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Scholarships provide students with opportunities to attend college, advance their knowledge and skills for career readiness and help them prepare for both academic opportunities and financial challenges after transfer. This web site provides information and resources to assist students on how to begin their search for scholarship opportunities. Note that requirements and deadlines vary among every scholarship.

Our Services

College of Alameda Promise

The College of Alameda (COA) Promise is a pathway for Alameda high school graduates to access a quality college education. Eligible students will receive a year of college without fees.

Peralta Foundation Scholarships

Each semester, the Peralta Colleges Foundation is committed to providing students with access to post-secondary education and persistence services so they can complete college prepared for a successful career. The Peralta Promise enables qualifying students to attend their first semester at one of the Peralta Colleges – Laney College, Merritt College, College of Alameda, or Berkeley City College – for free!

External Scholarships

Here is a list of general scholarships that are available for community college students. Not every scholarship has a citizenship requirement. Review the following scholarships for your eligibility.


A scholarship is a financial award given to a student on the basis of academic achievement. Many scholarships are awarded based on merit; however, some take into account financial need. Like grants, scholarships do not have to be repaid.

Not all scholarships require proof of citizenship to apply. Don’t rule yourself out. As you are searching for scholarships, carefully go over requirements. Many scholarships are awarded based on a number of factors—from your career goals to exceptional writing skills displayed in an essay contest. Apply for as many awards as you qualify for. Remember that even small awards can be helpful in covering costs, such as books.

Look for scholarships offered by a variety of sources, including companies, unions, foundations, community organizations, churches, and more.

Watch for scholarship scams. Scholarships scams seek to steal your money or your identity. Here are some indications that you are being targeted for a scholarship scam:

  • You are informed that you have won a scholarship for which you did not apply
  • The scholarship organization does not provide valid contact information
  • You are told that you are guaranteed to win a scholarship
  • The scholarship award asks for personal identification information such as Social Security number or checking account number to confirm a scholarship

Remember: You should never have to pay to apply for a scholarship

If you receive a scholarship, be sure to write a thank-you note to the organization. You may want to reapply for the scholarship in the future so it is important to make a good impression.