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
08/25/17 Nicholas A. Pennipede Memorial Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 500-800 word essay about how you have or plan to use your undergraduate education to serve a community. See website for details. 09/15/17
07/21/17 10Trumps Online Marketing Scholarship Marketing, Business, IT, Communications, General $1000 scholarship. Submit 500-1,000 word essay on topic: "Online Marketing and Its Application in 2017." See website for additional details. 09/15/17
07/21/17 QuoteWizard Safe Driver Scholarship 2017 General $500 scholarship. Submit essay describing how you will build a creative social awareness campaign to reduce distracted driving. See website for details. 09/15/17
09/01/18 The Bellhops "Moving Forward" Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 1,000-1,250 essay that explains the importance of your major in today's society. See website for additional requirements and details. 09/15/17
07/14/17 London Metal Roofing Scholarship General $500 scholarship. Submit 750-1,000 word essay relating to a product or service offered by London Metal Roofing. See website for details. 09/15/17
07/14/17 The May Firm Bi-Annual Scholarship Fund Injury Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Complete on line application and submit 300 word minimum essay on question: What would really make drivers stop texting while driving (TWD)? 09/15/17
07/14/17 Votacall's Annual $2,000 Scholarship Essay Contest General $2,000 scholarship. Submit 600 word essay answering question listed on website. See website for additional application information. 09/15/17
07/14/17 ProfessionalWebsiteBuilder Scholarship General $1,200 scholarship. Submit 1,000+ word article on one of topics listed on website, as well as your CV. 09/15/17
07/14/17 PetDoors.com Scholarship Program General $500 scholarship. Submit two 250-350 word  essays: one describing how you give back to your community - at school or at home - and another about why pets are an important addition to your home.  09/15/17
07/21/17 Gear Up Your Future Annual Scholarship General $2,000 scholarship to winnter, $1,000 to runner up. Strong passion for technonology is a plus factor. Submit 500-3,000 word essay on your opinion about the future technology in education. See website for details. 09/19/17
07/28/17 BabyHighChairCenter Internet Marketing Scholarship Communications, IT, Business, Marketing, Child Studies $1,500 scholarship. Submit 700-1,200 word essay on topic: "Internet Marketing and its Role in Information Dissemination in 2017." See website for additional detials. 09/28/17
09/01/17 Dogsora Scholarship Program General $500 scholarship. Complete online application and donor will send you topic to submit 700-1,500 word article about dogs.  09/28/17
07/28/17 ColeReview Scholarship 2017 General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 700-1,500 word essay on topic listed on website regarding reducing your carbon footprint. See website for details. 09/29/17
08/25/17 The Rising Capital Associates Structured Settlements Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit online application, including essay on topic listed on website. See website for details. 09/30/17
08/25/17 The Priti Naik DDS Annual Scholarship Students interested in attending Dental School or in school for a Dental Related Field $500 scholarship. Submit a 500-word essay on topic “What skills have you learned in life so far that you think will help you in your future career in the dental field?” See website for details. 09/30/17
08/11/17 Filmora Scholarship Program 2017 General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 1-3 minute video on any positive topic you choose. See website for instrucitons and details. 09/30/17
09/15/17 ZipRecruiter $3,000 Scholarship General $3,000 scholarship. Complete online application includingubmit 250-500 word essay on one of topics listed on website.  9/30/2017
09/15/17 The Scholarship Contest from The Dental Suite General $1,000 scholarship. Submit up to 500 word essay explaining good dental hygiene habits. See website for additional application details. 9/30/2017
09/15/17 Key Thinkers Scholarship General $2,500 scholarship. Complete online application, including 500-750 word essay on topic listed on website, regarding financial responsibility. See website for details. 9/30/2017
08/11/17 Ocean's Eleven Scholarship for Advanced Studies Graduate Students $390 scholarship. Submit 2,000-5,000 word essay on topic listed on website regarding the movie "Ocean's Eleven". See website for details. 09/30/17
08/11/17 OppU Achievers Scholarship General $2,500 scholarship. Submit 750 word or less essay responding to topic on online application. (Four deadlines/year - 9/30, 12/31, 3/31, 6/30.) 09/30/17
08/04/17 Psnama.com Scholarship Program General $1,200 scholarship. Submit 800-1,000 word essay on the topic of "Power of Internet Marketing in 2017". See website for additional details. 09/30/17
08/04/17 Money Metals Exchange Scholarship Program Economics, General Undergraduate: $2000 1st place, $1,000 runner up. Graduate: $2,000 1st place, $1,000 runner up. People's Choice Award: $500. Submit roughly 1,000 word essay on one of topics listed on website. 09/30/17
04/21/17 $5,000 Nitro College Scholarship General $5,000 scholarship. Complete Scholarship Survey Questions, answer 3 short answer questions, participate in social media activity. See website for additional details. 09/30/17
