Community Foundation Sonoma County Scholarship


The Community Foundation Sonoma County aims to connect people, ideas, and resources to benefit the lives of those who live in there. Established in 1983, the Foundation now has over $130 million in assets and are held in over 450 charitable funds, which are created by individuals, families, community groups, and businesses.

Today, there are over 35 Legacy and new scholarship funds that are waiting to be given to worthy Sonoma County post-secondary, graduate, and professional degree seeking students. Students are given the opportunity to apply for as many financial aid programs that they qualify.

Award Information:

Amount: Varies
Number of Scholarship Awards: Varies; depends on the type scholarship
Deadline: Depends on the scholarship/grant
man-looking-awayGPA: At least 2.0
Major: Check official website for more information

Eligible Students:

A student may apply for a scholarship that’s offered by the Foundation if he/she:
– Can show a clear need for financial assistance in order to pursue a higher education.
– Is a current Sonoma County resident; some programs do not require this
– Plans to attend as a full-time student in an accredited two or four-year college or university or vocational college
– Has an acceptable academic record

Application Process:

The Community Foundation Sonoma County offers 27 different scholarships. All of these scholarships can be applied for by using one application form.
1. Get a copy of the application form by visiting the Foundation’s official website.
2. Use the Scholarship Eligibility Chart to determine which scholarships you can apply for.
3. Once you find which scholarships you qualify, use the Scholarship Checklist to indicate which scholarship(s) you are applying for. Make sure you can provide all the required materials.
4. Fill out the “College” or “Re-entry” application form.
5. Write your Personal Statement by answering the Personal Statement Questions
6. Include any of the following:
a. Additional application materials that are specifically required by the scholarship(s) you have chosen.
b. If the scholarship(s) requires it, attach a Letter of Recommendation Form
7. Provide proof of financial need.
8. Make sure that you have all the required forms/documents and materials. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All applications must be sent to:

Community Foundation Sonoma County
250 D Street, Suite 205
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

9. If you are chosen to be a scholar, you’ll be notified by the Foundation and will be required to submit one of the following to your chosen school’s financial aid office:
a. Financial Information Summary – New Student
b. Financial Information Summary – Continuing/returning student

Examples Legacy and New Scholarship Funds Offered:

• 100 Black Men of Sonoma County Scholarship Fund
• American Institute of Architects Redwood Empire Fund
• Andy Wallstrum Memorial Fund
• The Candice Venge Memorial Fund
• Flora de Mayo Scholarship Fund
• Ohlson Family Grant
• My Future is in Healthcare Financial Aid
• Robert Bertrand Studnick Memorial Fund
• Health Careers Scholarship Fund
• 10,000 Degrees | Sonoma county General Fund
• Richard T. Torkelson Memorial Fund for Journalism
• Buck and Sue Sangiacomo Grant Award
• Ron Rudolf Petaluma High School Athletic Scholarship Fund

Contact Information:

Community Foundation Sonoma County
250 D Street, Suite 205
Santa Rosa, CA 95404-4773
Phone: (707) 579-4073
Fax: (707) 579-4801
Email for general inquiries: [email protected]

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