California Scholarships

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CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement

The CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement offers 20 undergraduate and graduate students in STEM disciplines scholarships of $6,000 each to complete their studies.

Amount
$6,000
Scholarships awarded
20 winners
Required GPA
3.0
Deadline
June 1

National Rice Month Scholarship Contest

The National Rice Month Scholarship Contest takes place with a handsome scholarship to financially assist high school graduating seniors pursuing higher education degrees at accredited post-secondary institutions across the U.S.

Amount
$2,000–$5,000
Scholarships awarded
3 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
October 31
Winner announcement
November 23, 2022

PBWC Scholarship for Young Women

PBWC Scholarship for Young Women awards up to 10 female high school graduates a scholarship from $1,000 to $15,000 to complete their undergraduate studies in their field of choice.

Amount
$1,000–$15,000
Scholarships awarded
10 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
January 27
Winner announcement
May 2023

Safe Jobs for Youth Month Poster Contest

Safe Jobs for Youth Month Poster Contest invites applicants aged 14 to 18 from California to enter a poster designing competition. They must highlight job safety and health for teens.

Amount
$300–$100
Scholarships awarded
3 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
January 28

InspirASIAN Scholarship Program

The InspirASIAN Scholarship Program awards $2,000 to qualifying high school senior and graduate students and undergraduate student in one of 18 states of InspirASIAN Chapter to complete their degrees.

Amount
$2,000
Scholarships awarded
28 winners
Required GPA
3.4
Deadline
January 31
Winner announcement
May, 2022

InspirASIAN Scholarships

InspirASIAN National Scholarships and InspirASIAN State Scholarships are annual programs offering $2,000 and $1,000 to selected high school students for college studies.

Amount
$1,000
Scholarships awarded
25 winners
Required GPA
3.4
Deadline
January 31

Robert Hunter Swadley Horticulture Scholarship

The Robert Hunter Swadley Horticulture Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors from California pursuing a horticulture major at a recognized college or university in the U.S.

Amount
$20,000–$50,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
3.0
Deadline
January 31

The Robert Hunter Swadley Horticulture Scholarship (for residents of California and the U.S.)

Robert Hunter Swadley Horticulture Scholarship is a program to support high school seniors planning to study horticulture at an accredited institution in the U.S. It is only for California residents.

Amount
$1,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
3.0
Deadline
January 31

California Farm Bureau Scholarships

The California Farm Bureau Scholarship is an award by the California Farm Bureau to aid undergraduate students in the agricultural field.

Amount
$1,500–$2,750
Scholarships awarded
9 winners
Required GPA
3.0
Deadline
February 1

Graduating High School Senior Scholarship

The California State Graduating High School Senior Scholarship recognizes California-based graduating high school seniors with a history of volunteering in their schools and communities.

Amount
$1,000
Scholarships awarded
30 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
February 1
Winner announcement
March 2023

LPA Scholarship

LPA, Inc offers scholarships of $5,000 to high school seniors in California and Texas accepted at an accredited institution for a degree program related to design or building industry.

Amount
$5,000
Scholarships awarded
5 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
February 2

Clair A. Hill Scholarship & ACWA Scholarship

The Clair Hill Scholarship is given to undergraduates pursuing a degree in any field of water resources. These include engineering, urban water supply, environmental studies, and more.

Amount
$5,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
March 1

Directing Change Program and Student Film Contest – California

Each Mind Matters offers the Directing Change Program and Film Contest worth between $250 and $500 to creative middle and high school students at state and regional levels, varying by category.

Amount
$250–$500
Scholarships awarded
3 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
March 1
Winner announcement
April 2023

Matsuo Bridge Company Ltd. of Japan Scholarship

The American Welding (AWS) Foundation offers the Matsuo Bridge Company Ltd. of Japan Scholarship to a student enrolled in a welding engineering-related discipline at an accredited high institution nationwide.

