Finding Money to Pay for College

Early each spring semester, we offer more than 170 scholarships, totaling approximately $150,000 for ARC students. Students with a minimum of 6 units from ARC may apply online by using the Los Rios Online Scholarship Application. Applications are open from the first of January through the end of February.

These scholarships are made possible by the Los Rios Foundation, through generous contributions from donors.

Is this your first time searching for college scholarships?  Are you not sure where even to begin? It can be a bit overwhelming when you think about how much college costs, but take a deep breath and relax. The funding is out there, and you just need to know where to find it.

Scholarships Take Work

The first thing to keep in mind is that scholarships take work. This is not a one-and-done deal. Those who are successful treat scholarship hunting like a part-time job. Understand that you will need to schedule time regularly and keep at it until you graduate from college.

Play to Your Strengths

Don't waste time completing applications for scholarships that don't interest you. If you focus on those that excite you, it will come through in your essays and applications, increasing your chances for success.

Start Locally

Focusing on local awards is the best place to begin because there is less competition.

  1. Check with your guidance counselor, employers, churches, civic groups, the paper, social media, and area organizations that focus on education and youth.
  2. Next, visit college financial aid websites (see the outside resources section) and California’s education website.
  3. Then, visit large company websites (look under community or education tabs), especially those associated with your intended major. You'll also want to look into professional membership organizations.

Not Everyone Wins

There is no guarantee that all your efforts will pay off. However, one thing is for certain: you won't win if you don't apply. In most cases, it will take several applications before you succeed.

External Scholarship Opportunities

AB 540 Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Description Approximate Deadline
California Wine Grape Growers Foundation High school seniors with a parent or legal guardian employed as a vineyard worker or wine grape grower. March
Casa 2 Scholarship High school seniors and current undergraduates who reside in California and are undocumented. February
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund For active participants in struggles for civil rights, economic justice, international solidarity, or other progressive issues. April
Golden Door Scholars Undergraduate students who are eligible for the deferred action program prior to receiving funds. September
Leonard M. Perryman Scholarship United Methodist ethnic minority students enrolled at the junior or senior level in journalism or communications. March
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) MALDEF has developed a Scholarship Resource Guide to support high school, college, and graduate students in their attainment of higher education. This is a free, informative resource guide for students, parents, and educators. Varies
Que Llueva Café Scholarship High school undocumented students from any state or Puerto Rico who are of Chicano or Latino descent. February

Agricultural Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Description Approximate Deadline
American Society for Enology and Viticulture Students entering their junior year or higher with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater and a major emphasizing enology, viticulture, or a science pertinent to the wine and grape industry.  Applicants may reside in Canada, Mexico, or the United States. March
A.W. Bodine Sunkist Memorial High school seniors or current undergraduates who have a GPA of 2.7 or greater and financial need, and whose family has earned the majority of their income from agriculture. April
California Farm Bureau California residents who are members of the California Farm Bureau Federation and are planning a career in the agricultural industry. March
California Strawberries Scholarship Fund For children of California strawberry farm workers. FEBRUARY 15, 2018
Clair A. Hill Scholarship For California residents pursuing degrees in engineering, agricultural or urban water supply, environmental studies, or public administration.  Applicants must be entering their junior or senior year. February
National FFA For students with agricultural majors. February
National Poultry & Food Distributors Association Full time students entering their junior or senior year who are pursuing a poultry or related agricultural degree (agricultural business, poultry science, food science, animal science, pre vet, food marketing, agricultural economics, etc.). May
Paulsen Family Scholarship Students who graduated from a high school in Colusa or Sutter counties.  High school applicants must plan to major in agriculture, agribusiness, veterinary medicine, forestry, wildlife management, or natural resources.  Undergraduates must have an agriculture major. All applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater. April
Rain for Rent For students with majors in agriculture, engineering, or construction management. April
Roseville Better Gardens Club ‚ÄčIn 2017-2018, the Roseville Better Gardens Club proudly announced its NEW Scholarship Program.  One-year scholarships are available for college students pursuing a horticulture-related Bachelor's or Master's Degree. An award in the amount of $500 is available. 2018-2019 Deadline: May 1, 2019
Sacramento Farm Bureau for Agricultural Education For students with agricultural majors. Awards are based on scholastic achievement, leadership skills, and agricultural and community involvement. April
Sullivan Supply Youth Scholarship Students 21 and younger who display a passion for the livestock show industry or livestock production. March
Syngenta/FarmAssist For students with agricultural majors. May

