The Gavilan Scholarship Program has helped students achieve their educational goals. Gavilan College offers numerous need and merit based scholarships for part-time and full-time students in most academic majors. These awards are funds for school related expenses that you do not repay. All continuing Gavilan College students, transfer students, and new students, including graduating high school students, may apply. Applying for scholarships is free.
Scholarships are a financial resource provided by faculty/staff, local businesses, community groups, alumni, and a variety of private sources. Scholarships are limited funds and awarded on a competitive and/or special criteria basis, such as grade point average or academic major. Our donors designate specific criteria based on academic achievement, educational and career goals, and financial need. Awards range from $250 and up per year.
In order to be considered for any of our institutional scholarships, students must complete the general online scholarship application. However, some donors may require additional information from their applicants. Please refer to each scholarship criteria for more information.
Prestigious 2019 Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Awards Program
An ardent advocate for increased public investment in education and an outspoken champion for increasing the ethnic diversity of the campus, Chancellor Pister has dedicated UCSC resources toward improving educational opportunities for young people. To expand opportunities for a university education through linkages with thirteen neighboring California community colleges, Chancellor Pister founded the Leadership Opportunity Awards program, which offers $20,000 scholarships to outstanding community college transfer students.
The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Awards Program was established in 1993 by former chancellor Karl S. Pister to increase opportunities for talented California community college students who want to transfer to UCSC. Awards are $10,000 per year for two years. All Nominated candidates must have overcome adverse socioeconomic circumstances, have a demonstrated commitment to assisting and improving the lives of others, and have financial aid eligibility.
Candidates are nominated by the presidents of each of the 13 regional community colleges in California. The nominations are reviewed by the Leadership Opportunity Awards Screening Committee, and one student from each college will be selected to receive the award ($10,000 each year for 2 years). For more information, inquire at the financial aid office.
- Fill out the application completely. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Apply for fall 2019 admission to UC Santa Cruz by submitting the UC Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships by January 4, 2019: www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply
- Apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application by March 2, 2019. Students on a non-immigrant visa (e.g. F-1, J-1, etc.) are not eligible for this award.
- Collect two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a faculty member; the other letter should be from an individual who is able to comment on such areas as extracurricular activities, leadership skills, commitment and dedication, etc.
- Obtain transcripts from all colleges attended (unofficial copies are acceptable).
- Keep a copy of your application.
Submit the following items in one packet to Gavilan College Financial Aid Office (no staples, please) no later than Friday, February 8, 2019.
- Scholarship application with personal statement included (single-sided paper)
- Two letters of recommendation
- All college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)
Select students will be invited to an interview at UC Santa Cruz on March 22, 2019
How to Apply for Gavilan Scholarships
Log in to the Scholarship Site by clicking the button below using your Gavilan ID and password.
January, 2019: Gavilan Scholarship opportunities posted
March 15, 2019: Last day to apply for 19/20 scholarships
- There is no limit to how many scholarships you can apply for, but please review the minimum requirements before you apply.
- Applying for scholarships is a competitive process. Please be aware that not every student who applies for scholarships will win.
- Once you create a scholarship profile, you can monitor the status of any scholarships for which you have applied. Just log back into your account by using the link above.
- If you don't meet the minimum criteria listed on the scholarship posting you apply for, your application will not be considered for the scholarship.
- Most scholarship funds are distributed the following fall term. You must be enrolled in at least six units at Gavilan, unless a different requirement is specified in the scholarship posting and meet the other requirements of the scholarship.
- Get help with your personal essay at the writing center.
January: Gavilan scholarships will be posted. (External scholarships are continually posted throughout the year as we receive them.)
Mid-March: Gavilan scholarships will close for review.
March: Scholarship review process begins.
April: Scholarship finalists are selected and announced. Post acceptance documents collected.
May: Scholarship Celebration
August: Scholarships are funded based on enrollment status and GPA requirements.
Applications are reviewed March - April. Students who are selected will be sent an email to their school email address in May. Recipients will be advised of the terms of the 2019-2020 scholarship award, how it is disbursed during the school year and the need to maintain GPA requirements and enrollment status during the year the scholarship is received. Scholarship awards will be presented at an annual awards ceremony that will be held in May. Recipients are required to attend the awards ceremony.
External Scholarship Opportunities
Periodically, the Financial Aid Office is asked by an outside agency to advertise a scholarship they offer to undergraduate students. If we feel the scholarship is legitimate and a good fit for our students, we will post it on the 'External Opportunities' section of our scholarship system, AcademicWorks. Please be sure to review all information posted for an outside scholarship since scholarship requirements and application processes vary from one opportunity to another and may be different from Gavilan’s. If you have questions about the application process for a particular outside scholarship, please contact the agency listed on that scholarship's web page.
Scholarship Giving at Gavilan College
For information on how to establish a scholarship at Gavilan College, contact Kim Benjamin, Scholarship Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete and return this form: Establish a New Scholarship.
Other Scholarships Available:
Free Scholarship Directories
Gates Millennium Scholarships
Community College Public Relations Organization
CSEA Chapter #270 Scholarship
Pastel Society of the West Coast Art Scholarship