Types of Aid

Outside Scholarships

Below are scholarship opportunities the Financial Aid office received from outside organizations.  This list is updated weekly and includes those scholarship opportunities with due dates within the next 4-6 weeks.  We recommend checking the list regularly throughout the year as the scholarship listings will change. 

Please note the scholarships are arranged with the earliest deadline at the top.

Clicking on the scholarship name routes you to the organization’s website or a pdf document for further information and how to access application materials.

Note: The Financial Aid Office attempts to determine if these are worthwhile opportunities, however Cal Poly does not endorse these organizations nor is responsible for any outcome.  If you believe any of the listed scholarships are not viable or have inappropriate requirements (ie: requires a fee, membership or purchase of merchandise to apply) please contact Kathi Good (kjgood@calpoly.edu) immediately.

Date Posted Title of Scholarship Category Description
Deadline
01/06/17 Murrietta Circuits Scholarship Opportunity General $500 scholarship. Submit 300-500 word essay about your college experience so far, or a Prezi/Powerpint Presentation. Graphic or creative presentations are welcome as well. See website for more details.
01/15/17
01/13/17 Le Assante Scholarship Engineering Up to $5,000 scholarship. For full-time students enrolled in program for groundwater related studies. Complete online application.
01/15/17
01/06/17 MobileSiri Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 2,000-2,500 essay on one of topics listed on website. See website for further details.
01/15/17
01/06/17 Warren & Kallianos Scholarship Program General First prize - $1,500, 2nd prize - $1,000, 3rd prize - $500. Submit 500-1,000 essay on one of the topics listed on website regarding distracted driving. See website for details.
01/15/17
11/18/16 eduCBA $500 College Scholarship - 2016-17 General $500 scholarship. Complete online application, including answering three open-ended thought provoking questions listed on website.
01/15/17
01/06/17 Bartlett Tree Foundation - At-Large Scholarship General, Arboriculture, Urban Forestry Two $1,000 scholarships. Must be full-time student and have genuine interest in arboriculture or urban forestry. To apply, submit one page narrative, outlining your accomplishments, academic record and career aspirations. See pdf for details.
01/17/17
01/06/17 The Meldon Law College Scholarship Essay Contest General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 500 word response to question listed on website. See website for additional application information.
01/20/17
01/06/17 SEO Advise Scholarship General First place - $1,500, 2nd place - $1,000, 3rd place $500. Submit 750-1,000 word essay on any topic that is related to search engine optimation. See website for details.
01/21/16
01/06/17 Quit Smoking Community Scholarship General 1st place $1,500, 2nd place $1,000, 3rd place place $500. Submit at least 750-1,500 essay on a topic relevant to smoking-related problems, and share your vision on how to inspire more smokers to quit. See website for additional application details.
01/21/17
01/06/17 Quit Smoking Movement Scholarship General First prize - $1,800, 2nd prize - $800, 3rd prize - $400. Submit 1,000-1,500 word essay answering questions listed on website regarding smoking.
01/25/17
01/06/17 Binary Auctions 2016 Scholarship Contest General $2,000 scholarship. Submit 800-1,600 word essay on topic: "Time or money - the proper choice". See website for details.
01/25/17
01/06/17 Business Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Business, Finance $1,000 scholarship. Submit 600-1,000 word essay explaining what you hope to accomplish during your career in a business or finance field and how the scholarship would fulfill those goals. See website for additional application details.
01/19/17
01/06/17 Healthcare Leaders Scholarship Pre-Health $1,000 scholarship for students pursuing an educational program related to nursing or medicine. Submit 600-1,000 word essay explaining what you hope to accomplish during your career in the medical field. See website for additional details.
01/29/17
01/13/17 Uphomes.ca Annual Scholarship General $500 scholarship. Complete survey and application form.
01/31/17
01/13/17 The Hammock Expert Scholarship Program General Two $1,500 scholarships. Submit 1,000-1,500 word essay answering the question: "How do you see technology impacting the world around us in the future and where do you see yourself in this future?" See website for details.
