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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.

Outside Scholarships
Scholarship Name Information Contact
AAUW Scholarship
  • Requirements vary based on scholarship application
Abraham Lincoln High School of San Francisco Alumni Association Scholarship
  • The Alumni Association is proud to be able to provide this key program to the graduating classes of ALHS
Affect the Youth Scholarship
  • This scholarship program is designed to support individuals with interest in STREAM
  • Must have your full name on the essay
  • Must be a Graduating High School Senior or higher
  • Must complete the below application by 11:59pm January 31st, 2022.
  • Writing portion must be submitted as a pdf. Document
  • Must use an email address that is not connected to your high school
Ahlsten Foundation
  • Graduating senior attending El Cerrito High, Kennedy High, Richmond High, or San Rafael High School, Minimum overall 3.0 GPA, Financial need, Personal strengths and character
Alan and Ruth Stein Scholarship
(Bridge Housing Scholarship)
  • BRIDGE residents. High school seniors planning to go to college, longtime workers hoping to acquire skills to advance in a firm or change careers, parents returning to or continuing college while working, and people making the difficult transition from welfare to work. The institutions they hope to attend include public and private colleges, vocational schools, and certification and job skills programs.
Alexander M. & June L. Maisin Foundation Scholarship Fund
  • The Federation’s College Scholarship program includes 15 different scholarships, each with its own eligibility criteria and requirements (please refer to the website for detailed information).
  • Most (but not all) scholarships are for Jewish students from the Federation’s service area, which includes the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma, to attend an undergraduate program based on a combination of need and merit. There are exceptions, so please see the detailed eligibility requirements on the website.
The American Legion
  • Kin of wartime veterans/participants in Legion programs
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
  • Federal Pell Grant eligible
  • Accepted into a study abroad/ Int’l intern program for at least four consecutive weeks
Bridge to Excellence Scholarship
  • San Francisco Unified School District high school senior graduating in spring 2022
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20
  • Applicants must demonstrate a significant financial need and be the first in their family to attend a four-year college.
Buick Achievers Scholarship
  • 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
The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation
  • Be a full time student (undergraduate or graduate) in good academic standing at an accredited college or university, OR
  • Be a graduating high school senior with written proof of acceptance at an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
California’s Wine Grape Growers Foundation
  • Be graduating from high school and planning to attend a California four-year university/state college or a two-year community college in the fall.
  • Have a parent or legal guardian who was employed by a California winegrape grower during the current or past growing season.
Children of Vineyard Workers
  • Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors, Santa Rosa Junior College students or continuing
    four-year college students who have or will have a major in Agriculture or an Agriculture-related field.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for all scholarship applicants.
  • Farm Bureau Foundation scholarships are available only to undergraduate students.
  • An additional essay, specific major or number of registered units may be required depending upon the
College Board Opportunity Scholarships
  • Students must have a College Board account and attend public or private high school or are enrolled in a home school in the United States, Puerto Rico, or any other U.S. territories, and U.S. citizens and residents attending Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools
College is Real Scholarship
  • Students must have attended one of Richmond’s three public high schools (Richmond, De Anza, and Kennedy) in Richmond, California.
College of Marin Scholarships
  • You must be a current or future COM student to apply for scholarships.
College Track Scholarship
  • Please check scholarship page for individual requirements
CSEA Dependent Scholarship
  • Graduating high school seniors
  • Community college students
  • College/university students
  • Trade/vocational students
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
Daisy Cavalli Scholarship
  • Applicant must plan to attend a vocational school, two or four-year college/university.
  • Applicant must be a graduating high school senior.
  • Applicant must attend a Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD) high school.
  • Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
Damian Maldonado Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Open to High school seniors that graduate at any of the high schools in Napa Valley, including Calistoga High School, St. Helena High School, Justin- Siena High School, Napa High School, New Technology High School and Valley Oaks High School.
  • Students will need to submit proof of attendance to a 2 year college, a 4 year college or a technical post-secondary institution.
Dare to Dream Scholarship Program
  • Current or former foster youth living or have lived in Northern California OR a Volunteer of America client, former client, or child of a present or past client
  • Be a 2022 graduating high school student or has already earned a high school diploma or GED
  • Accepted or expects to be accepted to an accredited 4-year college/university, community college or vocational program
  • Current GPA of 2.0 or higher
Dell Scholars Program
  • Participate in a program-approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12
  • Be on track to graduate from an accredited high school in the current academic year
  • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance
  • Be eligible to receive a federal Pell Grant in first year of college
  • Plan to enroll full time at an accredited higher education institution in the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in the fall directly following high school graduation
  • Earn a minimum of a 2.4 GPA
Don and Roy Splawn Scholarship
  • California graduating high school seniors. students who demonstrate significant dedication to their school, family and community. Students who live independently or whose parent(s)/guardian(s) struggle financially are encouraged to apply for consideration.
