Additional Aid Resources

In addition to the financial aid assistance available through CCA, the Office of Financial Aid encourages students to seek sources of funding that are outside of the college. See the list of non-CCA scholarship opportunities below as well as links to large scholarship databases.

Our office attempts to keep the list of non-CCA scholarship opportunities current; however, scholarship information can change without notice. Contact the scholarship organization directly for the most up-to-date information.

Please note: Students should never have to pay for grant or scholarship information. Contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions about an organization or company that requests or requires payment in order to receive or apply for scholarships or grants.

Our office also suggests students pursue local scholarships from those organizations with which they are familiar.

Online Scholarship Search Resources First-Generation College Students Minority Students Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Women Incoming Freshmen Students Transfer Students Major Specific Other Scholarships International Students

College Affordability for Minority Students The College Board FastWEB FinAid Financial Aid Guide for Minority Students Peterson’s Scholarship Search Scholarship America

First-Generation College Students

Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarships


Awarded to dozens of undergraduate and graduate students each year. The First Generation College Scholarship is intended for students who are the first in their family to attend college.

Recipients must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in their first or second semester of college.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Minority Students

American Indian Graduate Center


The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) provides scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students throughout the United States. AIGC has disbursed more than 15,000 graduate fellowships with the support of the Bureau of Indian Education, corporate and foundation partnerships, and generous alumni and private donors.

Full-time student applicants must demonstrate financial need, personal enrollment in a federally-recognized tribe or possess ¼ verifiable federally-recognized American Indian blood.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund


The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund is devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).

Applicants must be a US citizen, national, or legal permanent resident. Please read scholarships by supporter details for specific academic eligibility requirements.

Amount: $2,500 - $15,000

Diversity Jobs

Undergraduate/Graduate is offering a scholarship to all diversity and minority students including Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, military veterans, women, people with disabilities and members of the LGBT community.

Recipients must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students.

Amount: $3,000

Gates Millennium Scholar Program


The Gates Millennium Scholar Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. The program also provides each scholar personal and professional development through their leadership program along with academic support throughout their college career.

Amount: $1,000 - $15,000

Herbert Lehman Educational Fund


The Herbert Lehman Educational Fund scholarship is awarded to students of outstanding character who are entering college for the first time and who will be attending an accredited four-year college or university as a full-time student.

Applicants must be African American, have U.S. citizenship, and are required to submit application, essay, and transcript with standardized test scores.

Amount: $2,000 (renewable)

Hispanic Scholarship Fund


Hispanic Scholarship Fund are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. These scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage, have U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residence with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I–551 (not expired); maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at a two- or four-year U.S.-accredited college or university.

Amount: $1,000 - $5,000

Jack & Jill of America Foundation


The purpose of the Jack & Jill of America Foundation scholarship is to provide personal, professional, and financial support to students in the areas of leadership skills, training, and development.

Applicants must be in their senior year of high school and plan to be enrolled (and maintain) full-time status at an accredited, four-year postsecondary institution beginning in the fall of the year applied. Applicants should be working toward a bachelor’s degree and maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA.

Amount: Up to $2,500

Jackie Robinson Scholarship


The Jackie Robinson Scholarship award is for minority high school students who exhibit leadership potential and demonstrate financial need in order to attend an accredited four-year college or university of their choice.

Applicants must have a minimum 1,000 SAT score (combined math and critical reading sections); or a composite ACT score of 21, a completed and submitted online application, and one letter of recommendation.

Amount: Up to $7,500

National Coalition of 100 Black Women Scholarships


The National Coalition of 100 Black Women is dedicated to improving the lives of African-American women and girls in particular, and the broader Bay Area community, in general. The coalition offers a Working Women’s Scholarship for women working at least part-time, 30 years old or older, and seeking their degree. Also offered is the Young Black Women’s Scholar Program aimed at women in Bay Area schools who are college-bound.

Visit their website for application details.