01/31/17
01/13/17 The VueVille.com Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 500-1,000 essay on the subject: "The Internet of Things - Implications for Privacy in an Increasingly Connected World". See website for details.
01/31/17
01/13/17 Valeo Innovation Challenge Contest General €100,00 scholarship, runner up receives €10,000. Open to students who have completed high school and their academic teacher. Includes online application, project and project presentation. Read website carefully for details.
01/31/17
01/13/17 Persons in Recovery Scholarship General Two $1,000 scholarships. Submit 500-1,000 word essay explaining your road to recovery, and how it ahs impacted your desire to pursue your future goals. See website for additional details.
01/31/17
01/13/17 Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Scholarship Essay Contest General $1,500 scholarship. Submit 500-750 word essay creating a "Distracted Driving Family Plan". See website for details.
01/31/17
01/06/17 EnergyRates.CA College Scholarship General $500 scholarship. Submit 500 word essay telling whre you see the future of the energy industry. See website for additional details.
01/31/17
01/06/17 Rosenthal & Wadas, PLLC, Criminal Defense Scholarship Pre-Law $1,000 scholarship. Submit online application, including 750+ word essay on topic listed on website. See website for additional information.
01/31/17
01/06/17 GraduationSource $750 College Scholarship General $750 scholarship. Submit a photo in Instagram that inspires you to pursue your College Major. See website for complete application information.
01/31/17
01/06/17 Redfin Scholarship General $2,500 scholarship. Submit online application and 800 or less word essay on topic listed on website. See website for details. 
01/31/17
01/06/17 The May Firm Injury Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit online application, including 300 word minimum essay responding to the question: "What would really make drivers stop texting while driving (TWD)?" (Scholarship info at bottom of web page.)
01/31/17
01/06/17 The Tragos Write Your Own Law Scholarship General $500 scholarship. Submit 750 word essay responding to the prompt: "If you could write one bill into law, what would it be? Why? See website for additional application requirements.
01/31/17
01/06/17 Hitting the Golf Ball Sports Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 500-1,000 word essay on topic: "How Technology is Affecting Sports". See website for additional details.
01/31/17
01/06/17 Ashton & Price College Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 500-1,000 essay answering essay prompt. See additional application information on website
01/31/17
01/13/17 ITS California 2017 Scholarship Students who are Veterans who are majoring in City and Regional Planning, Engineering $2,500 scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year. See pdf for application requirements, including 500 word essay indicating career objectives and particular interests in ITS.
02/01/17
01/13/17 ITS California 2017 Scholarship City and Regional Planning, Engineering $2,500 scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year. See pdf for application requirements, including 500 word essay indicating career objectives and particular interests in ITS.
02/01/17
01/06/17 Gary Brustin 2017 Scholarship for Law Students Pre-Law $1,000 scholarship. Complete scholarship application and submit 500-1,250 word essay on one of topics listed on website. See website for additional details.
02/01/17
01/06/17 BlueVine Scholarship Program for Young Entrepreneurs Business, General Two $5,000 scholarships. Submit 600-800 word essay on what drives your passion to start a business. See website for additional requirements.
02/01/17
01/06/17 National Wood Flooring Association Education & Research Foundation Wood Studies Scholarship Forestry $1,000 scholarship. Complete application on pdf and submit additional documents requested, including 500-750 word essay on topic listed on pdf.
02/01/17
01/06/17 The Versitas Education Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 400 word or less essay on topic listed on website. See website for additional details
02/01/17
01/06/17 Scholarship for Safer Streets General $750 scholarship. Submit 750-1,000 word essay outlining a program aimed at reducing any type of distracted driving. See website for additional details.
2/1/2017
01/06/17 2017 PG&E NuEnergy Scholarship STEM majors, Environmental, Business, Energy 5-10 approximately $30,000 for tuition. Primary address must be in a PG&E service territory. Go to online scholarship portal to register to complete online application. See website for details.
02/01/17
01/06/17 Alcohol Additional Awareness Essay Contest General First prize - $3,000, 2nd prize - $2,000, 3rd prize - $1,000. Submit up to 1,200 word essay answering the questions listed on website regarding alcohol abuse. See website for details
02/01/17
01/06/17 JS Scholar Scholarship General Minimum of $2,000 per selected applicant, per semester. Submit short video, plus a Saas or ecommerce related business idea. See website for further details.
