Hartnell College scholarships are funded  through generous contributions to the  Hartnell College Foundation  by community groups, businesses, foundations, and individuals who value education and want to make a difference in the lives of our students. 

A variety of scholarships are offered for new, continuing and transfer students. A single application places students in consideration for a variety of scholarships. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $5,000.

The minimum requirements for most Hartnell Scholarships are:

  • Maintain enrollment, at Hartnell College, in at least 9 units during the application semester and during the Fall and Spring semesters of the award year. (Applies to new, continuing and returning students at Hartnell College)
  • Applicants must maintain/earn a minimum 2.5 GPA by the end of the Fall semester. Recipients must maintain this requirement during the awarded academic year (exceptions are sometimes made).


The General Application for the 2023-2024 Hartnell Scholarships Program has closed.

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NEIF Grant

Transforming Nursing Education to Produce Equitable Workforce using a Racial Equity Lens for the Salinas Valley.

Purpose: To grow a more diverse, racially and culturally aligned BSN nursing workforce that is reflective of the population served (Salinas Valley) and possesses cultural competence.


  • Submit a NEIF Grant application
  • Be enrolled in CSUMB’s BSN Program
  • Be enrolled in Hartnell’s Registered Nursing Program
  • Currently living in Monterey County (Salinas, King City, Soledad, Gonzales, Greenfield, Aromas, Big Sur, Bradley, Carmel, Carmel By The Sea, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Chualar, Jolon, Lockwood, Marina, Monterey, Moss Landing, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, San Ardo, San Lucas, Seaside, Spreckels)
  • Applicants from under-represented heritage, culture and/or ethnicities will be strongly considered
  • Demonstrate financial need/ low-income status

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Award amount: $3,000 grant

Submit application to Scholarship Office located in B-121

Deadline Extended to: Wednesday, May 31, 2023


Kim Kelley Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Thanks to generous donations from the Kelley family, Salinas Valley Health employees and physicians, and other donors in our community, the Salinas Valley Health Foundation is proud to offer a memorial scholarship in memory of long-time Emergency Room Nurse, Kim Kelley.

This scholarship is open to:

Nursing students who are currently attending or have recently been accepted into Hartnell College's Registered Nursing Program, who are interested in a career as an emergency department nurse. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent resident aliens, be at least 30 years old, and meet at least 3 of the following criteria:

  • Currently working as a first responder, including firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs
  • Qualify as low income, with a household income falling at or below the Monterey County median income based on household size
  • Resident of Monterey County
  • Custodial parent of a child under 18

Application Requirements:

Applicants must be in good academic standing at Hartnell College, having not been on academic probation within the past 2 semesters. Applicants must express an interest in becoming an emergency department nurse.

Amount Award and Terms:

One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded. Payment will be made directly to the Financial Aid Office at Hartnell College, and may be used to offset the costs of tuition, academic fees, books, lab supplies, uniforms, and other required program costs.

Required Attachments to this Application:

1. Personal statement (essay) describing why you are interested in Emergency Department nursing, and any other information about yourself that will be useful to the scholarship committee while considering your application.
2. Completed financial statement, including a copy of the summary sheet of your most recently filed tax return (2021 or 2022)

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Submit application to Scholarship Office located in B-121

Deadline: Wednesday, May 31, 2023

External Scholarship Process:
All external scholarship checks must be processed through the Hartnell Scholarships Office. Checks should be mailed to:
Hartnell College Scholarships Office
411 Central Ave.
Salinas, CA 93901
  1. Once the check made out to Hartnell College has been received, enrollment at Hartnell and eligibility for the scholarship award must be verified by the Scholarships Office. If possible, please include the Hartnell Student ID number.
  2. Once the verification is complete, the funds are then deposited into the student's account. If the student has an outstanding balance at Hartnell, the scholarship funds will be used to settle that balance.
  3. If the student is eligible for a refund for any amount remaining of his/her scholarship award, a refund check will be mailed to the student in 2-4 week.



Federal Student Aid- Finding and Applying for Scholarships!

Who To Contact

  • Scholarships Office
    Phone: (831) 755-6811
  • Financial Aid Help
    Phone: 831-755-6806
    Building: B - Student Services
    Office: Financial Aid Department
    B - Student Services