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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 



Gilroy AAUW (American Association of University Women Scholarship:  $1000.00 (2- one to CHS and one to GHS) Criteria: Graduating female student; scholarship, financial need, citizenship, and leadership will be considered for each applicant.  


Lance Corporal Jeramy Ailes Memorial Scholarship: (1) $1000.00. Criteria: Complete the Common Scholarship Application.  ADDITIONAL ESSAY - How has your leadership, sportsmanship, and/or community service have or will play a role in making the world a better placce?  Please attach the additional essay to your Common Scholarship application. 


Linda Burnett Scholarship: (3) $3000.00 per year renewable  Purpose of the award is "To enable deserving recipients to become the first person in their immediate family to attend college" Preferably, this award will be given to female students, but may be given to a male student if he is a more qualified applicant" Requirements:  recipient must be a graduate of a Gilroy public high school.  $3000.00 awarded the first year, recipient is required to reapply for up to three subsequent years, if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA through the academic year.  Recipient may attend either an academic or trade school of their choice, including a two year community college, attending full time.   For more information visit the Gilroy Foundation website


Luigi Aprea Elementary School Parent Club (LAPC) Scholarships: (2) $500 each. Criteria: Graduating seniors who have completed 5th grade at Luigi Aprea OR Must have completed at least FOUR years of their elementary school education at Luigi Aprea.  There are no academic or grade point requirements; however, students are ranked according to the quality of their essay, volunteerism, goals, and GPA.  These scholarships are to be used to defray expenses for attending a two year or four year college or university.  Please apply by using Both the Common Scholarship and the LAPC Application.  Click here for the LAPC Scholarship Application.pdf.


P.E.O. Scholarship (Philanthropic Educational Organization $500.00 each (2 district wide) Criteria: Must be female, graduating high school senior of a Gilroy Public High School, or a local or regional private high school.  


Sunrise Rotary Joanie Lewis Community Society: $1000.00 (2) Criteria: High school diploma or equivalent, minimum 2.5 GPA, for students going to a type of trade school, or program such as a Nursing program, Vet Tech program, cosmetology etc.  Community Service and or work experience in the field will be Highly considered.  The scholarship will be paid directly to the institution and must be used by 12/31/2015.  




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.

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


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.



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.


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