Our Scholarships

Our donors have established these scholarships for which Santa Cruz County students can apply.

 

The scholarships are intended to help students with their undergraduate studies or vocational training. 

Review eligibility criteria for all scholarships to determine which may be right for you. Only one application is needed to apply for any or all of the academic scholarships for which you are eligible.

Scholarship awards are subject to change from year to year. Scholarships may range in amount from $1,000 - $2,500 and include both one-time and renewable awards.

Check out Scholarship FAQs for answers to your frequently asked questions.

 

Judy Anton Woman of Valor/Lupita Loves to Read Project Scholarship

Judy Anton (1960–2010) loved to travel. On a trip to Mexico City she and her husband Art hired a driver to take them round to the sights. It was Christmas break, so the driver brought along his 10 year old daughter, Lupita, who spent her time in the car reading. Judy and Art were taken by Lupita's enthusiasm for school and learning. Art said: Judy was life-embracing. She really connected with people. She also had a strong sense of social justice. Art felt the story of Lupita was emblematic of what he wanted to accomplish with the scholarship he started in Judy's memory.

Eligibility:

  • Female Latina
  • Graduates or current graduating seniors of any high school in Santa Cruz County or a student of Cabrillo College
  • Reside in Live Oak or Watsonville area at the time of application
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Award Details


  • One award of at least $1,000 which is renewable for up to three additional years based on continued enrollment.
    • Recipient may attend part-time or full-time with no minimum credits required.
    • Enrollment at an accredited college or vocational school.
  • Priority will be given to a student whose parents are not eligible for public assistance.

 See How to Apply for application process and deadlines.

R.H. Beel Memorial Scholarship

Ralph H. "Boots" Beel (1906–1984) was unable to finish high school due to financial hardships. After a successful business career, he took up flying and purchased an aviator's outfit. After one week his pair of expensive aviator boots was stolen and he got the nickname "Boots." After his death, his family established this memorial scholarship for students graduating from Santa Cruz High School, where he attended.

Eligibility

  • Graduating seniors from Santa Cruz High School
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must demonstrate academic achievement
  • Must show history of service activities or volunteer work
  • Must demonstrate financial need
    • Applicant must contribute personally to their educational costs

 Award Details

  • Two awards, renewable for up to three additional years, based on academic  performance, continued enrollment and continued personal contribution to educational costs.
    • Award amounts vary based on funding available.
    • Enrollment must be continuous for the entire academic year.
    • Students must enroll full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college or university.
      • At the discretion of the Community Foundation’s Scholarship Committee, scholarships may be awarded to students planning to attend accredited vocational schools located in California and in particular Santa Cruz County.
    • Priority will be given to students who do not receive other scholarships.

 See How to Apply for application process and deadlines.

Burton Scholarship

This scholarship was created to award worthy individuals that possess the desire to further their education, who would not be able to do so without help.

Eligibility

  • Graduates or current graduating seniors of any high school in Santa Cruz County.
  • Must have minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale for two consecutive years.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.

Award Details

  • At least one award ranging from $1,000 - $2,000 will be awarded and is renewable for up to three additional years based on academic achievements and continued financial need.
    • Must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Recipient must enroll full-time at any accredited two- or four-year college/university.

 See How to Apply for application process and deadlines.

 

Ernest V. Cowell Scholarship

The family of Ernest V. Cowell (1858–1911) prospered after coming West during the California Gold Rush. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park was named after his father and his own name was given to the Ernest V. Cowell Student Health Center at his alma mater, UC Berkeley. He started this fund in 1903, which the Foundation has administered since 1994.

Eligibility

  • Graduates or current graduating seniors of public high schools in the Santa Cruz City Schools District.
    • If there are no qualified applicants, seniors graduating from other high schools in Santa Cruz County may be considered.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.

Award Details

  • One award will be granted and is not renewable.
  • The award amount will vary based on funding available.
  • Recipient must attend a University of California campus in the fall following graduation.
  • Recipient may attend part-time or full-time with no minimum credits required.
  • Recipient is requested to repay their award as soon as they are able after graduating from college.

 See How to Apply for application process and deadlines.

 

Bob and Betsy Darrow Scholarship

Bob and Betsy Darrow believed in the importance of a college education. The scholarship fund was created by their children to honor the long-time commitment of their parents to education. 

Eligibility

  • Current graduating seniors of any high school in Santa Cruz County.
  • Must have a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.

Award Details

  • At least $2,000 will be awarded each year. The number of awards and award amounts will vary based on funding available.
  • Recipient must enroll full-time at an accredited college, university or vocational school.

