For Applicants

San Diego County Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation grants need-based scholarships to first-year, full-time college students in San Diego County. The following types of students are encouraged to apply:

  • Students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Students who have encountered personal, familial, or educational challenges 
  • Students who would not qualify for merit-based scholarships
  • Students who will be first-generation college students

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Be a senior in a high school in San Diego County.
  2. Be a resident of San Diego County for the last year.
  3. Plan to attend an accredited college in San Diego County.
  4. Plan to attend college full-time in Fall and Spring.
  5. Demonstrate a financial need.

There is no minimum GPA or citizenship requirement.

Application Requirements

  1. Provide your Student Aid Report (SAR), including all pagesYour SAR is a summary of the information you submitted on your FAFSA or Dream Act Application.
  2. Provide your high school transcript (unofficial or official), including current Fall grades. 
  3. Provide the name, email, and phone number of your high school counselor and/or scholarship coordinator.
  4. Complete the application, which includes questions (paragraph answer) about your: 
    • Educational, personal and career goals, and interests
    • Significant personal, familial, educational, or financial challenges
    • Personal qualities

Scholarship applications will be available January of each year.

Online Application  Mail-in Application


This is a one-page flyer that may be posted at your school.

Application Deadline: March 2

San Diego County Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation will begin accepting applications starting January 1 of each year through March 2. Qualified San Diego County high school senior applicants may be interviewed in March or April of their graduating year. Scholarships are only available to those high school seniors planning to attend a San Diego County college or university full time in the year directly following their high school graduation. Applicants will be notified of their award status in June or July.

Tips for Applicants

  • After you complete your FAFSA, it may take several days to receive your SAR, so plan ahead and have your SAR ready when you apply. If you cannot upload or attach your SAR, please contact us.
  • Have your high school transcript (unofficial or official) ready when you apply. If you cannot upload or attach your transcript, please contact us.
  • Applications are considered not complete without the SAR and transcript attached. All application submissions must be postmarked no later than March 2. Those applicants submitting an incomplete application will not be considered for an interview and scholarship award. (Only qualified applicants may be interviewed.)
  • Know the name, email, and phone number of your high school counselor and scholarship coordinator, as well as the person we should contact to schedule an interview.
  • Online applications are encouraged. If you apply online, you will receive a confirmation email and a PDF copy of your application. If you apply by mail, you will not receive a confirmation.


PO Box 7484, San Diego, CA 92167