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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 2016-2017:

Click Here for the 2017 GUSD Common Scholarship Application


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


Please read Criteria carefully as some scholarships request specific requirements to be included in the application



American Association of University Women, Gilroy Branch (AAUW) (1)$1000.00 

Criteria: Applicants must be female graduating students of Gilroy High School.  Financial need, scholarship, leadership, citizenship and field of study will all be considered in choosing our winner. 


Anna Barberi Scholarship: (1) $1000.00  Gilroy Native of Italian descent, who have a cumulative gpa of at least a 3.2, is involved in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) or 4H club or pursuing a degree in agriculture.  


ASMS: Attended ASMS, GPA above a 3.0, attending Gavilan Community College.  Short Essay: What are your plans after Gavilan College.  


ASMS: Enrolled in Band at ASMS, GPA above a  3.5, Community Service, Attending a 4 year College.  Short Essay:  How did band make me a better student


Patricia Kloecker ELAC Scholarship ASMS: Active in ELAC  @ ASMS, GPA above a 2.0, Community Service, Attending a 4 year College. Short Essay: How were you and /or your parents involved in ELAC at ASM



CSEA Gilroy Chapter 69 (1) $500  Criteria: Applicant must be graduating high school as a senior or equivalent.  Applicant does not need to be attending a GUSD high school to qualify.  Applicant must be planning to enter, as full-time student, an accredited college by the fall term following the granting of the scholarship.  Accredited colleges may include 4 year universities, community colleges, other accredited trade or vocational schools.  Applicant must have at least one parent or legal guardian who is a member in good standing of CSEA Chapter 69, currently working for Gilroy Unified School District (classified unit).  Applicant must have a minimum total GPA of 2.5.  


Cupcakes for College, Theater Arts Scholarship (1) $250.00 Criteria: Currently graduating GHS as a senior or equivalent.  Applicant must be planning to enter an accredited college by the fall term following granting of the scholarship.  Accredited colleges may include 4 year universities, community colleges, or other accredited trade or vocational schools.  Applicant must have completed at least one show with GHS during their time as a student at GHS including but not limited to Fall Play, Spring Musical, or Senior Play. Community Service hours only do not qualify.  Aplicant must have a minimum total GPA of 2.5.  To apply submit a GUSD Common Scholarship Application.  Non legible applications will not be reviewed.  For more information see attached.  CupcakesforCollegeTheaterArtsScholarship.pdf


Dennis DeBell Memorial Scholarship up to $1500.00: Criteria- graduates of an accredited high school, residents of the area within boundaries of the Gilroy Unified School District.  May be attending or is a graduate with an Associate of Arts Degree from a community college.  Has applied or intends to apply to a four (4) year college or university for approved degree programs.  Students who might not otherwise be financially able to obtain a college degree.  


Drs. Wafelbakker and Anderson Scholastic Scholarship (1) $1000.00 Criteria: GPA 3.5 minimum, financial hardship, Community Involvement, School Involvement, 2 letters of recommendation (from teachers), personal statement written by student (no more than two pages double typed), spring transcript. 


Eliot Elementary Neighborhood School College Scholarship $500.00: Criteria- Graduates of Gilroy Unified School District, residents of the areas within boundaries of Eliot Elementary School. First language is a language other than English.  May be attending  or is a graduate with an Associate of Arts Degree from a community college.  Has applied or intends to apply to a four (4) year college or university for approved degree programs.  Students who might not otherwise be financially able to obtain a college degree.



Gilroy High School Class of 1956 Scholarship (1) $500.00 Criteria: Student recipient shall have demonstrated financial need, voluntary community service in their senior year.  May have participated in the following: (a)Any music program, band, choir, theater, (b) school sports program; football, baseball, basketball or any other sport activity, (c) carried a B grade average (3.0).  Additional Essay (500 words) Please tell us why you deserve the scholarship.  Student shall be enrolled and attend Gavilan College in Gilroy for the Fall of 2017.



