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 2021-2022 Skyline College Scholarship Application is now CLOSED. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

To view our 2021-2022 Skyline scholarships, visit our Scholarship Opportunities page.


Need help? We have several videos to help you complete your scholarship application. 


2021-2022 Scholarship Awards Ceremony

All awarded scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Student Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 6, 2021. Need help on writing your Thank You Letter? Click here   for helpful tips and advice. 

To view our last year's 2020-2021 Scholarship Awards Ceremony, you may click on Student Scholarship Awards Ceremony. On behalf of Skyline College's Scholarship Committee, we thank you for applying and wish you continued success in your educational goals!

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

San Mateo NAACP Scholarship Opportunity is available to all San Mateo County High School Seniors. Student may receive up to $1,000 per Scholarship. 

Note, to apply all applicants must apply with a gmail account. Deadline is May 8, 2021. Late Applications will not be accepted. 

Start your application, please click here

For more information, you may call (650)427-9311 or email at 

PG&E Corporation Foundation is Awarding $250,00 in STEM Scholarhsips to Local Students

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and The PG&E Corporation Foundation (The Foundation) are encouraging qualified students to apply for the Better Together STEM Scholarship Program. The Foundation will provide funding for a total of $250,000 to students pursuing a degree in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines. The program will award 20 scholarships of $10,000 each and 20 scholarships of $2,500 each.

“For PG&E, enhancing opportunities and the future for our young people is part of delivering on our triple bottom line of serving people, the planet and California’s prosperity,” said Stephanie Isaacson, Executive Director of The PG&E Corporation Foundation. “Through this scholarship program, we’re helping local students pursue their dreams of becoming the next generation of engineers, innovators or environmental scientists who will lead the way into our clean energy future.”

Scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement, demonstrated participation and leadership in school and community activities, and financial need. Interested applicants can learn more and apply here. Awards will be announced in August.

“Thank you for your generous donation in funding the Better Together STEM Scholarship. I have had a passion for civil engineering ever since elementary school. Being able to study something I have been passionate about at my dream school is a privilege and a joy,” said 2020 scholarship winner Shan Qing Ou. 

Eligibility Requirements
Applications are open to graduating high school seniors, current college students, U.S. military veterans and adults returning to school who are PG&E customers at the time of application. Applicants must plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study for the entire 2021-2022 academic year and be seeking their first undergraduate degree at an accredited four-year institution in California.

Students enrolled in the following majors are eligible: 
• Engineering (electrical, mechanical, industrial, environmental, power and/or energy)
• Computer Science, Information Systems or Cyber Security 
• Environmental Sciences2 Supporting Local Scholars

Application Deadline is June 1, 2021; Awards of Up to $10,000

Since 2012, the Better Together STEM Scholarship Program has awarded more than $6.5 million to accomplished students based on a combined demonstration of community leadership, personal triumph, financial need and academic achievement. In addition to the Better Together STEM Scholarship Program, PG&E’s 10 employee resource groups (ERGs) and two engineering networking groups (ENGs) award scholarships to help offset the cost of higher education. The funds are raised totally through employee donations, employee fundraising events and Campaign for the Community, the company’s employee giving program. Since 1989, more than $5 million ERG scholarships have been received by thousands of recipients.

About PG&E
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square miles in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit and

The San Mateo County Employer Advisory Council and the Employment Development Department Scholarship


Purpose of Scholarship: To assist San Mateo County students who are studying Business Administration, Human Resources, or other areas of study that will ultimately provide the opportunity to make a contribution to our society. Scholarship awards are used to further the education of recipients.

About the Employer Advisory Councils (EAC’s): Formed in 1978 to serve in an advisory capacity to the Employment Development Department (EDD) Workforce Services Program. The San Mateo County EAC meets monthly to exchange information, ideas, and concerns about Human Resources management issues. For more information you may click here.

Required for Application:
• Brief letter of introduction (approximately 300-500 words) stating your financial needs as well as career and personal goals. Your letter should    demonstrate why you should be awarded this scholarship. Include your mailing address, telephone number where you can be reached, and your email address.
• One letter of recommendation from a school counselor or teacher, community agency, employer, or other professional entity familiar with your qualifications
• History of academic accomplishments, volunteer services, certificates of achievements, etc., demonstrating a desire to learn
• Personal interview with the EAC Scholarship Committee
Scholarship recipient(s) must be present at the Awards Ceremony, Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

Eligibility for Scholarships: Any undergraduate student residing in San Mateo County, enrolled or planning to enroll in: Community College, College or University, Vocational Training Program, or Adult School R.O.P. Previous San Mateo County EAC Scholarship recipients are not eligible.
Award Amount: $1,000.00

Application Schedule:

  • Applications must be postmarked, or emailed, no later than Wednesday, June 23, 2021.
  • Finalists will be interviewed on Friday, July 2, 2021.
  • Recipients will be notified no later than Friday, July 9, 2021.
  • Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

Mail Application or Email Application to:

EAC Scholarship Committee 
P.O. Box 5633
South San Francisco, CA 94080

or email to

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. 

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.