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Scholarship News and Updates Spring 2014


SEMA Memorial Scholarships

Since 1984, SEMA has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to more than 800 students. SEMA scholarships are available to students pursuing careers in the automotive industry who are working toward 2 to 4 year degrees.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen enrolled in a full-time program of study at an accredited university, college or vocational/technical program in the United States.
  • If currently attending a four-year university or college you must have completed a minimum of 50 college credits or
  • If currently attending a two-year community college or vocational/technical program you must have completed a minimum of 25 college credits, or the equivalent in classroom hours
  • Have a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average
  • Be pursuing studies leading to a career in the automotive aftermarket or related field
  • Remain enrolled as a full-time student for the first full semester, quarter or term following receipt of the award
Visit the website for more information: www.sema.org/scholarships

Deadline: March 28, 2014



Carmel Valley Women's Club Foundation Scholarship 2014

In June 2014, the CVWC Foundation will present scholarships worth up to $2,500 to one or more deserving female graduates. The CVWCF intends to assist and encourage young women to pursue higher levels of education with the aid of these scholarships

  1. High school graduate candidate-young women currently enrolled at an accredited school or returning to an accredited school.
  2. Carmel Valley resident living in the 93923 or 93924 zip codes.
  3. 3.0 or above GPA
  4. Participation in school activity and/or Carmel Valley community service.
  5. Proof of acceptance and enrollment at an accredited school.
  6. Financial need may be a consideration.
Please include with application:
  • Employment History, if applicable
  • Resume of activities and interests, including honors, awards and volunteer work
  • High school transcripts
  • Letter of acceptance and enrollment at an accredited school
  • Essay of 250 words or less on career goals
  • Email address and cell phone number
  • References, in any

Deadline: April 1, 2014




2014 Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation Scholarships

Hospital Foundation scholarships, including the Gallardo Scholarship, named for benefactor, Ysidro Gallardo current Personnel Director at HHMH, will be awarded in the range of $500 - $2,000. Scholarship awards are issued in stages.

  • Applicant must be a high school graduate (or graduating senior) and a resident of San Benito County for a minimum of one continuous year previous to the application date. The residency requirement may be waved for a San Benito Health Care District employee with one year's service.
  • Applicant must be seeking education in an accredited institution that would lead to employment in a healthcare field.
  • Applicant must show proof of registration or acceptance by June 1st in an accredited school. Scholarship money will be withheld until such acceptance is shown. An alternate student will be chosen id proof of acceptance/enrollment is not provided.
  • Applicant must provide a high school Transcript and any additional post-high school record.
  • Applicant must show evidence of good citizenship.
  • Applicant must provide three references (see instructions for Submitting Application).

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Deadline: April 30, 2014


2014 Monterey County Film Commission Scholarship & Award Program

The Monterey County Film Commission's Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Scholarship Award Program provides financial aid and incentive to students of film and beginning filmmakers. In keeping with their mission, the goal is to provide, encourage and support educational opportunities relating to film, to the residents of Monterey County.

    Applicant Criteria:

  • Must be a resident of Monterey County and currently enrolled for at least 9 units at a Community College, University or accredited film school in Monterey County. Must include official proof of current registration from the Registrar.
  • Be 18 years, or older. Applicant must include photocopy of a government-issued photo identification showing date of birth and current address.
  • Have a GPA of 20. or higher. A copy of transcript for all prior college -level work is a must.
  • Provide 2 letters of recommendation or 2 optional Applicant Assessment forms.
  • Write a Statement of Purpose (max. 250 words) showing strong commitment to specific goals as a filmmaker.
  • Write a Statement of Financial Needs (max. 250 words) documenting details and explaining how the scholarship money will be used.
  • Write a statement (max. 500 words) describing a prior film-related project on which the applicant worked. Statement should explain the applicant's area of responsibility and effects on the project overall.

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Deadline: March 14, 2014


2014 Women's Education Leadership Initiative (WELI) Scholarships

WELI is designed to increase the leadership capacity, workforce skills, college enrollment, and college completion rate of women, single parents, and re-entry students in the Salinas Valley. The program supports students who are socially, educationally and economically disadvantaged. We are seeking students who are committed to improving their lives and the lives of their families through higher education.


  • enrolled or show evidence of enrollment at Hartnell College in the 2014-2015 academic year prior to issuance of award.
  • minimum of 15 units of academics remaining at Hartnell.
  • maintain a 2.5 G.P.A. and carry a minimum of 9 unites each semester.