Amount
$2,500
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
3.0
Deadline
March 1

California Dream Act Scholarships

The California Dream Act allows undocumented students, students with valid or expired DACA, U visa holders, and students with Temporary Protected Status to receive certain types of financial aid.

Amount
$1,000–$3,000
Scholarships awarded
2,500 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
March 2

Association of California Water Agencies Scholarship

The Association of California Water Agencies Scholarship is a merit-based award for undergraduates studying water resources-related fields in California

Amount
$3,500
Scholarships awarded
2 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
March 15

CA-NV AWWA Scholarship Program

The American Water Works Association's California-Nevada Section offers the CA-NV AWWA Scholarship Program of up to $5,000 to 12 undergraduate and graduate students studying water resources-related fields.

Amount
$1,000–$5,000
Scholarships awarded
12 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
March 15

Howard C. Christiansen Endowed Scholarship

The Howard C. Christiansen Endowed Scholarship awards three undergraduate and graduate students, majoring in engineering or its related fields, $6,000 each to further their studies and reach their career goals.

Amount
$6,000
Scholarships awarded
3 winners
Required GPA
3.0
Deadline
March 17

California Association of Realtors Scholarships

The C.A.R. Scholarship Foundation awards $2,000–$4,000 scholarships to college students pursuing studies in real estate.

Amount
$2,000–$4,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
3.0
Deadline
March 25

Eula Mae Jett Scholarship Plan

The Eula Mae Jett Scholarship offers $2,000 to the first-place holder and $1,000 to second place. The award is for undergraduate students in the legal field.

Amount
$1,000–$2,000
Scholarships awarded
6 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
April 1

Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship

The Joel Garcia Memorial scholarship is targeted at Latino high school students and college students who are pursuing a degree in journalism.

Amount
$500–$2,000
Scholarships awarded
5 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
April 6

The William and Janet Lahey Art Education and Visual Arts Scholarship

The California State University Foundation awards two students the William and Janet Lahey Art Education and Visual Arts Scholarship of $10,000 each to pursue a graduate program in arts education.

Amount
$10,000
Scholarships awarded
2 winners
Required GPA
3.0
Deadline
April 15
Winner announcement
June 2023

Davis Memorial Foundation

The Western States Roofing Contractors Association awards undergraduate and graduate students scholarships to enroll in a trade school or pursue a degree in a field related to construction.

Amount
$5,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
April 22
Winner announcement
September 2022

Cathay Bank Foundation Scholarship

The Cathay Bank Foundation Scholarship offers twenty $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors.

Amount
$1,000
Scholarships awarded
20 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
April 30

American Florists’ Exchange Scholarship

The Original Los Angeles Flower Market offers annual scholarships to agriculture students from California. It is offered through American Floral Endowment (AFE) and is worth between $500 and $5,000.

Amount
$500–$5,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
3.0
Deadline
May 1
Winner announcement
July 1, 2023

CalFlowers Scholarship

The CalFlowers Scholarship is an annual program to support undergraduate students from California, studying in an accredited institution within the state or outside, planning a career in floriculture.

Amount
$500–$5,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
3.0
Deadline
May 1
Winner announcement
July 1, 2023

General Scholarship

Every year, The California Restaurant Foundation offers 10 available scholarships valued between $2,000 and $4,000 per recipient in California, United States.

Amount
$2,000–$4,000
Scholarships awarded
10 winners
Required GPA
2.5
Deadline
May 1

MGMA Western Section Scholarship

The MGMA Western Section Scholarship provides one award to an undergraduate or a graduate student to pursue a program relevant to medical practice management in an accredited college or university.

Amount
$2,500
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
May 1
Winner announcement
August 2022

Real Estate Scholarship and Internship Grant

Real Estate Scholarship and Internship Grant, funded by the State of California Department of Real Estate, awards four students of any majors related to real estate a scholarship.

Amount
$1,000–$2,000
Scholarships awarded
5 winners
Required GPA
4.0
Deadline
May 1

Community Service Scholarships

Preparing for college is an exciting time, but it can also be an overwhelming undertaking, especially for students graduating during a pandemic.

