SMCCCD Scholarships

Each year, the three colleges of the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) -- Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College -- award institutional scholarships to new, continuing, and transfer students. The scholarship awards are based on academic achievement, financial need or specific interests such as clubs, athletics, and service.

Funding for our scholarships comes from contributions to San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation which ensures that quality, affordable higher education is available to every member of our community. Visit the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation website to learn more.

Skyline College Scholarships

Our 2023-2024 Skyline College Scholarship Application 


2024 - 2025 Scholarship Application will reopen on November 1, 2023

Scholarship Recipients who were not able to attend the ceremony may pick up their certificates at our Financial Aid Office until the end of July 2023.

**ATTENTION: Awarding Notifications of when scholarship disbursements will take place have been sent to awardee's accounts, please check your account for details.

**If you are a Transfer Student, who received a scholarship for 2023-2024, do not forgot to submit proof of your Enrollment Status at your new school. The proof must contain a class summary of your classes and displaying units. Please send all proofs to Ms. Patricia Flores at with your G# for processing. On behalf of Skyline College's Scholarship Committee, we thank you for applying and wish you continued success in your educational goals!

View Scholarship Ceremony information & pictures.

Need help on writing your Thank You Letter? Check out our helpful tips and advice  .

If you are experiencing technical difficulities with your submission, contact Ms. Patricia Flores directly at

Please Note: External scholarships have their own terms and conditions. The donor determines which academic costs are covered by their scholarship. For example, some scholarships require the cost of books and supplies appear on a student's college invoice and they don't cover items purchased outside of the bookstore. It's important that you review the Terms and Conditions of your scholarship. The Financial Aid Office is a third party, we assist with the disbursement of these funds and follow the requirements set by the donor. We don't have the authority to override these requirements.  


2023 ICAN Inspire Scholarship



Our scholarship is for the Vietnamese-American students within Santa Clara, Alameda, and San Joaquin counties pursuing higher education who lack or struggle with the financial abilities to do so.


ICAN provides scholarships maximum of $4000 for 4 years for full-time undergraduate students at an accredited 4-year university ($1000 per year up to 4 years) or for community college ($500 per year up to 4 years) to qualifying students.

Applicants (who must be an undergraduate in the upcoming Fall session of the school year to apply) have also demonstrated service and leadership in Vietnamese communities/associations as well as academic achievement. Our ICAN INSPIRE Scholarship Program is to encourage Vietnamese-American youth to step into leadership roles in the community to give back to the community that supported them and to inspire the next class of students to reach their fullest potential.

• Be a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited 4-year university or community college in Fall 2023
• Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 for high school students/3.0 for college students
• Demonstrate financial need
• Be of Vietnamese descent
• Be a resident of Santa Clara, Alameda, or San Joaquin counties
• Be a US citizen or US legal resident

• Service in the Vietnamese community and/or VSA, with preference given to service and community involvement through ICAN’s organization
• Demonstrated Leadership
• Academic Achievement
• Financial Need
• Academic and Career Goals
• Personal Character (e.g. responsible, driven, able to overcome hardships)

Application Deadline is July 30, 2023! Apply for the ICAN Scholarship.


Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

To qualify for the scholarship, students must be:

  • Pell-eligible
  • Have a Pell-eligible EFC
  • Must be less than 24 years of age
  • Or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parents or guardians death

 For purposes of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, a “public safety officer” is:

  • An individual serving a public agency in an official capacity, with or without compensation, as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or chaplain;
  • An employee of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) who is performing official duties of the agency, if those official duties:
    • are related to a major disaster or emergency that has been, or is later declared to exist with respect to the area under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; and
    • are determined by FEMA to be hazardous duties;

Check Children and Fallen Heros Scholarship Act for more information regarding this scholarship and to view definitions.

External Scholarship Opportunities

There are plenty of scholarships available to apply for outside of the district. See a list of scholarships we recommend looking into based on your personal background, interests, and goals.

Additional Scholarship Resources

Application Process

  1. Student must go to My AmeriCorps Website and electronically submit a request indicating Skyline College as their school.
  2. Student must be registered for classes in the semester they are requesting funds for.

Please note: To ensure proper and timely payment of your award, it is our practice to accept only one Americorps award request per term. Skyline College must see that you are enrolled in at least 0.5 units for the term you are requesting. If you are not enrolled, your request will be denied. Your award is then pending the release of federal funds to Skyline College.

Timeline for Americorps Scholarships

  • The process may take up to 6 weeks
  • Email Financial Aid Director Ariackna Soler once you complete your electronic voucher
  • A check will be mailed to Skyline College's Financial Aid Office (2 weeks)
  • Check requisition forwarded to Cashiers Office (2 weeks)
  • A check will be mailed to student's address on file with the Admissions & Records Office (1-2 weeks)
  • Please note: mailing address can be updated through your WebSMART account

Payment Schedule for Financial Aid and Other Scholarship Payments

There are two major payment days at the beginning and at the mid-point of each semester for all students eligible for payments by those dates. These are followed by secondary payment dates every week to pay students who were not previously ready for payment. For disbursement dates, please see the Financial Aid Status page.

Additional Assistance

If you have any questions, please email Financial Aid Director Ariackna Soler or call (650) 738-4350.

How do I pay for a study abroad experience?

Study abroad can seem expensive, but there are sources of financial aid available to help with the costs. Please visit the Study Abroad website for more information.