Additional Scholarship Information

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Apply Now! What Are Scholarships?

Scholarships are a form of gift-based (free) money that does not require repayment. They may be merit based or need based or sometimes both. They are designed to recognize your accomplishments and to provide tangible encouragement to students who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership, community service, and financial need. You are unique in all that you do and a scholarship is a great opportunity to tell someone about it. Consider this: if you spend 2 hours of your time working on the application for a $2000 scholarship and win it-your invested time translates to $1000 an hour.

It is important to take advantage of all the resources available to you. We encourage you to apply for additional financial aid available. 

Mission First Scholarship Program

We are proud to serve our local community and work tirelessly to remove barriers that prevent students from continuing their education. While community college is often a much more affordable option than others, we recognize many of our students are still in need of financial assistance.

One of the scholarships we offer for graduating high school seniors is the Mission First Scholarship which provides eligible students $1,000 for their first year at Mission College on top of any other financial aid they qualify for! Please see below for more information about the Mission First Scholarship Program and requirements.


The Mission First Scholarship program is designed to help our graduating high school seniors from Santa Clara Unified and beyond make a smooth transition to Mission College. Mission First Scholars receive:

  • $1,000 for their first year at Mission College paid out over two semesters
  • Designated Orientation courses to help get them started on the right path
  • Follow up support services to assist them through the enrollment process
  • An invitation to our summer kickoff event to network with fellow Mission First Scholars
  • VTA EcoPass to help with transportation costs


To be eligible for the Mission First Scholarship, students:

  • Must be a 2018 high school graduate from Santa Clara Unified School District or from a school within Santa Clara County
  • Must be entering Mission College during their first year after high school
  • Must enroll in twelve or more units during the Fall 2018 and Spring 2018 semester or take a full-time equivalent as determined by Mission College Disability Support Programs and Services
  • Must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative high school GPA
  • Must apply for the Mission College Scholarship by July 1, 2018
  • Must submit a final high school transcript by July 16, 2018

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Other Scholarship Opportunities

Mission College offers a variety of scholarships other than the Mission First Scholarship ranging from $50 to several thousand dollars per year. Eligibility may vary based on fields of study, community and/or college involvement, and/or financial need. All continuing Mission College students and new students, including graduating high school students, and transferring students may apply.

Deadline: Current Application Closed

Next application cycle will open in January 2019

Additional Scholarships

Scholarships are a great way to fund your education. They are developed and funded by private organizations. Scholarships may not have affiliation to Mission College, but offer an opportunity for Mission College students to apply. Each scholarship will have its own eligibility criteria and can be based on academics, community service, financial need, major, special interests, and or ethnicity.

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