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Scholarship Information

Dear Parents/Students

On this page you will find information that pertains to scholarships.

The common scholarship application consist of the actual common scholarship application, activity sheet (resume), an academic transcript, a personal statement (no more than 2 typed pages, double spaced) and three (3) letters of recommendations (two from staff members and one from a community member). It is our belief that utilizing a common scholarship application will encourage more of our students to apply to a variety of local scholarships. It allows our students to fill out one application, which can be duplicated, for scholarships whose criteria they meet. It also exposes them to resume writing, a skill that is highly important. The letters of recommendation will support each candidate’s strengths from staff and community viewpoints.

Scholarships using the GUSD Common Scholarship Application 2014-2015:

Click Here for the 2015 GUSD Common Scholarship Application


Please submit a completed GUSD Common Scholarship Application for the following Scholarships 







Myrle Wolfe Memorial Scholarship Memorial Scholarship: varies from  $1000-$8000 

Criteria:  Current Gilroy High School Graduate.  Basis of academic merit, only, whenever possible.  The following is the order in which the applications will be prioritized for review: (1) Student whose parents are in agricultural production and student is seeking agriculturally related major (2) Student whose parents are not in agricultural production but is seeking agriculturally related major, (3) Student whose parents are in in agricultural production and student is not seeking agriculturally related major (4) Student has been enrolled in agricultural related classes and has leadership role in FFA or 4H.  Include an official copy of your transcript. When recipient is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university in the United States, please forward documentation of said enrollment to the following address: Myrle Wolfe Memorial Scholarship Fund, Gilroy Unified School District, c/o Fiscal Specialist-Business Services, 7810 Arroyo Circle, Gilroy, CA 95020.  Important Information:  When filling out the common application under Financial Information (Page 3, Section 2) Under parent/guardian employment information - you must be specific when indicating your parent's employment.  Indicate if your parent works in agricultural production, and state the nature of the work.  example: Employer Monterey Mushrooms, Growing Manager in charge of overseeing all mushroom production; Gilroy Foods/Con Agra Foods; Packaging Specialist.  Please include in your personal statement: Are you seeking an agricultural related major? Have you taken agriculture related classes? Have you taken a leadership role in FFA? Have you taken a leadership role in 4H?    Deadline extended to Monday May 4th, 2015



Other Scholarship Opportunities

General Scholarship Information


  • In this section you will find general scholarships and the links to the scholarships being offered.
  • Determine which scholarships you would like to apply for and note the deadline, and criteria.
  • Visit the site and download the information/application from there. 
  • If you have any questions contact Veronica Alfaro or your Academic Coordinator.


Rich Imler Scholarship: $300 Criteria: Must have completed 5th grade at Luigi Aprea OR have completed at least Four years of their elementary school education at Luigi Aprea.   No academic or grade point average requirement for this scholarship.  Additional Essay required.  Application attached.  Mail completed application to LAPC~ Scholarships, Attn: Andrea Van Deren, 9225 Calle Del Rey, Gilroy, CA 95020  Rich Imler Scholarship Application.pdf   Deadline Postmark by April 11, 2015


Gilroy Foundation Scholarships:  Please click on the link to learn more about the scholarships offered through the Gilroy Foundation


2015 Gilroy Rotary Scholarship and Awards The Gilroy Rotary Club Scholarships and Awards Program will be offering up to $52,500 in college scholarships to qualified high school seniors graduating in 2015 and entering their first year of college in the fall of 2015, along with Gavilan or Hartnell College graduates who are transferring to a four-year college in the fall of 2015.


To qualify for Goldsmith Scholarship, Syngenta/Rotary Flower Sale Scholarships and/or General Scholarships, applicants must live in Gilroy or be attending a Gilroy Unified School District school, have an excellent record of service in the community and/or extracurricular activities, and graduate high school or Gavilan College in June of 2015 with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last two years.


To qualify for the Susan J. Seledon Scholarship, applicants must be a South Santa Clara County or North San Benito County resident with attendance at a South Santa Clara County Community College, or Hartnell Community College.


For more information on the scholarships and application please visit the Gilroy Rotary website, Deadline to apply is 5:00pm Friday April 24, 2015


Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship for High School Seniors
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. It is our privilege to award over $3 million annually in scholarships to these young leaders.  
Current high school seniors with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA may apply using the following link through October 31, 2014


Good Tidings Foundation: $5000 Criteria:  Scholarships are awarded based on greatest service and financial need. Application available on-line: Deadline November 10, 2015


Elks National Foundation-Most Valuable Student Competition:  Eligibility: high school senior and U.S. Citizen. 500 Four-Year Awards ranging from $4,000 to $50,000.  For details and application please visit their website at Deadline to submit applications is Friday December 5th, 2014


Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Please visit the website for more information and criteria for this scholarship:  Deadline to submit application is December 17, 2014.