03/29/17 Voy Media Entrepreneur Scholarship General Two $2,500 scholarships. Submit 500-1,000 word essay on topic listed on website. 09/30/17
11/03/16 SmileTutor Quarterly College Student Scholarship General $2,000 scholarship. Submit 750-1,000 word essay about your goals, aspirations, and motivations as a college student or a soon-to-be college student. See website for additional information. 09/30/17
03/10/17 Best Reviews Hunt Internet Marketing Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 500-1,000 word essay on subject: "Internet Marketing and Its Importance in Society." See website for additional details. 09/30/17
9/15/2017 Ties.com Scholarship Essay Contest General $1,000 scholarship. Complete online application form, including 1,000 word or less essay on topic listed on website. 10/01/17
08/04/17 CXL Institute Digital Marketing Scholarship General $500 scholarship. See website for additional benefits. Submit online application, including essays on digital marketing and your goals. 10/01/17
08/04/17 The House Tech Scholarship Engineering, IT, Computer Science, Science, Business $1,000 scholarship. Submit 700-1,000 word article about "Home Automation/Smart Home". See website for details. 10/01/17
08/04/17 Price It Here, Inc. Scholarship Program Marketing, Business Management, or related field $1,000 scholarship. Submit 1,500+ word essay addressing the three questions listed on website. 10/01/17
08/04/17 Sleeping Organic's Sustainability Scholarship General $1,200 scholarship. Submit personal video or essay that answers one of the questions listed on website. See website for additional details. 10/01/17
08/04/17 Greek U's Proud To Be Greek Scholarship General $1,500 scholarship. Submit 500 word essay on topic: How has joining a fraternity or sorority changed your life? See website for details. 10/01/17
08/04/17 Power Moves - Annual Scholarship for Entrepreneurs General $1,000 scholarship for college student with entrepreneurial dreams. Submit two minute or less video on the broad theme of "discomfort". See website for details. 10/01/17
08/04/17 Paramount Builders, Inc. Scholarship Business, Management, Marketing, or related field $1,000 scholarship. Submit 900-1,600 word essay on topic listed on website. See website for additional information. 10/01/17
08/04/17 Summer Scholarship Program by LoLEpicShop General $1,000 first place, $600 2nd place, $400 third place. Open to all League of Legends (LoL) enthusiasts 18 or older, passionate about gaming. Submit 750 word essay on topic referred to on website regarding LoL. See website for more details. 10/01/17
7/21/2017 Cord Blood Banking Scholarship General $500 scholarship. Submit 1,500-2,500 word essay on topic listed on website. See website for additional details. 10/06/17
9/1/2017 The Bartlett Tree Foundation, Inc. At-Larg Scholarship Aboriculture, Urban Forestry, Horticulture Two $1000 scholarships available to students in arboriculture/urban forestry sho have a genuine interest in arboriculture. Submit one page narrative outlining your accomplishments, academic record, aspirations. See website for further details. 10/10/17
9/15/2017 PureGreenLiving.com Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Complete online application, including 750-1,000 word essay on a topic relevant to the benefits, technology and innovation of the Medical Marijuana industry. See website for details. 10/10/17
08/11/17 The Hartman Law Firm $2,000 Scholarship Essay Contest Must have lost one or both parents by death $2,000 scholarship. Submit 600 word essay on topic listed on website. See website for additional information. 10/15/17
08/11/17 The Skinner Law Firm $1,000 Scholarship Essay Contest General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 600 word essay answering question listed on website. See website for details. 10/15/17
08/11/17 ExtremeTerrain's Student Scholarships Environmental Studies/Research, Land Use, Earth & Atmosphere Studies, Sustainable land Management, Parks & Recreation, Sustainable Ag Systems $3,000 scholarship. Submit 700-1,500 essay on topic listed on website. See website for additional requirements. 10/15/17
08/11/17 O. Berk/BottleStore Academic Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit online application form and typed essay on one of topics listed on website. See website for additional requirements. 10/15/17
08/11/17 CJ Pony Parts Scholarship Video Contest General $500 scholarship. Create a 3 minute or less video on one of topics listed on webiste. 10/15/17
08/11/17 Zombie Weapon Scholarship General U.S. first prize - $1,000 and Zombie Annihilation Crate. Mission: to design a zombie killing weapon. See website for procedures. Winner will be best weapon/concept as voted for by the public. 10/12/17
08/25/17 Parking Solutions Scholarship from Parking BOXX General, City and Regional Planning $1,000 scholarship. Write a 500 word essay on subject of technology innovation in parking solutions. See website for additional information. 10/15/17
08/25/17 $1,000 Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC – Bi-Annual Future Leaders Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 1,000 word maximum esssay on topic on disability or a disabling event. See website for additional details. 10/15/17
08/25/17 Net Lender Scholarship Opportunity General $1,000 scholarship. Go to application link on website. Application includes 500 word essay on why you need the scholarship and what you plan to pursue for a career. 10/15/17
