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$30,000 In Scholarships 

As we embark on the fourth year of our scholarship program, we continue to reflect, renew, and embrace the beauty and power that comes from a painful history. At the founding of our scholarship fund was a mission to bring value to stories most dismissed in educational spaces, not because they lack potential or knowledge, but due to educational systems merit-based selection practices that are rooted in elitism, white supremacy culture, and a myth of meritocracy.

Historically, scholarship applications have required students to prove their value through GPAs, letters of recommendation, and written responses justifying their adherence to English grammar. But at Central Valley Scholars, we believe every student is equally worthy, deserving, and has all the power to change the world. So instead, we’ve created a scholarship curriculum that is centered on storytelling.

Our scholarship fund intentionally reserves opportunities for students most oppressed in our communities, and through a holistic review of the individual and system-wide obstacles students face in applying to scholarships, we’ve created a truly accessible scholarship program that allows all students, especially those who are oppressed, to have equal opportunities to fund their higher education.


For the 2023 application cycle, are proud to offer $30,000 in scholarships for Central Valley students, and are eager for the learnings, love, and power we will gain from our collective stories.


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Karina Cabello Alvarez (She/Ella)

The 2022 Inspire Awardee

Scholarship Opportunities 

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Undocumented Scholarship

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Woman of Color 


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LGBTQIA+ Scholarship

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Black Student 


Justice Impacted 


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First-Generation Scholarship

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Student Parent


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The 2023 

Inspire Award


Requirements & Deadlines

In order to qualify for our scholarships, students must:


  • Be enrolled at a community college, vocational school, or undergraduate university during the fall semester/quarter of 2023.

  • Have graduated from a high school, continuation school, or G.E.D school in the San Joaquin Valley by August 31st, 2023. 


Scholarship Deadlines


  • Scholarship applications are due June 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm PT

  • Students with disabilities and students facing difficult circumstances are eligible for a one-week extension. Please complete our accommodations request form for an extension. 

Want to check if you're eligible? Fill this short form! To learn more about our requirements, view our Terms and Conditions


Pedro Gamino (2020 Inspire Awardee)



Scholarship Info-Session

Want to learn more about our scholarship program? Watch our Scholarship Info-Session! In this virtual webinar, we discuss the following: 

  • The history and purpose of our scholarship mission

  • A breakdown of our scholarship opportunities 

  • Application requirements, structure, and tips 

  • Using Good Grants 

  • Accessibility & Accommodations

  • Open Q&A 


Have additional questions? Please email Scholarship Terms And Conditions.

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