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Students in California may be eligible for thousands of dollars in financial aid. If you are a California resident who is planning to attend a college or university, here are some scholarships that you may want to consider.
California Child Development Grant Program is open to students who plan to major in a career related to child care or teaching. The award offers about one hundred scholarships worth $2,000 to eligible students. Students must plan to take at least half-time coursework. Students interested in this award can find an application at the following website: http://www.csac.ca.gov/pubs/forms/grnt_frm/employment_verification_form.pdf.
California Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant Program provides grants to children and spouses of state employees who have been injured or killed in the line of duty. The awards start at $100 and go up to $12,192. The awards are renewable for up to four years. These awards are given out based on financial need. More information about this award can be found at this website: http://www.csac.ca.gov/pubs/forms/grnt_frm/employment_verification_form.pdf.
California Strawberry Commission Scholarship Program provides awards to the children of farm workers who worked in the strawberry industry. In order to be eligible, students must be in their last year of high school. Students must plan to attend a college or university and applications must be received prior to the deadline. Furthermore, students must hold at least a 2.0 grade point average. The award can be used to defray the cost of tuition, books, housing, and meal plans. Eligible students must submit a high school transcript, two recommendation letters, and verification of a parent’s employment in the strawberry industry. Additional information about this award can be found at this website: http://www.californiastrawberries.com/scholarships.
Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship Awards provides awards of up to $30,000 to eligible students. In order to be eligible, students must be graduating from a high school in the San Diego area. As part of the application process, students must produce a short essay on the topic of peace and non-violence. An additional essay requires students to outline their goals as well as a third essay related to the student’s community involvement activities. Additional information about this award can be found here: http://www.sdias.org/.
McDonald’s of Southern California Ronald McDonald House Charities provides awards to high school seniors in the Southern California area. Students are chosen based on academic merit, demonstrated leadership abilities, and involvement within their community. Students must plan to attend a college or university and hold at least a 2.7 grade point average. Students must be residents of both the United States and California. Additional requirements apply depending on the grant (some grants specifically target Asian American, Latino, and/or African American students). Additional information about this award can be found here: http://rmhcsc.org/scholarships.
California students may also want to complete the FAFSA to determine whether they are eligible for any federal or state scholarships. In addition, college specific awards may be available to students from California. Students should inquire with their financial aid department and/or in their academic department about scholarships that are available to students.
Author: Jeff Gitlen