Scholarships are a great way to help fund your college education. Whether you are pursuing a degree, certificate, or are looking to transfer there are scholarships out there for you – you just need to apply. There are literally thousands of scholarships; the list of websites below can help you search for them. And the great thing about scholarships is they don’t need to be repaid! They are free money for you to use to pay for school.
If you visit the Transfer and Career Center, you can get assistance with filling out scholarship applications.
UPCOMING SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES:
Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by January 1, 2022
Plan to enroll full-time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2022.
Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.50 or better on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).
- No previous enrollment or attendance at a four-year institution – Students who have attended a four-year institution in the past are not eligible for this scholarship.
- If you started at a four-year institution, but did not complete a semester of full-time study, then you may be eligible. Please contact us to verify your eligibility.
DEADLINE: January 10, 2022
- Identify as Black or African American.
- Be High school seniors or graduates, or current postsecondary undergraduates, who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year.
- Plan to pursue a STEM related major (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, including medical fields).
DEADLINE: January 31, 2022
- Graduating high school senior residing in the greater Silicon Valley Region (includes Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, San Francisco County, Alameda County and Santa Cruz County) OR current community college student who graduated from a high school within the five listed counties
- First generation college student (neither parent earned a four-year college degree), pursuing first undergraduate degree
- Planning to enroll in a four-year college or university on a full-time basis in the upcoming fall session
- Maximum cumulative grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale
- Demonstrated involvement in activities (extracurricular, volunteer, paid, etc.)
- Demonstrated financial need or hardship
DEADLINE: January 24, 2022
- Applicant is a "late bloomer" who demonstrates academic promise and continuous grade point average improvement during high school or college
- Applicant demonstrates community involvement
- Maximum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
- Demonstrated financial hardship
- Graduating high school senior or graduate of a public or private high school in San Mateo County, San Francisco County, or Santa Clara County
- Planning to enroll or enrolled in two- or four-year college, university or vocational school as a full-time student
- United States citizen or eligible non-citizen (eligible non-citizens include United States legal residents and A.B. 540 students)
DEADLINE: January 24, 2022
UC and CSU Scholarships:
Middle Class Scholarship provides undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000 a scholarship to attend University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) campuses.
UC's Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan makes it so that you will not have to pay UC’s systemwide tuition and fees if you are a California resident whose total family income is less than $80,000 a year and you qualify for financial aid.
General Scholarship Search Websites:
Transfer and Career Center favorites:
CaliforniaColleges.edu - Financial Aid planning and scholarship search
Other Helpful Websites:
www.free-4u.com Health Field Scholarships
Minority Based Scholarships:
Scholarships for Students without Social Security Numbers For Bay Area Immigrant Students.
International and Study Abroad Scholarships:
Many scholarships are available for College of Marin students - incoming, continuing, and transfer.
Non-profit organization that provides preparation and resources for low income students to get to and through college. They offer scholarships, financial aid workshops, a resource library of scholarship/college information, and more.
Military.com Scholarship Finder
A scholarship search site for those in the military and their families.
University of California Scholarships
Planning to transfer to a UC school? Each school offers individual scholarships. Check them all out.
CSU Scholarship Programs
Get an idea of what kinds of scholarships different CSU schools offer. Don't forget to visit the website of the CSU campus you want to attend, too!
Transfer Student Scholarship
By the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, community college students with a 3.5 GPA, demonstrated financial need, and are transfer bound are eligible to earn a scholarship worth $30,000 a year.
Federal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, andwork-study every year to more than 15 million students. A student may apply for Federal Student Aid at any time by completing the FAFSA application, but transfer students should take care to apply by the March 2nd deadline every year for priority funding. Use the following links to get more information or to begin the application.
US Department of Education Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Financial Aid for qualified undocumented students
College of Marin Financial Aid Office
Information on federal and state financial aid along with a scholarship listing.
Federal Student Aid
Research all the different types of aid offered by the federal government.
California Student Aid Commission
Financial Aid information including Cal Grants, California Dream Act, UC and CSU grants, and more.
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
The U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, and other Department of ED programs. NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants so that recipients of Title IV Aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or grant data.
WGS will allow you to manage your Cal Grant and/or Chafee account(s) online by letting you view updates, make school changes, make address changes, make corrections, and post leave of absence requests.
Net Price Calculators
Many students do not pay the advertised tuition and fees cost for their education. Use the net price calculators to get a good estimate of how much you will pay for your education.
California Community College website with financial aid information.
Loan Repayment Calculator
Find out how much your student loan will cost you over the years.
Financial Aid Resources for AB 540 Students (English)
DREAMer's Roadmap - A scholarship search app for undocumented students