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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 2016-2017:

Click Here for the 2017 GUSD Common Scholarship Application


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





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 High School Quarterback Club Holler5trong Scholarship   The Quarterback Club is offering (2) $1000.00 college Scholarships this year.  Please fill out attached application and submit an essay.  Essay topic is "What being strong means to you" and "how you can overcome challenges you're faced with"

Application deadline is April 14, 2017 no later than 5:00pm.  Submit to Holler5trong Scholarship 2.pdf


Gilroy Rotary Scholarships 2017 :$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 April 21st 5:00 PM.


South County Realtors Association (SCRA) Each year, the South County Realtors Alliance (SCRA) awards scholarships to local graduating seniors who plan to further their education at two or four-year colleges or vocational schools. This year, we will be awarding approximately $20,000, divided among the selected finalists by the SCRA Interview Committee. Applications will be accepted from any high school senior who resides in South County (MHUSD and GUSD areas) and meets the following criteria:

1. HAS A FINANCIAL NEED 2. Provides, in a sealed Registrar’s envelope, an official transcript showing an overall GPA of 3.2 or above. 3. Submits a concise, typed 1-page summary (no smaller than size 12 font) that discusses a. Achievements, academic or other b. Awards, academic or other c. Intended Major and intended college/university/trade school d. Clearly-defined career goals e. Volunteer work beyond high school/religious obligations, etc. Any other pertinent information 4. Provides two letters of recommendation from senior year instructors. 5. Provides a recent photo. 6. Meets submission deadline, received by the Scholarship Chair, no later than 5 pm, April 12, 2017.  SCRA Scholarship Letter - 2017 intro letter and application (1).pdf


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 .



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 


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.  Scholarship 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 


Carrington College Scholarships  Criteria: Graduating high school seniors or those who have graduated high school during the most recent academic year may be eligible for the Carrington High School Scholarship of $1,000 to apply toward tuition. For more information visit the website

Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify:

  • Satisfy Carrington admission requirements
  • Begin classes by December 31
  • Submit high school transcripts evidencing a CGPA of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Maintain a CGPA of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for continued eligibility

As well as submit the following by the published deadline

  • Completed scholarship application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • 50-150 word essay about why the student is interested in a career in the chosen field


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  


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


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



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 


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 


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 


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


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: 


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 



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 


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 



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 


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: 


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 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 



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 




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 .



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  



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. 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 



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


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