Amount: Varies

Ron Brown Scholarship


Application for the Ron Brown Scholarship are screened during February with recipients being selected in the spring prior to entering college. In March finalists are invited to participate in a weekend selection process in Washington DC.

The applicant must be an African American student who excels academically, exhibits exceptional leadership potential, participates in community service activities, and demonstrates financial need. Applicants are current college students, U.S. citizens, or hold a permanent resident visa card.

Amount: $10,000

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)

Point Scholarship Program


Point Scholarship Program applicants should have a history of leadership in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and plan to be an LGBT leader in the future.

Applicants should complete an online application and submit two or three letters of recommendation (two from a teacher or professor). The program is open to all college students regardless of citizenship.

Amount: $13,600 average

Tang Scholarship


The Tang Scholarship provides financial assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian and Pacific Islanders (API). The scholarship is renewable up to a maximum of three years (four years total).

Applicant shall be self-identified as Asian/Pacific Islander (having at least 25 percent ancestry), involved in the LGBT community, graduated from a high school in one of the nine Bay Area counties, enrolled full-time, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Amount: Up to $15,000


American Association of University Women Scholarship


The American Association of University Women has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities.

Amount: $5,000 - $15,000

Curry Award for Girls Scholarship


The Curry Award for Girls Scholarship is awarded to young women who are self-motivated, need financial support, and are attempting to achieve despite tremendous obstacles.

Applicants must be female, between ages 16 and 26, currently reside in San Mateo County, a U.S. citizen or legal resident, and have demonstrated financial hardship.

Amount: $1,000 per award

PEO International Peace Scholarship


The PEO International Peace Scholarship is for women who are non-US or non-Canadian citizens.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must agree to return to their home country to pursue a professional career upon completing their degree program.

Amount: $10,000

Incoming Freshmen Students

Arts Recognition and Talent Search Scholarship


Arts Recognition and Talent Search Scholarship awards are granted to high school or college students (17 or 18 years old) who show talent in art, photography, visual arts, writing, or other creative areas.

Students must audition and submit a portfolio or tape to the website below. The award is to be used for the student’s freshman year in college.

Amount: $250 - $10,000

Crain Educational Grants


The Crain Education Scholarship enables high school graduates to pursue a course of study they would otherwise be unable to follow due to limited financial means.

Applicants should be a current graduating senior or graduate of a high school in San Mateo or Santa Clara counties, a U.S. citizen, have demonstrated financial hardship, have a minimum 3.3 GPA, and demonstrate a background of community involvement over several years.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Hazel Reed Baumeister Scholarship


The Hazel Reed Baumeister Scholarship supports high school graduates of high academic achievement who would be unable to pursue higher education without financial assistance.

Applicants should be a current graduating senior or graduate of a high school in San Mateo or Santa Clara counties, a U.S. citizen, have demonstrated financial hardship, have a minimum 3.3 GPA, and demonstrate a background of community involvement over several years.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Transfer Students

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a four-year college or university. It is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.

Applicants must be a current or graduated community college student. Must enroll full time in a baccalaureate program, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better, and demonstrate significant financial need.

Amount: Up to $40,000

Major Specific

AIASCV Scholarship Program


The American Institute of Architects Santa Clara Valley (AIASCV) understands the importance of assisting with the education of future professionals. The AIASCV Scholarship Program offers four scholarships to students pursuing an architectural degree.

Eligibility requirements vary.

Amount: $1,000 - $5,000

APA’s Tom Cory Scholarship


The Architectural Precast Association Tom Cory Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a deserving architect student each year.

Applicants must be a current student with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must have at least two semesters of either undergraduate or graduate school left to complete. Must be involved in activities related to the architectural field.

Amount: $2,000

Avanti Award Scholarship


The Avanti Award gives recognition and financial support to emerging talent in the San Francisco Bay Area. The grants are provided to artists of all ages for excellence in the visual and performing arts.

Applicants must be in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, non-electric instruments, dancing, acting/theater arts, or singing of any kind.

Amounts: $4,000 - $20,000

Bobette Bibo Gugliotta Memorial Scholarship


The Bobette Bibo Gugliotta Memorial Scholarship is designated for the educational benefit of students who deomonstrate a creative writing ability.

