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. Have 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

Online Application Closed  Mail-in Application Closed

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Application Deadline: March 2

Scholarship applications will be made available online January of each year. 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 or transcript, please contact us or you may mail these documents to the address provided on the application. All submissions must be postmarked no later than March 2. (Only qualified applicants may be interviewed.)
  • Have your high school transcript (unofficial or official) ready, or at least know your cumulative GPA. If you cannot upload or attach your transcript, you may provide it later, at the time of interview. (Only qualified applicants may be interviewed.)
  • Know the name, email, and phone number of your high school counselor or scholarship coordinator.
  • 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.

Contact

619-354-7974
PO Box 7484, San Diego, CA 92167