Apply for a Scholarship

Information on how to apply for our academic scholarships

Scholarship Timeline

December 10, 2021 - Application opens

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

February through April - Application review period

March 1, 2022 - Renewal Deadline

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

June 2022 - Scholarship Award funds disbursed

What You Will Need

Before you begin your application, please gather the required items that apply to you:

  • Official High School Transcript: All applicants
  • Official College/University Transcript: Incoming 2nd or 3rd year college students
  • 2022 FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR): All applicants. To request your FAFSA Student Aid Report, click here PLEASE NOTE: Your request may take up to 2 weeks so please send in your request no later than January 15th.
  • Letter of Recommendation: All applicants
  • Coach Letter of Recommendation: Select applicants who are eligible for sports scholarships will be prompted to submit a letter from a Coach or Athletic Director.
  • ACT/SAT Test Scores: If applicable

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible?

Scholarships from the Community Foundation are open to all students attending Santa Cruz County high schools. Some awards also extend to incoming freshman or sophomores attending local Community Colleges. Access our comprehensive FAQs document linked below to view the full eligibility requirements for each scholarship.

What do scholarships pay for?

Awards can be used towards tuition, fees, books, supplies, required equipment, room and board, and other relative expenses.

How are recipients selected?

Selections are made by the scholarship committee and approved by our board of directors, based on the criteria outlined in our scholarships.

What happens if my academic plans change?

Make sure your application indicates your final college choice. If your college choice changes, it is your responsibility to notify CFSCC as soon as possible at ksouza@cfscc.org. If you have been awarded a scholarship and your award needs to be reissued for any reason, a reissue fee may apply. Some scholarships have specific enrollment requirements. A change in college could affect your award status.

I’m a current recipient, how will my scholarship get renewed?

Please fill out our brief renewal form by March 1, 2022. Renewable scholarship payments will be made, upon receipt of your annual renewal form, for up to three additional years or until a degree is earned, whichever is first. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining the cumulative GPA and enrollment status as specified in the scholarship eligibility description.

An e-mail notification will be sent to the e-mail you provided on your original scholarship application when it is time to renew your award. Please contact ksouza@cfscc.org immediately if your email has changed.

What reminders and status notifications can I expect to receive?

  • Application Deadline Reminder: If you have started your application but not yet submitted, a reminder will be emailed to you two-weeks prior to the submission deadline. Applications must be complete/submitted to be eligible.
  • Renewal Reminder & Instructions: If awarded a renewable award, you will be sent a reminder notification in December, and again two-weeks prior to your renewal deadline.
  • Selection Results: All applicants will be notified of their application status in early May 2022.
  • Funds Disbursed: Scholarship Award recipients will be notified when funds have been issued via ACH electronic transfer.
2022-23 Scholarship Program FAQs (Full version)

Email: ksouza@cfscc.org

Phone: 831.662.2033