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There are thousands of private scholarship foundations - some are listed below - while there are also a number of trusted, centralized search engines, including FastWeb,, College Board, and 10,000 Degrees.  Note, you should never pay a fee to apply for scholarships, or to be part of a scholarship search engine/company!

TL Scholarship Foundation

The Terra Linda High School Scholarship Foundation was established in January 1975 as a non-profit corporation for the purpose of granting awards to graduating TL seniors who are continuing their education.  Awards are made on the basis of goals, accomplishments and school involvement, without regard to race, creed or sex.  Any student who has a "C" average or higher and who plans to continue her, his, or their education or training may apply.

There are approximately 30 scholarships available, for $1,000 each!  Categories include academics, the arts, athletics, community service/volunteering, learning or physical disabilities, and students strong in specific subject areas such as education, English, entrepreneurship, math, medicine/nursing, and STEM.  Seniors may nominate themselves for up to three separate scholarships.  The scholarships all require an essay, ranging from 150-500 words.  

Applications will be available this winter (TBA), and are due in March 2021.  


Stamps ScholarsMaximum = $75,000/year.  36 colleges across the United States award the Stamps Scholarships, including UCLA, USC, Oregon, Arizona, and Texas.  Who: seniors.  Factors: "Students who demonstrate academic merit, strong leadership potential, and exceptional character. We support exceptional young people with promise and vision who are eager to make their contribution to the world and have the work ethic to make their dreams a reality."  Deadline: varies by college, though often there is no separate application, students are nominated by the college. 

Marin Municipal Water District.  Maximum: $1,000.  Who: seniors.  Factors: write an essay about your "ideas about the importance of clean water, water conservation and watershed preservation."  Deadline: TBA. 

GE-Reagan Foundation.  Maximum$40,000.  Who: US citizen, must enroll in full-time, four-year college.  Factors: minimum GPA 3.0, leadership, drive, integrity, citizenship.  Click here!  Deadline: ~January 3, 2021.

Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award.  Maximum: $36,000.  Who: Jewish teens who have demonstrated remarkable leadership and initiative in projects that embody the values of tikkun olam , “repairing the world."  Deadline: ~January 8, 2021.  

Gates Millennium Scholarship.  Maximum: full cost of college, for all four years.  Who: Seniors who are African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander-American, or Latinx-American.  Factors: cumulative GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale.  Demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities.  Must meet federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria.  Deadline: ~January 15, 2021.  

Redwood Empire ASHRAE/American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers.  Maximum: $2,000.  Who: Graduating seniors, pursuing an education in an engineering discipline or an allied science (e.g. computer science, material science, applied physics or atmospheric science) related to the mission of ASHRAE.  Factors: minimum GPA 3.0.  Click here!  Deadline: ~January 20, 2021.  

Black College Expo ScholarshipMaximum: varies.  Who: high school senior or junior.  Factors: essay, maximum 500 words, "Why is a college education important to me?"  Deadline: ~January 27, 2021.  

Hamilton RelayMaximum: $500Who: seniors who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking.  Factors: Requires letter of rec, and 1-page essay ("which would you find most beneficial to you in your college/career, and how will that impact your future career/volunteer goals?  Services include: TTY, Hearing Carry Over, Voice Carry Over, Speech-to-Speech, Deaf-Blind Service, Spanish and Captioned Telephone.")  Deadline: January 30, 2021

eQuality Scholarship.  Maximum: $6,000.  Who: Students attending any accredited post-secondary institution in the US or abroad; or - for the nursing scholarships - enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited ADN or BSN RN program in California; all sexual orientations and gender identities eligible. Factors: Service to the LGBTQIA+ community; leadership; hardship or special circumstances; academic achievement.  Click here! Deadline: ~January 31, 2021

Jackie Robinson Foundation.  Maximum: up to $30,000.  Who: Seniors.  Factors: Show leadership potential, demonstrate a dedication to community service.  DeadlineFebruary 1, 2021

