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Outside Scholarships

Below is a list of outside scholarships not administered by 10,000 Degrees. Each of the listed scholarships has been awarded to at least one 10,000 Degrees student in recent years, so we encourage you to explore these scholarship opportunities. Please carefully read through the noted eligibility requirements. If you qualify to apply, simply click the associated link and follow the application directions.

NOTE: Please be mindful of application deadlines, which may be different for each scholarship.

Undocumented Students:

If you are an undocumented student, most of the scholarships below do not require a social security number. For more outside scholarships supporting undocumented students, visit Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) for an extensive list of Scholarships for Undocumented Students.

Outside Scholarships
Scholarship Name Amount Deadline Requirements Contact
Pivotal Scholarship Up to $5,000 for university or approved vocational school. Up to $3,000 for community college. Check website
  • Was in foster care or Guardianship including KinGAP (dependent of the court) at least one day after age 13 in Santa Clara County or San Mateo County
  • Was in foster care or Guardianship including KinGAP (dependent of the court) at least one day after age 13 in another county and is living in or attending school in Santa Clara County or San Mateo County.
  • Have earned a High School Diploma or GED or will have earned one before the start of the upcoming year.
  • Have a 2.0 HS Cumulative GPA or a 2.0 College Cumulative GPA (if in college already)
  • Have applied for the FAFSA or Dream Act by the March 2nd priority deadline and are eligible to receive all federal and state financial aid.
  • Have been accepted to or will be attending community college, university, or vocational school for the upcoming year. *Please note, the Pivotal scholarship cannot fund For-Profit Institutions.
Ahlsten Foundation $2,500


Not currently accepting applications
  • Graduating senior at:
    • Richmond High School
    • San Marin High School
    • El Cerrito High School
  • If maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in college they will receive an additional $2,500 per year
Alan and Ruth Stein Scholarship Up to $6,000 Current application cycle is closed
  • Essay describing their career goals and personal life stories
  • Letter of recommendation
Bridge Housing Scholarship Up to $6,000 January 15
  • Available for residents of Bridge housing properties
College Board Opportunity Scholarships $500 – $2,000 May
  • Must be a graduating high school senior
  • No citizenship requirement
Dell Scholars Program Up to $20,000 January 15
  • Participating in a Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12
  • Graduating from an accredited high school this academic year
  • Earning a minimum of a 2.4 GPA
  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance
  • Eligible to receive federal student aid
PG&E Brightminds Scholarship Up to $20,000 February 9
  • Demonstrate Financial Need
  • Exhibit personal/community involvement
  • Majoring in engineering and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies
The Dream Scholarship Up to $25,000 February 17
  • Meet AB 540 requirements and have DACA or TPS eligibility
  • Significant financial need
  • Show Academic Promise and demonstrate determination and perseverance
Buick Achievers Scholarship Up to $25,000 February 27
  • High school seniors or graduates or be current undergraduate student
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico (excluding proprietary and online schools)
  • Plan to major in a specified course of study that focuses on Engineering/Technology or select Design and Business-related programs of study
  • Interested in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries
Children of Vineyard Workers $1,250-$2,500 March 1
  • Children of Sonoma County Vineyard Workers
  • High School Seniors or continuing college students pursuing higher education in a college or trade school
Rotary Club of Terra Linda Varies based on need March 1
  • Graduating senior from Terra Linda or Marin Catholic High and residing in Terra Linda
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Financial Need
Inverness Garden Club Scholarship $1,000 – $10,000 March 1
  • Live in coastal West Marin (Pt. Reyes, Inverness, Olema, Nicasio, Tomales, Marshall, Dillon Beach, Stinson Beach, Bolinas)
  • Commitment to community service, extracurricular activities, work experience, and family responsibilities.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship $5,000 March 1
  • Federal Pell Grant eligible
  • Accepted into a study abroad/ Int’l intern program for at least four consecutive weeks
AAUW Scholarship $2000 March 2
  • A woman age 25 or over who
  • Is attending any of the following:
    • American River College
    • Cosumnes River College
    • Sacramento City College
    • Folsom Lake College
    • California State University, Sacramento
  • Has completed at least 12 units of credit from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Is pursuing her first baccalaureate degree.
