Scholarships for Parents

Scholarships for Parents

  1. $1,000 “Mom to Scholar” Scholarship for Mothers 
  1. Live Your Dream Award 
  1. Capture the Dream, Inc. Single Parent Scholarship 
  • Deadline: 7/30/2022 
  • Amount : $1,000 
  • The goal of the Capture the Dream, Inc. Single Parent Scholarship is to help eliminate one of the leading obstacles preventing single parents and minority students from attending college – the soaring cost of tuition. We provide talented students with the means to be able to reach higher education, which helps develop the future leaders of the Bay Area – and the world.
  1. Park Foundation Scholarship 
  • Deadline: 6/01/2022 
  • Amount: varies 
  • The Park Foundation Scholarship is offered to one male and one female. The recipient must be either a single female, head-of-household student with dependents; a single male, head of household with dependents; or a Vietnam veteran who no longer has access to educational benefits and has a GPA of at least 3.0. The student must be a custodial parent and must demonstrate financial need. 
  • https://www.parkfoundation.org/search.php?coding=group&group=ALL&title=%20Grants
  1. Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation Scholarship
  • Deadline: August 2022
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Must be a woman, at least 17 years of age.Must be a mother, with minor children. Must be pursuing a technical/vocational degree, an associate’s degree, a first bachelor’s degree, or a professional/master’s/doctoral degree. Must be enrolled in a not-for-profit, accredited institution or program during the 2019-20 academic year. Must be low-income (annual family income less than $20,000 for a family of 2; less than $24,000 for a family of 3; less than $28,000 for a family of 4.)
  1. Deblinger Family Scholarship 
  • Deadline: August 2022
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Deblinger Family Foundation wants to enable low-income, single mothers to focus on achieving their academic goals and performance so that they can create a successful future. Applicants must be single, female parents who are currently enrolled, or have been enrolled in the past year, in a community college to obtain an associate’s degree, certificate, or in a four-year college transfer program. Students who already have an associate’s degree and plan to transfer to a four-year college are also eligible. Applicants must be current residents of Alameda County, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, or San Mateo County in California. Preference will be given to residents of East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Jose, and Watsonville. Additionally, applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate financial need. 
Scholarships for Transfer Students

Scholarships for Transfer Students

  1. UCLA College Reentry Scholarship
  2. Transfer Tuition Scholarship – University of Arizona 
    • https://financialaid.arizona.edu/types-of-aid/scholarships/2022-2023-terms-and-conditions
    • Community college (2 year) transfer students
    • Have a minimum 3.50 combined cumulative college GPA from all post-secondary institutions attended.
    • Completed a minimum of 36 units, and no more than 80 units, from a community college at the time of admission to Arizona
    • Completed admission application by July 1, 2022
    • Non-Arizona Residents – $5,000-$10,000 per academic year
  3. MSP Crankstart Transfer Scholars Scholarship Program
    • https://csun.academicworks.com/opportunities/3078
    • Open to qualifying matriculated CSUN undergraduate students.
    • Must have a FAFSA or California Dream Act application on file for the upcoming academic year.
    • Have transferred within the last four years and must be currently at the undergraduate level
    • Undergraduate continuing students must have a CSUN GPA of at least 2.8.
    • Incoming transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
    • $2500.00
    • Deadline 05/08/2022
  4. Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
  5. Tau Sigma Honor Society Scholarship 
  6. RC Williams III Memorial Scholarship Endowment
    • In memory of an administrator who dedicated to service and education at East Los Angeles College.
    • $500
    • Deadline: No Deadline
    • Eligibility
    • GPA 2.5 or higher
    • ELAC full-time student
    • Proof of community service
    • Intent to transfer to a 4-year institution
    • First-generation college student
    • Open to all ELAC students regardless of residency status
    • https://elacfoundation.com/rc-williams-iii-memorial-scholarship-endowment/
Scholarships for High School Students

Scholarships for High School Students

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Award: $30,000

Deadline: January 12, 2022

Description/Eligibility: 

Candidates must be a graduating, minority high school senior willing to present evidence of financial need and who demonstrate both a record of academic excellence and leadership potential as well as a dedication to community service. Student must also be a United States citizen who plans to attend an accredited and approved 4-year college within the United States or affiliated with a United States-based college or university. 

Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund Scholarship 

Award: $20,000

Deadline: February 28, 2022

Description/Eligibility: 

Applicants must be current high school seniors with excellent academic achievement, especially in the sciences. Students must also hold both educational and career goals in engineering/science and exemplify financial need. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is also required in order to qualify for this scholarship. 

Fontana Transport INC. Scholars Program

Award: $5,000

Deadline: March 14, 2022

Description/Eligibility: 

Candidates must be underrepresented first-generation high school seniors who need financial assistance and are passionate about furthering their education as a means to help out their family, community, and themselves. The student applicant does not have to be a U.S. citizen, but a minimum 3.5 weighted GPA is required. Graduating high school seniors must also be planning to pursue a full-time undergraduate degree in the United States at any 4 year accredited university by fall 2022 and plan to study in any of the following concentrations:

  • Transportation Management
  • Math
  • Science
  • Engineering ( Any field of engineering)
  • Architecture
  • Environmental Design
  • Pre-Med
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language/Literature

CACEF’s Scholarship 

Award: $1,500 – $2,500

Deadline: June 30, 2022

Description/Eligibility: 

CACESF’s scholarship contest is open to current high school juniors and seniors who are enrolled in a California high school and will be attending an accredited public or private college, university, or trade school within 12 months of graduation.

ERO Eco Scholarship 

Award: $1,000

Deadline: Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis

Description/Eligibility: 

Qualified applicants must be students who will be accepted to a two or four-year higher education institution planning to major in an environmental studies program at an accredited California College or University. A minimum high school GPA of 3.25 (based on a scale of 4.0) is required as well as the completion of at least one high school science class in addition to the minimum required for graduation. Applicants must also be a United States Citizen and currently be residing in California. 

Scholarships for Black Students

Scholarships for Black Students

KnowBe4 Scholarship for Black Americans In Cybersecurity 

Award: $10,000

Deadline: April 18, 2022

Description/Eligibility: 

  • Recipients must be Black in regard to race.
  • Maybe a male or female pursuing or planning to pursue, a degree with a focus on cybersecurity or information assurance.
  • In 2021 you must plan to be an undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior or senior student, or graduate student.
  • GPA must be at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (or an analogous rank based on a comparable scale).
  • You must be a US citizen.
  • May be attending on campus or online & either full-time or part-time.
  • Must be attending in the US.

Generation Google Scholarship 

Award: $10,000

Deadline: December 10, 2021

Description/Eligibility: 

  • Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student in a Bachelors, Masters, or PhD program at an accredited university or college in the United States or Canada for the 2022-2023 academic year
  • Be studying computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field
  • Demonstrate a strong academic record
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Exemplify leadership and demonstrate a passion for improving representation of underrepresented groups in computer science and technology

100 Black Men of America Scholarship 

Award: $5,000 

Deadline: March 30, 2021

Description/Eligibility: 

  • High school students must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and demonstrate the commitment to pursuing continued academic achievement post-high school (applicants must provide copies of official transcripts to support this declaration).
  • Current college students must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 during their college tenure.

Applicants must provide the following:

  • A completed application (attached).
  • Two letters of recommendation: the first shall be from someone who can credibly speak to the applicant’s academic achievement and commitment to post-secondary educational pursuits. The second shall be from someone who can speak to the overall character of the applicant.
  • A copy of an official transcript from the institution currently or most recently attended.
  • An essay centered on the following topics. Essays should be a minimum of 1000 words.
    • Given the events of 2020, describe the traits of strong leadership, how you have seen them effectively deployed, and or the impact of the failure to do so.
    • Define character and describe the importance of the role of personal character in goal achievement.
    • Describe how the COVID 19 pandemic has impacted you and affected your outlook on the future.
  • High-Quality Photo of passport size or larger to be used in future 100 Black Men of America publications.