Business and Finance Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Description Approximate Deadline
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Students majoring in accounting. April
Association for the Advancement of Cost Accounting For students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater who are majoring in business or engineering. January
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year with a major or minor in accounting, business administration, finance or criminal justice and a demonstrated desire to pursue a career in an anti-fraud profession. February
CalCPA Scholarships (Sacramento Region) CalCPA members who are interested in CPA careers. March and September
Government Finance Officers Association Candidates for these scholarships should have a superior record of academic achievement and/or job performance and show promise of completion of their studies at a high level of performance. In addition, candidates should have plans to pursue a career in state or local government finance. April
HubShout Online Marketing Scholarship Students pursuing business or marketing careers that involve online marketing and who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. March and November
Mass Mutual Scholarship Sophomore, junior, or senior students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater who are pursuing a career in insurance or financial services. Varies
NRF Foundation Ray Greenly Scholarship Students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the Fall who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater and have an interest in digital retail. April
Shutterfly Students must be 18 years old and Business major who completed primary, middle and high school in the United States. August
SMA Foundation Students entering their junior or senior year who are preparing for a career in stadium management April
Threlkel Scholarship Female students pursuing a business related degree, with a GPA of 2.5 or greater and financial need. March

Gender Scholarships

AAUW Sacramento (CA) Branch A woman age 25 or over attending Los Rios Community College District OR CSU Sacramento. See site for additional requirements. March
Asian Women in Business Scholarship Fund Female students of Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Applicants must be current undergraduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. October
Chicana/Latina Foundation Female Chicana/Latina students from Northern California with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater. March
Daughters of American Agriculture Must be a female farmer or rancher, or the wife, daughter or other close relative of a farmer, rancher or other person employed in agriculture.  Applicant must have financial need and a knowledge of or work experience in agriculture. June
Google Anita Borg Scholarship Full-time female students pursuing a computer science, computer engineering, or closely related degree.  Must have strong academic performance, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to computer science and technology. January
Hubertus W. V. Willems Scholarship Male NAACP members who are U.S. citizens with a GPA of 2.5 or greater and financial need.  Must be majoring in engineering, chemistry, physics, or mathematical sciences. March
Live Your Dream Award finalist has the potential receive up to $16,000 July 1 - November 15, 2018
P.E.O. California State Chapter Scholarships for California women. February
Soroptimist Live Your Dream Women who provide the primary financial support for themselves and their dependents.  Must be enrolled in or accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. May not have a graduate degree. November
Soroptimist International of Sacramento Women who have not already earned an undergraduate degree, who demonstrate financial need and are the heads of household. November
Threlkel Scholarship Female students pursuing a business related degree, with a  GPA of 2.5 or greater and financial need. March
Vandômian Scholarship Scholarship Amount $1,000. January 5, 2019