2015 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award Are you a young entrepreneur?  Do you know a young entrepreneur? Graduating high school seniors who operate their own small business are eligible to receive a 2015 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award.  The student must enter their freshman year at an accredited two- or four-year university, college or vocational/technical institute during the fall of 2015.  Please visit the website for more detailed information at  Deadline to apply is December 18, 2014


CAC Educational Scholarship Foundation: amount varies from $1500-$2500 (3) Criteria:  California High school senior who is in this state legally for their uses as full-time students at any accredited public or private college, university or trade school.  Essay subject: "Importance of Establishing and Maintaining Good Financial Credit During Your College Years" Entries must be typed: see website for more details, scholarship rules and application. Deadline to submit or postmark entry is  January 5, 2015.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program: amount varies: Criteria eligibility requirements include 3.3 GPA and must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident.  Various programs include American Indian Graduate Center Scholars, Asian& Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and United Negro College Fund.  Please visit the website for more detailed information and criteria for these scholarships  Deadline to submit application is January14th, 2015


RMHC U.S. Scholarships: To apply a student must be a high school senior, be younger than 21 years old, be eligible to attend a two or four-year college, university or technical school with a full course of study, be a legal U.S. resident, live in a participating RMHC Chapter's geographic area, submit a complete application and all required documentation by the deadline of the application, meet any additional eligibility requirements outlined by each scholarship program.  For more information or to apply online Deadline to submit applicationis Janury 20th, 2015


The Stephanie Brown Cadet (SBC) Memorial Foundation Scholarship: $1000 Criteria: Graduating high school seniors or college students who are in good standing: significant number of volunteer hours in community services within the last 18 months; GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale;attending a U.S. two-or four year academic, vocational or technical college during next school year; resident of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.  Application available online Deadline to Apply is February 6, 2015.


PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship:  Varies $2,000 to $20,000 Apply now online at  Deadline to Apply February 12, 2015


Ralph Hale and Martha L. Ruppert Educational Scholarship:  This program is designed to recognize and assist students with learning differences and academic-late bloomers who show academic promise and improvement during the last years of high school or in the first few years of college, but are unlikely to receive other scholarships because of their low GPA's.  Silicon Valley Community Foundation is committed to providing scholarship opportunities for students  to fulfill their dreams through higher education.  Application information available online at


Asian Pacific Fund Scholarship Programs: $1000-$20000 Criteria: Incoming or current college students of various ethnic backgrounds.  Must plan to be enrolled full time in the Fall.  Minimum of 3.0 GPA and be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident unless otherwise stated.  the Asian Pacific Fund administers 12 scholarship programs each with unique elgibility criteria. See website for complete criteria Application Deadline is February 20, 2015


Silicon Valley Community Foundation Scholarship Opportunities varies up to $40,000 Eligibility: Scholarships available for graduating high school seniors and undergraduate, graduate, re-entry and non-tradiational students. Some awards are renewable, and you may be eligible to receive multiple scholarships.  See website for complete details and application  Deadline to submit materials is February, 25, 2015


Buick Achievers Scholarship Program: Eligibility:  high school seniors and current undergraduates.  Those who plan to enroll full time at a four year college or university in 2015-2016.  Those who plan to major in a field of study that focuses on engineering, technology, design or business, with an interest in the automative industry.  Visit the website for more information:  Deadline to apply is February 27, 2015. (5:00 pm EST)


Gilroy Chapter of Japanese American Citizen's League:  Eligibility : every applicant must be an active JACL member at either an Individual or Student/Youth Level.  Couple/Family membership by a parent will meet the requirements. Applications for this year's scholarships are available on the JACL website. JACL Membership is open to any ethnic background.  All who meet eligibility criteria are welcomed and encouraged to apply. Memberships must be completed online.  Applicants must be planning to attend a college, university, trade school, business school, or any other institution of higher learning within the United States at the undergraduate or graduate school level in the fall of 2014.  Students deferring enrollment will not qualify for the scholarship program.  The online application is the only application that needs to be completed.  Applications must be sent to Gena Gonzales, 6380 Barron Place, Gilroy, CA 95020.  Any questions may be directed to Gena Gonzales, 408-842-3833 or Deadline for both Local and National Awards is Postmark date of March 1, 2015. 


San Jose Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) range from $10,000 to $500 The San Jose Chapter will screen applications for various scholarships being offered by families, organizations, and the Chapter to outstanding high school seniors who meet the requirements stipulated.  Applicants will be judged on the various areas listed on the application forms.  Although membership in the San Jose JACL is not a requirement to apply, it is strongly encouraged.  Deadline to submit application is March 1, 2015 (Postmarked) To download the application visit the website Questions regarding the scholarship program can be directed to Sharon Uyeda at 408-259-3656 or by email at


Gordon Kusayanagi Memorial Music Scholarship 2015: $500 (2) Criteria: students who are currently involved in music, who plan to continue their musical involvement during college.  This scholarship does not require that you major in music. Minimum GPA of 3.0, extracurricular activities and or community service including school athletics, clubs, drama, volunteer work, church activities,etc.  Application and more information can be found at  Applications are due March 6th, 2015 to GHS Student Services by 4pm.  