Promoting Diversity – Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

Award: $1,000-$4,000

Deadline: March 31, 2022

Description/Eligibility: 

  • Must have at least one birth parent who is a member of one of the following minority groups:
    • Black/African American,
    • Latinx,
    • Native North American,
    • Pacific Islander.
  • Enrolling as or enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited educational institution.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), emphasis on math or actuarial courses.
  • Entering college freshmen must have a minimum ACT math score of 28 or SAT math score of 620.
  • Intent on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession.

ACS Scholars Program

Award: $5,000

Deadline: March 1, 2022

Description/Eligibility: 

  • U.S. citizens or legal permanent U.S. residents
  • African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian (please see below for more details)
  • Graduating high school seniors or college freshmen, sophomores or juniors. Seniors can apply for their fifth year.
  • Those intending to major or are already majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology, or another chemistry-related science AND planning to pursue a career in a chemistry-related science as well 
  • Full-time students at a high school or an accredited college, university, or community college
  • Those demonstrating high academic achievement in chemistry or science (Grade Point Average 3.0 or higher)
Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students (2022)

Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students (2022)

LEAGUE Foundation LGBTQ Scholarship

Due: April 15, 2022

Award: Varies

Academic: Highschool Senior

Region: National

Description: Since 1996, LEAGUE Foundation has awarded 195 college scholarships totaling $423,500 to self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQ+) graduating US High School Students and or US Military Base High School students based on the following achievements: a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; significant involvement in community service; and acceptance to an accredited US junior college, four year college, or university.

Link: https://www.leaguefoundation.org/

Out to Innovate Scholarship for LGBTQ+ Stem Students

Due: June 4, 2022 (Application opens April 1, 2022)

Award: (1st Place Winner) $5,000 & (2nd Place Winner) $2,500

Academic: Completed minimum of 2 years of post-secondary education, Declared STEM major

Region: National

Description: The Out to Innovate™ Scholarships, established in 2011, are intended for LGBTQ+ undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) programs. The scholarships are designed to promote academic excellence and increased visibility of talented LGBTQ+ students in STEM careers.

Link: https://www.noglstp.org/programs-projects/scholarships/

Point Scholarship

Due: January 18th, 2022

Award: “Last Provider” Basis → “…fills in the gaps and provides funds not provided by other [funds]”

Academic: Enrolled or Intend to enroll into a U.S. accredited college or university

Region: National

Description: Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Point’s multifaceted support of its scholarship recipients (“scholars”) extends far beyond direct financial contribution toward the cost of their education. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs and events.

Link: https://pointfoundation.org/point-apply/apply-now/

eQuality Scholarship

Due: January 31, 2022

Award: $6,000

Academic: High school senior, Transfer student, Medical student

Region: California

Description: eQuality is the joint effort of a group of individuals and organizations based in the San Francisco Bay Area (see list on Home page). It began in 1989 as a scholarship program by Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s lesbian and gay employee group, now PG&E PrideNetwork. The following year, the Bay Area Network of Gay and Lesbian Educators joined the effort. Additional members have joined eQuality over the years, and more are always welcome.

Link: https://www.equalityscholarship.org/apply.html

Pride Foundation

Due: January 7, 2022

Award: Varies

Academic: Pursuing Post-secondary education in the 2022-2023 school year

Region: Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington)

Description: Pride Foundation provides essential financial resources and community support to LGBTQ+ student leaders across the Northwest. Since awarding our first scholarship in 1993, we’ve awarded more than $7 million to more than 2,200 students in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Link: https://pridefoundation.org/find-funding/scholarships/guidelines/

Scholarship & Grants for AAPI Students

Scholarship & Grants for AAPI Students

APIA Scholarship

  • Due: January 26, 2022
  • Awards: Ranges from one-time awards of $2,500 to multi-year awards of $20,000
  • Region: National
  • Description: 
    • For underserved APIA students who are the first in their family to attend college and face economic challenges. Must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, enrolling to a U.S. accredited college or university during Fall 2022, and has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale or has earned a GED. To learn more, visit their website at, https://apiascholars.org
  • Link: https://apiascholars.org/scholarship/apia-scholarship/

