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Scholarships
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College Center Building 10, Room 360
(650) 574-6146
csmfinancialaid@smccd.edu 
Each year, the three colleges of the San Mateo County Community College District — Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College — award institutional scholarships to new, continuing, and transfer students. The scholarship awards are based on academic achievement, financial need or specific interests such as clubs, athletics, and service.

Funding for our scholarships comes from contributions to San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation. The Foundation is the colleges' partner in promoting student success at our colleges and in ensuring that quality, affordable higher education is available to every member of our community.

It is due to the ongoing generosity of donors since the Foundation's inception in 1966 that many thousands of students have attended college and realized a better life. Contributions to the Foundation are received from many sources: individuals (including Cañada, College of San Mateo, and Skyline alumni, faculty, and staff), businesses, civic groups, community organizations, and other foundations. For more information about San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation, please visit smcccfoundation.org.

College of San Mateo offers many scholarships with awards ranging from $100 to approximately $2,500.

Who is eligible to apply?
The college offers scholarships for incoming, continuing, and transfer students.

2015-2016 CSM Scholarships


2015-2016 College of San Mateo Scholarship Application is NOW OPEN! Please click on the link below to apply.

Who is eligible to apply?
The 2015-2016 scholarship application for continuing, new, transferring, and high school students. 

Application Deadline: February 12, 2015 by 11:59 pm

Application Workshop: Need help? Attend a Scholarship Application Workshop.

Additional Information:
In order to apply for scholarships, students must have a college-issued "my.smcccd.edu" email address and be enrolled within the San Mateo County Community College District (Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College). If you are not currently enrolled for fall 2014 or spring 2015 semesters but plan to attend next year, please Apply for Admissions to attend the summer 2015 or fall 2016 semesters. Once admitted, you will be sent your "my.smccd.edu" email address and be able to apply for our scholarship program.

If you are a new applicant, click the "Sign Up" button to create your account. If a returning applicant, click "Sign In" to complete or update your scholarship application.

Please download instructions to help you complete the application. If you have any questions please call or email the Scholarship Coordinator, Karen Chadwick at chadwick@smccd.edu or call (650) 574-6514.

Please Note: Announcements will be sent out by email to "my.smccd.edu" email addresses in mid April for students who have both received and not received scholarship awards. Please read email throughly and follow directions.

Please see below for External Scholarships for additional opportunities.


2014-2015 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT INFORMATION:
If you received a scholarship award you will receive half the scholarship amount in fall 2014 and the second half in spring 2015 (if your award is $500.00 or less you will receive 1 disbursement fall 2014).

In order to receive this award, you are required to do the following:
  • enroll full-time (12 units) (half-time enrollment exceptions apply to certain awards)
  • you MUST submit proof of enrollment if you are transferring to a four-year institution no later than February 2, 2015 (scholarship award will be forfeited if proof of enrollment is not received by February 2nd).
  • you must write a thank you letter to your donor and submit to Financial Aid/Scholarship office no later than May 16, 2014.
If you have any questions please call or email the Scholarship Coordinator, Karen Chadwick at chadwick@smccd.edu or call (650) 574-6514.

External Scholarships

Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award Program at UC Santa Cruz
Due February 2, 2015
Enables outstanding UC-qualified junior-level community college students to complete their undergraduate studies at UC Santa Cruz. The program provides a $20,000 scholarship distribution over two years, mentoring and academic support, and assistance finding paid or volunteer summer work experience. 

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Show exceptional achievement through academic and extracurricular accomplishments despite adverse socioeconomic conditions;
  • Demonstrate an involvement in activities that assist and improve the lives of others;
  • Exhibit outstanding leadership qualities that reflect the ideals of the Pister Program;
  • Because of financial need, would not otherwise be able to attend UC Santa Cruz;
  • Are qualified for fall 2015 admission to UCSC as a new junior-level transfer student;
  • Applicant must be a US citizen, an eligible noncitizen, or a student eligible for financial aid through the California Dream Act Application, qualifying under AB130 or AB131. To be considered an eligible noncitizen, one must have an I-551 Alien Registration Receipt, an I-551C, or I-94 Arrival-Departure Record with one of the following designations: "Refugee," "Asylum Granted," "Parole," "Cuban-Haitian Entrant," or a T-Visa holder (T-1, T-2, T-3, etc.); or a holder of a valid certification or eligibility letter from the Department of Health and Human Services showing a designation of "Victim of human trafficking." To be considered an AB130/AB131 student, a student must have attended a California high school for 3 or more years, must have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent (GED), and if undocumented, must file an affidavit with their school stating they have or will apply for lawful immigration status.
You can download the Karl S. Pister application or pick it up in the Financial Aid office. Please submit your completed application to Karen Chadwick no later than February 2, 2015 to be considered for this scholarship. If you have any questions please call or email the Scholarship Coordinator, Karen Chadwick at chadwick@smccd.edu or call (650) 574-6514.

Rotary Club of Burlingame
Due March 12, 2015
This scholarship recognizes promising students who are, or will be, attending a 2-year community college. Rotary awards are given for that unique combination of the criteria listed below and where the Rotary believes their funds can truly make a difference.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements
  • Any graduate of Burlingame High School who is enrolled full time in a community college (12 units or more)
  • Any full time, continuing College of San Mateo student who is a former graduate of Burlingame High School or a resident of the city of Burlingame
  • Academic accomplishments (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  • Commitment to the community
  • Ability to grow and succeed in school and beyond
  • Financial need
The application is available in the Financial Aid office or download the Rotary Club of Burlingame scholarship application. Please submit your completed application to Karen Chadwick no later than March 12, 2015 to be considered for this scholarship. If you have any questions please call or email the Scholarship Coordinator, Karen Chadwick at chadwick@smccd.edu or call (650) 574-6514

Silicon Valley Community Foundation Scholarships
Several opportunities for new, continuing and tranferring students.The Silicon Valley Community Foundation administers a variety of scholarship programs that grant up to $40,000 to high school, community college and university students. The majority of our scholarships are designated for current or former residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
Educators for Fair Consideration lists scholarships that don't require proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residence. This carefully researched list contains 52 pages of up-to-date information about scholarships available for immigrant students that don't have U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency as well as advice and tips for writing winning scholarship applications.

Search for Scholarships
A number of local and national organizations offer scholarships to CSM students. These can be viewed on our Search for Scholarships page. Eligibility requirements vary and separate applications for these scholarships are available through the Scholarship Office. For specific dates and additional information, please contact the Scholarship/Financial Aid Office.

Funding for CSM Scholarships comes from the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation. Founded in 1966, the Foundation raises funds for scholarships as well as educational programs at the District's three colleges. Contributions to The Foundation are received from many sources: individuals, businesses, civic groups, community organizations, and other foundations.

The mission of the Foundation is to promote student success and nourish program innovation and excellence by providing special financial support for the District's colleges.

For more information about the Foundation, please visit smcccfoundation.org.