GTA Scholarship:$500,00    This year GTA is again offering a $500.00 scholarship to one graduating high school senior. For your child to be eligible you must be a member of GTA and your child must complete the "Common" application form. The forms are available for our district seniors at their high school. If your child attends a high school outside of GUSD an application form is attached to this email and must be returned by March 4, 2016 to either :Matt Hungerford GHS or Terry Graham Brownell Middle School.


Lance Corporal Jeramy Ailes Memorial Scholarship: (1) $500 Criteria: Common Scholarship Application and ADDITIONAL ESSAY: state How you/the student has or will make the world a better place through their leadership, sportsman ship and/or community service. 



Luigi Aprea Elementary School Parent Club (LAPC) Scholarships (2) $500 each

Criteria: Graduating seniors must satisfy at least one of the following requirements: *must 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 for these scholarships; 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 complete the attached Luigi Aprea Scholarship application LAPCScholarshipapp.doc as well as the GUSD Common Scholarship application and mail to the address below with a postmark no later than March 4, 2016.   



Michael Aiello Memorial Agricultural Scholarship Fund 

Criteria: High School GPA average of 3.0 or higher.  Completion of the GUSD Common Scholarship Application. Completion of at least 3 Ag related classes.  Full time attendance in a 4 year college for the purpose of receiving a BS degree in an Agricultural related field.  At least one acceptance letter from an accredited college before scholarship funds are released.  Applicant  also acknowledges Scholarship forfeiture statement.  Personal essay-Topic: My future goals with a degree in Agriculture and how I plan to use my degree.  Two recommendation letters-from school counselor/teachers, past or present employers, community leaders or service club members.  ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: if not included in application * List of community service activities for the past four years, *List of Agricultural related club memberships and what extra curricular activities the student was involved in, *Outside interests/other activities during the past four years, *Leadership skills during the past four years. 



Myrle Wolfe Memorial Scholarship$1000-$8000: Criteria- Current Gilroy High school graduate, "basis of academic merit, only whenever possible", the order of which 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 student is seeking agriculturally related major, (3) Student whose parents are 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.  

When filling out the application be sure to be specific when indicating your parent's employment.  Indicate if your parent works in agricultural production and state the nature of the work.  Example: Not specific: day laborer Specific: Monterey Mushrooms, Growing Manager in charge of overseeing all mushroom production. Not specific: Seasonal, Specific: Gilroy Foods/Con Agra Foods; Packaging specialist.  Also include in your personal statement if you are seeking agricultural related major, taken agricultural classes, held a leadership role in FFA or 4H. 



P.E. O. Gilroy Chapter or Philanthropic Educational Organization (2) $500 

Criteria: Applicant must be a female in grade 12


Rod Kelley Memorial Scholarship $500.00: Criteria- Graduates of Gilroy Unified School District, Potential: Teacher Graduate, Academic Merit



Rudy Melone Memorial Scholarship presented by the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association, Inc

Criteria: Has been accepted to an accredited four (4) year college or university, or will be attending such within three (3) years, Has performed volunteer services at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, Students who have a financial need to obtain a college degree.  ~ The Dr. Rudy Melone Memorial Scholarship honors outstanding students in academic achievement, community service, and nurturing future leaders of the Garlic Festival Association and our community.  


SVMS CJSF-south Valley Middle School California Junior Scholarship Federation Scholarship Criteria: Former South Valley students, preferably former SVMS CJSF members with strong academic background and a history of community service.  


 Sodexo /Food Services Scholarship (2) $1200.00 Criteria: Graduates of Gilroy Unified School District.  Potential educational goals in : Culinary Arts, Food Service Management, Hotel/Hospitality Management, Business Management, Academic Merit



Tom Bundros Scholarship: (1) $1000.00 Criteria: Graduates of Gilroy Unified School District.  Accepted to an accredited junior college, college or university. Potential Goals: Teaching and Education.  Academic Merit: Minimum 3.5 overall GPA.  Show community involvement.  


