Community Scholarships P - S

Cal State East Bay students have many opportunities for scholarships offered by the community. They are administered by organizations other than Cal State East Bay: local businesses, charitable organizations, corporations, local Rotary Club, local Chambers of Commerce. Students apply for those in various ways (and meet various deadlines) to be considered. A list of community scholarships with links to the organization’s information page and application process, is available on the following table.

This table shows listings P through S. Visit the following pages for other community scholarships:

A - D;    E - J;    K - O;    T - Z

Information is subject to change without official notification. Cal State East Bay cannot make any endorsements, recommendations, or assume any responsibility for the listed information.

Community Scholarships P - S
Alice Chavez Pardini Education Advancement Grant Sponsored by the San Francisco Chapter of the California Council for the Blind, Through the Looking Glass and its National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families offer scholarships specifically for high school seniors and college students whose parents have disabilities. Scholarships Various scholarship opportunities open to students enrolled in six or more units and with GPA requirements ranging from 2.3 to 3.3., click Scholarships
Pertino IT Innovation Scholarship Program $1,000 first place and $500 second place scholarhships available to undergraduate or postgraduate winner of blog post contest.
Project SEED Scholarship To be eligible for a Project SEED scholarship, high school seniors must have worked at least one summer at a science institute under the Project SEED program. Scholarships are restricted to students who plan to major in a chemical science or engineering field such as chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, materials science, or some other closely related major. The scholarships are intended to assist former SEED participants in their transition from high school to college and consist of up to $5,000.
Pocketbook-Zookal Scholarship for Student Entrepreneurs $1,000 award + $1,000 in textbooks to a currently enrolled student, 18 years or older, interested in entrepreneurship.
The High School and University Writing Scholarships Three scholarships ranging from $100 to $500 offered to students with a minimum GPA of 3.2.
QuikShip Toner Scholarship $1,500 essay contest for any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited American college, university or trade school. Must be a U.S. Resident. See website for details.
RN to BSN Scholarship Program $500 Scholarship available to currently enrolled students and winner of essay contest.
Race to Inspire Student Scholarship $500 award to winner of essay contest. Eligibility: enrolled in college at an accredited university inside the USA during the fall semester of the year essay is submitted.
Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships Writing contests based on Anthem; We the LIving; The Fountainhead; Atlas Shrugged.
Reeves Law Group Scholarship Contest $1,000 award to a high school senior who has been accepted to a college, trade school or university, or a current student currently attending such a school.
Resume Companion Scholarship $1000 Scholarship - available each semester to one talented student who can write the best resume based on the life of any fictional or non-fictional character from TV, history, literature, or myth.
Roosevelt Lovett Memorial Scholarship $500 offered to students enrolled in six or more units at a California university or community college pursuing an undergraduate or associate degree, with a 2.3 GPA and attending college in the fall.
Violet Richardson Award The Violet Richardson Award is a program conducted by the Soroptimist International of the Americas Federation. As a volunteer service organization Soroptimist believes that by acknowledging young women's volunteer involvement now, they will grow up to be vital active members of the community. The Violet Richardson Award honors young women between the ages of 14 and 17 for volunteer action such as fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning up the environment and working to end discrimination and poverty.
Sacramento Region Community Foundation Scholarships Scholarships made possible by donors to honor their loved ones and to acknowledge and support the hard work and community involvement of local students.
Salvadoran American Leadership & Education Fund (SALEF) Fulfilling Our Dreams Scholarship Fund Must be of Central American or other Latino ethnicity, demonstrate financial need, have a min. 2.5 GPA, reside and study in California, and have a history of community involvement. Open to all qualifying students regardless of immigration status. See web site for current scholarships offered.

San Diego Foundation Open to a graduating high school senior, a student enrolled at a community college, a student transferring to or currently attending a four-year university, or a student considering a trade and vocational school.
San Mateo County Employer Advisory Council Scholarship Open to San Mateo County resident studying in the field of Bus. Admin., Human Resources, or area of study that will ultimately provide them the opportunity to make a contribution to society. There is no formal application form. Please e-mail or call the contact to learn what is required to apply. E-mail: or call (650) 692-2353.
Santa Barbara Foundation Open to Santa Barbara County students in pursuit of college, graduate, and vocational education.
Sausalito Art Festival Foundation Scholarship The SAFF Scholarship Program supports the mission of the Sausalito Art Festival Foundation to encourage, promote, and support the arts for the community. Several scholarships, totaling $20,000 are awarded annually to graduating high school seniors and to currently enrolled college students. 
SaveOnEnergy Scholarship $1,000 scholarship opportunity. Students will need to write an essay about any sustainable advancements their schools are making. Up to five finalists will be selected,  with a single winner being announced, based on a vote conducted through social media. For requirements and application: In-Home Care Innovation Scholarship

Three $1,500 scholarships available to students enrolled in a bachelor's degree or graduate level program and who win an essay contest.

Scholar Athlete Milk Moustache of the Year (SAMMY) Award Must be a fulltime, graduating high school student, participating in scholastic sports, and must be nominated to be considered for the award (can be self-nominated).  A free scholarship resource for students, offering scholarship matching service with a database of over 2.4 million scholarships worth over $14 billion.
Scholarships for Moms Applicant must be a working mother.
School for International Training (SIT) Scholarship Program Scholarship funds for SIT Study Abroad programs. Deadlines vary by program attended.
School Soup On-line database of scholarships for students pursuing a post-secondary education, with over 250,000 College specific and Private scholarships listed.
Shane Co. College Scholarship

Three scholarships for $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 for applicants enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited University or design school, are a high school graduate or equivalent and have a cumulative 3.5 GPA.

