California Scholarships and Grants

California scholarships and grants make it possible to attend an institute of higher education in this exciting state. Whether you long to go West or already live there, California scholarships help pay for tuition, books and necessary expenses.

Achievement Under Adversity

Have you achieved academic success while overcoming difficult circumstances? Do you have excellent potential with limited or no financial resources? The Achievement Award Program at UC Berkley offers up to $5,700 annually to committed, enthused applicants who are willing to help pre-collegiate students in prep programs. Prospective students file a UC application, apply online for the Program and finalists will get to interview with alumni To find out more visit the Achievement Award Program at

Gay Asians and Pacific Islanders

Are you are an Asian or Pacific Islander (API) who is gay, transgender or bisexual? There are California scholarships waiting to help you stand proud and achieve your dreams. The Tang Scholarship was established by Edward Cheng Ming Tang in 2007 to offer one outstanding student a California scholarship of up to $15,000 annually. If renewal requirements are met, the Tang Scholarship can be renewed for a total of four years college education. For more details and an application, visit the Tang Scholarship at

Outstanding Hispanic Students

Are you an outstanding Hispanic college junior or senior pursuing a degree in Economics, Finance or Business Administration? The HSF/Citigroup Fellows Program awards $5,000 for each of your junior and senior years for a total of $10,000 toward your higher education.

You must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident of Hispanic heritage enrolled in a four-year accredited institution. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required and you must attend college in Los Angeles or San Francisco Bay Area as well as select other cities and states. For additional details, visit the HSF/Citigroup Fellows Program at or contact Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Headquarters, 55 Second Street, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94105, phone 1(877) HSF-INFO, fax 415-808-2302.

Federation Members

Are you a member of the California Scholarship Federation? Up to 50 finalists and 5 regional winners receive a total of $88,000 annually from the California Scholarship Federation Seymour Award. Winners get awards of $2,500 and regional finalists receive $1,500. Visit the California Junior Scholarship Federation at or contact 16458 Bolsa Chica PMB 421, Huntington Beach, CA 92649, phone (800) 437-3347, fax (714) 962-4422, email

Latino Students

California scholarships for Latino students provide essential funds for college. If you are seeking to enter the medical or health care profession, the Alice Newell Joslyn Fund awards between $500 to $2000 per academic year. Students must be living in or attending a high school or college located in San Diego.

The LAFS Cal State University San Marcos (CSUSM) General Scholarship is for Latino students enrolled at CSUSM for a minimum of 6 units. Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of at least 2.0. For more information and to download applications for these scholarships, visit the Beca Foundation at or contact The Beca Foundation, 830 E. Grand Ave., Suite A, Escondido, CA 92025, phone (760) 741-8246, email

Broadcast Journalism

Do you want to be part of the latest news with a career in broadcast journalism? Associated Press Television Radio Association (APTRA) offers scholarships up to $1,500 for broadcast journalism students showing academic achievement and financial need with career goals. Typed applications are accepted by mail only to Jeff Wilson, AP Los Angeles, 221 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Visit for the application.

Allied Health Careers

The CAPPS (California Associate of Private Postsecondary Schools) Scholarship Program will award four $5,000 scholarships to students in CAPPS Member Schools. If you show promise in allied health fields or aesthetics, cosmetology and massage, this is a scholarship for you. Visit to find out if you attend a CAPPS Member School. You must be a United States citizen residing in California to qualify for these scholarships. You also have to submit a 1-2 page essay with your application along with three letters of recommendation.

Application materials are sent to California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS), CAPPS Memorial Scholarship Fund, 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 1560, Sacramento, CA 95814. Visit for instructions and application or contact the CAPPS Office at

Health Professions

The Health Professions Education Foundation offers a number of scholarships and loan repayment programs for health professional students and grads. Program recipients provide direct patient care in a medically underserved area for one to four years. Current heath professionals accepted or enrolled in an accredited California college are eligible to apply for these awards.

Most applications require documentation of prior academic performance, work experience, community involvement, career ambitions, financial need and ability to commit to practicing in a medically underserved area. To find out more about California health professional scholarships, contact the Foundation at (916) 326-3640 or 1(800) 773-1669.

Library or Information Science Students

If you love hanging out at the library, why not consider a career working at one? The California Library Association offers a number of scholarships and awards to get you started. Visit their website to check out the CLA Scholarship for Minority Students in Memory of Edna Yelland at, the CLA Reference Services Press Fellowship at and the Begun Scholarship at for those students who want to become children's or young adult librarians in a California public library.