Doyle Scholarship: Santa Rosa Junior College
  • 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
Elsie Allen High School Foundation
  • Please check scholarship page for individual requirements
Fish and Wildlife Commission Scholarship
  • 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
Foster Care to Success
  • Requirements vary based on scholarship application
Horatio Alger California Scholarship Program
  • Be enrolled full time as a high school student in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen
Ignacio Rotary Club Wulbern Scholarship
  • Requirements vary based on scholarship application
Jack Kent Cook Foundation
  • The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need.
  • High school seniors with financial need and exceptional ability and achievement
  • Unmet financial need
  • Persistence and desire to help others
Kaiser Permanente Health Equity Scholars Program
  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public or not-for-profit, four-year university, or community college, in the US
  • Must have a permanent address and reside in one of the following states/districts: California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, or Washington D.C.
  • Must be a graduating high school senior
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent), earned from 9th grade through the first semester/term of 12th grade
  • Students must have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a clinical (e.g., pharmacist, physician, practitioner, nurse) or non-clinical (e.g., accounting, business administration, human resources, marketing, public policy) career in the healthcare industry
Latin American Teachers Association
  • Must be an SFUSD high school senior or have attended an SFUSD school.
  • Must be of Latino heritage.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a significant financial need
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to a college education.
  • Must demonstrate leadership in your community and commitment to give back to your community.
Latinos in Technology Scholarship
  • 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
Lenore Hirsch and Jay Falk Scholarship
  • Applicant must a graduating high school senior schools in Napa County, California
  • Applicant must plan to attend a two- or four-year college/university.
Marin Builders Scholarship
  • High school seniors pursuing a college, university or trade school
  • Preference given to those interested in a profession in the construction industry
Marin Garden Club
  • Resident of Marin County
  • Graduating High School Senior
  • Interest in conversation, horticulture, and environmental issues
Napa Valley Community Foundation
  • If you are a Napa County high school senior, teacher, veteran, Napa Valley College student or Calistoga music student, Napa County healthcare student, or non-supervisory or entry-level winery/vineyard worker, we may have a scholarship for you.
Nathan Berhel Scholarship
  • Student athlete from Vallejo High with demonstrated athletic accomplishments
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
Peninsula College Fund
  • Be a current graduating senior attending a high school in San Mateo or Santa Clara County.
  • Plan to attend a four-year accredited college/university
  • Be a first-generation college student
  • Have a 2.8 – 3.8 cumulative GPA (unweighted)
  • Documented financial need (using SAR and County Income Limits)
  • Demonstrate active engagement with others via work, school, or family responsibilities
Petaluma Educational Foundation
  • Seniors graduating from all Petaluma area high schools. There are many scholarships available. Please check website for details.
PG&E Brightminds Scholarship
  • There are many scholarships available and requirements vary based on the specific scholarship.
Pivotal Scholarship
  • 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.
Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship
  • Please check scholarship page for individual requirements
Redwood High School Foundation
  • Redwood High School Alumni
Richmond Promise Scholarship
  • Be a resident of the City of Richmond or unincorporated North Richmond (i.e. have a Richmond home address)
  • Have graduated or will graduate from an eligible high school within the West Contra Costa Unified School District boundary area or received your GED/high school equivalency
  • Have attended an eligible high school at least 9th-12th grade consecutively
  • Be under 24 years old
  • Complete the FAFSA/Dream Act by the March 2 Cal Grant deadline (unless not AB 540 eligible)
  • Submit a Richmond Promise Scholarship application by the application deadline
Roseland Charter Scholarship
  • Roseland University Prep or Roseland Collegiate Prep Alumni
Rotary Club of Novato Scholarship
  • High school seniors
  • Graduating from one of the four public high schools in Novato
Rotary Club of Terra Linda
  • Graduating senior from Terra Linda or Marin Catholic High and residing in Terra Linda
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Financial Need
San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators Scholarship
  • Seniors in San Francisco public school who are pursuing a college degree or a career goal, who have satisfactory scholastic achievement and who have a financial need
San Mateo Rotary Scholarship
  • Students must attend San Mateo, Aragon, Hillsdale, Serra high school, or CSM and are planning to attend a four-year college to be eligible for this scholarship
Sausalito Woman’s Club
  • Sausalito and Marin City with Zip Code 94965, and must be planning to attend college, graduate school or a trade or art school as a full-time student (minimum 9 credits per semester) for the 2023-2024 school year.
The Scholarship Foundation at Archie Williams High School
(formerly known as the Drake Scholarship Fund)
  • Drake seniors are encouraged to apply for these scholarships each spring. Awards are given to college or vocational school-bound seniors who meet academic, financial and community involvement criteria established by the board.