02/10/17
01/06/17 Exchange Rate Guru $500 Scholarship General $500 scholarship. Submit 1,000+ word essay on subject: "The global factors of exchange rates in 2017". See website for additional application details.
02/10/17
01/06/17 Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Scholarships Finance Several different scholarships in varying amounts. Applicants complete application and to submit it to their academic advisor or department chair with the required supporting materials. Academic advisor/department chair is requested to prepare  letter of recommendation and send it, with application supporting materials to GFOA.
02/10/17
01/06/17 Go Kart Racing Safety Scholarship Marketing, Business, IT, Communication, General $1,200 scholarship. Submit 600-800 word essay on "The Basic Safety Features for Go Kart Racing". Should have a passion for Go Karts or Go Kart racing and marketing through content creation. See website for details.
02/14/17
01/06/17 Top Restaruants Near Me Scholarship Program Hospitality, Tourism $1,000 scholarship. Submit 500+ essay on topic listed on website. Applicants must provide proof they are currently enrolled in a post secondary culinary/hospitality program. See website for more details.
02/15/17
01/06/17 The Levin Firm Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 500+ word essay on topic "What safety features can be added to cars to cut down on injuries when a car crash occurs?". Share on social media. See website for additional details.
02/15/17
01/06/17 Phone Holder World Scholarship Program Marketing, General $700 scholarship. Research and create a piece of content between 500-1,000 words on subject "Phone Holder - A Good Friend of Mine." See website for further details.
02/15/16
01/06/17 WallStreetMojo $750 College Scholarship General $750 scholarship. Submit essays addressing the two questions listed on website. See website for additional details.
02/15/17
01/06/17 Boom Essays Writing Contest General 1st prize - $2,000, 2nd prize - $1,500, 3rd prize $1,000. See website for initial instructions and submit 800-1,00 word essay on one of topics listed on website.
02/20/17
01/06/17 Manualbirds Video Scholarship Program General $500 scholarship. Creat a 3-5 minute YouTube video relevant to the theme "How I Fixed a Machine or Product." See website for details.
02/27/17
01/06/17 The moveBuddha Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 500-1,000 word story describing what it was like when you moved to college. See website for additional requirements.
02/28/17
01/06/17 Adore Me Scholarship Women pursuing a degree in Business $1,000 scholarship to woemn who are pursuing a degree in Business. Complete scholarship form and including essay. See website for additional details.
02/28/17
01/06/17 ReviewVote Internet Marketing Scholarship General $500 scholarship. Submit 800-1,000 word essay on "Why Content Marketing is the Future of Marketing". See webiste for additional details.
02/28/17
01/06/17 HouseholdQuotes Scholarship General $1,250 scholarship. Submit 750-1,500 word essay on on of topics listed on website regarding an aco-friendly home. See website for additional application details.
02/28/17
01/06/17 Motivis Learning Aspiring Educator Scholarship Liberal Studies, Credential Program $10,000 scholarship. Submit 500-800 word essay on how you plan to change the world through education. How will you promote student success in the classroom and beyond? See website for additional details.
02/28/17
01/06/17 $1,000 Scholarship Contest - The Skylight Effect General, Architecture, Photography, Art, Graphyic Design, General $1,000 scholarship. Capture the before and after effects of a skylight installation in a building. See website for more information.
02/28/17
01/06/17 Parentinn Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit a unique and creative 600-1,000 word essay addressing the cause of stopping cyberbullying. See website for additional details.
02/28/17
01/06/17 NAWIC Founder's Scholarship Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Construction Management, Construction Related Major Awards ranging from $500 to $2,500. Must be currently enrolled in construction-related degree program and have at least one term remaining. See website for application requirements.
02/28/17
01/06/17 One Tri $500 Student Triathlete Scholarship General $500 scholarship. Applying students need to send proof that they've particpated in a triathlon, marathon, or half-marathon. See website for additional information to include.
