrate a strong commitment and interest in pursuing a career in public education as a K-12 public school teacher in California. 4. Demonstrate outstanding scholastic ability, and a determination to graduate from college and become a public school teacher. For this scholarship you must arrange for at least two letters of recommendation. • At least one letter must be from a member of your school staff (e.g. teacher, academic counselor, principal, etc.). • At least one letter must be from an unrelated adult who has been involved with you in some significant activity outside of school.

LAF/CLASS Fund University Program

The LAF/CLASS (California Landscape Architecture Student Scholarship) Fund is designed to assist students enrolled in programs of landscape architecture and ornamental horticulture in California. The awards are given to students in financial need who show promise and commitment to the profession. All applicants must be continuing their studies in landscape architecture or ornamental horticulture. Six $1,500 scholarships for juniors or seniors enrolled in landscape architecture curriculum at: Cal Poly Pomona (2 awards); Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (2 awards); and the University of California Davis (2 awards).

LAF/CLASS Fund Landscape Architecture Program

The LAF/CLASS (California Landscape Architecture Student Scholarship) Fund is designed to assist students enrolled in programs of landscape architecture and ornamental horticulture in California. The awards are given to students in financial need who show promise and commitment to the profession. All applicants must be continuing their studies in landscape architecture or ornamental horticulture. Ten $500 scholarships for students enrolled in landscape architecture programs and continuing their current curriculum program. Two students enrolled at University of California, Berkeley Two students enrolled at University of California, Los Angeles Two students enrolled at University of California, Davis Two students enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona Two students enrolled at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

LAF/CLASS Fund Internship Program

The LAF/CLASS (California Landscape Architecture Student Scholarship) Fund is designed to assist students enrolled in programs of landscape architecture and ornamental horticulture in California. The awards are given to students in financial need who show promise and commitment to the profession. All applicants must be continuing their studies in landscape architecture or ornamental horticulture. Two $2,000 scholarships to juniors or seniors enrolled in a landscape architecture program and continuing a current curriculum program from Cal Poly Pomona or San Luis Obispo or U.C. Davis for participation in an internship program of employment in the field of landscape architecture, landscape construction and a related field within the green industry. Internship programs are supported by specified offices providing the participant with an additional rate of $6/hour. School faculty will participate in jury review.

LAF/CLASS Fund Ornamental Horticulture Program

The LAF/CLASS (California Landscape Architecture Student Scholarship) Fund is designed to assist students enrolled in programs of landscape architecture and ornamental horticulture in California. The awards are given to students in financial need who show promise and commitment to the profession. All applicants must be continuing their studies in landscape architecture or ornamental horticulture. Three $1,000 scholarships for juniors and seniors enrolled in ornamental horticulture curriculum at: Cal Poly Pomona (1 award); Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (1 award); and the University of California Davis (1 award).

Butrimovitz Family Endowment Fund

General Purpose: To provide scholarships to individuals in need who wish to pursue traditional Jewish education in the context of a Jewish day school, undergraduate, or graduate school setting. Geographic Limitations: San Francisco, San Mateo, northern Santa Clara, Marin and Sonoma Counties

Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship

Applicant must be a California resident and meet one of the following categories: Category I: have graduated from a high school in the greater San Francisco Bay area and have been accepted as a full-time student; Category II: attend a college or university full time that operates under Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c)(3) or is approved by GGRASF, have completed at least one semester and be accepted for the next semester, and have maintained a minimum 2.75 GPA; Category III: attend a college or university part time that operates under Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c)(3) or is approved by GGRASF, work in the food service or hospitality industry at least 20 hours per week, have completed at least one semester and be accepted for the next semester, and have maintained a minimum 2.75 GPA.

College Fee Waiver Program

The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. This program does not cover the expense of books, parking or room and board. There are four plans under which dependents of veterans may be eligible. This program does not cover expenses like books, housing and parking. To be eligible, the student must: Have a parent who is a disabled veteran (0% or more disabled); or Have a spouse who is service-connected (S/C) deceased or rated 100% S/C disabled. Be a child earning less than $11,945 per year (student’s income, not parents’). Note: there is no income limit for a spouse or children of S/C deceased or 100% S/C disabled veterans. Attend a California Community College, California State University, or a University of California school. The student must meet the in-state residency requirements as determined by the school Provide proof of the student’s relationship to the veteran such as a copy of a birth or marriage certificate.

MGMA Western Section Scholarship

Individuals residing in MGMA Western section states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) who are current MGMA members and enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice management. Eligibility Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice management, including public health, business administration, healthcare administration and other related areas.The scholarships are not intended to support individuals pursuing degrees in: medicine physical therapy nursing or other clinically related professions

Crain Educational Grants Program

Minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 - Current graduating senior or graduate of a public or private high school in San Mateo or Santa Clara counties - United States citizen - Demonstrated financial hardship.

Los Angeles Actuarial Club Actuarial Award

Requirements: Applicant must demonstrate interest in an actuarial science career and have a minimum 3.0 GPA (cumulative and for most recent academic term). Two letters of recommendation, two essays, and interview required. Eligibility: College junior, College senior

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