How to Apply for CCSF Scholarships

There are three categories of scholarships at City College of San Francisco. The following information will provide you an overview of each category in order to understand how to apply. The online application will allow students to apply for both General and Select Scholarships only upon submission. 

General Scholarship

  • Students will submit one electronic online application but may apply for multiple General scholarships based on eligibility
  • Check listings & eligibility criteria under General Listing
  • Must apply and submit application by the deadline date. Late applications will not be accepted.

Select Scholarship

  • Students will submit one electronic online application but may apply for multiple Select scholarships based on eligibility
  • Check listings & eligibility criteria under Select Listing
  • Must apply and submit application by the deadline date. Late applications will not be accepted.

Departmental Scholarship

  • Complete an individual paper application for each scholarship you may be eligible for and submit to the Scholarship Office OR to the specified location listed on the application
  • Check listing & eligibility criteria under Departmental Listing and on the individual paper application
  • Deadline dates may vary, follow the date listed on the individual paper application

Scholarship Applications

This information provides you with useful tips on how to complete a scholarship application. A scholarship application is a representation of you and requires attention to detail, completeness, and prompt submission.  The Personal Statement and the Letters of Recommendation are vitally important parts of your scholarship application and should be started as soon as possible. 

Preparation for a Scholarship Application

  1. Review scholarship listings, note the application deadlines and familiarize yourself with the individual scholarship criteria.
  2. Understand the eligibility requirements of the scholarship.
  3. Read the essay questions and write them down on a separate piece of paper to “thinK and reflect” before you begin writing. Your personal statement is an essay about you.

The Importance of the Application’s Components

Your individual answers to each question will determine which scholarships you may potentially be eligible for. The individual committee members look closely at the entire application. The academic record, information about accomplishments, activities, the letters of recommendation, financial need and the personal statement help provide insight into the applicant’s character and level of achievement. These factors enable the committee to evaluate what a scholarship can offer the student and what the recipient offers to his/her community and the college. It is very important that all items on the application are answered and complete. If there is something missing, the application will be considered incomplete and withdrawn from consideration. If additional information that is not required is submitted with the application, it will not be used in the decision-making process. Take time to review the eligibility listings and any information that is submitted to the Scholarship Office. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they have all the required information for each scholarship.

Gather the Information Requested

Review the eligibility requirements of the scholarship and make sure that you fit the criteria. Many scholarships have similar eligibility requirements. Make sure you answer all questions on the scholarship application, as you may be eligible for multiple scholarships. Remember, this is a competition. If you don’t receive one scholarship, you may receive another.

1.  General Information

This section asks for general information: name, address, ID number, phone number, email address, race and gender.

2.  Academic Information

This section asks for your educational background, what your current status is in the college, GPA, major, and what your future educational plans are.

3.  Financial Information

This section asks for a detailed account of your financial status and will be considered if financial need is a criterion for receiving a scholarship. Be as specific as possible. If your expenses exceed your monthly income, you are asked for an explanation. (e.g. I was employed until last year and now I am living on my savings.) Gather your financial information. This could be from tax returns or your FAFSA and loan forms.

4.  Additional Qualification Questions

This section asks for additional specific eligibility questions such as are you enrolled in specific courses, are you involved in campus wide organizations or clubs, and have you previously earned a college degree, etc.             

5.  Letters of Recommendations

This section will allow you to upload a total of 2 Letters of Recommendation documents. LORs need to have a Date and Signature of the Recommender to be considered a valid Letter of Recommendation.

6.  Personal Statement

This section will allow you to enter your personal statement not to exceed more than 500 words. You may cut and paste text from a word document into this section.

7.  Activities

This section provides you the opportunity to list all organizations, clubs and extra-curricular activities as well as community and volunteer services you have participated in, both on and off campus.

8.  Employment

This section requests you list your current and previous employers.

9.  Electronic Signature

This section will require your electronic signature to complete your application.

10. The Complete Package

The individual committee members look closely at the entire application. The academic record, information about accomplishments, activities, the letters of recommendation, financial need and the personal statement help provide insight into the applicant’s character and level of achievement. Missing data, misspellings and careless preparation reflect negatively on the application. This step-by-step guide is designed to help you prepare to complete your scholarship application that will catch and hold the reviewers’ attention and assure their careful consideration. Make sure you sign and submit the application by the deadline.

Additional Requirements

Extra essays, letters of recommendation from outside sources, proof of employment may be required for individual scholarships. Make sure you review the scholarship announcement carefully and complete all of the requirements before submitting the application to the Scholarship Office.

KEEP A COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS. You have spent a substantial amount of time gathering and composing this information. It may serve as a draft for other applications in the future. Submit the complete electronic application to the Scholarship Office or to the location specified in the scholarship announcement on time. Don’t wait until the last minute. Late applications will not be accepted.

Remember, this is a competition.

It takes approximately two months for the reviewing committee to evaluate the applications and make award decisions.  Once award decisions are reached, the Scholarship Office notifies all applicants via email of the committees' decisions.  Please note that scholarship awards are competitive and not guaranteed. The decisions of the reviewing committees are final.  All awards advertised are based on the availability of funds.