2/29/17
01/13/17 Zinda Law Group Scholarship Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts $1,000 scholarship. Should be interested in pursuing degree related to Political Science or Government Service and want to help consumers, families, the public or underserved community. Submit online application including 500-1,000 word essay.
03/01/17
01/13/17 VIP Women in Technology Scholarship (WITS) Program Computer Science, Information Techology, Management Information Systems, Computer Engineering. Multiple awards up to $2,500 per recipient. Complete application included in pdf, including answers to essay questions, transcripts. See pdf for complete application details.
03/01/17
01/13/17 CGTrader Essay Contest General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 500-1,000 essay on topic: "The future of virtual reality: on the footseps of changing the world or on the brink of failure?". See website for additional details.
03/01/17
01/13/17 Trusted Skin Source Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Research and submit 1,000-1,500 word essay on topic: "The importance of healthy skin care on daily life". See website for details.
03/01/17
01/06/17 Autolist Used Car to Dream Car Scholarship General $1,500 scholarship. Submit online application including two 250 word essays on topics listed on website.
03/01/17
01/13/17 Exabean Cyber Security Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 600-1,000 word essay on topic listed on website regarding cyber security. See website for details
03/01/17
01/06/17 24 Hourly Dentist's Spreading Smiles Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit online application and original, user generated video that inspires people and gets them to smile. See website for video details.
03/01/17
01/06/17 Alliance Dentistry Scholarship General $1,500 scholarship. Complete online application, two letters of recommendation and transcript required, submit 250 word or less essay on your professional aspirations.
03/01/17
01/06/17 Australian Essay Writing Contest General 1st prize - $3,000, 2nd prize - $2500, 3rd prize $1,500. Submit 600-800 word essay on one of topics listed on website. See additional entry details on website.
03/01/17
01/06/17 The Fabriele Disability Awareness Schollarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 500 word statement in response to prompt on website regarding Americans with Disabilities Act. See website for details.
03/01/17
01/06/17 The Annual Stewart J. Guss College Student Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 1-2 minute video on the topic: How can we reduce traffic fatalities in the USA? Upload video as per website.
03/01/17
01/06/17 SchoolTutoring Academy College Scholarship General $500 scholarship. Submit 750-1,000 word essay about you - your goals and aspiration in choosing your school and going to college, along with your future plans. Also, include whether you have ever received tutoring or have been a tutor. See website for details.
03/01/17
01/13/17 My Soccer HQ Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 800-1,500 word essay about anything related to soccer or sport in general. See website for additional application details.
03/15/17
01/13/17 The Rybak Firm Scholarship Essay Contest General $1,000 scholarship. Submit answer to question listed on website as per website instructions.
03/15/17
01/13/17 The 'Customer Service Scholarship' Contest General Two $5,000 scholarships paid out over the course of four years. Submit 1,250-1,500 word essay on one of topics listed on website. See website for essay and application details.
03/15/17
08/12/16 Rising Farmworker Dream Fund Children of U.S. based farmworkers (current and past) Individuals and organizations provide scholarship funds to students when students complete pre-defined tasks. See website for details and email on website if you have questions.
Ongoing
11/13/15 P.E.O. STAR Scholarship Female Students Non-renewable $2,500 scholarship for graduating high school senior women. See website for eligibility and chapter recommendation and application process.
Ongoing
04/06/16 $2,500 Discover Student Loans 2016 Scholarship Award General $2,500 scholarships. Apply by signing up to receive helpful tips on planning and paying for college. Earn up to three additional entries by sharing on Facebook, Twitter and/or email and your friend enters via the link in your share. Open through February 28, 2017; winners randomly drawn on 6/8/16, 9/6/16, 12/6/16 and 3/7/17.
Quarterly
11/18/16 Schooltutoring Academy Monthly College Scholarship Contest General $500 monthly scholarship. Submit essay based on topic of the month. Share essay link for others to vote on.
Monthly
07/21/16 Buddha Teas Fair Trade Scholarship Program General, International Studies A monthly scholarship program for student attending a fair trade university or study fair trade or international studies. $1,000 scholarship. Submit 500-750 word essay on theme on website regarding fair trade. See website for additional details. Deadline is the last day of each month.
