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California Scholarships for Students Attending Colleges or Universities

If you live in California and love the geographic and human diversity of the Golden State, here are some scholarships you’ll want to know about. Hopefully this list will has at least one new opportunity that will help pave your path to success.

The ACWA Scholarships

Awards $3,500 two awards

Description:  For juniors attending an accredited, University of California or California State University at the start of the academic year covered by the scholarship. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a water resources-related field related to engineering, agricultural and/or urban water supply, environmental studies, or public administration.

Deadline: Varies

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The California Association of Collectors Scholarships

Awards vary. Three awards

Description:  For graduating seniors who are enrolled in a California high school and enrolling in high education.

Deadline: Varies

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The Capture the Dream, Inc. Single Parent Scholarships

Awards $1,000

Description: For residents of one of the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma who are legal guardians of one or more children, are enrolled in an accredited California college or university, and can demonstrate financial need.

Deadline: June 30th

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The Dance Discovery Scholarship

Awards up to $2,000 (multiple awards)

Description: For Southern California residents who are high school seniors and are studying at a dance or performing arts school, company, studio. Must be U.S. Citizens.

Deadline: May 31st

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Electronic Security Association Scholarships

Awards 1st place – $8,500, 2nd place – $3,500

Description: For California graduating high school seniors who have a father, mother, or natural guardian who is an active duty police officer, firefighter, paramedic, or EMT in California.

Deadline: Varies

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Growing Up Asian in America Scholarships

Awards vary (multiple awards)

Description: For K-12 students who are Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and other Asian, Pacific Islander or multiracial Asian who live in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano or Sonoma County, and who have not won for the same grade level and the same category in previous years.

Deadline: Varies

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The Harold Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship

Awards up to $5,000

Description: For current graduating seniors or graduates of a public or private high school in the greater San Francisco Bay Area (includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties) who are planning to enroll, or are currently enrolled in a two or four-year colleges, universities or police academies as a full time students. Must be U.S. Citizens and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Deadline: February

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The Inland Empire Foundation Scholarship Funds

Awards Vary

Description: A broad array of scholarship opportunities for students who reside in the Inland Empire area of California.

Deadlines: Vary

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The La Raza Lawyers of Santa Clara County Charitable Foundation Scholarships

Awards 1 $20,000 and 1 $5,000 scholarship

Description: For minority law school students who live in or attend law school in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Deadline: September

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The Professional Business Women of California Scholarships

Awards 3 awards of up to $15,000

Description: For female California high school seniors with professional ambitions that include attending higher education.

Deadline: Varies

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San Diego Foundation Scholarships

Awards Vary

Description: A broad array of scholarship opportunities for students who reside in San Diego, California.

Deadlines: Vary

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San Fernando Valley Scholarships

Awards $1,000 multiple awards

Description: For graduating high school seniors and community college students in the San Fernando Valley.  These scholarships are not based on GPA, but rather on the student’s involvement in community service and volunteerism performed outside of that required by the schools.

Deadline: Varies

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The Stay in School Scholarship Program by the LA Clippers

Awards up to $4,000 (six awards)

Description: For college-bound seniors residing in the greater Los Angeles area who are planning to attend a four-year college beginning in the Fall of 2021.

Deadline: February 15, 2021

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The Tang Scholarship

Awards vary. Four scholarships awarded.

Description: For self-identified as Asian/Pacific Islanders who are a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender; (at least 25% API ancestry), involved in the GLBT community, graduating from a high school in one of the nine Bay Area counties;Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara County, Napa, Sonoma or Solano and enrolling full time in an accredited two, four-year university or graduate school; (college, university, community college or vocational school). Must be a U.S. citizen and demonstrate both financial need and academic promise. (Minimum GPA of 3.0)

Deadline: April 30th

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