General Scholarships

External Scholarship Description Approximate Deadline
California Council of the Blind Blind residents of California that are planning on enrolling as full time undergraduate of graduate students. July
California Contractors Insurance Services 1/31/2019
Coca Cola Scholars Foundation Four year scholarships for entering first year students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, permanent residents, refugees, asylees, Cuban-Haitian entrants, or humanitarian parolees. October
Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school November 27, 2018
Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation U.S. citizens with cystic fibrosis.  Scholarships are awarded based on educational performance, personal achievement, and financial need. March
Daughters of the American Revolution Variety of scholarships. February
Diabetes Scholars Foundation Incoming first year students with Type 1 diabetes. April
Elizabeth Nash Foundation U.S. citizens with cystic fibrosis.  Scholarships are awarded based on scholastic record, character, demonstrated leadership, service to CF related causes and the broader community, and financial need. April
FamilyAssets Scholarship We are thrilled to offer one $3,000 scholarship to a deserving student that has shown their own passion for providing care for an elderly person in need. August 1 2019
Federico and Staton, P.A. Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. Announces $5,000 Scholarship for College Students April 1, 2019
Friends of the Fair Scholarships based on 3.00 or higher GPA and other achievement and civic involvement. March
Gilman International The Gilman International Scholarship aims to diversity the kinds of students who study abroad. October & March
Golden One Credit Union Scholarships based on 3.00 or higher GPA, at least 24 hours of community service in the past year and member of Golden One Credit Union. January
Horatio Alger Association High school seniors with financial need and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater. April
Kidguard Scholarship Program All undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at an accredited University or College. Multiple scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 Ongoing (Annual), Every October 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time)
James Hoffa Memorial Scholarship High school seniors who are dependents of teamsters. March
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation High achieving community college sophomores that are planning on transferring to a four year institution. October-December
JobSource1.com 5K Scholarship If you're a college/ university /high school student or know someone who could use a hand, we are offering a $5,000 ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP for the 2019-2020 academic year. March 15, 2019
LeTendre Homeless Youth Scholarship High school seniors or college freshman who are or have been homeless. June
National Collegiate Cancer Foundation Cancer survivors or current patients between 18 and 35 who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. May
National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Childrens Foundation Children of law enforcement officers or firefighters lost or permanently disabled in the line of duty. July
National Multiple Sclerosis Society U.S. citizens entering college for the first time who live with MS or have a parent with MS. January
Nursing Scholarships Variety of scholarships for nursing students. Varies
Organization for Autism Research Students with an autism diagnosis. May
PG&E Scholarships Variety of employee-sponsored programs for students residing in PG&E service areas. February
Rainbow Chamber Foundation Must have GPA of 2.9 or greater and reside in or attend a school in select counties. June
Real Estate Endowment Applicants must be a Real Estate Education Major. April 30, 2019
Rent To Own Labs Scholarship Declare a major related to real estate | $2,500 scholarship October 15
Responsify Current students will be tailoring their talents, getting ready to apply them in their lives and in their careers and we're excited to contribute to this exciting journey with a scholarship. Our scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who can demonstrate how their major can be used to empower others in a self-reflective essay. October 5, 2018
Roseville Better Gardens Club An award in the amount of $500 is available May 1,2019
Sacramento Press Club Juniors and seniors preparing for journalism careers. April
Sacramento Region Community Foundation Variety of scholarships. Varies
Scott Delgadillo Scholarship California residents who are entering first year students that are currently diagnosed with cancer, currently receiving cancer treatment, or are cancer survivors. May
Shutterfly Students must be 18 years old and be graphic design major who completed primary, middle and high school in the United States. August
Student Loan Hero Student Loan Hero, an unbiased solution to organize, manage, and repay your student loans, is thrilled to award two (2) $1,000 scholarships each semester to help alleviate educational costs. August 15
 SMUD Scholarship Students that have a 3.00 or greater gpa and are currently SMUD customers or have a parent/guardian that is a SMUD customer May
Summer Words Scholarships to attend a creative writing festival. May
The Rotary Club of Sacramento in order to promote higher education and the spirit of Rotary in the community, will be awarding in 2017 three $2500 scholarships to students at Sacramento area Community Colleges May 15th
The Rotary Club of Sacramento in order to promote higher education and the spirit of Rotary in the community, will be awarding in 2017 10 $750 scholarships to students at Sacramento area Community  May 15th
The Travel Office Local Adventures Scholarship October 15, 2018
Union Plus Scholarship Program For current and retired union members or their spouses and children who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. January
Vegetarian Resource Group High school seniors who have promoted vegetarianism in their communities. February
WiseMerchant Scholarship Fund The WiseMerchant Scholarship Fund will grant two students each $500 to be used towards books and tuition. The students must either already be attending a university or planning to attend in the upcoming semester. July 15th & Dec 15th of each calendar year

