Scholarship Grant Opportunity with College Access Foundation of California

The College Access Foundation of California provides grants to community-based programs to award college scholarships to the students they serve.  They have a grant deadline approaching on October 18, 2010 at 5 p.m., so I wanted to get the word out to interested readers.  Please note that the College Access Foundation of California does NOT provide scholarships to individuals.  Grants are given to organizations that either have 501(c)3 status, have a fiscal sponsor, or are California state, local, or county public agencies or government entities.

To be eligible for consideration, your organization must:

  • Primarily serve low-income students and/or students who are in the first generation of their family to attend college.
  • Currently manage a college scholarship program or demonstrate its capacity to develop and administer a scholarship program.
  • Serve students who currently attend or have graduated from high school in California. (Please note: scholarship recipients may attend college anywhere in the U.S.)
  • Serve students who plan to attend or currently attend accredited, degree-granting, 2-year or 4-year post-secondary institutions.
  • Serve students who plan to attend or currently attend college full-time in pursuit of an Associates or Bachelors degree.
  • Help all eligible students to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and ensure that all students meet college application and financial aid deadlines.
  • Promote persistence and graduation by identifying on-campus student support programs and connecting its students to those programs.
  • Demonstrate its capacity to effectively collect student data and use it to inform and improve its program practices.  The Foundation requires grantees to produce annual data reports on all students who receive scholarships, including the amounts, post-secondary institutions the students attend, and other demographic and financial aid data.

In addition, the foundation requires all grant applicants to agree in advance to a set of General Grant Terms and Conditions and a Best Practices Agreement.

The foundation does NOT award grants for the following:

  • Scholarships for graduate students.
  • Scholarships for students attending vocational or trade schools.
  • Scholarships awarded to students before their senior year of high school.
  • Scholarship endowments or scholarship programs at individual colleges and universities that support students attending just that institution.
  • Policy research or advocacy.

For more information on how to apply for a grant from the College Access Foundation of California, please click HERE.

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