Shift Insurance California Students Scholarship California residents between 18 and 25 who are full-time students at a community college or a 4-year university in California.
Siemens Westinghouse Competition Open to dependents of Seimens employees. Must be in Junion year of high schol and take the PSAT/NMSQT.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation administers a variety of scholarship programs that grant between $500 and $17,000 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.
Single Parent Scholarship Single, California resident parents who are graduating from high school, or who are a fulltime undergraduate at the University are eligible to apply.
Sixt Rent a Car Scholarship $5,000 awarded to graduating high school seniors and the chance to become a Sixt Scholar.  Miminum GPA of 3.5 with plans to enroll full time at a two or four year university.
Small Business Success Student Scholarship Program Students with small business. Submit a 500 to 1,000-word essay about "How small business ownership (personal, parent, grandparent, or legal guardian) has shaped you into the person you are today.
The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid This web site provides information about financial aid and links to scholarships.
Cyril Smith Scholarship Applicant must have attended a public high school in Merced, CA for at least 3 years, and must have been a resident of Merced, CA during time of attendance. Must have applied for admission to a public or private institution of higher learning. Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.8 for last two years in high school or 3.25 for college freshman year.
Virginia Smith Trust Scholarship Applicant must have attended a public high school in Merced, CA for at least 3 years, and must have been a resident of Merced, CA during time of attendance. Must have 60 college units completed, and must be attending or have applied to an accredited 4-year university. Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 and maintain during the academic year awarded.
Society of Fire Protection Engineers The Northern California-Nevada Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers offers scholarships to students interested in the field of fire protection.
Society of Women Engineers Golden Gate Section Scholarship Scholarships designed for female residents of the San Francisco Bay Area who have graduate from high school, and are intending to pursue a degree in engineering, math, computer science, or physical science.
Solano Association of Realtors Scholarship Grants Applicants must reside within the boundaries and jurisdiction of the Solano Association of Realtors®, that is, Southern Solano County including Benicia, Vallejo, Green Valley and intend to specialize in real estate or a related field.
Soroptimist International of Los Angeles Graduate Student Fellowship Award Must be a female, graduate student resident of California, demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, have financial need, and have performed service for her community. The field of study is open, but consideration is given to the candidate's potential contribution to society. 
Soroptimist International of Vacaville $1,000 to $5,000 awarded to young women enrolled in an accredited college/university. High school GPA of 3.0 or above and have a current college GPA of 3.0. Application packets available from Dr. Suzan Hey at (707)454-0354 or email:
Soroptimist Ruby Award For Women Helping Women (formerly the Soroptimist Making a Difference for Women Award) acknowledges women who, through their personal or professional activities, work to improve the lives of women and girls. The work of these women helps to promote the issues that are important to the Soroptimist organization. Honorees are ordinary women who have worked in extraordinary ways to benefit women and girls.
Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards To qualify the applicant must be a woman who provides the primary financial support for her family, who demonstrates financial need, and who is attending or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans Must either hold a green card or be a naturalized citizen of the US, and must either be a senrio in college or holder of a bachelor's degree.
South Bay Queer & Asian Provides financial assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Asian and Pacific Islander students for post-secondary education. This scholarship awards up to two outstanding students annually; in combined scholarships totalling up to $15,000. Scholarships are renewable for a maximum of 3 more years (4 years total) provided student annually meets the renewal requirements. 
Southwest Airlines Education Travel Program Roundtrip airline tickets to undergraduate and graduate students across the country who travel away from home to pursue a higher education and meet the eligibility criteria.
Spokeo Connections Scholarhship $1,000 to either a full-time student currently enrolled at a an accredited four-year or two-year college or university with a GAP of 3.0 OR a recently graduated high school senior who will enroll as a freshman and is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
SSOS - APIFSA Scholarship Open to all Undergraduate and Graduate students with a 2.8 GPA. Submit the application: 2014 SSOS-APIFSA Scholarship Application (pdf)
Gordon Stafford Scholarship $3,000 scholarship offered to minority students pursuing a career in Architecture, for up to five years. Scholarship Contest Three $2,500 awards to 1) current HS seniors who will be enrolled in university; 2) current college students; 3) parents of a student who whill be enrolled in university and winners of essay contest and with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Student Inventors Scholarships Promotes exploration in invention, science, engineering, technology, and other creative endeavors and provides a window on the technologies from which society will benefit in the future. Must be enrolled full-time in any U.S. or Canadian college or university at least part of the 12-month period prior to the date the entry is submitted.
Student Database with a number of scholarships for students of various ages, backgrounds, and majors.
SweatBlock "Social Confidence" Scholarship

$2,000 scholarship offered to currently enrolled, full-time students who are US citizens and winner of essay contest.

Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program 

The goal of Switzer is to support highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies are directed toward improving environmental quality and who clearly demonstrate leadership potential in their field. Provides a one-year $15,000 cash award for graduate study, as well as networking and leadership support.

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