Video: Learn about scholarships

Student Scholarships


Most scholarship applications are due on Feb. 2.

Apply with ACADEMICWORKsWhat Are Scholarships?

Scholarships are cash grants, generally from private donors, that are awarded for a variety of reasons, often on a competitive basis.

Some are given to students who show promise in certain fields of study, while others are based on general academic performance, demonstrated leadership, community service, perseverance against hardship or other factors.

Not every student will win a scholarship, but the first step is to see what might be available.

De Anza uses an online system called AcademicWorks that lets you apply for a wide range of scholarships offered specifically to students at De Anza or Foothill College. Use your CWID to log into the system, where you'll find a list of available scholarships and their requirements. It's easy to select the ones you want to pursue and then use AcademicWorks to apply online.

 Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • All required documents – such as transcripts, letters of recommendation or the "My Story" essay – must be submitted online.
  • If you don't attach a legible copy of any required documents, your application will be incomplete and it will not be considered for the scholarship.
  • There is no limit to how many scholarships you can apply for, but please review the minimum requirements before you apply.
  • If you don't meet the minimum criteria listed on the scholarship posting you apply for, your application will not be considered.

Once you create a scholarship profile, you can monitor the status of any scholarships for which you have applied. Just log back into your account by using the link above or through your MyPortal account.

Most scholarship funds are distributed in spring or fall quarter. You must be enrolled in at least six units, unless a different requirement is specified in the scholarship posting.

Questions About Scholarships?

Please contact Millie Perez-Perea at 408.864.5370 or for more information.

Additional scholarships

Here are some other sites you can check for information about scholarships that aren’t restricted to De Anza or Foothill students.

Terms and Conditions

Each type of financial aid has important terms and conditions that you must follow. See this page for details.

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