Palo Alto Rotary Club Vocational Scholarship


The Rotary Club of Palo Alto vocational scholarships are intended to provide financial aid to students who are planning on enrolling in an accredited career/vocational program at a community college at Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

This financial aid program was named in honor of Dr. Robert Smithwick, a founder of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District and long-time Rotarian. He was very active in helping the community and devoted to improving health and education, both locally and internationally.

The award money is not intended for general academic pursuits, for students transferring to 4-year academic institutions of higher learning, or for graduate studies. The award will only be paid to the student upon confirmation of enrollment. The money is intended to help with the vocational goals of the applicants and may be used for tuition and other expenses such as books or other expenses that may be incurred while enrolled in the educational program.

Award Information:

Amount: $500 to $2,000 (Full-time students will receive a higher amount compared to part-time students.)
Number of Scholarship Awards: up to 10
Deadline: February 14
GPA: Check official website for more information.
Major: Applicants must plan to pursue vocational careers that include, but are not limited to: automotive technology, accounting, child development, fashion design, graphic design, medical assisting, dental hygiene, etc.

Eligible Students:

• High school seniors who are expected to graduate in June and will enroll in a career/vocational program in the fall.
• Students who are currently enrolled in an accredited career/vocational program, and plans on continuing his/her selected program in the fall.
• Returning students – persons with high school diplomas who have been out of school and are returning to pursue a career/vocational education.

Additional Requirements:

– United States citizen or legal resident
– Applicants must be a resident of Santa Clara or San Mateo County.
– Enroll in at least 6 credit units in an accredited career/vocational program and must intend to complete the entire school year.

Application Process:

1. Visit the Rotary Club of Palo Alto’s official website and download a copy of the Application form.
2. Follow the instructions on the application.
3. Once you complete the application form, mail it to: [email protected] In the subject line, please type Vocational Scholarship Application and your last name.
4. Ask two (2) individuals to write your recommendation letters on the forms provided along with the application form. The recommendation letters should support your application. You can show them the Rotary Club’s official website to help them understand the purpose of this scholarship program.
5. Have them submit the recommendations as an attachment to the email address provided above. On the subject line, have them type: Vocational Scholarship Recommendation with your last name.
6. If you can send your application or the recommendation letters through email, mail them to:
Rotary Club of Palo Alto

Vocational Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 592
Palo Alto, CA 94302

Note: DeAnza students may apply for this scholarship program through their centralized financial aids application.

Contact Information:

Rotary Club of Palo Alto
P.O. Box 592
Palo Alto, CA 94302

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