2020 California Scholarships

California is not immune from the nationwide trend of rising tuition costs. The average tuition for California universities is a whopping $10,411.00 and the total cost of attendance is $35,543.00. 49% of student graduates in California graduate with an average debt load of $22,585.00. That’s why hundreds of thousands of students in California turn either to scholarships or student loans.

These CA scholarships are available for men, women and a variety of students in California, and any California resident regardless of their interests or background. California scholarships are available for college students, for adults going back to school, and all types of CA students or CA residents, and especially targeted to help middle class families afford a top-of-the-line education. The best part about these scholarships is they are easy (many require nothing more than filling out a simple form) and they don’t need to be paid back!

While some scholarships are easy and can be completed in under 30 seconds, others require more upfront information. We’ve marked easy scholarships with a little “Easy Apply” so you can prioritize them. This is the complete list of the best scholarships for California residents.

How much total award money and scholarships are available for CA residents?

There are 615 scholarships totaling $3,719,828.00 available to California residents. You can easily browse through all 615 scholarships below.

How many scholarships are available for moms and single moms in California?

Moms in California are eligible for all the same scholarships as CA residents. Therefore, the 615 scholarships worth $3,719,828.00 mentioned above is also available to moms and single moms. In addition, however, you can check out additional scholarships for moms, which have been provided exclusively for moms and single moms, and you can find from the main scholarship search engine page.

How many scholarships are available for college students in California?

615 scholarships worth $3,719,828.00 are available for college students in CA. In addition, we encourage current college students in California to check scholarships by school and, specifically, colleges in California for more options. Here are links for scholarships at the 20 largest colleges in California:

Northern Arizona University
Art Center College of Design
Azusa Pacific University
Biola University
California Baptist University
California College of the Arts
California Institute of Technology
California Lutheran University
Sofia University
California Institute of the Arts
Chapman University
San Diego Christian College
Claremont McKenna College
Coleman University
Design Institute of San Diego
Dominican University of California
Fresno Pacific University
Harvey Mudd College
Holy Names University
Humboldt State University

How many scholarships are available for high school seniors in California?

615 scholarships totaling $3,719,828.00 are available for high school seniors in CA. In addition, we encourage current high school students to check out more from the scholarship search engine.

Do I need to be a resident of CA to apply to these scholarships?

Our scholarship search automatically returns scholarships by all different types of requirements. The below scholarships are either explicitly available for California residents, or they do not require specific state residency at all and are therefore available to CA students and residents, as well as others across the country.

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California Farm Bureau Scholarship

Sponsor by California Farm Bureau Scholarship Foundation

Selection is based upon scholastic achievement, career goals, leadership skills, and determination. Scholarship must be used at a four-year college or university in California.

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$2,750.00 March 1 Apply Now

Ohlson Family Scholarship Fund

Sponsor by Community Foundation Sonoma County Location 250 D. Street, Suite 205, Santa Rosa, CA

Applicant must be a resident of Sonoma County. Preference will be given to an applicant who has overcome adversity in their life to pursue their objectives.

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- March 2 Apply Now

Fresno-Madera Medical Society Scholarship

Sponsor by Fresno-Madera Medical Society Scholarship Foundation Location Fresno, CA

Applicant must have been a resident of either Fresno or Madera counties, Calif. for at least one year and be approved for matriculation in a medical school. Award will be sent to the school of matriculation to be administered toward tuition, lab fees, books, and any other valid educational expenses.

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$2,000.00 May 15 Apply Now

L. Gordon Bittle Memorial Scholarship

Sponsor by California Teachers Association (CTA) Location Human Rights Department, Burlingame, CA

Applicant must be a current active member of the California Teachers Association who is pursuing a career in public education.

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$5,000.00 February 3 Apply Now

Beau Mitchell Memorial Scholarship

Sponsor by Colorado State University

Applicant should preferably be a non-resident student who is a former member of the Boy Scouts of America with strong moral character and an orientation toward the outdoors. Financial need required.

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- March 1 Apply Now

Cal Grant A

Sponsor by California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) Location P.O. Box 419030, Rancho Cordova, CA

Applicant must be a California resident attending a California educational institution, demonstrate financial need, and have satisfactory academic qualifications. Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

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$9,708.00 March 2 Apply Now

Cal Grant B

Sponsor by California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) Location P.O. Box 419030, Rancho Cordova, CA

Applicant must be a California resident attending a California educational institution. Applicant must have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Selection is based upon financial need and academic qualifications, disadvantaged background increases likelihood of receiving award.

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$9,708.00 March 2 Apply Now

Cal Grant C

Sponsor by California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) Location P.O. Box 419030, Rancho Cordova, CA

Applicant must be a California resident pursuing a vocationally-oriented course of study at a two-year community college, two-year program within a college, or vocational school in California. Selection is based upon financial need, academic qualifications, and aptitude, interest, and experience in chosen vocational field.

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$2,592.00 March 2 Apply Now

College Fee Waiver

Sponsor by California Department of Veterans Affairs

Applicant must be a California resident who is planning to attend a California public community college or university, and who is the child of a veteran who has a service-connected disability or who died a service-related death. Annual income, including support from parents, cannot exceed $8,480.

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Sun Devil Scholarship

Sponsor by Arizona State University

Applicant must be a high school senior enrolling for the fall semester as a full-time student. Applicant will be automatically considered for the award once they have been admitted to the university.

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$6,500.00 December 1 Apply Now

Tuition Exemption Scholarship for Nonresidents

Sponsor by Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

Applicant must be a resident of a state other than Louisiana, have high standardized test scores, and an excellent academic record, especially in English and math.

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$9,400.00 December 1 Apply Now

Nonresident Fee Waiver

Sponsor by Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

Applicant must be a resident of a state other than Louisiana and have a commendable academic record.

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$5,300.00 December 1 Apply Now

Admissions Academic Scholarship - Non-Resident

Sponsor by University of Central Florida Location Undergraduate Admissions, Orlando, FL

Applicant must not be a Florida resident.

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$3,500.00 March 1 Apply Now