Cuesta Scholarship Program Application

The Cuesta Scholarship program is open to all incoming and continuing Cuesta College students with a GPA above 2.0.  This program rewards and assists students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership skills, and success in making progress towards a degree or certificate at Cuesta College. Over 150 different scholarships are awarded through this program, each one with different donor criteria and different award amounts. To apply, use the online Cuesta College Scholarship Application.

Note that the Promise and the Cuesta Scholarship are two separate programs that share one application.  The deadline for completing the 2014-2015 application was March 2nd, 2014.  The 2015-2016 application will be available sometime in late fall of 2014.


2014-15 The Cuesta College Promise

The Promise is a new scholarship program where San Luis Obispo County high school students who graduate in the 2013-14 academic year (including those who have received a GED, were home-schooled, or are Dream Act students) will be eligible to have their first semester fees covered at Cuesta College.  All students must attend Cuesta College in the Fall 2014 semester to qualify. 

To apply, use the online Cuesta College Scholarship Application.


2014-15 Osher Scholarship Opportunity

The Osher scholarship application is available every year for California Community College students thanks to the generosity of The Bernard Osher Foundation.

The deadline to apply for the 2014-2015 Osher Scholarship is Monday, November 24, 2014.


Outside Scholarships 


Soroptimist "Live Your Dream" Awards (Opens July 1, 2014; Deadline: Nov. 15, 2014)

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers' Single Mother Scholarship (Deadline: Dec. 5, 2014)

CustomMade Essay Contests (Deadline: Dec. 15, 2014)

ACWA Clair A. Hill Scholarship (Deadline: Feb. 1, 2015)

ACWA Scholarships (Deadline: April 1, 2015)

Shift Insurance Scholarship (Deadline: Mar. 2, 2015) 



Trustworthy Scholarship Lists/ Databases


MALDEF Scholarship List 2014-15 

Free scholarship searches

SR Education Group

College Xpress


Smart Student Guide for additional scholarships

School Soup