Merit and Honor Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Description Approximate Deadline
Phi Theta Kappa Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships for members and non members. December & May
Brown & Caldwell Minority Scholarship Junior and senior African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific American or Alaska Native students with a 3.0 or greater GPA with declared majors in civil, chemical or environmental engineering or one of the environmental sciences April
Google Lime Scholars Full-time students with visible or invisible disabilities pursuing a computer science, computer engineering, or closely related degree.  Must have strong academic performance, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to computer science and technology. January
Thermos Scientific Pierce Scholarship Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related life science field major with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater July
Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian and Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American students majoring in a technical science or engineering discipline with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater September

Military Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Description Approximate Deadline
AFCEA Educational Foundation The AFCEA Educational Foundation is dedicated to providing support to U.S. military personnel. Varies
Air Force ROTC Students with an interest in the U.S. Air Force. December
Army Emergency Relief Fund  Funding for Army families. May
Army Scholarship Foundation Scholarship opportunities for Army families. May
Disabled American Veterans Auxiliaries Students must be members in order to apply for scholarship. March
Fisher House Foundation Scholarships for military spouses and children. Varies
Folds of Honor Thanks  Scholarship Spouse or dependent of service member who has been killed or disabled with a service connected disability, current POW or MIA, or who has received a Purple Heart Medal. March
Google SVA Scholarship Active duty or honorably discharged veterans who exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for computer science and technology.  Must be pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related field. January
Graydon & Myrth Fox Scholarship Veterans who served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces, surviving spouse, dependent child or grandchild of a U.S. Veteran, who have financial need.  Preference is given to wounded veterans or surviving dependents of deceased veterans. April
Heroes Legacy Scholarships Dependent unmarried children under age 23 of active duty, reserve/guard and retired military members, or survivors of service members who died on active duty.  Service member must have died, become disabled, or received a permanent and total compensation rating of 100% on or after September 11, 2001. Varies
Marine Corps Scholarship Fund Children of active duty, reserve, honorable discharged, or deceased while serving US. Marine Corps member or U.S. Navy Corpsman who served a U.S. Marine unit. March
Morton & Susan Rumberg Scholarship Currently serving or have served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces, pursuing a career in education, have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater, and financial need. April
Navy Recruiting Command ROTC Scholarship Funding for students in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. Varies
Pat Tillman Foundation Honorably discharged veterans and active-duty military service members from all branches of the U.S. Military including National Guard and Reserve, or current spouses of veterans or active-duty service members, including surviving spouses who are enrolled full-time. March
Sarah A. Bonnifield Vietnam Veterans Scholarship For Vietnam Veterans or relatives of Vietnam Veterans (spouse, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, nephew, or niece). June
Scholarships for Military Children Dependent unmarried children under age 23 of active duty, reserve/guard and retired military members, or survivors of individuals who died on active duty or while receive retired pay from the military. February
Veterans United Foundation Military Scholarship Current active-duty service members, veterans of the US Armed forces, spouse or child of a military member, or surviving spouse of child of a military member.  Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater. October