The Dream.US - Scholarships for Bay Area DREAMers: Scholarships for First Time College Students & Community College Graduates. TheDream.US provides college scholarships to highly motivated DREAMers who want to get a college education but cannot afford it. Our scholarships will help cover your tuition and fees for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at one of our Partner CollegesNote: You must be accepted to and eligible for in-state tuition (if applicable) at one of our Partner Colleges in order to receive the Scholarship.    For more Information visit the website Deadline to submit application is March 17, 2015 11:59pm. 


Julio Mata Family Scholarship: $50,000 ($12,500 for 4 years) Criteria: per donor's instructions, the student's father must be of paternal Mexican heritage and surname, following the paternal line back to Mexico.  The student must be legal residents of the United States, have a positive attitude towards education and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The student must be a resident of the Gilroy Unified School District boundaries.   Application and more information available online at 

Deadline to Apply is March 20, 2015


Stephen Michael Stramback Scholarship: $1000.00 Criteria: Golf team participation at high school, accepted to college, promote the success of the team above personal success (provide examples), demonstrate good sportsmanship (provide examples), continuing golf team participation at college, participation in school newspaper or communications, and other organizations including clubs and committees. Participation in other sports.  Financial need, and part time work experience will also be considered. Application and more information available online at Deadline to Apply is March 20, 2015


California Wine Grape Growers Foundation (CWGGF): Only the children of vineyard employees working in the 2014-2015 wine grape growing season are eligible to apply.  However, children of wine grape growers may request a waiver from the eligibility requirement based upon financial need.  Children of current directors or employees of the CWGGF are not eligible to apply.  You must be a high school senior graduating in 2015.  Plan to attend a University of California, California State University or California Community College in the fall of 2015. For more information visit their website at  to download English or Spanish applications.  Deadline to apply March 27, 2015 (postmarked).


Robert Miller Scholarship for Viticulture and Enology: Criteria Applicant must be a Central Coast high school senior graduating in 2015 or a student enrolled at Alan Hancock Community College or Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; Plan to major or are majoring in viticulture or enology at either Alan Hancock Community College or Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  Please visit website for more detailed information and criteria at  Deadline to submit application is March 27, 2015.


California Alarm Association CAA 2015 Youth Scholarship Program: Criteria: children of active duty law enforcement and fire service personnel in the State of California who are graduating from high school in 2015.  There are 11 regional awards, one statewide award, and four national awards.  To download the application and for more information visit the website at Deadline to submit application is March 27, 2015 (Postmarked)


County Federal 2015 Educational Scholarship Program: $500-$1500 Criteria: Must be a member in good standing with Santa Clara county Federal Credit Union.  Must be in good standing with their high school/college; may not be on disciplinary or academic probation. Must be a graduating high school senior or post-secondary student ages 17-22.  Must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, must be enrolled for a minimum of 6.0 units. A letter of Acceptance and Verification of Enrollment must be provided by July 31, 2015.  For More information on the scholarship program and to download an application, visit the website at Deadline to submit application is Friday April 3, 2015


CTA/Santa Clara County Service Center Council Human Rights Scholarship:  Criteria- Applicant must be a member of an under-represented group, such as: Hispanic, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, African American, GLBT (Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender), or Disabled. Applicant must be currently attending public secondary (high) school or community college in Santa Clara County.  Applicant must pursue a college degree at an accredited four-year institution of higher education beginning in 2015, and a credential for a teaching career in PreK-12 Public Education.  Application attached.  Deadline: Application must be received by 4 pm Thursday April 30, 2015.  Human Rights - Scholarship Application.pdf


South Valley Running Club Scholarship Program (David Thomas Memorial Scholarship):  graduating seniors, who will be enrolled full time into a study program that will lead to either an Associates or Baccalaureate degree.  Participation as a runner in either cross country and/or track and field in their junior and senior years of high school.  Minimum Unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher, involved in extracurricular activities and community involvement.  Displays exemplary citizenship and good sportsmanship on their running teams.  Planning to continue running in college, demonstrates financial need.  For more information or for application details visit

Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship: $1000 Criteria: awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary School or college.  Interested students can visit the link at and find the scholarship located at the bottom of the page and click on it.  Deadline June 1, 2015


Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship Program: $1000 Criteria: students interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college.  Interested students please visit the website to find eligibility information along with the online application.  The scholarship will be on the right side of the page and click on it  Deadline June 1, 2015