California Scholarships

With more degree-granting institutions than any other state in the country, California has hundreds of opportunities for college-seeking students. But what good is that selection if you can’t afford the tuition?

Finding a scholarship or grant for California students can help. Just as there are plenty of schools to choose from in the Golden State, there is a wide selection of financial aid options as well.

Popular California Scholarships

The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) is one of the many organizations dedicated to getting Californians the financial aid they need for college.

The Commission offers a number of programs including Cal Grants A, B and C, which offer grants between $1,000 and $6,000 to eligible students depending on the type of school they plan to attend.

Some of California’s public or private schools, such as UCLA or the University of Southern California, may offer their own scholarships to California residents.

The Alumnae Scholarship at USC, for example, awards up to $4,000 to exceptional students enrolled at the school, and gives priority to residents of California.

Applying for California Scholarships

While there will be some California-based scholarships that are open to students nationwide, many will be reserved for California residents only.

Since the state is so culturally diverse, especially in Southern California, minority students might find that a number of financial aid opportunities are reserved for their particular group as well.

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100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Tarble Family California Scholarships$ 17,00003/01/2018
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Out-of-State Resident Grant$ 1,500None
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship$ 1,500March 16
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Anna and Charles Stockwitz Children and Youth Grant$ 6,000None
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.California Mathematics Council - South Scholarship$ 2,000January 31
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Blue & Gold Level 1 Scholarship$ 3,000February 1
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.YMF Scholarship$ 2,500October 4
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.SSU Development Foundation Diversity ScholarshipVariesJanuary 15
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.ERC Eco Scholarship Fund$ 1,000May 31
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Riverside Construction Company Harmon/Lounsbury Scholarship Fund$ 1,000April 2
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.The Riverside Construction Company Harmon/Lounsbury Scholarship Fund (First-Year College Students)$ 1,000April 2
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.California Retired Teachers Association Division 55 Hilmer Finne Scholarship Fund$ 500April 13
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.The Ain't Noth'n Ever Been Got That Ain't Been Went Out After Scholarship$ 2,500April 13
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.David Joseph Talamo Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund$ 1,000April 13
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Tom Goforth Scholarship Fund$ 1,500April 13
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Dr. Charles O. and Harriett C. Smith Memorial Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Fund$ 500April 13
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.R.H. Beel Memorial Scholarship$ 1,000March 5
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Louis J. and Mary Ellen Schultz Scholarship$ 2,000March 5
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Carlisle Van Ornum/H.E.L.P. Scholarship Fund$ 1,000March 5
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Sonoma County Scholarship Fund$ 1,000March 5
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Jay Deaton Memorial Scholarship$ 900March 5
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Richard T. Torkelson Memorial Scholarship Fund for Journalism$ 1,000March 5
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Honorable Gayle Guynup Scholarship Fund$ 5,000March 5
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Peanuts on Parade Scholarship Fund$ 5,000March 5
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Robert Bertrand Studnick Memorial Fund$ 1,000March 5
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.San Joaquin Human Resource Association Scholarship Fund$ 500April 2
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Bryan Potts Scholarship$ 5,000April 16
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Carroylin and Robert Threlkel Scholarship Fund$ 5,000April 16
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Crain Educational Grants Program$ 5,000February 15
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Ruppert Educational Grant Program$ 5,000February 15
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Harold Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship$ 3,000March 7
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.James D. Phelan Literary Award$ 2,000January 31
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Switzer Environmental Fellowship$ 13,000Late January; Mid-December (nomination deadline)
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.CSU Graduate Equity Fellowship$ 4,500March 2
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.TELACU Scholarship$ 3,000March 17
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Presidential Scholar at Entrance Scholarship$ 1,000January 15
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Out-of-State Fee Stipend$ 2,000January 15
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Theodore J. and F. Elizabeth Kirsch Southern California ScholarshipVariesJanuary 1
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Engineering Technology Scholarship$ 7,260
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Won and Insook Yoo Endowed Scholarship FundVaries
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Continue the Tradition Fee Waiver Program$ 6,360
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award$ 10,000March 1
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Academic Achievement Scholarship$ 7,500December 1
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Trustee Honor Scholarship$ 20,000January 15
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Eric Scott Langdon and Diana Monzeglio Memorial Scholarship Fund for Artists$ 1,500April 16
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Dr. John and Mae Benjamin Scholarship$ 1,000March 8
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Non-Resident Transfer Leadership ScholarshipVariesApril 1
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Non-Resident Merit Scholarship$ 500February 1
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Alumni Association Non-Resident Scholarship for Incoming Freshmen$ 5,800February 28
100% This scholarship matches 100% of your criteria.Academic Excellence Level 2 Scholarship$ 6,000February 1
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