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SCHOLARSHIPS

 The Central Valley Scholars 

 

About Our Scholarships 

We are proud to offer $12,000 in scholarships for Central Valley students during the 2021 year! Our scholarships recognize exemplary students in the Central Valley who, despite facing various obstacles, find the will to continue with their educational journey. We lead with the core belief that all students are worth investing in and we use non-traditional markers of success to reward students others often dismiss. Our scholarships invite vulnerability, encourage empowerment, and provide students in the Central Valley the space to validate their stories and find the beauty in their struggles. Our next round of scholarships will open next year. 

Award Amounts 

Thanks to our generous sponsors, we were able to increase each scholarship amount and introduce two new scholarship opportunities. This year, we are offering $1,500 scholarships in the following categories:

 

  • First generation

  • Undocumented

  • LGBTQIA+

  • Black Students

  • Students with Disabilities

 

One student will be selected for each scholarship, except for our Black student scholarship in which two students will be selected. This year, we are also offering a $3,000 Inspire Award for an inspirational Central Valley student. 

Pedro Gamino (2020 Inspire Awardee)

Scholarship Opportunities 

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Undocumented Scholarship

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LGBTQIA+ Scholarship

First Generation Scholarship

Overview 

  • Three 250 word responses

  • One 150 word response 

Overview 

  • Three 250 word responses

  • One 150 word response

Overview 

  • Two 375 word responses

  • One 150 word response

  • One letter of recommendation

Requirements

Requirements

Requirements

Must be a current undocumented or DACA recipient in the Central Valley. 

Must identify within the LGBTQIA+ spectrum in the Central Valley.

Must be the first in your family to pursue a bachelor's degree in the United States.

Accessibility 

  • No GPA requirement

  • Proof of citizenship and social security is not requested

  • Not required to disclose your documentation status publicly 

  • No letter of recommendation 

Accessibility 

  • No GPA requirement

  • Proof of citizenship and social security is not requested 

  • Not required to disclose your gender/sexual identity publicly

  • No letter of recommendation 

Accessibility 

  • No GPA requirement

  • Proof of citizenship and social security is not requested 

 
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Disability Student 

Scholarship

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Black Student 

Scholarship

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The 2021 

Inspire Award

Overview 

Overview 

Overview 

  • Three 250 word responses

  • One 150 word response

  • Due July 7, 2021 at 11:59 pm 

  • Three 250 word responses

  • One 150 word response

  • Due June 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm 

  • No application process 

  • In order to be considered students must apply to one of our scholarships

Requirements

Requirements

Requirements

Must be a student who has a mental or physical disability in the Central Valley. 

Accessibility 

Must be a Black student in the Central Valley

Accessibility 

Must qualify and apply for one of our five identity scholarships. 

Accessibility 

  • No GPA requirement

  • Proof of citizenship and social security is not requested

  • One additional week to complete the application

  • No letter of recommendation

  • No GPA requirement

  • Proof of citizenship and social security is not requested

  • No letter of recommendation

  • No GPA requirement

  • Proof of citizenship and social security is not requested

  • No letter of recommendation

 

Requirements & Deadlines

In order to qualify for our scholarships, students must be:

 

  • Currently enrolled in a community college, high school, continuation school, charter school, or G.E.D school in the San Joaquin Valley

     

AND

  • Transitioning into your first year at a community college, vocational school, or undergraduate institution during the fall of 2021

Additional Information

  • Current undergraduate students and graduate students do not qualify for our scholarships.

  • Current community college students can only apply if they will be transitioning into another institution for the fall of 2021.

  • Students in G.E.D schools transitioning into their first year of undergraduate, community college, or vocational instruction are eligible to apply. 

The San Joaquin Valley 

Our organization works to serve students in the San Joaquin Valley, this includes:

  • San Joaquin County

  • Stanislaus County

  • Merced County

  • Madera County

  • Tulare County

  • Kings County

  • Kern County

Learn more about our requirements via the Terms And Conditions page.

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Application Training

We understand that completing the applications may be difficult to navigate. Here is a step-by-step tutorial that can help. For additional support please contact us

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are you looking for?


