Scholarships

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

Welcome Students!

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

The deadline to submit an application for the 2022-23 academic year is February 4, 2022. Click the link below to begin your application process.

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Scholarship Program Timeline

December 10, 2021 - Application opens

February 4, 2022 - Application deadline (11:59 pm PST)

March 1, 2022 - Renewal Deadline

February through April - Application review period

May 12, 2022 - All applicants will be notified of their status

Late May & June - High School Awards Nights

June 2022 - Scholarship Award funds disbursed

Start or Give To a Scholarship

Help students achieve their educational 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


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.


Visit our Scholarship FAQs page to find answers to commonly asked questions.

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

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

R.H. Beel Memorial Scholarship

Multiple awards of $1,000 or more (renewable annually) are available for graduating seniors from Santa Cruz High School who show academic achievement and a history of service activities or volunteer work, will personally contribute to their educational costs, demonstrate financial need, and are US citizens.

Burton Scholarship

Multiple awards of up to $5,000 (renewable annually) 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 $1,000-$5,000 is available for a graduating senior or graduate of any public high school in the Santa Cruz City Schools District, who demonstrates financial need, and who will be attending a University of California campus.

Jack DeBord Memorial Scholarship Fund

One award of $5,000 (renewable annually) is available for a graduating senior from San Lorenzo Valley High School who has a minimum 3.0 GPA, and who has excelled in a 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 Jr. & Family Scholarship

Multiple awards of $2,000 (renewable annually) 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 up to $1,000 (renewable annually based on academic performance) are available for graduating seniors from Watsonville High School, Pajaro Valley High School, and Aptos High School who have earned at least one 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 $1,000 or more (renewable annually) 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 or more awards of $1,000 or more (renewable annually based on continued study in Agriculture) are available for 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 for at least two years prior to registration, and will be attending a 4-year university to study Agriculture.

Barbara J. Thompson Scholarship

Multiple one-time awards of $1,000 or more 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

An award of $6,000 (amount includes $500 stipend per semester for materials)-renewable up to 3 years-is available to two 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.

Isabel Fowler Sewell Scholarship

Multiple one-time awards of $5,000 are available to graduating seniors from Pajaro Valley High School, or any public high school in Santa Cruz County, who has a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrates financial need, and will be attending college at Cabrillo or an accredited 4-year college or university full-time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to the most common questions about our scholarships.

Bert & Carolyn Post Scholarship Winner

“Knowledge is something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and cannot be taken from me.”

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Graduate, Watsonville High School

Congrats 2021 Winners!

2021-2022 Scholarship Recipients

Meet the 32 local students who received scholarships through Community Foundation Santa Cruz County.

Albert Sharing Fund Scholarship
Angel Garcia Lopez, Watsonville High School (Yale)

Judy Anton Woman of Valor / Lupita Loves to Read Project Scholarship
Itzel Gomez, Ceiba High School (Fresno State)
Marlize Velasco, Cypress High School (Cabrillo Honors Program)

R.H. Beel Memorial Scholarship
Lillian Henderson, Santa Cruz High School (Cabrillo)

Lillian Burton Scholarship
Ava Adamsen, Soquel High School (UC San Diego)
Karina Bejar, Watsonville High School (UC Davis)
Adrian Elizalde, Watsonville High School (Yale)
Jennifer Hernandez, Pajaro Valley High School (Cabrillo)
Gabriel Johnston, Aptos High School (UC Santa Cruz)
Cesar Rivera, Watsonville High School (UC Merced)
Angela Rockey, Watsonville High School (USC)
Consuelo Vidal-Perez, Watsonville High School (USC)

Ernest V. Cowell Scholarship
Luis Rameno, Harbor High School (UC Santa Cruz)

Bob and Betsy Darrow Scholarship
Angelica Medina Jenaro, Harbor High School (UC Merced)

Jack DeBord Memorial Scholarship
Angelo Reis, San Lorenzo Valley High School (Cal Poly)

Hank Garcia Jr. and Family Scholarship
Merrsy Aguilar-Garcia, Pajaro Valley High School (Chico State)
Gemma de la Cruz, Watsonville High School (UC Davis)
Ashley Rubio, Pajaro Valley High School (UC San Diego)
Juliet Sweet, Aptos High School (UC Santa Barbara)

Emmett and Elsie Geiser Scholarship
Holden Barker, Aptos High School (Chapman)
Ladislao Silva, Pajaro Valley High School (San Jose State)
Dulce Ortiz-Herrera, Watsonville High School (Sacramento State)

Matt's Climb Scholarship
Alana Smallman, Cypress High School

Bert and Carolyn Post Scholarship
Identity withheld to maintain recipient’s privacy, Watsonville High School (UC Santa Cruz)

Louis J. and Mary Ellen Schultz Scholarship
Madelyn Mosely, Cabrillo College
Christopher Ruiz, Watsonville High School (Hartnell)

Simunovich Family Agriculture Scholarship
Rigoberto Cruz-Lopez, Watsonville High School (Cal State Monterey Bay)

Barbara J. Thompson Scholarship
Bobby Blaschke, Santa Cruz High School (Monmouth)
Lena Noya, Santa Cruz High School (Brown)
Madelynn Piona, Soquel High School (Johns Hopkins)
Jacob Rivera, Harbor High School (UC Berkeley)

John L. Turner Scholarship
Jasmine Espinoza Verdugo, Watsonville High School (San Jose State)