  • Has clearly defined educational and career goals.
  • Demonstrates evidence of financial need.
  • Must be a Sacramento County resident.
Doyle Scholarship: Santa Rosa Junior College $1,200 Primary: March 2, Secondary: September 2
  • Local high school graduates
  • Unweighted High School GPA of 2.0* or greater
  • Must submit the FAFSA or CADAA application
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 units at SRJC
  • Complete an SRJC Orientation
  • Have an SRJC education plan developed with an academic counselor
Sausalito Woman’s Club $500-$3,500 March 11
  • Worthy students in the Sausalito Marin City School District
Latinos in Technology Scholarship Up to $10,000 March 19
  • Must be of Latino or Hispanic origin (as defined by U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Have a declared major in and been accepted into a STEM program
  • Available to sophomores, juniors, or community college students who will be transferring in the fall
  • Graduate from high school or enroll in a college/ university in the following Northern California counties: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Napa County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, Solano County, Sonoma County and Yolo County
  • United States citizen, DACA recipient, or eligible non-citizen
The Steve Tirado Family Foundation Up to $5,000 March 19
  • Bay Area resident accepted into 4 year University with financial need
  • Show Academic Promise and demonstrate determination  and perseverance
  • Priority given to minority students with an interest in performing/liberal arts
Terra Linda High School Varies according to specific scholarship March 20
  • Attended Terra Linda High School
California’s Wine Grape Growers Foundation $2,000 – $4,000 March 24
  • Parent/Guardian must be employed as a vineyard worker by a wine grape grower
Alexander M. & June L. Maisin Foundation Scholarship Fund $1,000 to $3,500 March 30
  • Graduating Jewish high school senior and past Maisin scholarship recipients who are age 24 or younger
  • Planning to enroll or enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited college or university
  • Demonstrate strong academics with a minimum high school GPA of 3.0, leadership potential and financial need
  • Renewal candidates preference will be given to those maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Applicants must be permanent residents of San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano the Peninsula, Marin, Napa or Sonoma counties
Marin Builders Scholarship Varies March 30
  • High school seniors pursuing a college, university or trade school
  • Preference given to those interested in a profession in the construction industry
Chicana / Latina Foundation Scholarship Program $1,500 March 31
  • Be a woman of Chicana/Latina heritage.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or community college in Northern California and have lived there for at least 2 years
  • Commit to attending the CLF Leadership Institute
  • Commit to volunteering ten (10) hours for CLF before March the year after being selected
Ignacio Rotary Club Wulbern Scholarship $2,500 March 31
  • Marin County High School graduates who will be attending University of California and California State University Schools.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 in high school
  • SAT I score of at least 1200 for the total of the math and verbal (critical reading) sections (or ACT equivalent).
Foster Care to Success $1,500-$6,000 March 31
  • Have been in public or private foster care for the 12 consecutive months leading up to and including their 18th birthday; OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship from foster care after their 16th birthday; OR they must have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday.
  • Have been accepted into or expect to be accepted into an accredited, Pell-eligible college or other post-secondary school.
  • Be under the age of 25 on March 31 of the year in which they apply if they have not previously received scholarship funding from FC2S.
  • Have been in foster care or orphaned while living in the United States. U.S. citizenship is not required.