Our scholarships were made to assist the most underserved communities in the Central Valley. Because of this, we understand that these students face specific barriers and obstacles that other students don't. We are not looking for the student with the highest academic achievement, nor are we looking for a student with an extravagant resume. Instead, we are deciding based on identity and need. We want to give you the space to value your story and your struggles and celebrate you and your identities as an important part of the Central Valley. How Our Scholarships Began: LGBTQIA+ Scholarship




Can I apply to all of your scholarships?


Yes! If you meet the requirments for each of our scholarships, you are welcome to apply to all of them. Because each scholarship has its own goal and questions, we recommend you share experiences directly addressing each individual identity. What struggles did you face as an undocumented student? What struggles did you face as a Queer person? Tailor each response to each of your identities.




How do I apply for an extention?


Students with disabilities or students facing difficult circumstances can receive a one week extention to submit their scholarship applications. Please briefly explain your situation to contact@centralvalleyscholars.org. You will be notified if your request was approved. You must complete this by June 27, 2021 at 11:59 pm.




Can current undergraduate or graduate students apply for the scholarships?


Unfortunately, current undergraduate and graduate students are not eligible to apply for our scholarships. The Central Valley Scholars team consists of current undergraduate students, all under the age of 21. The goal of creating these scholarships was to help students currently in the Central Valley that are transitioning into a higher education institution. We will, however, look for undergraduate and graduate students to serve as readers. Make sure to follow our social medias and subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated!




How and when do I turn in my application?


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are only accepting online applications Please click here to be sent to our application portal. Applications are due June 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm. We understand that many students do not have access to a computer or internet. If this is the case for you, please email us at contact@centralvalleyscholars.org or text/call (559)205-9382. We will happily accommodate you as best as we can!




When will awardees be announced?


Awardees should be announced around mid-August 2021. If there are any delays we will make sure to let applicants know.




Do you require letters of reccomendation?


The only scholarship that requires a letter of reccomendation is our First Generation Scholarship. This letter of reccomendation is meant to give our readers the chance to learn more about you and solidify that everything in your application was true. Anyone, other than yourself, is welcome to write your letter of reccomendation. Whether this be your teacher, counselor, parent, employer, or sibling, we are not picky!




How do I prove that I attended school in the Central Valley?


You must submit a copy of your class schedule that can be provided by your counselor or a picture of your school ID.




Will my story, name, or identity be shared if I win a scholarship?


We understand that disclosing certain identities can put student at risk. For this reason, students that apply to our LGBTQIA+ Scholarship and Undocumented Scholarship are not obligated to disclose their names, identities, or statues on our social medias.




How do I know if I qualify for the Disability Student Scholarship?


We define a disability as a condition or function judged to be significantly impaired relative to the usual standard of an individual or group. Students with both visible and invisible or "mental" disabilities are eligible to apply. Visible disabilities can be noticed to an individual just looking at the person (e.g a person with dwarfism). Invisible disabilities, also known as Hidden Disabilities or Non-visible Disabilities, are disabilities that are not immediately apparent, are typically chronic illnesses and conditions that significantly impair normal activities of daily living. We do not require any medical or government certification of a disability in order to apply to this scholarship. However, considered applicants may be asked for additional information at a later time. We are here to make our scholarships as accessible as possible for you. If there are any accommodations you need to complete our scholarship applications, please email contact@centralvalleyscholars.org or call ( 559)205-9382. To learn more about disabilities, click here.




How can I apply for the Inspire Award?


There is no application process for our Inspire Award. In order to be considered for this award, you must be eligible and apply for one of our five identity scholarships. Our Inspire Award is our organizations most selective prize. The student selected will receive a $3,000 reward, a themtor, and individual recognition on our media platforms. This award aims to change the narrative of higher education success stories, highlighting a student whose potential goes beyond traditional markers of success. The Inspire awardee is meant to serve as an inspiration for students with similar identities, a reprsentative of Central Valley Scholars and the students we serve, and give insight to what an accessible higher education should look like. View our past Inspire Awardee winner here.




How do I know if I qualify for the first generation scholarship?


If you are first person in your family, besides your siblings, working towards a bachelor's degree in the United States you are a first generation student.





Have additional questions? Contact Us. Scholarship Terms And Conditions.