Applicants must be a current graduating senior or graduate of a high school located between Daly City and Mountain View. Applicants should be either accepted (or awaiting acceptance) to a college or university.

Amount: Up to $1,000

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program


The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program wants to reward students who have succeeded inside and outside of the classroom.

Graduating seniors or current undergraduates majoring in design and business with an interest in the automotive industry are encouraged to apply. Recipient must be a US citizen and enrolled full-time.

Amount: Up to $25,000

Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation Scholarship


The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation Scholarship is for rising college juniors and seniors who are studying television and film production.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, financial need, and professional potential. Non-US citizens are eligible.

Amount: $3,500

The Ellice T. Johnston Scholarship


The purpose of the Ellice T. Johnston Scholarship is to further the education of the student of ceramic art through upper division college or art school courses, workshops through accredited institutions, and study abroad through accredited institutions.

The applicant must be a resident or student in Oregon or Northern California who has two years of college or equivalent level art education that may include sculpture, drawing, design, etc. and the study of aesthetics or technical ceramics.

Amount: $2,000

Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship


The Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship provides assistance to undergraduate or graduate students who are studying children’s media and education.

Applicants must have demonstrated coursework in film or animation and have completed an application online (including two recommendations).

Amount: $10,000

Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship


Submissions for the annual Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship are adjudicated by a panel of top cartoonists and the award is given to the best college cartoonist.

Applicants must be attending a 4-year college and a Junior or Senior during the 2013–2014 academic year.

Amount: $5,000

Mel Ferris Scholarship


Mel Ferris Scholarships are provided to qualified architecture students who are enrolled at one of the 10 accredited architecture universities in California.

The scholarships are awarded based on financial need, academic and design achievements, and are awarded without regard to race, gender, age, physical abilities, or religious beliefs. Applicants must apply through the website.

Amount: $1,000 - $5,000

Shutterfly Scholarship


The Shutterfly Scholarship was established to help graphic design majors achieve their educational goals. The program supports the student with $5,500 and the student’s community by awarding $4,500 equally to the primary, middle and high schools where the student graduated.

Applicants must be a high school graduate, 18 years old at the time of application, able to provide proof of graphic design major, and must write a 600–800 word essay on a requested topic.

Amount: $10,000 ($5,500 to student and $4,500 to student’s community)

Whitaker Foundation Art Scholarship Program


The Whitaker Foundation Art Scholarship Program has been established to help art students meet the diverse educational needs of today’s professional art and museum world. The Whitaker Foundation will be supporting art students with a special emphasis on watercolor and museum studies.

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, at least 18 years old, in good academic standing, and working towards a Bachelors in Fine Arts or Museum Studies. Applicants are required to gain knowledge of the Whitakers’ works through their submitted essays or watercolor paintings.

Amount: $2,000

Zachary Watson Memorial Scholarship


With the support of the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, the Zachary Watson Memorial Scholarship will award a $5,000 grant to a promising archtect/artist/technologist to help them pursue their education and interests.

The application process is purposely simple - just a link to a portfolio or images online, and a short paragraph.

Amount: $5,000

Other Scholarships

Atlas Shrugged Scholarship


Atlas Shrugged Scholarships recipients are determined based on both style and content, and the judges are individually selected by the institute based on a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Ayn Rand’s works.

Entrant must be a senior, college undergraduate, or graduate student. The essay must be double-spaced and no fewer than 800 words (not to exceed 1,600 words) in length.

Amount: $50 - $10,000 (varies)

Bodine-Sunkist Scholarship


Bodine-Sunkist Scholarships honor the memory of Sunkist board vice chairman Arthur W. Bodine. It is open to students who are entering any phase of their undergraduate college career, at any school, and in any field of study.

Applicants must demonstrate financial need, have a family or personal involvement in California or Arizona agriculture, hold a minimum 2.7 GPA, and must be attending school full time. The application requires an essay, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.

