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 2022-2023 Skyline College Scholarship Application will be available November 1st! 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 2, 2022 at 11:59 PM.

  • If you are a new applicant, click Sign Up to create your account.
  • If you are a returning applicant, click Sign In to complete or update your scholarship application.

To view our 2022-2023 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

If you are Transfer Student, who received a scholarship for 2021-2022, 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? Click here   for helpful tips and advice.


You can virtually thank you donor(s) by leaving them a quick 1 minute video of your appreciation and how the scholarship(s) you were awarded will help you, click on here to see an example and get started.


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!

2022 UC Santa Cruz Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Scholarship - $20,000 

The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Scholarship enables outstanding UC-qualified junior-level community college students to complete their undergraduate studies at UC Santa Cruz. The program provides a scholarship of up to $20,000 distributed over two years, wholistic support, and assistance finding paid or volunteer summer work experience. Applications will be reviewed by your community college and up to three applicants will be nominated by the community college president. One scholarship is available for each college.

The criteria that will be used by the college to select nominated candidates are the following:

◆ Show exceptional achievement through academic and extracurricular accomplishments despite adverse socioeconomic conditions
◆ Demonstrate an involvement in activities that assist and improve the lives of others
◆ Exhibit outstanding leadership qualities that reflect the ideals of the Pister Scholarship Program
◆ Because of financial need, would not otherwise be able to attend UC Santa Cruz
◆ Are qualified for fall 2022 admission to UCSC as a new junior-level transfer student


  • ***NEW*** Access the UCSC Pister Schiolarship "Apply" webpage for full scholarship details, including required materials. Fill out the application completely by clicking here. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Apply for Fall 2022 admission to UC Santa Cruz by submitting the UC Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships by the extended deadline of January 7, 2022:
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application by March 2, 2022. Students on a non-immigrant visa (e.g., F-1, J-1, etc.) are not eligible for this award.
  • Collect two (2) DIGITAL letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a faculty member. The other letter should be from an individual who is able to comment on such areas as extracurricular activities, leadership skills, commitment and dedication, etc. UPLOAD THESE LETTERS TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION.
  • Obtain transcripts from all colleges attended (UNOFFICIAL copies are acceptable) and UPLOAD TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION.
  • COMPLETE ONLINE APPLICATION by uploading required materials and submit by the deadline of Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 11:59 PM.

Submission Process:

Submit the following items ELECTRONICALLY by February 6, 2022 (Sunday), no later than 11:59pm.

  1. Completed Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Scholarship online application.
  2. Submit digital responses to Personal Statement questions and upload to the online application.
  3. Submit two (2) DIGITAL letters of recommendation and upload to the online application.
  4. All college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable) and upload to the online application.

To Apply click: UC Santa Cruz - Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Application.

If you have any questions please call or email the Scholarship Coordinator, Patricia Flores at or call (650) 738-4390. Or you may attend our Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award Drop-In Workshop on February 2nd or any of scholarship works via Zoom, listed here  .

San Bruno Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarship

Founded in 2016, the Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarship provides multi-year college scholarships to exceptional San Bruno students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the San Bruno community. The Crestmoor Scholarship honors the community members who most directly endured the destruction of the 2010 gas pipeline explosion that devastated San Bruno’s Crestmoor neighborhood, especially the eight San Bruno residents who lost their lives. It ensures that the tragedy of September 9, 2010, is not forgotten and that the resiliency, teamwork, leadership, and commitment to the community displayed in San Bruno in the aftermath of the explosion are honored in the Scholarship’s annual recipients.

For community college students transferring to a four-year degree institution: $10,000 ($5,000 per year for up to two years) Scholarship awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, required supplies, room and board, and transportation. Scholarship renewals will be contingent upon proof of full-time enrollment for the following academic year and proof of status as a student in good standing at the college.

Eligibility Requirements Applicants must:

• Live in San Bruno or attend a community college located in San Bruno at the time of application
• Plan to enroll, during the fall of 2022, as a transfer student from a community college at an
accredited four-year college or university
• Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for AB 540 students, the
California Dream Act Application

Application Deadline: March 1, 2022 at 5:00 PM.


The Scholarship Program’s goal is to assist outstanding San Bruno students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the San Bruno community obtain a college degree. Scholarship Recipients must demonstrate, as the top criteria, deep engagement and involvement in the San Bruno community. Other factors that will be considered during the selection process include, in no particular order, an applicant’s financial need, extracurricular activities, academic record, and examples
of leadership, teamwork, and collaboration. The Foundation may also consider whether an applicant has overcome significant challenges or obstacles and how those circumstances may have affected the applicant’s school activities, other community involvement, or achievement in school. Applicants selected as Crestmoor Scholars are required to attend and be recognized at the June 1, 2022, SBCF Board meeting.

For more information about the scholarship, please check here  .

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.