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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 2015-2016:

Click Here for the 2015 GUSD Common Scholarship Application


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





 available to YOU!


Please visit this section

beginning January 2016

for Common Scholarship Opportunities.  








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: $600 Criteria: Must have cpmpleted FOUR years of their elementary school education at Luigi Aptea or Completed 5th grade at Luigi Aprea OR Must have cpmpleted any Gilroy Elementary School (Luigi Aprea attendees will get first consideration).   No academic or grade point average requirement for this scholarship; however, students are ranked according to the quality of their essay, volunteerism, goals, and GPA.  Additional Essay required.  Application attached. LAPCScholarshipletter.doc  LAPCScholarshipapp.doc Students must complete both the Scholarship Application as well as the Common Scholarship applicationand hand deliver or Mail completed application to:Luigi Aprea Elementary School, Attn:  LAPC~ Scholarship Committee,  9225 Calle Del Rey, Gilroy, CA 95020  Deadline to submit application is April 1, 2016 (postmark)



Amazon Student Scholarships: Award $250,000 Merit Scholarships and $25, 000 textbook gift cards.  Amazon student members who are full time undergraduate students at an accredited, not for profit US College or university in Fall 2016 are eligible to apply. Amazon Student's Scholarship is merit based.  Applicants are scored on GPA, community service, and leadership experience.  Semifinalists will be required to submit an essay to advance to the final round.  Fifty Amazon Student members will each receive a $5000 scholarship tuition and $500 to spend on textbooks in the form of an Amazon .com Gift card.  Application available at Deadline to electronically submit application is 11:59 pm PST on November 20th, 2015



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, 2015


Stokes Educational Scholarship Program: Criteria: The Stokes program is open to high school seniors, particularly minority students planning to major in computer science or computer/electrical engineering. Student must be a U.S. citizen, eligible to be granted a security clearance, high school senior, minimum SAT score of 1600 or ACT of 25, planning to major in computer science or computer/electrical engineering, have a 3.0 GPA or above.  Student must submit online application and hardcopy documents between September 1- November 15, 2015.  For the most up to date information about Stokes Educational Scholarship Program and requirements, visit their web site at:


Good Tidings Foundation: $5000 Criteria:  Scholarships are awarded based on greatest service and financial need. Application available on-line: Deadline October 27, 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 4th, 2015


Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Please visit the website for more information and criteria for this scholarship:  Deadline to submit application is December 16, 2015.


2016 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award: Valued at $2000-$15000.   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 2016 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 2016.  Please visit the website for more detailed information at  Deadline to apply is December 18, 2015


CAC Educational Scholarship Foundation: amount varies from $1500-$2500 (3) Criteria:  California High school senior who is in this state legally for their use as full-time students at any accredited public or private college, university or trade school.  Schoarship recipients must start attendance within 12 months of the award and show proof of enrollment in a minimum of 12 credit hours. 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 20, 2016.


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 January13th, 2016


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 application is Janury 20th, 2016


PG&E Employee Resource Groups Scholarship Programs:  Criteria: Students who have shown commitment to specific communities or causes.  There is a common general application but each group will have its own eligibility requirements and application supplement for specific information.  Be sure to review the ERG application supplements for those requirements.  Be sure to read all the eligibility criteria before completing the ERG supplementarl application.  For more information  and application visit the website at Deadline to submit is February 1st, 2016


eQuality Scholarship Collaborative$6000 Criteria: Graduating high school, community college, nursing and medical students in northern and central California. Be a resident of northern or central California; have completed or complete high school or equivalent between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2016; and plan to attend or have begun attending an accredited post secondary institution for the first time in 2016.  To recognize service to the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer community. For more information and to apply, go to Applications must be completed by February 1st, 2016


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 5, 2016.



Wace National CO-OP Scholarship Program: Qualifications: To qualify for this scholarship, students must: have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.  Apply for the 2016-2017 academic year at one of the WACE Partner Institutions listed.  Instructions:  Please complete the National Co-op Scholarship Program Application including a typed one-page essay (200 words) describing why you have chosen to pursue a college cooperative education program and mail it to: WACE, 600 Suffolk Street, Suite 125, Lowell, MA 01854.  For general questions, please contact: Marty Ford at  For a scholarship application or to complete your application online, please visit:  Application Deadline: February 15, 2016 * postmarked



Grand Lodge of California, Order Sons of Italy in America Scholarships:  Scholarships available for Academic Awards for high school seniors and Italian Language Study Grants in Italy for high school seniors for the summer of 2016.  Requirements:  Applicant MUST be wholly or partially of Italian descent.  Applicant MUST be enrolled in an accredited Trade School, College, University or Community College for the Fall of 2016.  Applications are available On Line by accessing the Grand Lodge of California, Sons of Italy website at Deadline for all Applications is March 1, 2016 (Postmark)



DREAMers!!! You may be eligible to apply for a scholarship from 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, fees, books, supplies and transportation for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at one of our Partner Colleges  For more Information visit the website Deadline to submit application is February 15, 2016




California Wine Grape Growers Foundation (CWGGF): Only the children of vineyard employees working in the 2015 or 2016 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 2016. Students may study the subject of their choice.   Scholarships available for any campus in the Univesity of California or California State University system and for any California Community College.  Selection is based upon financial need, demonstrated scholastic ability, community involvement and leadership and/or work history, your determination to succeed and a 500 word essay. For more information or to download English or Spanish applications visit their website at .  Deadline to apply March 25, 2016 (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 25, 2016.



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 Deadline to Apply is April 1st. 



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, 2016


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, 2016