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How Do I Get a Scholarship in California?

California is home to 309 four year and 408 two year colleges and many offer California scholarships. Some California scholarships are open to eligible students of other states too. While some are only for eligible CA residents.

A popular choice for degrees at all level, CA is one state where enrollment is on the rise by 3.5%. In 2017 alone, universities in the Golden State awarded 616,887 degrees. Three of the most popular majors are business, psychology, liberal arts and science.

If earning a bachelors, masters or PhD in California is your goal, scholarships may be very useful. There tend to be varying price points for tuition depending on the type of college you choose.

Private four year colleges in CA cost an average of $29,875. It’s less for public four year colleges, with averages at $5,742 for state students and $29,875 if you live outside CA.

How Do I Qualify for a Scholarship?

You should always check to see if you are eligible for a scholarship in California. There are many California scholarships for high school seniors, current college and grad students. As long as you meet the criteria, you should plan to apply by or before the deadline.

Besides your college major, there are likely other criteria to meet. Scholarship providers will look for a good GPA, SAT / ACT scores, financial need, or talent.

You may also find some college scholarships in California that are only for residents. There are also plenty of California scholarships for out of state students.

Most providers list out details about what grades and test scores an applicant should have. They may also tell you they need your FAFSA application by a set date.

What California Colleges Offer Full Ride Scholarships?

High achievers might apply full ride scholarships in California. A full ride scholarship could help pay all the costs related to attending a college.

Apart from tuition and fees, full rides tend to also pay expenses. Things like room, board, textbooks and maybe some extras.

One example is the Mork Family Scholarship at University of Southern California. It is available for incoming freshman and there are ten awards total.

Each year, the scholarship pays full tuition (about $51K per year). Plus, recipients receive a $5,000 stipend.

The Strive Foundation Scholarship at UCLA is another. Each year, up to ten freshmen receive four year Stamps scholarships.

Stamps awards pay up to UC wide tuition and fees for CA residents. Also, the scholarships covers UC out of state tuition and fees for non resident students.

As a Stamps scholar, you may also apply to use an Enrichment Fund of up to $12,000.

What California Scholarships Could Out of State Students Apply for?

Beyond scholarships for California students, if you aren’t a CA resident, don’t fret. There are plenty of national and school specific scholarships you might apply to as well. Selection of recipients varies between merit and need based criteria.

At UC Davis, the Regents Scholarship is a merit award. So, it looks at grades and personal feats, rather than need. To qualify, the school assesses the info provided on your application. If chosen for the $7,500 scholarship, UC Davis will notify you with your offer of admission.

For those whose GPA hovers at 2.0 or above, there is the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program. There are up to 106 awards and total award amount is $25,000 each.

It is for high school seniors who show clear financial need. As long as you are a US citizen with a $55K or lower adjusted family income, you may be eligible.

LIST OF CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIPS

Check out our list of California scholarships below.

CalCPA East Bay Chapter Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. students who are entering their junior year, senior year, or post-graduate studies. Students must be majoring in accounting and have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

Total: $6000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  November 01

'Make It With Wool' Contest

This award is available to high school and undergraduate students 24 years of age or younger who have an interest in sewing, knitting or fashion design. The applicant must live in or attend school in a state that has an American Sheep Industry Association.

Total: $2000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  November 15

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Aaron Douglas Scholarship

Out-of-state college freshmen or older students who plan to attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln are eligible for this award. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $4000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  December 01

ISNetworld Scholarship

This award is for U.S. and international college juniors and graduate students who are pursuing a degree in occupational safety and health or a closely related field. Priority will be given to students living in OK, TX, NM, LA or AK. The applicant must enroll full time and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $1000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  December 01

Saint Louis University Jesuit High School Award

U.S. high school seniors graduating from a Jesuit high school will automatically receive this award upon admission to Saint Louis University in Missouri.

Total: $3000 Awards:  20
Deadline:  December 01

David C. J. Peters Scholarship

This award is for an international or U.S. student who is majoring in engineering and plans to work in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) profession. The applicant must attend one of the eligible institutions and be in the third year of a four year program, or the fourth year of a five-year program.

Total: $5000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 01

Lewis-Clark State College Presidential Out-of-State Scholarship

High school seniors and transfer students who are not residents of Idaho and are planning to enroll at Lewis-Clark State College for the first time are eligible for this award. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and must plan to enroll full time.

Total: $7745 Awards:  10
Deadline:  December 01

Gladys A. Moreau Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. college sophomores, juniors and seniors who are pursuing an academic discipline leading to a career in international trade, business, law or a related international field. Acceptable majors include business administration with an international emphasis, economics or political science ( i.e., pursuing a law degree, with an international emphasis). Students must attend an accredited Southern California institution and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $1500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 04

Marjorie M. Shostak Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. college sophomores, juniors and seniors who are pursuing an academic discipline leading to a career in international trade, business, law or a related international field. Acceptable majors include business administration with an international emphasis, economics or political science ( i.e., pursuing a law degree, with an international emphasis). Students must attend an accredited Southern California institution and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $1500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 05

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship

High school seniors with a grade point average of 2.8 or higher who are residents of an area serviced by Comcast are eligible for this award.

Total: $2500 Awards:  2000
Deadline:  December 06

San Diego 99s/Darlene Kelly Advanced Rating Scholarship

Female residents who are members of the Southwest Section of Ninety-Nines (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Utah, Nevada) and are pursuing an advanced certificate or rating are eligible for this award.

Total: $2000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 31

William Bennett, W7PHO, Memorial Scholarship

The William Bennett, W7PHO, Memorial Scholarship is open to international and U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who are licensed radio amateurs (general class or higher) and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Students must reside in the areas covered by the ARRL Northwest, Pacific, or Southwest divisions.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 31