Christopher Ranch Agriculture Education Scholarship $5,000.00  Criteria Applicant must be a student currently enrolled at CHS, GHS, GECA, or MM. Be a high school senior going on to a four-year college and pursuing a degree in Agriculture. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0. (Scholarship will be given to two graduating students from any of GUSD's four high schools.)


Christopher Ranch Employee Family Scholarship $2,500.00  Criteria: Applicant must be a student currently enrolled at CHS or GHS. Be a high school senior going on to a community/junior college, a four-year college or a trade school. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0. If the entire scholarship funds are not used in the first year, remaining funds can be used in a second year providing student has maintained at least a 2.0 GPA in college. Be a relative (children, grandchildren or niece/nephew) of a Christopher Ranch employee at the time of graduation from high school. (scholarship will be awarded to one student from CHS and one student from GHS).


Don and Karen Christopher $2000.00 Community College Scholarship Criteria: Applicant must be a student currently enrolled at CHS or GHS. Student must be attending a community/junior college. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 upon high school graduation. Have a good record of community service. (scholarship will be given to five CHS students and five GHS students) One of the letters of recommendation should be from a community leader representing the organization at which the applicant has volunteered. 



Don and Karen Christopher $3000.00 Scholarship  Criteria:  Applicant must be a student currently enrolled at CHS or GHS. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 upon high school graduation, and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA at college to be eligible for renewal. Have a good record of community service. (Scholarship will be given to two CHS graduates and to two GHS graduates. An award of $1,500 the first year and $1,500 the second year.)  One of the  letters of recommendation should be from a community leader representing the organization at which the applicant has volunteered. 



David and Valerie Vanni Agriculture Education Scholarship: $500  Criteria: Applicant must be a student currently enrolled at CHS, GHS, GECA, or MM. Be a high school senior going on to a four-year college and pursuing a degree in Agriculture. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0.



Erin Kinkel Memorial Scholarship Award $500 Criteria: Graduating GHS senior.  Accepted to a two or four year college or university.  Student must have a positive attitude towards education and a minimum 3.0 GPA.  Student must exhibit some of the following characteristics through actions or community service; has demonstrated a commitment to making good choices and showing and taking responsibility, has made a positive impact on other people's lives.  Has regularly demonstrated enthusiastic, positive, hard working attitudes  and is kind and helpful towards others.  **special emphasis will be given to: a student who has exhibited commitment in Gymnastics, Karate, Cheerleading or Performing Arts.**


Gelman Family Educational Scholarship $1000.00 Criteria: Student must have a 3.5 GPA upon applying. Student must list community service over and above minimum required by their high school. Recipient must attend a four-year college or university. Essay must explain how you have succeeded in high school despite adversity in your lives.  


Kimberly Ordaz Memorial Scholarship $1250.00 Criteria: Applicant must be a high school senior entering college. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Include a Personal Statement on your career goals. 


Linda Burnett Scholarship $3000.00 up to 4 yrs ($12000) Criteria: Recipient must be a graduate of a Gilroy public high school; $3,000 will be awarded the first year, with the recipient required to reapply for three subsequent years, if the student maintains at least a 3.0 GPA throughout the academic year; may attend either an academic or trade school of their choice, including a two-year community college, must be a full-time student carrying and earning at least 12 units of study. 


Medley Family Memorial Scholarship $500 Criteria: Be a graduating Gilroy High School senior entering a four year college or university.  Have a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Have a strong interest in literature, the arts, and/or the natural world.  DO NOT COMPLETE Section 2: Financial Information portion of the Common Application, as financial need is NOT a criterion of this scholarship.  **On a separate piece of paper, attached to the back of the common application, please explain your interest in literature, the arts, and/or the natural world.  Your comments must be limited to 150 words.**



Robert J. Galaviz Memorial Scholarship $500 Criteria: Recipient must be a graduate of a Gilroy public high school; must be accepted at and attend San Jose State University; must have graduated high school with at least a 3.0 GPA; must have participated in high school sports; must have a minimum of 50 hours of community service during their high school years; must be of Mexican descent: The recipient, a parent or a grandparent must have been born in Mexico.


