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Cabrillo College

Cabrillo College Scholarship for High School Students

Pajaro Valley High School seniors are eligible to apply for the American Dream Scholarship and the Cabrillo College Santa Cruz College Commitment (S4C) Scholarship. Please apply here to be considered for BOTH scholarships, which could lead to a combined $1,000 award. Deadline is March 23, 2018 by 5pm.


California Chafee Grant

The Calfornia Chafee Grant is free money for current or former California foster youth to help pay for college or career and technical training. Please review the Chafee Grant fact sheet for details. APPLY HERE: CALIFORNIA CHAFEE GRANT.

Scholarships & College

        All Scholarships are located in                                         Naviance

                              Click here to go to the Naviance page

Naviance Directions: Log in to your Naviance and click on Colleges > Scholarships and Money >Scholarship List.  You can now view all open opportunities.  Use the filter tab to quickly search specific criteria that is relevant to you. Make it a point to check at least once a week for new opportunities added. December through May, check several times a week as new opportunities are added daily. (Watch for Naviance email messages for potential opportunities. Ensure that your personal email address is added to your Naviance account, so you can receive any correspondence without having to log in). How to do a scholarship search on Naviance Video Updated video 1/27/22

Where do I look for Scholarships?

Naviance: See directions above

Internet: (NEVER PAY TO APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP) Use a search engine to view scholarship opportunities. Think about your individual situation; major, interests, hobbies, ethnic background, religious background, volunteer, college choice, disabilities, various medical conditions of yourself or of a member in your immediate family. Type your specific criteria into the search field and remember to include the current graduation year to limit out of date information from being displayed.

Parent/ Guardian/Grandparents etc.: Talk to your parents, guardians, grandparents, family members and friends about any scholarship opportunities offered through their job. If your parent/guardian or grandparents belong to a union, research any opportunities open from the union. Ask if your contacts belong to any clubs or organizations that offer high school scholarships. 

College: Contact the financial aid department of the colleges you would like to attend. 

Scholarship Tips

National vs. Local Scholarships vs. Contest: National scholarships are offered to seniors across the entire country and at times internationally. Always apply to scholarships if you meet the donor’s criteria, but understand they are very competitive. Local scholarships are available to a smaller pool of candidates. You may be competing with students from a few local counties, cities or just other seniors at your school. Scholarship contests are just as it states, a contest. There are usually no specific criteria for a contest but be wary of providing too much personal information. 

Need Based Scholarships: Need based scholarships are centered on financial need. Complete the FAFSA application. Applying is FREE, if the site is requesting payment, you are not on the official website. There is a FREE FAFSA workshop offered at school. Check the daily bulletin for the date. FAFSA opens on October 1 of each year. (Remember, that each year you must reapply!!). ALL STUDENTSEnsure that you file the FAFSA, even if you don’t think you will qualify for any type of financial aid. Not only does it open you up to the college’s scholarships and grants, a lot of outside scholarship donors ask about your FAFSA report, even if the scholarship is merit based. 

Merit Based Scholarships: Merit based scholarships focus on criteria not related to financial need (although some merit-based scholarships may take need into consideration) Merit based scholarships take into account the students GPA, SAT and/or ACT scores, community service, interests, clubs, major and other attributes. 

Community Service: Whether you qualify for Need Based, Merit Based or both types of scholarships, frequently the one common standard is community service. Make sure you report all hours of community service that you complete. Not only can your community service benefit you in scholarship applications, it is a great advantage on a resume, creating a network for potential employment and makes you a better person. 

Do Deadlines Really Matter: YES!!!! We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to get a completed application done by the deadline. Always plan ahead! Try to have a fully completed application done 3 days before it is due, especially if it has to be mailed. 

Letters of Recommendation: Always allow plenty of time to request your letters of recommendation. Do not expect to receive the letter immediately. Provide a short brag sheet of your accomplishments. (ie: a teacher or counselor may know about your achievements in the classroom but is unfamiliar with your activities outside of school). 

