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 and continuing 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 Scholarship Application for the 2021-2022 Hartnell College Scholarship Program has closed.

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New scholarship opportunities available for students in a Hartnell College Nursing and Allied Health Program!

In memory of Kim Kelley, a Hartnell College nursing graduate who excelled as an Emergency Department RN at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, the Kim Kelley Memorial Nursing Scholarship is available to students who are currently attending or have recently been accepted to Hartnell's Registered Nursing Program. For more information about this scholarship opportunity click on the following link:

2021 Kim Kelley Memorial Nursing Scholarship

The NEIF Grant was created 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. For more information about this grant and to apply, click on the following link:

2021 NEIF Grant


CARES Act Scholarship Application

Hartnell College students who are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic can submit a CARES Act Grant Application to be considered for an award. Students applying should indicate on their application how they have been impacted by COVID-19 and must maintain enrollment in a minimum of 3.0 units during the Fall 2021 semester.

Click on the following link to apply:



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

  • Ana Valles
    Scholarship Assistant/Financial Aid Technician
    Preferred method of communication is via email: avalles@hartnell.edu
    Phone: (831) 755-6811
    Building: B - Student Services
    Office: B-121
    B - Student Services
  • Financial Aid Help
    Phone: 831-755-6806
    Building: B - Student Services
    Office: Financial Aid Department
    B - Student Services