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 2024-2025 Skyline College Scholarship Application is now CLOSED!

To view and apply for Scholarships, visit our Scholarship Opportunties.


Please Note: Awarding notification of Scholarship Recipients have been sent to students directly via their accounts.On behalf of Skyline College's Scholarship Committee, we thank you for applying and wish you continued success in your educational goals!

To watch the recorded Scholarship Award Ceremony and to view pictures, click here.


**If you are a Transfer Student, who received a scholarship for 2024-2025, 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. 

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.  



Amercian Council of Engineering Companies Peninsula Chapter Scholarship


To be eligibile, you must:

  1. Be a resident of San Mateo County.
  2. Be enrolled at a community college or accredited university such as Cañada College, Skyline College, College of San Mateo, Evergreen Valley College, etc), a California State University (i.e., CSU East Bay,CSU Sacramento, etc.) or University of California System (i.e., UC Davis, UC San Diego, etc.). Other universities will be considered on case by case basis.
  3. Indicate an interest in engineering or land surveying based on courses taken in the fields of
    Engineering or Land Surveying. Preference given toward students with a declared major in engineering, land surveying, and other directly related fields.
  4. Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 basis) through Fall 2023.

Students interested in this scholarship should send an email to Ryan Bernal ( with a personal note letter (in PDF format, see contents requirements below) as an attachment. The email should be titled “ACEC Peninsula Chapter Scholarship 2024” and must be sent no later than 11:59pm on April 30, 2024.

No applications will be accepted received after the time stamp noted above.The personal note letter should be a short narrative (not more than two pages long) with descriptions of the following topics:

A. Describe your reason of your choice on the major and your career goals that may include future education and employment goals.
B. Describe your work experience, including companies worked for and duties performed. Previous Engineering/Surveying experience is helpful, but not required.
C. Describe your school activities, extra-curricular activities, hobbies, or special interests.
D. Describe your financial need and how you would use this scholarship. Please indicate if you are
interested in summer or part-time employment to supplement the scholarship.

In addition to the personal note letter mentioned above, applicant must also provide the following:
· Filled out “2024 Scholarship Application  ” in PDF format.
· An electronically official transcript including your Fall 2023 final grades. The electronical official
transcript must be sent directly from the School’s Registrar’s office to
Alternatively, an original “Sealed” official transcript (hardcopy) is also acceptable. Please send the “Seal”
official transcript to: Ryan Bernal, ACEC Peninsula Chapter Scholarship 2024, Kimley-Horn, 2121 S El
Camino Real, Suite #550, San Mateo, CA 94403.

The Scholarship is sponsored by the Peninsula Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of California. All applicants will receive a written response (by email) sent no later than May 31, 2024.The scholarship recipient(s) will be invited to our June 2024 Chapter's monthly meeting to present
himself/herself to the organization and receive the scholarship. The number of scholarships will vary
depending upon the number of responses. The minimum award will be $2,500.


APWA Silicon Valley Chapter Engineering Scholarship

The American Public Works Association is a nonprofit, professional association of public works agencies, private companies, and individuals dedicated to promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy, and the exchange of knowledge. The Silicon Valley Chapter of APWA intends to offer two (2) Scholarships (each $2,000) to Community College students who reside in the San Francisco Bay Area and will transfer to undergraduate Engineering program at any accredited 4-year University in 2024. Scholarship recipients will be invited to participate in an APWA meeting within the next few months where they will be treated to lunch and have opportunities to network with engineers in the community.

These scholarships are for Community College students who will transfer to any accredited 4-year University with Civil /Environmental/Construction Engineering major. Scholarships may be based on financial needs.

To be eligible for a scholarship you must:
1. Submit a completed application form indicating a sincere interest and the coursework in Civil Engineering.
2. Provide an official transcript of all academic work showing a minimum GPA of 3.0.
3. Submit one letter of recommendation supporting your Engineering interests/career goal and email directly to
4. Submit a letter of acceptance for an underground Engineering program (Full Time) at any accredited 4-year University within the United States.

Interested students can complete and submit the application, transcript, college acceptance letter, and letter of recommendation via email to

Apply for the APWA Silicon Valley Chapter Engineering Scholarship   by May 30, 2024.

WE RISE LGBTQ Scholarship


The We Rise LGBTQ Scholarship is born of the notion that helping out an individual lifts our entire community and is funded by the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation (GRGRF). Our grant focuses on the development of skills necessary to find meaningful employment opportunities.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds who share a dedication to the advancement of LGBTQ rights. Our grants will provide support for a person attending a school or vocational training program— launching their career and changing their future. We celebrate and support a wide spectrum of dreams - tell us yours in your application, whatever the path may be. Our hope is to inspire members of our community to reach for their star and bring others along on their journey.

The We Rise LGBTQ Scholarship awards one time gifts annually to selected applicants in the San Francisco Bay Area who can share their stories of where they have been, and more importantly, where they aim to go. We are deeply inspired by those who have and perhaps still do face great adversity and are now seeking a more rewarding future.

  • $2,500/grantee/year

  • Available for post-High School education including but not limited to trade and technical degrees or certificates, and Associate and Bachelor’s degrees

  • The program will focus on training programs and education options that lead to financial stability

  • Underserved groups within the LGBTQ+ community strongly encouraged to apply

  • Application process will be administered by Horizons Foundation


Don't wait, start your application! The application deadline for 2024 is May 31, 2024. Awardees will be notified in July 2024.

Questions about the scholarship? Please contact

Post-award requirements:

  • Be currently enrolled or formally accepted to a program and prior to graduation from their course of study at time of award letter

  • Provide evidence of good standing, easily available from the program registrar

  • Fulfill all requirements within 4 months of the date of the award letter

William & Cora Saperstein Foundation Scholarship


The William and Cora Saperstein Foundation awards one to two-year $1,000 scholarships to deserving students pursuing their associate degree in the San Mateo County Community College District.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full-time student pursuing an Associate Degree (2 year program) in the San Mateo County Community College District
  • Student can demonstrate a need for financial support (an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number less than 7,000)

Start your application today! Scholarship Deadline is May 31, 2024. For more information and timeline of scholarship process, you may click


Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

To qualify for the scholarship, students must be:

  • Pell-eligible
  • Have a Pell-eligible EFC or SAI
  • 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.