Amount
$500
Scholarships awarded
50 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
May 10
Winner announcement
July 2023

¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award program

The ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award program offers 185 $1,500 flight e-passes to undergraduate and graduate students who travel away from home to study.

Amount
$1,500
Scholarships awarded
185 winners
Required GPA
2.5
Deadline
May 15
Winner announcement
July 8, 2023

The Roshan Rahbari Scholarship Fund

The fund, administered by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, awards up to $5,000 to four community college students in California who will enroll in a four-year college or university program

Amount
$5,000
Scholarships awarded
4 winners
Required GPA
3.0
Deadline
June 3

CACESF Scholarship

The CAC Scholarship Foundation Scholarship, worth up to $2,500, is open to high schoolers in California to be used at any accredited college or university within 12 months.

Amount
$1,500–$2,500
Scholarships awarded
3 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
June 30
Winner announcement
August 2022

Korean American Scholarship Foundation-Western Regional Chapter

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to students of Korean heritage who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate programs of their choice at schools in the Western Region.

Amount
$500–$5,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
3.0
Deadline
June 30

Defense Against Distracted Driving Scholarship

The J&Y Law Firm, Defense Against Distracted Driving Scholars Program offers a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate students or high school graduates.

Amount
$1,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
3.0
Deadline
July 30
Winner announcement
August 2023

CCNMA Scholarship

Every year, the CCNMA awards scholarships between $500 and $1,000 to Hispanic students in California to pursue undergraduate studies.

Amount
$500–$1,000
Scholarships awarded
10 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
August 31

Jim Sanders Media and Leadership Scholarship

The Jim Sanders Media and Leadership Scholarship awards $2,500 to a California State University student aspiring to a career in the news media industry.

Amount
$2,500
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
4.0
Deadline
August 31

Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship

The scholarship offers $3,000 to two undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in business, economics, or related fields to reach their career goals related to nonprofit or public service.

Amount
$3,000
Scholarships awarded
2 winners
Required GPA
3.0
Deadline
August 31

Robert M. O’dell Endowed Scholarship in Public Administration

The scholarship offers four undergraduate and/or graduate students in public administration-related majors at California State University the $2,000 Robert M. O'dell Endowed Scholarships in Public Administration.

Amount
$2,000
Scholarships awarded
4 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
August 31

Study.com September Scholarships

The Study.com September Scholarships offer 30 students in any field of study from the United States or 25 specific states a $500 scholarship each to pursue their undergraduate studies.

Amount
$500
Scholarships awarded
30 winners
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
September 1
Winner announcement
December

Supply Chain Management Education Scholarship

The Customized Distribution Services (CDS) awards a $1,000 scholarship to support Supply Chain Management majors or students in related disciplines.

Amount
$1,000
Scholarships awarded
1 winner
Required GPA
Any
Deadline
November 1

California Scholarships

California is one of the biggest states ranking 3rd in terms of its size. It has the highest population and to accommodate such a large number of people, California has an extensive and high-quality education system. However, tuition costs, room and board, supplies, and transportation costs together can make education quite expensive in California. To help with these costs there are many state-specific scholarships that you can apply for.

Frequently asked questions

What are the top schools in California?

  • Stanford University

Stanford University is ranked 3rd among the top national universities in the United States. If you’re looking for a scholarship in California, check out Robert Hunter Swadley Horticulture Scholarship.

  • California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology ranks 9th in the list of the top national universities in the United States. The Graduating High School Senior Scholarship is a great way to fund your studies.

  • University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley, ranks 20th in the list of the top national universities in the United States. If you’re looking for financial help, try the Association of California Water Agencies Scholarship.



Most popular majors in California?

  1. Business
  2. Management
  3. Marketing

Where does California rank in education?

California ranks 15th on a list of most educated states and 44th in terms of best public school systems. Read our reports on 2022 Most & Least Educated States and States with Best & Worst Public School Systems for more.