Scholarship FAQ

Who is eligible to apply?

Scholarship Sonoma County encourages all students to apply, since we administer many scholarships with various requirements.  The basic eligibility requirements are demonstrated financial need, enrollment in a program leading to a student’s first associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, certificate or teaching credential during the 2013-2014 academic year, and enrollment in a minimum of 12 academic units while receiving a scholarship.

How do I apply for the Scholarship?

The application will be available online in January 2013.  All applications must be submitted online.

Who is 10,000 Degrees?

10,000 Degrees is serving as the administrator for the Scholarship Sonoma County and Community Foundation Sonoma County scholarships.

When is the deadline to apply?

All applications must be submitted by March 2, 2013 at 11:59 pm, and all supplemental materials must either be attached to the application or postmarked by March 2, 2013. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered for funding.

How much money can I receive?

Most scholarships range from $500 to $5000 per academic year. Amounts depend on the scholarship being awarded and the student’s financial need.

How are scholarship awards determined?

Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. New recipients are chosen from those who meet the basic eligibility requirements, demonstrate financial need and by their personal statement score. Renewal applicants must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress and financial need.

What college does this scholarship cover?

Colleges and universities must be regionally accredited in the United States.

Are part-time students eligible?

Students must be enrolled in a least 12 units per semester or term during the 2013-2014 academic year.

What happens if I need to drop classes or reduce my enrollment?

Students are only eligible to receive funding if they are enrolled in a minimum of 12 units. If you must drop below 12 units, contact 10,000 Degrees immediately, as it may affect your eligibility in the future.

When do I get my check and where does it go?

If you are awarded a scholarship, we will ask you to return required documents by October 15, 2013. Once we receive those documents, your fall award will be released. You must submit additional materials in the winter (for schools on a quarter system) and the spring to receive those awards. All checks are made payable to the student and sent to the mailing address provided.

Can I renew my scholarship?

Many scholarships are renewable, although some are not. Please check with us to determine if your scholarship is renewable. Many of the special scholarships are renewable for up to four years, and the Scholarship Sonoma County general scholarship is renewable for up to six years.  However you must re-apply every year.

2013 Scholarship Application Process is now Closed.

For more information, please contact Lisa Carreno at 707.303.9612.