Bay Area All-Star Scholarship TeamMaximum: $5,000Who: Display leadership qualities in and out of the classroom; minimum grade point average of 3.0 from sophomore to senior years; demonstrate the value of education, good work ethic and community outreach; demonstrate a commitment to extracurricular activities. Factors: Write an essay "explaining why you believe you are a deserving BAASST candidate." Deadline: February 5, 2021

Thurgood Marshall/Visa Black Scholars ProgramMaximum: $20,000Who: Black and African-American seniors.  Factors: Must pursue a career in technology or business: Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Science, Networking, Cybersecurity, HR, Finance, Marketing, Sales, International Business, or related majors.  Deadline: February 15, 2021.

Lions Club speech contest.  Maximum: $21,000.  Factors: Give a speech on the following topic: "Homelessness in California: What is the Solution?"  Must be arranged through your local Lions Club (search here)  Deadline: ~February 20, 2021.

Novato Republican Women's Scholarship.  Maximum: $2,500.  Factors: Essay of 500-700 words required ("Why was the Electoral College created by the Founders and put into the U.S. Constitution? Why is it important to you and the USA today?"), referencing the US Constitution, and Federalist Papers 10 and 68; grade point average, and scholastic and extracurricular accomplishments are considered as an enhancement to the application.  Click here Deadline: ~February 28, 2021.  

Mahatma Rice Scholarship Award.  Maximum: $2,000.  Who: high school seniors.  Factors: 150-250 word essay, answering the following question: "What is your plan for college and what are the choices you will make to earn the degree or degrees that will assure you a fulfilling job in your chosen career?"  Deadline: "March"

Daughters and Sons of Italy Western Foundation.  Maximum amount: $5,000Who: must be wholly or partially of Italian descent.  Factors: Essay of 200+ words, describing your Italian origin; future aspirations, work experiences, extracurricular activities, and organizations of which you are a member; and a paragraph describing an Italian you admire (not related to you) who made an impression in your life.  Please indicate if applying for academic or athletic scholarship.  Click here!  Deadline: ~March 1, 2021.  

Shui Kuen & Allen Chin Scholarship.  Maximum: $1,000.  Who: Past/present worker in Asian-owned or Asian cuisine restaurant (or child of current employee), open to all ethnicities; record of community advocacy & social justice work on behalf of Asian-American, immigrant, LGBTQIA+, or other progressive causes;  demonstrated financial need.  Click here!  Deadline: ~March 2, 2021.

Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund.  Maximum: $5,000.  Who: At least 50% Filipino heritage; majoring in Engineering, Math, CompSci, Environmental or Physical Science (not health careers); demonstrated financial need.  Click here!  Deadline: ~March 2, 2021.

Italian Catholic Federation.  Maximum: $ 400 for first year, increasing to $1,000 for senior year of college.  Who: Either 1) must be both Roman Catholic and also Italian descent; or 2) if Roman Catholic parent, guardian, or grandparent is a member of the Italian Catholic Federation, student must be Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian descent.  Factors: Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.  Click hereDeadline: ~March 15, 2021.

Asian Pacific Fund.  Maximum: $3,000.  Who: at least 50% Asian heritage, first generation to college.  Factors: minimum GPA: 2.8, demonstrated financial need.  Deadline: March 27, 2021.

Beach Blanket Babylon Scholarship.  Maximum: $15,000.  Who: For students highly talented in acting, dance, or vocal.  Factors: students should choose a song, dance, or monologue that shows off their talent the best.  Click hereDeadline: April 26, 2021 (if re-instituted).

McKinsey Diverse Young Leaders Scholarship.  Maximum: $5,000.  Who: African-American, Latinx, Native American.  Factors: minimum GPA 3.5, and either 25 ACT or 1250 SAT; strong academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and proven leadership ability.  Deadline: ~April 20, 2021.

