- What is a scholarship?
A scholarship is a gift of money paid for the benefit of a student at an educational institution to aid in the pursuit of studies. Scholarships recognize outstanding students for academic achievement, financial need, academic field of study, community service, campus activities, and outside interests.
- Where does scholarship money come from?
Scholarship programs at Santa Rosa Junior College are supported by the Frank P. Doyle and Polly O’Meara Doyle Scholarship Fund as well as endowed and non-endowed funds held at the Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation.
- Where can I find scholarship opportunities?
For Scholarship Opportunities through SRJC, log into your Scholarship Portal (AwardSpring) here. We have two application periods. If you are taking classes in the Fall Semester, you need to apply between January and March. If you are taking classes in the Spring Semester, you need to apply between August and October. Please check with the Scholarship Department to current deadline dates, as they change a bit from year to year.
Scholarships are available for most majors, our academies and certificate programs. We have scholarships for students who are full-time students, part-time and three-quarter time. All students are encouraged to apply for Foundation Scholarships. Additional scholarship opportunities can be found on the Outside Scholarship List.
- How do I know which scholarships I’m eligible to apply for?
At Santa Rosa Junior College, scholarship money is offered to incoming, continuing, and transferring students. We use a cloud based scholarship software that will match you to more than 600 scholarships! One application is all you need to fill out for our scholarships, you no longer have to worry about which scholarships you qualify for.
Current SRJC students are encouraged to apply for Foundation Scholarships.
- I am new to searching for or applying to scholarships. Where can I get help?
Apply for all SRJC Foundation Scholarships with one application here
Check out our Outside Scholarship Information page to learn about the other scholarships offered by community organizations, business organizations etc.
Be organized! WATCH out for due dates!! Keep track of scholarships as you search and apply, with listed deadlines (use google sheets, or similar).
Think of searching for scholarships as a job – if you put 2 hours into an application and receive a $500 scholarship, you just earned $250/hr.
If you still have questions, contact us.
- When is the best time to search and apply for scholarships?
The SRJC Scholarship department has two scholarship application cycles you can apply for. We encourage you to apply to each cycle.
Mid-January through March application period is for any Fall Semester classes you will be taking. Scholarships in this cycle pay out after the Fall Semester starts.
Mid-August through October application period is for any Spring Semester classes you will be taking. Scholarships in this cycle pay out after the Spring Semester starts.
- I applied for a scholarship – when and how will I find out if I was selected as a recipient?
All applicants will be notified of award status by email, but the timeline can vary.
Generally speaking, applications received in the Jan-Mar cycle - awardees will be notified over the summer and disbursements are after the fall semester starts. Application received in the Aug-Oct cycle - awardees will be notified around February and disbursements are generally in March.
If you applied for a Doyle Scholarship or Foundation Scholarships, you will typically be notified of award status within 5 months after the deadline date.
- I have been awarded a scholarship through SRJC. What do I need to do and what happens now?
Congratulations! Log into your Scholarship Portal (AwardSpring), complete any and all Follow-ups. IMPORTANT: Your award will be canceled if you do not complete your Follow-ups in a timely manner.
Once you have completed the follow-ups, then you can log into your myfinancialaid portal to accept your award, review requirements, and view missing documents. Pay close attention to details in email notifications as well.
Some awards are for one term only, while others are split between two terms. Most but not all scholarships require full-time enrollment at SRJC or a transfer institution.
Once all requirements have been met, payments are processed after each semester's scheduled First Census Day, according to the Financial Aid Payment Calendar and deliver disbursements through BankMobile in a form of direct deposit, minus any fees owed.
- I have been awarded a scholarship through an OUTSIDE organization. What happens now?
Congratulations on being awarded an outside scholarship! Click here for information about managing your outside scholarship.
- Where is the thank you letter upload?
Log into your Scholarship Portal (AwardSpring). Once in your portal, check to see if you have any Follow-up Tasks. The Follow-up Tasks will include a short bio, your future goals and a short thank you. These Follow-Up tasks comprise your thank you letter.
IMPORTANT: You will NOT be awarded the scholarship if you do not complete ALL Follow-Ups in your Scholarship Portal. Check back there regularly to ensure you don't miss any Follow-Up tasks.
- I am unsure of how many units I have completed and what my overall GPA is. Where can I find this information?
Log into your SRJC Student Portal and click on "My Financial Aid SAP" under My Records.
- I was denied a scholarship. Is there anything I can do?
- How can I find out what scholarships I have been awarded?
- How do I submit a verification of full-time enrollment from my transfer institution?
- I want to support students at Santa Rosa Junior College. How do I become a scholarship donor?
Thank you! Please contact the SRJC Foundation to get started.
- Are my scholarships tax-free? Do I need to report my scholarships on my tax return?
Scholarships and grants may be taxable. Please refer to the IRS for guidance: https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc421