How to Apply for these Scholarships
Log in to the Online Scholarship System with your Gavilan ID, and complete the application. These applications are generally due in March, every year.
If you have been contacted by the Gavilan Financial Aid Office that you are a scholarship winner, please complete the Gavilan College 2017-2018 Scholarship Acceptance form and return it to our office by May 5th. Congratulations!
Prestigious $20,000 scholarship to attend UCSC.
The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program has been established to enable community college transfer students to complete their undergraduate studies at UC Santa Cruz.
The scholarship is for junior-level UC transfer-eligible students who:
• Have shown exceptional achievement through academic and extracurricular accomplishments despite adverse socioeconomic conditions;
• Have demonstrated an involvement in activities that assist and improve the lives of others;
• Exhibit outstanding leadership qualities that reflect the ideals of the Pister Leadership Opportunity Program;
• Because of financial need, would not otherwise be able to attend UC Santa Cruz.
• Students on a non-immigrant visa (e.g., F-1, J-1, etc.) are not eligible for this award.
The program provides a $20,000 scholarship distributed over two years, mentoring and academic support, and assistance in finding paid or volunteer summer work experience. Recipients will be selected by the chancellor of UCSC from candidates submitted by the presidents of participating community colleges.
How to Apply at Gavilan College
1) Apply for admission to UC Santa Cruz no later than November 30, 2017. Visit the Transfer Center for more information.
3) Contact the Financial Aid Office to request an application for the Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program Scholarship and apply no later than February 1, 2018 or click here to download.
4) Apply for financial aid by submitting the 18/19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application by March 2, 2018.
Scholarship Information for Dreamers
AB540 Undocumented Students & others may apply
See individual listings
Application and Instructions:
Scholarships for students of African-American descent:
Scholarships for students of Asian descent:
Free Scholarship Directories
Gates Millennium Scholarships
Scholarships for students of Latino descent: Several scholarships are available for AB-540 students and those who have completed DACA.
Scholarships for students of Native American descent:
Dates Vary on Individual Scholarship
In general, scholarships are posted in late Fall and due in early Spring for the following academic year.