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 OPEN!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 2, 2024 at 11:59 PM

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

  • 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.

**Need Assistance with your Application? You can attend of our Scholarship Drop In Workshops**  

ATTENTION: If you have submitted your application but would like to update anything, you may do so by logging back into your application prior to the deadline time of March 2, 2024 at 11:59 PM.

**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.  



UC Santa Cruz Karl S. Pister Leadership Opporunity Program Scholarship

The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program Award provides up to $20,000 distributed over two years, wholistic advising support, and assistance in finding paid or volunteer summer work experience.

Please read all of the following before applying. The application personal statement questions are available at the bottom of this page.

Requirements to Apply

  • The applicant must be applying to UC Santa Cruz as a transfer student.
  • The applicant must have applied for Fall 2024 admission to UC Santa Cruz by submitting the UC Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships.
  • The applicant must apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application by March 2, 2024. Students on a non-immigrant visa (F-1, J-1, etc.) are not eligible for this award.
  • Obtain one letter of recommendation. The letter should be from an individual who is able to comment on such areas as extracurricular activities, leadership skills, commitment, and dedication. A second letter of recommendation is optional.
  • Obtain transcripts from all colleges attended (unofficial copies are acceptable).

Eligibility Criteria 

  • 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 Leadership Opportunity Program;
  • Because of financial need, would not otherwise be able to attend UC Santa Cruz;
  • Qualify for Fall 2024 admission to UCSC as a new junior transfer student.

Application Guidelines

  • Answer the four personal insight questions below and then copy your responses into the online application form. Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words. These questions come from the UC application and you may use your responses from the application for this scholarship. For guidance in answering these questions click here.
    • Describe an example of your leadership experieince in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contriubted to group efforts over time.
    • Describe how you have taken advantage of significant eductional opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
    • Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcame this challenge. How as this challenge affected your academic achievement?
    • What have you done to make your school or your community a better place? 
  • Have all the application materials on hand before starting the application form. This way you will be able to complete the application in one sitting. The materials needed are; 1) One letter of recommendation as a pdf file, and 2) Unofficial transcripts as pdf files, and 3) Answers to the 4 personal insight questions.


Start your application by clicking here and for more information about this Scholarship you may click here

**Application deadline: Monday, March 4, 2024 at 11:59 PM**

San Bruno Community Foundation Crestmoor 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. The scholarship is $10,000 which will be split in $5,000 per year for up to two (2) years.

Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarships are available on a competitive basis as follows:
Scholarship awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, required supplies, room and board, and
transportation. Scholarship renewals will be contingent upon proof of 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 2024, 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


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.

To learn more about this scholarship, attend one of the workshops being offered:

In Person Workshop with Scholarship Representative: 

  • February 14th 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Building 5 Learning Center, Room SI B 

  • Zoom Workshop Wednesday, February 21st 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 846 1033 3285
Passcode: 883573

Don't wait and start your application today! You can download your Certification of Good Standing form here   and send it directly to Admissions and Records- Eric Torres at for completion. Application Deadline is Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 5:00 PM.

*Please Note: Applicants selected as Crestmoor Scholars are required to attend and be recognized at the
June 5, 2024, SBCF Board meeting.

Should you have any questions regarding the scholarship you can contact the San Bruno Foundation at  

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 by May 30, 2024.


Application Deadline is May 30, 2024! Apply for the APWA Silicon Valley Chapter Engineering Scholarship Application.  

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.