Give at least two weeks’ notice to receive any letters you request. Each scholarship has specific criteria on what types of letters of recommendation they accept. (teacher, counselor, neighbor, boss, clergy etc.) Be sure you follow the instructions and provide as many letters as the donor requests. Start requesting any letters of recommendation now, so you have it ready for when it is needed. It is always a nice gesture to send a thank you note to anyone you ask to provide a letter for you.

Should I Only Apply to Scholarships that have a High Dollar Amount:  If you meet the criteria of the scholarship, apply regardless of the amount. In the past students have applied to numerous scholarships and received almost $10,000 in awards by the end of the school year. This was accomplished by applying to every $200, $300 or $500 award they qualified for. If the scholarship is open and you meet the criteria, apply regardless of the amount of the award. 

Essay: When writing an essay for your scholarship application, be sure to answer any questions the donor requires. Copying and pasting an essay used for all scholarships may not answer specific questions the donor has asked and will result in your application being disqualified.

               Virtual Cash for College                                    (Financial Aid)workshop

Who: Seniors & Parents/Guardians

What: These workshops are for seniors to complete their financial aid application. 

When: Thursday, February 10

Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm(Virtual Walkthrough presentation)                              6:30pm-7:30pm(College representatives and counselors will do     their best to answer financial aid questions by phone or email. )

Where: Googlemeet: See student gmail for link


Seniors will only be applying to one financial aid application, either the FAFSA or the Dream Act. 

What financial aid application am I applying to?

FAFSA: Who can apply to the FAFSA? 

US Citizens, permanent residents, eligible non-citizens, T Visa Holder

DREAM ACT: Who can apply to the CA Dream ACT?

Undocumented Students, With or without DACA, TPS Status, U Visa Holders

Additional requirements: Must be eligible to submit the non-resident tuition exemption

Please attend the meeting for the application to which you will be applying. If you meet the criteria for the FAFSA, please attend the FAFSA workshop. If you meet the criteria for the Dream Act, please attend the Dream Act workshop. 

Before the workshop, please do the following:

1.     Review the following documents and create your FSA ID

a.     Gathering the Documents Needed to Apply

b.     Who is my parent on the financial aid application? 

c.      If applying to the FAFSA application, student will create a FSA ID and the parent will create their own FSA ID(only if the parent has a SSN). Link to create FSA ID      (Note: CA Dream Act applicants do not apply for a FSA ID)


PVHS Local Scholarship Application

2021-2022 application closed

The local scholarship are scholarships provided from community organizations. These providers like to see students from their community succeed and, therefore, offer scholarships only to Pajaro Valley High School seniors.   There is one application and students will be considered for several scholarships. You will need to complete the application in one sitting. Your application cannot be saved to complete later. Read below for important information. 

Scholarship Check List: To be considered for the scholarship, the student must complete the application and a parent must submit the PVUSD Scholarship Statement of Income by March 7, 2022

Student(Click here for the application)

  • Online Scholarship application: You will need the following information for the application before you begin: List of extracurricular activities, community service, and sports/ School and community awards and honors / Employment information/Personal Statement
    • Note: The personal statement is an essay (about 500 words) that describes the student's academic and career  objectives, goals, and aspirations. You may include the following:
      • What has shaped you as a person?
      • What are your educational and career goals?
      • Why have you chosen these goals?
      • How do you envision making a contribution to your community after you complete your education?
      • Have you experienced any special circumstances or unusual hardships that have influenced your choice of college study and/or carrer path or need for scholarships?

Parent(Click here for the Income Statement Form)

  • Online PVUSD Scholarship Statement of Income: A parent must fill out this form.

2021 PVHS Local Scholarship Application and PVHS PVUSD Scholarship Statement of Income deadline is Monday, March 7, 2022 

**If the application or income statement form is not submitted, the student will not be eligible for the local scholarship.**

Congratulations 2021 Scholarship Recipients!





Nicole Morasca

Coordinator of Scholarships and College Pathways

831-728-8102 extension 3598

(Available in A-122 on Monday afternoons and Fridays)

Please click on the scholarship title for more infomation on the scholarship.

Bryan Cameron



Scholarship Search Engine