California is known for its beaches, celebrities, and perfect weather, but as the most populated state in the country, it’s also known for being one of the most generous states when it comes to scholarships. If you’re going to college in the Golden State, here are some scholarships in California that are available to you.
Available to: Female high school seniors who are residents of California. Winners must be present at the Annual Conference in San Francisco to receive their award.
Award: Between 10 and 40 percent of the mandatory system-wide tuition and fees
Available to: California residents attending a University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU). Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have AB 540* student status and meet determined financial aid standards.
Award: Multiple awards up to $5,000
Available to: Students who demonstrate a desire to pursue a career in police work, corrections, or other criminal justice fields and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Must be a U.S. citizen, a graduating senior or a graduate of a high school in the greater San Francisco Bay area, and be planning to enroll or currently be enrolled in a two or four-year college, university, or police academy full-time.
Award: $1,000 to $2,000
Available to: Women 24 years and older who demonstrate financial need and are working toward an undergraduate degree or completion of a certificate program at Fullerton College or California State University, Fullerton.
Available to: Full-time enrolled sophomores or above (at time scholarship is awarded) pursuing careers in radio, TV, or digital journalism. Must be in good standing when scholarship is awarded.
Award: Up to $6,000
Available to: Full-time incoming or current undergraduate students with a 3.0 GPA in good academic standing. Must be a U.S citizen or Legal Permanent Resident of Hispanic origin and have attended four years of high school in Southern California.
Available to: Full-time undergraduate or graduate students pursuing degrees in environmental protection, forestry, wildlife and fisheries biology, parks and recreation, park management, environmental law and public policy, environmental art, or California history. Must be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution in California.
Award: Multiple awards up to $20,000 (paid over three or four years)
Available to: Female students enrolled in their first undergraduate degree or certificate program in the San Mateo County Community College District. Must demonstrate financial hardship and be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
Award: $1,000 to $7,500
Available to: Students starting their junior, senior, fifth, or graduate year in fall 2018. Undergraduate students must be enrolled full-time in an engineering or land surveying curriculum approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Graduate students must be enrolled at least half-time in an engineering or land surveying curriculum approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Eligible applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 in completed engineering and land surveying courses and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
Award: Up to $10,000
Available to: California nursing students currently enrolled or accepted in a bachelor’s degree program with a GPA of at least 2.5. Must be planning to graduate after June 30, 2018 and agree to a one-year service obligation practicing direct patient care at a qualified facility in California.
Available to: African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian American, Pacific Islander, or Latino/Hispanic students who are residents of California and demonstrate financial need. Must be enrolled in a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral graduate program in nutrition, physical education, or culinary arts.