Amount: $2,000 average

Distracted Driver Awareness Scholarship


The Distracted Driver Awareness Scholarship aims at raising awareness to the dangers of distracted driving. Their law office has worked with many victims and their families, whose pain and suffering could have been avoided had a distracted driver not sent that last text, or had the dog jump on his lap.

Applicants must provide proof of identity and college enrollment and must submit an essay of up to 2,000 words.

Amount: $1,000

Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics


The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest is an annual competition challenging students to submit essays on the urgent ethical issues that confornt them in today’s world.

Applicants must be registered full-time Juniors or Seniors in the U.S. Students are also required to partner with a Faculty Sponsor. Any interested professor may act as a Faculty Sponsor and verify the quality and the authenticity of the student’s essay.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program


The Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program is open to California students, who will be attending Caliornia colleges or universities. Preference will be given to individuals with broad personal, civic and academic experience. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their personal commitment and goals established for their chosen field, leadership potential, civic accomplishments, as well as qualifications for the category entered and the completeness of the application packet.

Applicants must be California residents enrolled or planning to enroll in a 4-year California college with a cumultaive GPA of at least 3.0.

Amount: Up to $5,000

H. Ernest & Helen L. Johnson Memorial Scholarship


The H. Ernest & Helen L. Johnson Memorial Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance for college bound students in the Sacramento Region attending a four year university in California.

Applicants must be a graduating high school senior in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado or Yolo counties, demonstrating financial need with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA planning to attend an accredited four year university in California.

Amount: $1,000 - $2,000

Interior-Deluxe Scholarship


Interior-Deluxe believes in giving our youth a chance, that’s why they are offering a need-based college scholarship of $1,500. Applying for the scholarship is easy. All you have to do is answer four questions that are open-ended yet thought-provoking.

Open to students of all majors in all countries who are 16 years of age or older.

Amount: $1,500

Jan Egerton & Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarship


The Jan Egerton & Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarship strives to help the educational efforts of students while raising awareness of mesothelioma, provide information about its prognosis and the dangers of being exposed to asbestos.

The essay contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are 18-years-old or older and currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university.

Amount: $500 - $2,500

Marine Corps Scholarship


The Marine Corps Scholarship is for the son or daughter of active duty, reserve, or veteran U.S. Marine. The scholarship provides up to $30,000 over four years to students who meet eligibility requirements.

Applicants must have at least a 2.0 GPA, with a family income that does not exceed $93,000, and should be planning to attend a college or a vocational/technical institution to pursue their first bachelor’s degree.

Amount: $1,500 - $10,000

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship


The purpose of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to college students in their pursuit of higher education. If you’ve battled a form of cancer yourself, or witnessed a loved one receiving treatment, the Mesothelioma Scholarship wants to hear your story.

Applicants must have battled cancer at any point in their lives (not limited to mesothelioma). Those who have a parent, sibling, immediate family member or close friend that has battled or is currently fighting cancer are also eligible to apply. Must be a U.S. citizen in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.0).

Amount: $4,000

QuitDay.Org Scholarship


The QuitDay.Org Scholarship wants to challenge current and prospective college students to share their story on how we can make the world smoke-free.

Applicants must be 18 years old or older who are currently accepted to or enrolled in a US college or university. Applicants must submit a 1,000 - 1,500 word essay on a given topic.

Amount: $300 - $2,000

Resume Companion Scholarship


The Resume Companion - Schools and Universities Outreach Scholarship is available each semester to one talented student who can write the best resume based on the life of any fictional or non-fictional character.

Amount: $1,000

The Sacramento Region Community Foundation Scholarships


The Sacramento Regional Community Foundation manages over 40 scholarship funds, which were established by local individuals, families, businesses and organizations. The scholarships provide tuition assistance and recognition to local students as they strive to achieve a wide range of goals through the pursuit of higher education.

Each scholarship fund has its own unique criteria for selecting recipients, including academic achievement, financial need, educational and career goals, community involvement and ethnic background.

Amount: $500 - $5,000