SakaBozzo Scholarship $500-$1000   Criteria: Graduates of GUSD high school. Residents of the area within boundaries of GUSD. May be attending or is a graduate with an Associate of Arts Degree from a community college. Has applied or intends to apply to a four (4) year college or university for approved degree programs in education or a culinary academy. Students must have community service with the Garlic Festival or other community organizations. Students must have demonstrated leadership in school or extra-curricular activities. Students must have a GPA of 2.8 or better. Students who might not otherwise be financially able to obtain a college degree. **Return five (5) copies of your scholarship application form and three (3) letters of Recommendation along with a copy of your high school transcript.**




SVMS CJSF-south Valley Middle School California Junior Scholarship Federation Scholarship Criteria:  Former South Valley students, preferably former SVMS CJSF members with strong academic background and a history of community service.  



Sunrise Rotary Joanie Lewis Community Society:   Criteria:  High School diploma or equivalent, GPA of 2.5 or above, student planning on attending a trade school such as Wyotech, University of Phoenix, nursing, veterinary tech programs, cosmetology etc., Community service and/or work experience in the field will be highly considered.  


Tom S. and Hedy Obata Memorial Scholarship: $1000.00 Criteria: Applicant must be a high school senior entering college. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Is planning on pursuing a career in education, either teaching or administration.


2016 Uvas Creek Scholarship $20,000.00  Criteria: Applicant must have a positive attitude towards education and a minimum 3.0 GPA. **Through the application essay, the students should exhibit a high financial need in pursuing a higher education.  Through the application essay, the students should exhibit a positive attitude, persistence and determination towards education. 




Native Daughters of the Golden West:  In Memory of Helen Bonino Criteria:  Female, Born in California, plans to major in a vocational area: Agriculture, Nursing etc.




The Jan Kelley Memorial Scholarship $1500.00  This scholarship is in honor of Jan Kelley who taught and coached Middle School girls in GUSD for 30+ years.  It was designed to recognize young women athletes that have shown courage, perseverance and dedication, not only to their sport but also in becoming a better contributor to our society.  It is designed to give support to Senior girls that plan to attend a 4 year college or university and that plan to continue to participate in sports at the collegiate-level.





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.



Fast Web Unique Scholarships for all students: Opportunities for students with different attributes and interests.  There is something for everyone.



Fastweb Scholarships $$ varies


My Undocumented Life Scholarships: Scholarship opportunities for undocumented students.  Various amounts and deadlines.



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


Latinos in Technology Scholarship:For Latino(a) students who have a declared major in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related field  Deadline December 7, 2016



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, 2016



Elks National Foundation-Most Valuable Student Competition:  Eligibility: high school graduating senior and U.S. Citizen. Judging Criteria is based on scholarship, leadership and financial need.  A minimum of 5 $1000 scholarships will be awarded locally by the Gilroy Elks Lodge #1567.  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 November 30, 2016. 



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


The Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement (APCA), a non-profit Employee Resource Group of AT&T, is seeking qualified applicants for its 2016 Scholarship Program.  We are proud to announce that twenty-eight (28) $2000 APCA National Scholarships will be awarded for the 2016 academic year, 40% more than the amount awarded in 2015.  Besides the 28 national scholarships, we are also offering fourteen (14) $1000 state scholarships to Northern California and Nevada students.  The scholarship program is open to all graduating high school seniors of any ethnic or cultural background with a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.  Information about the APCA scholarship program including the complete eligibility requirements and FAQ, the link to download the scholarship application, and the process to submit the scholarship application can be found at our web site:  All scholarship applications must be submitted online by Sunday, January 31, 2016, 11:59 PM (Pacific Standard Time)



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 supplemental 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


Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars $10000.00 Criteria: Must be a US Citizen, resident in Santa Clara or Alameda counties.  Must be a graduating senior of a public or accredited private high school.  Must attend an accredited college or university as a full time student in an approved engineering, computer science, mathematics, or physics program. Must have a minimum composite SAT score of 1700 or ACT score of 27 and a minimum GPA of 3.5 unweighted.  For more information or to apply visit.