SF Achievers
  • Graduating seniors who are African American young men attending San Francisco public high schools
  • College-ready cumulative GPA (2.5 or higher)
  • Attending a 2- or 4-year accredited college or university full-time in the fall semester following their high school graduation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Varies, most of the scholarships are available to California residents only
Terra Linda High School
  • Attended Terra Linda High School
Tzu Chi Foundation Scholarship
  • Applicant demonstrates financial need for college tuition and related expenses.
  • Applicant is a U.S. high school graduating senior or equivalent.
  • Applicant has a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicant will enroll in an accredited U.S. college full-time for the academic year 2023-2024.
West Marin Scholarship Foundation
  • Qualifying students must either have lived in coastal West Marin for at least one year immediately prior to application OR be a student at, or recent graduate of Tomales High School (Coastal West Marin includes the following areas: Bolinas, Dillon Beach, Inverness, Marshall, Muir Beach, Nicasio, Olema, Point Reyes Station, Stinson Beach, and Tomales, CA.)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 is required
Scholarships for African Americans
Scholarship Name Information Contact
College Bound Brotherhood Scholarship
  • Be a current high school senior or returning MFEI scholar
  • Plan to attend a 4-year, 2-year, or technical school full time in the coming fall
  • Have graduated or will graduate from an Oakland Unified School District public or charter school, or from a Pleasanton Unified School District school
  • For Oakland Students: Have attended school in Oakland Unified for at least 2 years at any time K-12
  • Complete FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application with a Student Aid Report by February 1
United Negro College Fund
  • Requirements vary based on scholarship
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
  • This program recognizes African American or other minority students who are currently enrolled full-time at an accredited, traditional four-year college or university, preferably at an HBCU, who show outstanding scholarship, and leadership, particularly as related to public service. Graduate students are eligible to apply!
Jackie Robinson Foundation
  • Be a graduating, minority high school senior
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Present evidence of financial need
  • Demonstrate a record of academic excellence
  • Demonstrate leadership potential and a dedication to community service
  • Submit an official SAT and/or ACT test exam score from junior or senior year*
  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved 4-year college within the United States or affiliated with a United States-based college or university
  • Have not accrued more than 25% of credits needed to graduate from college.
The Gaines-Jones Education Foundation
  • You must be an African-American high school senior bound for a 2-or 4-year college, technical or trade school and residing in one of these Southwest Georgia or San Francisco Bay Area counties. Or a prior Gaines-Jones Scholar currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate, technical, or medical school/residency.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
  • Requirements vary based on scholarship
Gates Millennium Scholarship
  • 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.
  • Students currently attending high school in the U.S., regardless of citizenship are eligible to apply. There are many scholarship opportunities available.
Scholarships for Asian Americans
Scholarship Name Information Contact
US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce
  • High school senior
  • East, South, Southeast Asian, or Pacific Island heritage
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Beginning full-time study at an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the United States
Asian Pacific Fund
  • There are several scholarship programs that provide financial support to undergraduate and graduate students. Each program is tailored to reflect the donor’s personal interests, whether targeted to specific ethnicities, career paths, or backgrounds.
Gates Millennium Scholars
  • 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.
  • Students currently attending high school in the U.S., regardless of citizenship are eligible to apply. There are many scholarship opportunities available.
Scholarships for Hispanic Latino Students
Scholarship Name Information Contact
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • Must be of Hispanic heritage
  • U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students; minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college and graduate students
  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public or not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, in the US, for the 2023-2024 academic year
  • Submit the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms (if applicable)
Hispanic College Fund
  • Offers a variety of scholarships for students studying business, math, technology, science or engineering
  • Check website for the individual deadline
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
  • CHCI provides leadership, public service, and policy experiences to outstanding Latino/a/x students and young professionals, and convenes Members of Congress and other public officials, corporate executives, nonprofit advocates, and thought leaders to discuss issues facing the nation and the Hispanic community.
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Demonstrate financial need if required by the scholarship sponsor.
  • Meet all specific criteria for the scholarships to which they are applying.Students must be currently attending a HACU member college or university in the U.S. or
  • Puerto Rico at the time applications are completed and scholarship awards are made.
  • Applications are ONLY for currently enrolled college students. All students must have completed their first semester of freshman year and be currently attending at a HACU member institution at the time of application submission and awarding.
Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation
  • Be currently enrolled in high school and graduating in the spring
  • Must have a minimum unweighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or 7.5 on a 10.0 scale
  • Must enroll at an accredited higher education institution
  • Be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines)
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
  • Students currently attending high school in the U.S., regardless of citizenship are eligible to apply. There are many scholarship opportunities available.
Scholarship Search Websites
Name Information Website
  • Good resource for scholarships
  • Offers personalized matching of scholarships that fit your profile
  • Offers daily updates
  • Bay Area list of local scholarships
  • 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