Fish and Wildlife Commission Scholarship $1,000 March 31
  • Resident of Sonoma County
  • Enrollment in, or plan to enroll in a course of study in the area of botany, zoology, environmental science, marine science, resource management, natural science, wildlife conservation, resource conservation/restoration, fisheries or other biology, or oceanography at a California college campus
La Luz Center Scholarship $150-$1,000 April
  • Current Senior at Sonoma Valley High School or equivalent.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Intend to pursue higher education in a college setting or trade school
  • Fluency or planning to study a second language
  • Show financial need
  • Appear for a personal interview
Drake Scholarship Foundation $3,000 April 3
  • Graduating senior from Sir Francis Drake High School
  • Demonstrated academic and community involvement
The Hannah Project Varies April 7
  • Involvement with The Hannah Project in Marin City
  • Community involvement
Foster a Dream Scholarship $500-$5,000 April 8
  • Current of former Foster youth living in or from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano Counties
  • Accepted or enrolled at a 4 year college, Community College, or vocational program
  • 2.0 GPA or higher
Marin Garden Club $1,500 and Up April 15
  • Resident of Marin County
  • Graduating High School Senior
  • Interest in conversation, horticulture, and environmental issues
Don and Roy Splawn Scholarship $1,000 April 15
  • Resident of California
  • 2.6 GPA or higher
  • Demonstrated need and perseverance of hardships
Latinos Unidos del Condado de Sonoma Scholarship $500-$1,000 April 30
  • Latino descent
  • Sonoma County resident
  • Intend to enroll as a full time student in the fall at a community college, 4-year university or career training school
  • Be from a low-income family
Los Hermanos De Stanford Two $1,000 Awards May 5
  • Latino students graduating from high school with plans to attend any 2-year or 4-year institution of higher learning
  • Contributions to academic excellence, community service, and cultural awareness.
  • You do NOT need to be attending Stanford to receive this scholarship
Toyota/Steve Young Scholar-Athlete $2,500 May 11
  • College-bound high school senior whose academic and athletic careers have been exemplary and whose personal standards and accomplishments are a positive model for others
Paige Adele Smith Scholarship $500 May 13
  • Must be a Hilton High School senior
  • Must have completed 25 or more hours of volunteer work
  • One letter of recommendation and evaluation form from a supervisor
  • 800-word essay describing the following: why the applicant picked this particular organization to volunteer, and how this experience affected their life or the life(s) of members in the community.
Nathan Berhel Scholarship $2,500 May 15
  • Student athlete from Vallejo High with demonstrated athletic accomplishments
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation $1,000 June 1
  • Graduating high school senior OR current full time college student
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • 2 letters or recommendation
Career Climb Scholarship Program Honoring Paul Tunnel $500-$2,500 June 15
  • One-year of work experience in long term care
  • Must be actively employed in the long term care industry at the time of application and award
National Forum for Black Public Administrators $2,500 June 30
  • Currently enrolled in a GRADUATE program
  • Preference given to those enrolled in a public administration related field
  • Member of racial minority group
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
Alpha Phi Alpha scholarship $2,000 July 1
  • Must be Alpha men in good standing
  • Currently enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate (5) year programs acceptable or newly admitted to a graduate/professional program (within two years of college admittance)
  • Minimium GPA is 3.5/4.0 equivalent
The Haddie Academic Scholarship Fund $1,000 July 15
  • Incoming, continuing, and transferring students at the College of Marin.
  • Must have at least a 2.5 GPA and be enrolled in 9 units.
Marin County Human Rights Commission Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award $1,000 October
  • Lives, works, or attends school in Marin County
  • Serves the community of Marin
  • Is an active advocate for human / civil rights and dignity for individuals and/or groups not always afforded these rights
Horatio Alger California Scholarship Program $4,000 October
  • Must have a household income of less than $50,000
Jack Kent Cook Foundation Up to $40,000 November
  • High school seniors with financial need and exceptional ability and achievement
  • Unmet financial need
  • Persistence and desire to help others
Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarships $1,000 and up TBD
  • High school senior currently enrolled at a high school in a community served or approved by Comcast
  • GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Demonstrates leadership abilities in school activities or through work experiences/shows a strong commitment to and involvement in community service
Petaluma Educational Foundation Varies according to specific scholarship Multiple scholarships awarded. Please check specific scholarship for details
  • Attended a Petaluma High School
Elsie Allen High School Varies according to specific scholarship Multiple scholarships awarded. Please check specific scholarship for details
  • Please check scholarship page for individual requirements
The American Legion Varies according to specific scholarship Multiple scholarships awarded. Please check specific scholarship for details
  • Kin of wartime veterans/participants in Legion programs
Scholarships for African Americans
Scholarship Name Amount Deadline Requirements Contact
College Bound Brotherhood Scholarship $1,500-$3,500 March 31
  • Student must currently be a senior in a high school within the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma)
  • Complete the FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application by the March 2nd priority deadline
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less than $10,000
  • Plan to attend four-year institution, two-year institution, or trade/technical program in the fall following your graduation from high school
  • When awarded, recipients are required to attend the College Bound Brotherhood events, including the orientation, the graduation ceremony held in late May 2014, the College Bound Brotherhood “Get Ready for College” event held in late June 2014 and persistence events in the winter 2014 and spring 2015.