Korean Ancestry Grant

2022 Kao Kalia Yang Scholarship

  • Due: April 1, 2022 (Opens January 2022)
  • Awards: Multi-year distributed award of $25,000
  • Region: National
  • Academic level: High school student in the U.S.
  • Description:
    • Supporting education, the underprivileged, and positive social impact initiatives. Looking to help economically challenged Hmong American youth fulfill their dreams of obtaining higher education. Must be of blood-descent of Hmong race or ethnically identify as Hmong American (with citizenship or as a legal resident). To learn more, visit https://www.apcf.org/kao-kalia-yang-scholarship-open
  • Link: https://www.apcf.org/kao-kalia-yang-scholarship-open

AICPA Scholarship Award for Minority Accounting Students

San Diego Chinese Women’s Association

  • Due: *Check for availability again on January 2022
  • Awards: 
    • One time $1,500 for use at a four-year university
    • One time $1,000 for use at a two-year community college or vocational school
  • Region: San Diego County, California
  • Academic level: High school standing GPA of 3.0/2.5 respectively to scholarship applied for
  • Description:
    • Every year, the San Diego Chinese Women’s Association awards scholarships to selected outstanding students of Chinese descent who are attending high school in San Diego County.  Scholarships are open to both male and female applicants of at least one-quarter Chinese descent. For more information, stay updated by visiting their website https://sdcwa.net/scholarships/
  • Link: https://sdcwa.net/scholarships/
How Doubling the Pell Grant Can Make Life Easier for College Students

How Doubling the Pell Grant Can Make Life Easier for College Students

For low-income students, choosing the right college or university is often decided by how much money they will give us. We do not have the luxury of choosing a university in a favorable location or by enrollment size. Some of us can’t even choose the one that offers the best program for our major because it doesn’t grant us enough funding. We, low-income students, are faced with limitations when it comes to going to college. 

And yes, scholarships are available, and their abundance does inspire us to apply to as many as possible. However, their competitive nature means not all students will receive a scholarship and therefore we cannot rely just on them. In other words, we need our government to keep funding education access for low-income students. Opportunities that come with programs like the Pell Grant. 

What is the Pell Grant exactly? 

The Pell Grant is a need-based grant awarded to undergraduate students who have not obtained a degree and demonstrate exceptional financial need. It has provided support for about 7 million students each year across 5,000 institutions in the U.S. However, its purchasing power has declined significantly over time. According to the Institute for College Access and Success, the Pell Grant only covers 30% of a college education when it covered about 80% in 1980. 

As a Oaxacan low-income student raised in South Central LA and a personal recipient of the Pell Grant, I can vouch that receiving this aid was a significant help for covering my tuition at UC Berkeley during my first two years of college. I felt supported by this assistance and received an additional refund to cover my basic needs like food and housing. However, after my sophomore year, I noticed that my Pell Grant amount was declining as I reached senior year. 

This is why we need to build awareness to #DoublePell because it can close the affordability gap for low-income students, leading to higher enrollment and an increase in retention rates. Education Policy Advisor Shelbe Klebs argues that the COVID-19 pandemic has made many students “rethink their post-secondary plans for fall; some may forgo college temporarily or permanently to work to support their families while others may choose to attend a more affordable community college close to home instead of a pricier four-year school farther away.” 

Doubling the Pell Grant is the most effective way to make college affordable and available for all students. It can lead to more enrollment of low-income students of color, increase graduate school enrollments with more students pursuing higher education, decrease dropout rates, and restore its purchasing power. 

Having this grant available made my college selection process easier because I could choose a good school with the financial aid package that was right for me. I am #ThankfulForPell because I was able to graduate from a 4-year university. By doubling the Pell Grant, I believe more students like me can have greater access to higher education, reach their potential and empower their communities. 

By: Celeste Rojas

Student Advocacy Intern

Your Guide To Saving Money On Textbooks

Your Guide To Saving Money On Textbooks

For many students, college is an investment in their future. Along with the costly price of tuition many students have to juggle the cost of living. Students are expected to supply their own textbooks for their classes, many of which come at a heavy expense. However, not all textbooks must be fresh off the bookshelves. There are various ways students can save money on their textbooks all while being sustainable.