Multicultural Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Description Approximate Deadline
Alliance/Merck Ciencia Scholarship Hispanic students majoring in STEM fields. March
American Chemical Society African-American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian students with financial need who are planning a career in the chemical sciences. March
American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association Students of Greek decent and active members of AHEPA. March
American Indian Education Foundation American Indian and Alaska Native students with a 2.0 or greater GPA April
American Indian Science and Engineering Society American Indian and Alaska Native students majoring in the sciences, engineering, natural resources, or mathematics. Varies
Asian and Pacific Islander Scholarship Asian and Pacific Island students with a 2.7 GPA or greater Varies
Asian Women in Business Scholarship Fund Female students of Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Applicants must be current undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. October
Association on American Indian Affairs Native American and Alaska Native students enrolled in a tribe Varies
Brown & Caldwell Minority Scholarship Junior and senior African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific American or Alaska Native students with a 3.0 or greater GPA with declared majors in civil, chemical or environmental engineering or one of the environmental sciences. April
California Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation The California Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation (CBCCF) Youth Scholarship seeks to encourage, support and assist young entrepreneurs and students in scholastic achievement, community service and empowerment in the areas of business development and technology. $1,000 July 21, 2018
Canfit African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, or Latino/Hispanic students majoring in nutrition or physical education and who have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater. March
Chicana/Latina Foundation Female Chicana/Latina students from Northern California with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater. March
COMTO of Northern California Scholarship Program Scholarships for underrepresented students who are interested in transportation careers. February
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation African-American students pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Varies
Eugene & Thora Chin Scholarship Asian/Pacific Islander heritage students with a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or greater or a cumulative high school GPA of 4.0.  Preference is given to students with financial need. March
Fouroutan Foundation U.S. Citizens or legal residents who are first generation immigrants to the United States (preference given to Iranian applicants).  Applicants must be first year or transfer students with a 3.0 or greater cumulative GPA. May
Gates Millennium Scholars African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian and Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American students who receive Pell grants and have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or greater January
Iranian-American Scholarships Students of Iranian heritage with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater with financial need and who demonstrate a commitment to community service. May
Italian American Foundation Italian students with high academic achievements, or any student studying Italian language or studies. March
Italian Catholic Federation Catholic students with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater March
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program Graduating minority high school students who show leadership potential, are dedicated to community service, and have financial need.   February
Korean American Scholarship Foundation Korean American students who demonstrate financial need and community and civic leadership. July
National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators John S. Martinez Scholarship Hispanic students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater who are enrolled in high schools with districts of a Hispanic State Legislator March
Ron Brown Scholar Program Black/African-American high school seniors who excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service, and have financial need. November and January
Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce The SHCC is honored to contribute towards the success of young scholars like yourself.  May 11th 2018
Swiss Benevolent Society Must be of Swiss heritage and Northern California resident. April
UNCF Various scholarships based on college attending, major, state of residence, ethnicity, etc. Varies

STEM Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Description Approximate Deadline
American Chemical Society Students with financial need who are planning a career in the chemical sciences. March
American Indian Science and Engineering Society American Indian and Alaska Native students majoring in the sciences, engineering, medicine, natural resources, or mathematics. Varies
American Society of Naval Engineers Engineering students with an interest in naval engineering who are entering their final year of undergraduate study or will be entering graduate school March
BluePay STEM Scholarship Award a winning student $1,000 to be used toward his or her degree. January 03, 2019
Brown & Caldwell Minority Scholarship Junior and senior African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific American or Alaska Native students with a 3.0 or greater GPA with declared majors in civil, chemical or environmental engineering or one of the environmental sciences April
Choose Energy Scholarships We're offering scholarships totaling $3,000 to students who write the winning essays on the topic of the benefits of renewable energy vs. "brown" energy. Oct. 31, 2018
Dennis Raveling Scholarship Students majoring in wildlife, zoology, botany, ecology, or other biological science. October
Disney SVA Scholarship Veterans pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics who demonstrate service to others and a commitment to making a positive community impact. April
Google Anita Borg Scholarship Full-time female students pursuing a computer science, computer engineering, or closely related degree.  Must have strong academic performance, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to computer science and technology. January
Google Lime Scholars Full-time students with visible or invisible disabilities pursuing a computer science, computer engineering, or closely related degree.  Must have strong academic performance, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to computer science and technology. Varies
Google SVA Scholarship Active duty or honorably discharged veterans who exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for computer science and technology.  Must be pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related field. January
Honey Lake Hospice Scholarship Students majoring in nursing, medicine, or related health care with an interest in gerontology, oncology, or hospice and palliative care.  Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater March
Queens Care Scholarship Students pursuing medically related careers with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater, are financially needy, and desire to work with underserved populations in Los Angeles county May
Rain for Rent For students with majors in agriculture, engineering, or construction management. April
Sacramento Post of the Society of American Military Engineers Engineering, architecture, mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, and earth sciences majors March
Simpson Strong - Tie Structural Engineering/Architecture Student Scholarship Program Architecture and structural engineering majors April
STEM diversity scholarship  The Everipedia Tech Titans Diversity Scholarship was established by Everipedia, Inc. in 2017. It aims to increase awareness of minorities in STEM areas, along with the challenges they face around the world December 1st
TechiesPad Scholarship TechiesPad's Scholarship Program has been introduced to spot minds, brimming with ideas. December 2017
Tenshon Architecture, design, and engineering students July and December
Tylenol Scholarship Scholarships for future health care providers June