Scholarships

Generous community members support the higher education dreams of students throughout Santa Cruz County through scholarships they start or support.

Welcome Students!

Thank you for your interest in our scholarship opportunities. Please read the scholarship descriptions and eligibility criteria below to learn about the 13 scholarships available to Santa Cruz County students.

Our 2021-22 application closed on February 5, 2021. Status notifications will be sent to all applicants who submitted an application via email in late April.

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Help students achieve their education goals and leave a legacy that supports ambitious youth for generations to come! We make it easy to establish a scholarship in your name tailored to your specifications to impact the students you'd like to help.

To learn more, please click the link below to contact Hilary Bryant, our Donor Services Officer.

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Current Scholarships



The 2021 Scholarship application is now closed.

Scholarship awards are subject to change from year to year. Scholarships may range in amount and include both one-time awards and renewable awards. The descriptions below provide a summary of the eligibility qualifications established by the generous donors who have provided the award opportunities.

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

One award of $1,000 or more—renewable for up to three years—is available for Latina women who are graduates or current graduating seniors of any high school in Santa Cruz County or a student of Cabrillo College, reside in the Live Oak area or Watsonville at the time of application, and demonstrate financial need.

R.H. Beel Memorial Scholarship

One award of $1,000 or more—renewable for up to three years—is available for graduating seniors from Santa Cruz High School who demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, show history of service activities or volunteer work, will personally contribute to their educational costs, and are US citizens.

Burton Scholarship

Multiple awards of up to $5,000—renewable for up to four years—are available for graduates or current graduating seniors of any high school in Santa Cruz County who have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA for two consecutive years, demonstrate financial need, and are US citizens.

Ernest V. Cowell Scholarship

A one-time award of $2,000 is available for a graduate or current graduating senior of any public high school in the Santa Cruz City Schools District who demonstrates financial need, and will be attending a University of California campus.

Jack DeBord Memorial Scholarship Fund

One award of $5,000—renewable for up to three years—is available for a graduating senior from San Lorenzo Valley High School who has a minimum 3.0 GPA, and who has received a letter in a varsity team sport at SLVHS. Recipient may attend any accredited community, vocational, or two or four-year college.

Bob & Betsy Darrow Scholarship

Multiple one-time awards of $2,000 or more are available for current graduating seniors of any high school in Santa Cruz County who demonstrate financial need, and have a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Hank Garcia & Family Scholarship

Multiple $2,000 awards—renewable for up to four years—are available for graduating seniors from Aptos High School, Monte Vista High School, Pajaro Valley High School, St. Francis High School, and Watsonville High School who have a minimum 3.5 GPA, demonstrate financial need, and are US citizens.

Emmett & Elsie Geiser Scholarship

Multiple awards of $1,000 or more—renewable for up to three years—are available for graduating seniors from Watsonville High School, Pajaro Valley High School, or Aptos High School who have earned at least one varsity letter in an athletic program.

Bert and Carolyn Post Scholarship

A one-time award of $2,500 is available for a graduating senior from Watsonville High School with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who demonstrates financial need and has the intention of becoming a public school teacher. Priority will be given to applicants who are first in their family to go to college and/or are bilingual in Spanish and English.

Louis J. & Mary Ellen Schultz Scholarship

Multiple awards of $2,000 or more—renewable for up to three years—are available for graduates or current graduating seniors of any high school in Santa Cruz County who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled as full-time students.

Simunovich Family Agricultural Scholarship

One $1,500 award—renewable for up to three years—is available for a graduate or current graduating seniors of any high school in Santa Cruz County or the Pajaro Valley, or a student 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, and will be attending a 4-year university to study Agriculture.

Barbara J. Thompson Scholarship

Multiple one-time awards of up to $2,500 are available for graduates or current graduating seniors of any accredited high school physically located within the Santa Cruz City Schools District who have a minimum 3.0 GPA, are US citizens who have resided in Santa Cruz County for three of the past four years, and have participated in three of the following activities during their high school term: Employment, Family Care, Community Involvement, Volunteer Work, and Sports.

John L. Turner Scholarship

A one-time award of $1,000 or more is available for a graduating senior from Watsonville High School or Pajaro Valley High School who has a minimum 2.0 GPA, demonstrates financial need, and is a US citizen.

Alpert Sharing Fund Scholarship

Two awards for $6,000 (includes 2x $500 semester stipend for materials)-renewable up to 3 years-are available for graduating seniors from Watsonville High School who meet the Pell Grant eligibility requirements, are in the top 10% of their high school class, will be attending an accredited community college or four-year college, and are members of the first generation of their immediate family to attend college.

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Jack DeBord Memorial Scholarship Winner

"A friend, teammate, and someone who pushed me everyday to be my best, passed away. His name was Jack DeBord...He was extremely special...Thank you for this amazing scholarship."

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RJ Kindred

Graduate, San Lorenzo Valley High School

Congrats 2020 Winners!

2020-2021 Scholarship Recipients

Meet the 25 local students who received scholarships through Community Foundation Santa Cruz County.

Barbara J. Thompson Scholarship

Noely Escalante-Lopez
Lane Ilstrup
Phoenyx Nist-Ferrare
Reyna Ponce

Bob and Betsy Darrow Scholarship

Jalie Edgemon
Chloe Palmer
Isabelle Triulzi

Lillian Burton Scholarship

Bethany Lopez Rojas
Isaac Wallace-Menge

Emmett and Elsie Geiser Scholarship

Colby Gonzalez
Omar Salazar
Jacob Sandler

Ernest Cowell Scholarship

Ella Borsodi

Hank Garcia Jr. and Family Scholarship

Jared Kiser
Luz Lopez-Reyes
Brianna Melgoza-Ortiz
Adam Tangonan
Vianey Villanueva-Vega

Jack DeBord Memorial Scholarship

RJ Kindred

John L. Turner Scholarship

Ulises Lobato

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

Lucia Meza

Louis J. and Mary Ellen Schultz Scholarship

Kieran Kahoano
Morgan Ohana

R.H. Beel Memorial Scholarship

Makai Norman

Simunovich Family Agriculture Scholarship

Belen Vargas Abarca