One way to save money on textbooks is to utilize campus resources. One crucial library resource is the online databases available to students. They can be an excellent digital resource to find books and sources for school. Another alternative when utilizing the library is renting books. Both of these are great options to save money while being sustainably smart. Library resources may vary from campus to campus. 

A great resource when trying to learn on a budget is networking! It is always great to make friends in all your classes. Students can split the cost of a book for the class among each other. This way students can also take turns sharing the books in between assignments. Students can print specific pages for certain assignments and share online access to their books. Making friends can be beneficial, especially if you have friends who have previously taken the class and no longer have a need for the textbook. 

A reliable online resource for textbooks is Amazon. Sometimes books will be found cheaper on Amazon, if that is the case most campus bookstores will price match and students can either choose to buy from Amazon or their campus bookstore. There is also a renting option for some books on Amazon where students can rent the book of their choice for a set period of time. 

Yet another way to save money on textbooks is opting for the electronic version of textbooks. The digital versions of textbooks are often the most up-to-date versions, cheaper and sustainable. In addition to the perks of digital textbooks is the convenience of being on the go. 

There are various apps that offer students great alternatives to a cheaper and sustainable way to get textbooks for college. 

ECampus is a great app for students looking to save money on used, rented, and new textbooks. It also offers students a way to rent their own textbooks after they’re done using them. 

Campus Books offers students a way to compare textbooks prices across various platforms.

Chegg is a great resource for finding books as well as getting access to books digitally. 

There are various expenses college students have to juggle. Textbooks can be one less financial stress through cultivating these resources. Not only are these great alternatives for pricey textbooks, but it’s also a great sustainable way to help the environment.

Scholarships for LGBTQIA+ Students | Due April 2022

Scholarships for LGBTQIA+ Students | Due April 2022

Check out these 5 scholarships to apply to! Deadlines are coming up soon, be sure to read the guidelines clearly. You got this!

Better Brother LA

Awards: $500.0 to $5,000.00

Opens: November 2021

Better Brothers LA assists Black LGBTQ+ youth with the cost of college and all its expenses. The scholarships support youth who have been admitted to or are attending an accredited degree, licensing, or vocational program. Scholarship funds are awarded to assist with tuition, purchasing textbooks, and other  academic related costs. Scholarships range from $500.00 to $5,000.00, and are presented to recipients at the annual Truth Awards Ceremony.

GALAS

Award: $1,000

Opens: September 1, 2021

Closes: February 28, 2022

For undergraduate and graduate studies (High School Seniors and College students who are accepted/enrolled in accredited colleges/universities). Armenian descent (1st /2nd /3rd generation Armenians) If parents or grandparents are Armenian, names will have to be provided. Active involvement in an organization that benefits the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) community. Must attend school in California

Markowski-Leach Scholarships

Award: varies depending on funding

Opens: January 2022

The Markowski-Leach Scholarship fund was established as a result of the vision of Tom Markowski and Jim Leach. Tom and Jim were a gay couple living in San Francisco. As the AIDS crisis spread in the early 1980s, they talked about what they would like their legacy to be. They “wanted to make a difference” and felt that, at that time, there was a dearth of positive role models for gays and lesbians. This became the defining theme of the scholarships: to assist in the education of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people who would then have an impact on other LGBTQ people through their works.

eQuality Scholarships

Award: $6,000

Deadline: January 31, 2022

eQuality Scholarship Collaborative awards scholarships to honor and encourage California students for their service to the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community. Applicants for all scholarships must have demonstrated service to the LGBT+ community. Applicants of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible. Awards are available to graduating high school seniors, community college transfer students, and medical students, with their own criteria. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

LEAGUE Foundation Academic Scholarships

Deadline: April 30, 2022

Award: varies

To be eligible for the LEAGUE Foundation Academic Scholarships, applicants must: be a graduating high school senior enrolled in a college or trade school in the US or Canada; be a US citizen; have a 3.0 GPA; and, identify as LGBTQ.