United Negro College Fund Amounts may vary  Varies
  • Attending a UNCF member college or Historically Black College/University
Jackie Robinson Foundation Up to $7,500 March 30
  • Be a graduating, minority high school senior
  • Show leadership potential
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service
  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4–year college when applying for the scholarship
The Gaines-Jones Education Foundation $2,000 April 20
  • College bound African American high school senior
Sallie Mae Fund American Dream Scholarship Program $500 – $5,000 Check website
  • Open to students who have at least a 2.5 GPA and meet Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria
Thurgood Marshall College Fund Average of $2,200 per semester Check website
  • Established to help students wishing to attend one of the 47 member universities (most are Historically Black Colleges and Universities). Scholarships are merit based and applicants must also demonstrate financial need.
Gates Millennium Scholarship Amount based on need January 12
  • Scholarship for minority students who meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria and have a minimum 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Students must be nominated by an educator familiar with the student’s work.
Questbridge Check website
  • Connects bright, motivated, low-income students with education and scholarship opportunities at 27 partnering colleges & universities.
Scholarships for Asian Americans
Scholarship Name Amount Deadline Requirements Contact
Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement $1,000 – $2,000 Check website
  • All full-time graduating high school seniors in good academic standing (minimum GPA 3.40 on 4-point scale, or 4.25 on 5-point scale), of any ethnic or cultural background, who plans to attend an accredited college (2-year and 4-year) or vocational school.
US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce $2,000 – $5,000 Varies
  • Awards scholarships to students of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage.
Asian Pacific Fund $1,500 Multiple scholarships awarded. Please check specific scholarship for details.
  • For first generation, low-income students. Must attend the University of California.
Gates Millennium Scholars Amount based on financial need January 12
  • Scholarship for minority students who meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria and have a minimum 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Students must be nominated by an educator familiar with the student’s work.
Questbridge Check website
  • Connects bright, motivated, low-income students with education and scholarship opportunities at 27 partnering colleges & universities.
Scholarships for Hispanic Latino Students
Scholarship Name Information Contact
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • DEADLINE: March 1
  • Available to high school, college, and community college transfer students
  • Offers a variety of scholarships
  • Check website for details and deadlines about each scholarship
Hispanic College Fund
  • DEADLINE: Varies
  • Awarded more than $3 billion to almost 600 students
  • Offers a variety of scholarships for students studying business, math, technology, science or engineering
  • Check website for the individual deadline
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
  • DEADLINE: April 16
  • Funds one-time scholarship of $2,500 to attend a 4-year academic institution or $1,000 to attend a 2 year community college or AA/AS granting institution
  • Students must demonstrate financial need, strong writing skills, consistent and active participation in public/community service activities, full-time enrollment, US citizenship or legal permanent residency
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
  • DEADLINE: May 1
  • Awards a variety of scholarships
  • Deadlines and award amounts vary
  • Recipients must attend a HACU-member institution
Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation
  • Open to graduating high school seniors who maintain an un-weighted 3.0 GPA
  • Award categories include academic excellence, business, education (future teachers), engineering and mathematics, journalism, leadership, and sports
  • More categories are added each year and are subject to change without notice
Gates Millennium Scholars
  • Scholarship for minority students who meet the Pell Grant eligibility criteria and have a minimum 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Students must be nominated by an educator familiar with the student’s work
  • Connects bright, motivated, low-income students with education and scholarship opportunities at 27 partnering colleges & universities
  • Over 1,000 students received admission and grant money to attend these universities
  • Check website for details
Scholarship Search Websites
Name Information Website
  • Good resource for scholarships
  • Offers personalized matching of scholarships that fit your profile
  • Offers daily updates
  • A reliable source of college information
  • Has more than 2,300 sources of funding for college, totaling over $3 billion
  • Complete a questionnaire that will match scholarships for your needs