 See How to Apply for application process and deadlines.


 

Hank Garcia Jr. & Family Scholarship

This scholarship was created to award worthy individuals that possess the desire to further their education, who would not be able to do so without help.

Eligibility

  • Graduating seniors from Aptos High School, Monte Vista High School, Pajaro High School, St. Francis High School, or Watsonville High School.
  • Must have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.

Award Details

  • One award of $2,000 will be awarded per high school and is renewable for up to three additional years based on continued enrollment.
    • If there is no eligible applicant from one school, that award may be allocated to another eligible student from another school.
  • Recipients may attend any accredited college, university or vocational school.

 See How to Apply for application process and deadlines.

Emmett and Elsie Geiser Scholarship

Both Emmett and Elsie Geiser spent their careers in education and were committed to the students of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. Emmett was a sports coach at Watsonville High School and the stadium is named after him. In her will, Elsie Geiser established this endowed scholarship at the Foundation.

 

Eligibility

  • Graduating seniors from Watsonville, Pajaro Valley or Aptos High Schools.
  • Have earned at least one letter in an athletic program.
  • Financial need is considered but is not required.

Award Details

  • One award will be granted per high school and is renewable for up to three additional years based on academic performance and continued enrollment.
    • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0.
    • The award amount will vary based on funding available.

 See How to Apply for application process and deadlines.

Louis J. and Mary Ellen Schultz Scholarship

Louis J. and Mary Ellen Schultz were lifelong Santa Cruz residents. Mary taught in the Live Oak School District for 32 years. She retired in 1968 and died in 1990. Louis worked at the Opal Cliffs Market for 27 years. They had no children, but wanted to do something for the youth of Santa Cruz County and started this endowed scholarship fund at the Foundation.

Eligibility

  • Graduates or current graduating seniors of any high school in Santa Cruz County.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.

Award Details

  • The number of awards and award amount will vary based on funding available.
  • The award is renewable for us to three years based on continued enrollment.
    • Recipient must enroll full-time at any accredited college, university or vocational school.

 See How to Apply for application process and deadlines.


 

Simunovich Family Agricultural Scholarship

The Simunovich Family Agricultural Scholarship was established by Jasper Simunovich to honor his parents, Jasper and Lucy Hrepich Simunovich. They were apple growers in the Pajaro Valley at the turn of the century.

 

Eligibility

  • Graduates or current graduating seniors of any high school in Santa Cruz County or the Pajaro Valley or students of Cabrillo College or Hartnell Community College who were residents of Santa Cruz County or the  Pajaro Valley at least two years prior to their Cabrillo or Hartnell registration.
  • Must plan to study agriculture.

Award Details

  • The number of awards will vary based on funding available, award amount will be at least $1,000.
  • The award is renewable for up to three years based on academic performance, program of study and continued enrollment.
    • Recipient must enroll at any accredited four-year college/university.
    • Recipient must remain enrolled in the field of agriculture.

 See How to Apply for application process and deadlines.

 

Barbara J. Thompson Scholarship

Barbara J. Thompson served as trustee on the Santa Cruz City Schools Board for many years and is a firm supporter of public education and making educational opportunities available to all students. This scholarship was created in honor of her retirement from the board in 2002.

Eligibility

  • Graduates or current graduating seniors of any accredited high school physically located within the Santa Cruz County School District.
    • Current graduating seniors must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, if applicable.
  • Must have participated in three of the following during their high school years:
    • Employment
    • Family Care
    • Community Involvement
    • Volunteer Work
    • Sports
  • Must have lived in Santa Cruz Country for three of the past four years.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Award Details

  • Up to one award will be granted per high school and is not renewable.
  • The award amount will vary based on funding available.
  • Recipient may attend an accredited college, university or vocational school.

 See How to Apply for application process and deadlines.

John L. Turner Scholarship

Beverly Turner established this fund in 2002 to honor the memory of her late husband, John L. Turner, who retired after a career as an electrical engineer. In retirement, John volunteered for 15 years as a teacher's aide in the English as a Second Language program at Watsonville Adult Education. He enjoyed practicing his Spanish and working with the students. Beverly established this fund to help Watsonville High School graduates who have a strong desire to pursue their higher education.

Eligibility

  • Graduating seniors from a public school serving the City of Watsonville.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.

Award Details

  • One award of $1,000 will be awarded and is not renewable.
  • Recipient may attend a college, university or vocational school.
  • Priority will be given to a student who were involved in activities, worked part-time or assisted with family care while in high school.

 See How to Apply for application process and deadlines.