MALDEF Scholarships

Automotive Service Councils Educational Foundation (ASCEF)
Deadline:  Must be submitted by March 31, 2022
Criteria:  Planning to seek employment in the CA aftermarket/independent repair industry. Be a high school senior with min 2.0GPA who plans to enroll in post high school technical & academic training in the automotive field.
Amount:  18 scholarships granted from $500 - $1000 each

Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2022
Criteria: Students must achieve a total cumulative GPA (3½ years) of at least 3.2 and meet one of the following: 1) Are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent and live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada, only where Branches of the Federation are established; or, 2) Are Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian Descent or live where Branches of the Federation are established if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is a member of the “Italian Catholic Federation.”
Amount: $400
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California Wine Grape Growers Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: March 4, 2022
Criteria: Must be a dependent of a vineyard employee and plan to attend a University of California, California State University or California community college.
Description: Selection is based upon financial need (which may be waived), demonstrated scholastic ability, community involvement and leadership and/or work history, and determination to succeed.
Amount: $2,000 to $8,000
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Omega Nu Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2023
Amount:  from $500 for community college and vocational
schools, up to $5,000 for all Cal State and UCs. In addition we have
one supplemental scholarship for aquatics athletes who plan to attend
a Cal State or UC school. This scholarship averages $3,000.
For students headed for a UC or CSU program, 2yr Community CA college or a CA vocational school - new easier apply on line.
New aquatic scholarship open this year for 2year varsity swimming or water polo participants in addition to the traditional.

Information: Omega Nu
Students interested in this scholarship MUST email Ms. Banks at [email protected] to request application

Slavic American Cultural Organization Scholarship

Deadline: March 31, 2022
Criteria: Must be of Slavic heritage (i.e. the former republics of Yugoslavia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, or Slovenia); must be a graduating Senior planning to attend an accredited university, college, junior college or technical school and must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
For more information: Email John Basor at [email protected]  
Scholarship application available in the SHS Counseling Office.

Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group (PAFMG) Pre-Medical Scholarship
Amount: $30,000, paid out over 5 years 
Deadline: March 27, 2022
Santa Cruz County High School Seniors that anticipate a career as a doctor. Plans to take pre-medicine courses to prepare for medical school.  Be in top 20 percent of class (verified by transcript). Demonstrate a need for financial assistance to attend a university. Visit the website for complete criteria.
Application Information:   Sutter Health App

SJSU Alumni Scholarship - Santa Cruz Area Chapter
Deadline: March 2022 TBD
Criteria: Available to students who plan to attend San Jose State in the Fall. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA, be a graduating senior, show involvement in school and/or community, and have two letters of recommendation.
Description: SJSU would like to award students for staying local. 
Amount: $500 to $2,000 one-time and renewable scholarships available.


Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu Scholarship
Deadline: March 2022 TBD
Criteria: Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2, be a senior enrolled at a local high school, have a financial need, and plan to attend a public California State College or University.
Description: This scholarship program was established in 1957 to assist qualified students who are planning to attend a public California college or university. They are based on financial need and scholastic achievement. Students need a letter of recommendation and a short biography explaining any special circumstances the committee should be aware of. 
Amount: $500 to $1,500, renewals permitted.
For more information: See the counseling office or call 831-427-3190. Turn in completed applications to Ms.Banks in the SHS Counseling Office.

Tzu Chi Scholarship
 March 31, 2022
 Applicants must demonstrate financial need, be a U.S. high school graduating senior, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and plan to enroll in an accredited U.S. college full-time for the 2020-2021 school year.
 This scholarship is funded by the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation to recognize and provide financial assistance to outstanding college-bound high school graduates. Applicants are selected based on their financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement. 
 up to $1,000
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Aviation Scholarships
Amount: Two $4000 scholarships  Deadlines: March 31 and September 30
Would you like to learn to fly airplanes or train to become an airplane mechanic?   Interested in pursuing an aviation related career or want to further your aviation education.
Criteria: 16 to 25 year old, Resident of Watsonville, Freedom, Aromas, or Moss Landing, Legal resident or citizen of the United States and Proficient in English (required by the Federal Aviation Administration)