Monthly
01/08/16 Varsity Tutors College Scholarship Contest General Monthly chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Submit 200-900 essay on monthly topic.
Monthly
3/6/2015 Orange County Community Foundationp Residents of Orange County, CA Scholarships available for students who are residents of Orange County. Varied application deadlines and requirements.
Varied
11/4/2015 Toptal Scholarships for Female Developers Female Students in Computer Science, Computer Engineering $5,000 scholarship and one year of one-on-one mentoring by a Toptal senior developer. See website for application process, which includes making a meaningful contribution to Open Source and publishing a post on your personal blog, as well as a short essay.
Monthly
10/2/2015 Sleeping Angels Co. Scholarship Program General $500 scholarship. Submit essay describing the evolution of the nanny in the 21st century, letter of recommendation and your photo. See website for more information. Submissions due on the 30th of each month.
Monthly
6/26/2015 LA Tutors Innovation in Education Scholarship General $500 monthly scholarship. Design an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others and submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation. See website for more information.
Monthly
4/24/2014 "No Essay" Scholarship General Sign up to receive a $2,000 scholarship. Winners randomly chosen by drawing each month.
Monthly
1/9/2015 CompareCards Monthly Scholarship General Each month CompareCards will award $2,500 to any qualifying College (or college bound) student in need who can answer a tricky trivia question. A tiebreaker question and a random drawing will determine the winner.
Monthly
5/29/2015 UniversityTutor.com Essay Contest General $1,000 award. Submit at least 300 word essay in response to monthly essay prompt made available in website.
Monthly
3/17/2016 Women's Independence Scholarship Program Women who are survivors of intimate partner abuse The primary intent of the WISP Program is to assist women who have been parted from an abusive partner for a minimum of one year. Sign up on website to receive an email to confirm you registration, upload application materials. There is no deadline for applications, however, it takes two months to review new submissions.
Open
02/26/16 PromisePay Scholarship for Marketers and Future Business Leaders General $1,000AUD scholarship. Must be studying at an accredited international university or college. To apply, email scholarships@promispay.com with whatever you think will put you in the best position to win the scholarship. There are no limits. Write a song, a poem, whatever you think will showcase creativity, innovation, invention and ingenuity.
Open
09/04/15 Mile High Roofing and Gutters LLC 2015-2016 Scholarship of Excellence Details General $1,500 scholarship. Applicants have two options to apply. See website for details. 
Open (to be awarded  10/31/16)
09/04/51 Keeva Organics Scholarship General Two $300 scholarships. Submit review of products on website (no purchase necessary). See website for details.
Open until awarded
5/30/2014 Bay Area SMACNA Scholarship Trust Fund General Awards of $5,250 available to students. Award winners must agree to be employed by a member firm during the summer months following the scholarship. Scholarships are considered throughout the year, as applications come in.
Open
8/7/2015 American Musical Theatre Academy £1,000 Scholarship General, Performing Arts Yearly program that will invest in young talents in the world of performing arts, who will innovate and create the world of the future. Submit 500 word essay on what inspires you to wish to work in the performing arts.
Open
5/8/2015 Groundwater Resources Association (GRA) Central Coast Branch Scholarship Natural Resources, Agriculture Scholarship funds available up to $2,500 for college or graduate students performing research on groundwater resources in the Central Coast region. Submit written proposal on new or ongoing research via email. Funds also available to pay student registration and lodging at GRAC converences. See link for further application details.
Open
4/24/2014 Solano Association of Realtors Foundation Scholarship General Applicants must reside within the boundaries and jurisdiction of the Solano Association of Realtors®, (Southern Solano County including Benicia, Vallejo, Green Valley and Cordelia) and intend to specialize in Real Estate or a business related field. Scholarships are considered throughout the year, as applications come in.
Open
4/24/2014 AIR-Jules B. Altemus Scholarship Fund Business, Architecture Supports outstanding students specializing in commerical real estate. Corrected mailing address: 500 N. Brand Blvd., Ste. 900, Glendale, CA 91203. See website for additional details
Open