08/25/17 DogCollarZone.Com Scholarship 2017 General $800 scholarship.  Submit an article of about 500-1000 words that briefly describes the friendly nature of a dog that makes him a better companion for kids, adults, and elders. See website for details. 10/15/17
08/25/17 MP Scholarship General $1,500 scholarship. Submit a 600+ word essay on what you learned from your parents about personal finances. See website for details. 10/1517
08/25/17 Pretty Photoshop Actions Scholarship Program General $500 scholarship. Carefully research and compose an essay style Adobe Photoshop tutorial of 800-1,000 words, with screenshots and photos included to illustrate your points on one of the topics listed on website. 10/15/17
08/25/17 "Improving Senior Living" Scholarship 2017 Any Health Care major $1,000 scholarship. Submit 800 word essay  about how your major affects senior care and how you can improvie senior living through your area of study. See website for more information. 10/17/17
08/25/17 Smartways Marketing Scholarship General $500 scholarship. Submit 1,000-1,500 word essay on internet marketing. See website for further details. 10/20/17
08/25/17 Bytesout $2,500 Internet Marketing Scholarship General $2,500 scholarship. Submit online application including essay on why you think you should get a scholarship from this donor. See website for additional details. 10/21/17
08/25/17 10 Natural Home Remedies Scholarship Program General $1,000 scholarship. submit an essay of 800 to 1200 word count on the topic of “How to live a happy life." See website for additional requirements. 10/25/17
09/15/17 Couponing in College $2,000 Scholarship Essay Contest General $2,000 scholarship. Submit, via the form on the website, a 500+ word essay on using coupons to save money in college. See webiste for additional information. 10/27/17
09/15/17 A ClothingRIC's Initiative $1,000 Annual Student Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Fill out online application, including short essay questions. See website for further information. 10/30/17
09/15/17 Folsom & Co. - Young Entrepreneur's Scholarship Marketing, Business, Liberal Arts, IT, General $1,500 scholarship. Submit your best business plan proposal for an oline store that sells traditional retail products. See website for complete details. 10/31/17
09/01/17 Sash Windows Scholarship Program 2017 General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 1,000 word essay on 3 of the 4 topics listed on website. 10/31/17
09/01/17 Excel Education Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 500-700 word essay on topic: "How does data analytics help in making business decisions?". See website for details. 10/31/17
09/01/17 "Work Smarter" Scholarship - Fall 2017 General $500 scholarship. Submit 150 word personal biograph and 500 word minimum essay addressing topic listed on website.  10/31/17
09/01/17 Productivity Spot Education Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 800-1,000 word essay on "How can technology help students be more productive in 2017." See website for details. 10/31/17
09/01/17 Protechlists Scholarship Page General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 500-1,000 word essay. See website for essay details. 10/31/17
09/01/17 Yourpetland.com Annual Scholarship Award General $1,000 scholarship. Submit at least 1,000 word essay on topic: "The Consequences of the Exotic Pets Black Market". See website for details. 10/31/17
09/01/17 Tobacco-Free Life Academic Scholarship General Two $1,000 scholarships. Submit 1,000-1,500 word essay answering questions listed on website regarding smoking.  10/31/17
09/01/17 Polson & polson, P.C. - Conquering Adversity Scholarship General $500 scholarship. Submit 750 word essay on topic listed on website. See website for additional requirements. 10/31/17
09/01/17 Your Best Picks Annual Online Marketing Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 500-1,000 word essay on "How to convince a potential customer to purchase a product via a website." See website for additional information. 10/31/17
09/01/17 VoipReview.org Scholarship Opportunity Communications, Journalism, English First place $5,000, 2nd place - $3,000, 3rd place - $1,000. Submit online application, including essay on topic: The Impact of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoiP). See website for details. 10/31/17
09/01/17 #MyCredibleFuture Scholarship General $10,000 scholarship. Submit a photo and story about "why your education is important to you". Get your friends to upvote your entry. See website for additional information. 10/31/17
09/01/17 Bills.com Scholarship General $2,500 scholarship. Submit online application including up to 300 word essay on topic: How do you plan on paying for college? See website for details. 10/31/17
09/01/17 Nation 21 Scholarship General Five $500 scholarships. Submit up to 800 word essay, a video or an info-graphic on one of topics listed on website. See website for details. 10/31/17
09/15/17 $1,000 uPONICS Hydroponics/Aquaponics Scholarship Agriculture, Business, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 1,000-3,500 word essay on a topic that relates to how hydroponics and/or aquaponics is a sustainable method of agriculture. See website for further details. 11/01/17
09/15/17 AmeriCare Scholarship Environmental Science, Environmental Police and Management, Horticulture, Environmental Studies $1,000 scholarship. Submit up to 500 word essay explaining how this scholarship and your current degree program will help you become successful, and what that success wil mean for you and/or your career goals. See website for more details. 11/01/17