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.


Cesar E. Chavez Scholarship Fund  (1) $1500.00 Applicant requirements:  All applicants must: graduate this academic year from a high school located in East Side Union High School District, Morgan Hill Unified School District, Gilroy Unified School District, San Benito High School District, and Aromas-San Juan Unified School District.  Enroll or plan to enroll by this coming Fall semester/quarter in a Western Associations of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited community college or university leading to an Associate or Bachelor's degree.  Graduate with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5.  For a scholarship application please visit the website  Deadline to submit application is February 5, 2016 (postmark)



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



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 eligibility criteria. See website for complete criteria Application Deadline is February 19, 2016



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)



Are you a DREAMer with hopes of going to college, but in need of financial aid? Scholarships for Bay Area DREAMers: Available for First Time College Students & Community College Graduates. 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 March 8, 2016



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-traditional 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 24, 2016.



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 2016-2017.  Those who plan to major in a field of study that focuses on engineering, technology, design or business, with an interest in the automotive industry.  Visit the website for more information: Deadline to apply is February 29, 2016. (5:00 pm EST)


Better Together Scholarships/PG&E: Criteria: Applicant must be a minimum of 16 years of age and be a high school senior or graduate, have received GED certification or be a current post secondary undergraduate student.  Be a PG&E customer (based on current copy of bill), Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2016-2017 academic year pursuing first post secondary degree.  Must be pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) disciplines.  Apply online:  Deadline to submit application February 29, 2016.  


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, 2016 or for more information visit their website


Kaiser Permanente Asian Association Scholarship Program (7) $3500  Criteria: High school student graduating in Spring 2016, and planning to attend an accredited two- or four- year college, university, trade, or technical school in Fall, 2016: high school or student's residence located in the Kaiser Permanente Norther CA service area: and minimum 2.5 GPA.  For more information please visit the website Deadline to apply is March 8, 2016. 



Italian Catholic Federation $400 Criteria: Be a Roman Catholic graduating senior of Italian descent, who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2. If either Roman Catholic parent or grandparent is a member of the "Italian Catholic Federation", applicant must be Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian descent, or live where Branches are established, to qualify.  For more Information visit the web site  Deadline to Apply March 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.



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 2016.  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 25, 2016 (Postmarked)



Chinese Historical & Cultural Project (“CHCP”) Scholarships start at $1,000.

non-profit organization based in Santa Clara County. Our organization was founded in 1987 to promote and preserve the history and culture of the Chinese and Chinese-Americans in Santa Clara County. We also promote service, cultural and educational projects for the betterment of the community.  CHCP has invested in the future of our youth from our very beginning.  In tribute to our late co-founder, Lillian Gong-Guy, who dedicated her life to CHCP and many other community projects, we will be awarding the Lillian Gong-Guy Memorial Scholarship to Santa Clara County high school seniors of Chinese descent who demonstrate academic achievement, as well as involvement in their school and community.  Scholarships are awarded to exemplary seniors based on academic achievement and a demonstration of community involvement and service. Download the application and information here CHCP 2016 Scholarship AppX.doc or visit their website





Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarships vary $500-$5000 Eligibility:  Must be of Hispanic heritage, US citizen, permanent legal resident, DACA or eligible non citizen (as defined by FAFSA), Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or equivalent for high school students: minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale for college and graduate students.  Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited 4 year university in the fall of the desired scholarship year.  Complete FAFSA or Dream Act (if applicable).  To apply visit the website Deadline to apply is March 30, 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. 



Gilroy Rotary Scholarships 2016 :$50,500  The Gilroy Rotary Club Scholarships and Awards Program will be offering up to $50,500 in college scholarships to qualified high school seniors graduating in 2016 and entering their first year of college in the fall of 2016, along with Gavilan or Hartnell College graduates who are transferring to a four year college in the fall of 2016.  For more information on the various scholarship opportunities visit their website at  Deadline to apply is 5:00 PM Friday April 15, 2016



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