North Bay Officials Organization.  Maximum: $500.  Who: varsity football players.  Factors: superior degree of sportsmanship, fairness, enthusiasm, spirit, leadership and overall good moral character during his high school career, both on and off the football field; other sports, activities, clubs, interests, where good moral character and sportsmanship is shown may be considered by the committee.  Deadline: ~April 20, 2021.

Rotary.  Deadline: ~April 21, 2021.

Lapiz Family Scholarship.  Maximum: $2,000.  Who: Past/present Farm or Migrant farm worker, or child thereof; attending a UC; demonstrated financial need.  Click here!  Deadline: ~April 24, 2021.

Marin Nakayoshi Club (link coming momentarily)Maximum: $500.  Who: students with parents of Japanese ancestry.  Other factors: academic record, ACT/SAT, extracurricular achievements, essay, interview.  Deadline: ~April 24, 2021.

Pinay Aspire Scholarship.  Maximum: $1,000.  Who: High school senior girl of Filipina descent who is proud of her Filipino-American culture.  Factors: Must demonstrate personal hardship and a strong potential for success.  Deadline: ~April 24, 2021.  

ASHRAE/American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers.  Maximum: $3,000.  Who: graduating seniors accepted into an engineering, pre-engineering, or engineering technology program.  Factors: GPA 3.0.  Click hereDeadline: ~May 1, 2021.  

A Kid's Chance of California ScholarshipMaximum: $10,000.  Who: if your parent or legal guardian was killed on the job or had a serious injury that significantly reduced your family's income.  Deadline: ~May 15, 2021.

PB&J Scholarship.  Maximum: $1,000.  Who: Students who have experienced serious personal situations, such as medical issues, bullying, change of school, parental divorce or death, homelessness, foster care, abuse, etc.  Factors: no minimum GPA, but requires 1-2 letters of rec. Deadline: May 31, 2021.  


Coca-Cola Scholarship.  Maximum: $20,000.  Who: High school seniors.  Factors: students who are actively involved in their school, passionate and service-oriented, and demonstrate a sustained commitment to bettering their community; minimum 3.0 cumulative unweighted GPA.  Application opens August 2020, Deadline: ~October 31, 2021.  

Good Tidings Scholarship.  Maximum: $10,000.  Who: high school seniors, low-income.  Factors: students who have been extensively involved in community service.  Agree to volunteer minimum 1 shift (2-4 hrs) at our Winter Wonderland Toy Giveaway Program between Dec. 1–20, 2020.  Deadline: November 6, 2021.

Soroptimist Club/Live Your Dreams Scholarship.  Maximum: $16,000.  Who: senior girls.  Factors: write an essay of up to 750 words, about how you have faced obstacles on the path to living your dreams, and how you think this scholarship could help you live your dream.  Deadline: November 15, 2021.  

Soroptimist Club/Violet Richardson AwardMaximum: varies.  Who: girls between 14-18, who have demonstrated initiative in both identifying a problem and trying to solve it, and/or who have had significant and noteworthy accomplishments as volunteers.  Examples: fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning up the environment and working to end discrimination and poverty, especially actions that benefit girls or women.  Factors: Write an essay of up to 750 words: "Tell us where you volunteer and why.  Describe the goals of the organization and its impact on the problem(s)it addresses.  What is your role in the organization?  What have you accomplished as a volunteer?"  Deadline: November 15, 2021. 

Prudential Spirit of Community AwardMaximum: $1,000+Who: seniors, juniors, sophomores, 9th graders who have excelled at volunteering.  Factors: requires nomination by TL Principal, or head of a Girl Scout Council, 4-H, American Red Cross, YMCA, or Points of Light Global Network member.  Deadline: ~November 20, 2021

Coolidge ScholarshipMaximum: your full 4-year college tuition, room, board, and expenses.  Who: juniors (not seniors!).  Factors: Coolidge Scholars are selected based primarily on academic excellence.  Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service.  Requires that applicants read President Coolidge’s Autobiography and complete a few other reading assignments.  Deadline: January 20, 2021.