09/15/17 GoMK Computer Science Scholarship Computer Science Two $1,000 scholarships. Submit 500-1,000 word essay on the role of a computer science graduate in society. See website for further details. 11/01/17
09/15/17 Halo Branded Solutions Scholarship Contest General 1st place - $1,500, 2nd place - $1,000, 3rd place - $500. Submit 400-600 word essay on one of topics listed on website. See website for details. 11/01/17
09/15/17 Good College Scholarship -Study Abroad Award Intend to Study Abroad $2,000 scholarship for students who want to study abroad. Submit 150-250 word essay explaining what is your study destination and, of all possible choices, why there? 11/1/2017
09/15/17 American Indian Services Scholarship One-Quarter enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Native American Tribe. Awards vary between $500 to $2,000 depending on tuition, merit, and funds available. Submit online application, including all additional required documents, including full-page letter about yourself. See website for complete information. 11/1/2017
09/15/17 Surgent CPA Review College Scholarship Accounting, Finance 1st place - $1,000, runner-up - $500. Complete online application, including 1,000 word or less essay on topic listed on website regarding management accounting vs financial accounting. See website for details. 11/13/2017
09/15/17 The RewardExpert Study Abroad Scholarship Must be in the process of applying to, or accepted to, a study abroad program that is eligible for credit from the student’s home institution. $1,000 scholarship. Submit transcript, recommendation letter, and two 250 word or less essays on topics listed on website. See website for complete details. 11/15/2017
09/15/17 Petronella Technology Group, Inc. Scholarship Program General $1,200 scholarship. Submit PowerPoint presentationon one of topics listed on website. 11/15/2017
09/15/17 Lawn Maintenance Master Scholarship General $500 scholarship. Submit 750+ word essay on "Why lawn maintenance is important to society and property value". See website for additional details. 11/15/2017
09/15/17 SpinalCord.com Scholarship General $2,500 scholarship. Submit cover letter, transcript, up to 1,500 word essay on topic listed on website, and up to 2,000 word personal statement. See website for additional details. 11/15/2017
09/15/17 The Furious Grill Scholarship Must have a passion for cooking $1,000 scholarship. Submit 500-1,000 word essay on topic "We Are What We Eat." See website for additional details and requirements. 11/15/2017
09/15/17 Homethods Internet Marketing Scholarship General $1,000 scholarship. Submit 1,000 word first-hand review of a tool or product you've used that directly relates to home improvement. See website for additional details. 11/15/2017
09/15/17 The Kyle Gohr Leadership Scholarship Major related to Mental Health $1,500 scholarship. Submit 500-600 word essay or create a 3-5 minute YouTube video around one of topics listed on website. See website for full details. 11/15/2017
02/10/17 Orange County Community Foundation Residents of Orange County, CA Scholarships available for students who are residents of Orange County. Varied application deadlines and requirements. Varied
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
07/28/17 Listofbeststuff.com Headphones Scholarship General $1,000 monthly scholarship. Submit at least 500 word essay on topic: The future of audio technology. See website for details. Monthly
07/07/17 CPR Near Me Healthcare and Education Scholarship Program Health Science, Education $1,000 available monthly. Submit 500-750 word essay that describes your career ambitions and why you are currently studying or why the need to pursue an education or healthcare degree. See website for additional requirments and information. Monthly
04/07/17 Yuja Monthly Scholarship Essay Contest General $500 each month. Submit 300-400 word essay on topic listed for current month. Winners are chosen by vote on website. Monthly
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
11/04/15 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
10/02/15 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
06/26/15 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
04/24/14 "No Essay" Scholarship General  $2,000 scholarship. Winners randomly chosen by drawing each month. Monthly
01/09/15 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
05/29/15 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
07/28/17 Listofbeststuff.com Headphones Scholarship General $1,000 monthly scholarship. Submit at least 500 word essay on topic: The future of audio technology. See website for details. Monthly
03/25/16 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 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
05/30/14 Bay Area SMACNA Scholarship Trust Fund General Awards of $5,250 available. Award winners must agree to be employed by a member firm during the summer months following the scholarship. Open
05/08/15 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
04/24/14 Solano Association of Realtors Foundation Scholarship General Must reside within boundaries and jurisdiction of Solano Assoc. of Realtors® (S. Solano County, incl. Benicia, Vallejo, Green Valley, Cordelia) and intend to specialize in Real Estate or a business
related field. Scholarships are considered throughout the year, as applications come in.
Open
04/24/14 AIR-Jules B. Altemus Scholarship Fund Real Estate Scholarships for students interested in pursuing a career in real estate. Open

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