Ohlone College Scholarships


Two 2019 Ohlone College Scholarship Recipients
Applications will open December 20, 2021
Mark your calendar to make sure you don't miss out!


The Ohlone College Foundation awards many scholarships to help students like you meet your educational goals. There are many different scholarships available to incoming high-school seniors, continuing Ohlone College students, and students transferring from Ohlone College to a 4-year institution. 

A common myth is that only students with straight-A's, or those in extreme financial need, can receive a scholarship. But, it's not true!  We have a wide variety of scholarships available, and most students will find something they qualify for. 

There are many general scholarships, as well scholarships with specific objectives such as ones for certain majors, qualities such as leadership, being a first-generation college student, and more. Though some scholarships may target academic performance or financial need, it's not the main prerequisite - what's important is that in your application you demonstrate that investing in you will make a difference in our community. Most scholarships require full-time enrollment (12 units per semester), though some are available to part-time students (6-11.5 units per semester).

All scholarships require a letter of recommendation from an Ohlone College faculty or staff member, so we encourage you to start your application early in the application period. You won't have very good luck obtaining a recommendation letter if you ask two days before the deadline! (Note: incoming first-year students can submit a letter from a high school instructor or counselor instead.)


Scholarships FAQ

Q: Who can apply?

A: Scholarships are open to incoming high school seniors, current Ohlone College students, and Ohlone College students preparing to transfer to a 4-year institution.  

Q: What types of scholarships are available?

A: The Ohlone College Foundation offers a broad range of scholarships. There are many general scholarships, as well as scholarships for specific majors or qualities such as leadership, entrepreneurship, anthropology, community service experience, the list goes on and on. The majority of scholarships require full-time enrollment (12 or more units), though some are available for students enrolled in at least 6 units. Click here to find out more about our individual scholarships available.

Q: What else is required to apply?

A: Scholarship applicants must submit a current transcript (unofficial is okay) along with their application. Applications also require a letter of recommendation from an Ohlone College faculty or staff member (incoming first-year students can submit a letter from a high-school instructor or counselor instead).  But don’t be intimidated!  Nothing makes your professor happier than seeing you succeed. So, start building those relationships now and get to know the professors and staff at Ohlone College; just make sure you give them plenty of time and don't ask at the last minute!

Q: How are scholarships awarded?

A: Award winners are selected by various committees made up of several Ohlone faculty, staff, community members, and donors, all of whom graciously volunteer their time to make this possible. (Notably, Foundation staff does not review or select winners.) Applicants must be attending Ohlone College or another educational institution at the time scholarships funds are distributed (generally in the following Fall semester). Disbursements are handled through the financial aid office.