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Burke-Weber Memorial Scholarship

The Burke-Weber Scholarship is a fund providing scholarship(s) up to $2,000 per year for qualified Salinas Valley high school senior students pursuing a career in Pharmacy and/or Agriculture. This scholarship is renewable upon re-application.

Student deadline: April 25, 2014


CANERS Foundation 2014 Scholarship

Students interested in pursuing an education and career in Horticulture, Agribusiness, Viticulture or Pomology are strongly encouraged to apply for this CANERS Foundation Scholarship. Please read application checklist carefully before submission.


Deadline: March 15, 2015


California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers - Monterey Bay Chapter Scholarship


Up to $6,000 in scholarships are available to students pursuing a career in a Horticulture related field. Qualifying majors are: Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Majors such as Ag. Business Management, Ag, Economics & Finance, Ag. Pest Control, Plant Genetics, and Botany may qualify if career relevance to Horticulture and Nursery Industry is indicated.


Deadline: March 31,2014


A.W. Bodine-Sunkist Memorial Scholarship

The A.W. Bodine-Sunkist Memorial scholarship was established in memory of Arthur W. Bodine, a distinguished director of Sunkist Growers and a respected agricultural leader, to provide funds for undergraduate students from agricultural backgrounds who are in need of financial assistance to further their educations. Scholarships are available to students entering any undergraduate grade level who are enrolled in pr have applications pending at an accredited college and plan to pursue a course of study leading to a degree.

  1. A background in CA or AZ agriculture - the student, or someone in the student's immediate family must have derived the majority of their income from agriculture.
  2. Financial need.
  3. GPA and extracurricular activities indicative of potential for success.
Application packets include:
  • Completed application
  • Personal and financial information- including the most recent tax return
  • A written essay discussing personal and agricultural background
  • Transcripts of grades and college board test scores
  • Two references from teachers, school administrators, employers or community organizers.

Deadline: April 30th of every academic year


Association of California Water Agencies Scholarship Program

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) is the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country. Its nearly 440 public agency members collectively are responsible for 90% of the water delivered to cities, farms and businesses in California. Each year ACWA awards two $3,000 scholarships to deserving students in a water-resources related filed of study.

Applicants must be:
  • A California resident
  • A full-time junior or senior in the year the scholarship will be applied
  • Attending an accredited, publicly funded college or university in CA
  • Studying a water-resources related field or discipline
  • Planning to attend school for the complete academic year

***Must submit 2 - 3 letters of recommendation along with completed application

Deadline: April 1, 2014


Junior League of Monterey County 2014 Scholarship

The JLMC Scholarship is designed to assist women 18 years of age or older who want to improve their career opportunities by furthering their education. All applicants must have specific degrees or training goals in mind and demonstrate community involvement. Scholarship amounts of up to $7,500 have been awarded in the past.

Applicants must be:
  • A minimum of 18 years of age
  • Currently enrolled at an accredited 2 or 4 year college or vocational school
  • Registered for a minimum of 9 semester units, or equivalent
  • Residents of Monterey County
  • Citizen or legal resident of the US (may be required to show proof)
Please include with application:
  • A copy of valid driver's license or ID card
  • two letters of recommendation
  • copies of all transcripts

Deadline: April 4, 2014



2014 Bruce Church Educational Foundation Scholarship

The Burce Church Ed. Foundation awards scholarships in the range of $500-$5,000 to deserving students who are interested in studying and preparing for a career in the field Agriculture. Agriculture disciplines include: Ag. Business, Agronomy, Horticulture, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Food Science and Safety, etc. Students from the Salinas and Pajaro Valleys will be given first priority.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Must be an Agriculture, or related, major
  • Be actively involved in school and/or community activities

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Deadline: April 1, 2014

The Critical Systems Inc. Breakthrough Technology Scholarship

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to students who write an essay on their motivation to pursue an engineering degree in their chosen area.

Visit website for more information: www.criticalsystemsinc.com/scholarships

Deadlines: July 30th & October 31st


Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship program aims to assist military service members and their families by awarding five bi-annual $2,000 scholarships to help pay for tuition and books. Potential applicants must be pursuing a post-secondary degree at an accredited college or university and have a connection to the military by being one of the following:

  • Active-duty service member
  • Veteran
  • Spouse of military member or veteran
  • Surviving spouse of a fallen soldier
  • Child of a military member or veteran

High school seniors and current college/university students are encouraged to apply. Applicants must submit an essay no longer than 750 words based on one of three prompts made available in the spring and fall by Veterans United Scholarship Program.

Please visit the website for more information on how to apply:

Fall Deadline: October 1st thru 31st
Spring Deadline: April 1st thru 30th