Your scholarship support enables our students to dedicate their time to their studies and succeed at school. Your help also decreases the amount of funds our students may otherwise need to borrow in student loans, so they are not saddled with debt just as they are getting their new careers off the ground.
Furthermore, most of the students at Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College live and work locally during and after college. Your scholarship support gives community members the opportunity to prosper, and our entire community thrives as a result.
Scholarships are awarded annually to students. Recipients may be entering from high school, continuing their studies at one of our colleges, or transferring to a four-year institution. Awards range from $200 – $2000 or higher. Scholarship Committees at each of the colleges review the scholarship applications and select the award recipients based on the established criteria for each scholarship. Payments are made to recipients upon verification of enrollment at one of the SMCCCD colleges or at a transfer institution.
To support our students through scholarships, you can make an immediate gift online. You may also use cash, checks, stocks, bonds, real property, an endowed fund, or a planned gift (bequest) to make your gift. See our Ways to Give page or contact us for more information.
An example of one of the Foundation's successful scholarships is the Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program (KASP), established in 2016 by Ted Kruttschnitt. The KASP scholarship seeks to identify, select, and support transfer-oriented, committed, and academically promising students with the highest financial need. For more information, visit the KASP scholarship page.