re-entry and non-traditional
college student Programs
Common Application Scholarship
Descriptions and Application Instructions
DeaDline: WeDnesDay, March 13 anD WeDnesDay, June 5, 2013
Frequently asked Questions
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What is silicon Valley community Foundation? Female students who are planning to attend a community
Silicon Valley Community Foundation was created in January 2007 college in the San Mateo County Community College District
from the landmark merger of Peninsula Community Foundation (Cañada College, San Mateo Community College and Skyline
and Community Foundation Silicon Valley, both of which had served Community College)
San Mateo and Santa Clara counties for more than 40 years. The
community foundation is among the largest in the nation, with $2 Kumin scholars scholarship p7
billion in assets under management and 1,600 philanthropic funds. Students who are currently enrolled in community college
In a region known for innovation in business and technology as well and intend to transfer to a four-year institution
as philanthropy, Silicon Valley Community Foundation is addressing
local needs and supporting Silicon Valley’s charitable giving to
causes locally, nationally and globally.
are scholarships that use the re-entry and non-
traditional college student common application open to
What is a scholarship fund? graduating high school students?
Scholarship funds are charitable accounts established at Silicon The Marie A. Calderilla Scholarship is open to current graduating
Valley Community Foundation by generous individuals, organizations high school seniors that are planning to attend a community college
or corporations for the purpose of assisting students in continuing in the San Mateo County Community College District (Cañada
their education. Some funds are specific to residents of a city or College, San Mateo Community College and Skyline Community
county, while others are directed to students interested in a specific College). The Kumin Scholars Scholarship is only open to current
field of study. In honoring loved ones or providing for a specific community college students.
community, each scholarship expresses a deep belief in the power
of education to help young people achieve their dreams. Students
May i apply for and receive more than one scholarship?
who receive scholarships do not need to repay those funds. Yes, unless otherwise noted, and providing you meet the eligibility
criteria for each scholarship for which you apply.
how are eligibility requirements determined?
Scholarships are available through SVCF thanks to the generosity of
if i win a scholarship, how and when is the money
donors who have established scholarship funds with us. Each donor
determines the eligibility criteria of his or her scholarship. Although The community foundation’s policies require scholarship checks to
all scholarships are based upon financial need, some scholarships be sent directly to the educational institution in which you will enroll.
also focus on academic achievement, academic potential or Checks are issued to your school once we receive your Scholarship
community service. Please read the specific requirements for each Acceptance and Agreement Form and proof of enrollment. Checks
scholarship to determine if you are eligible. are generally issued beginning in July of the awarding year.
What if i am not a “straight a” student? Where can i go to school?
The community foundation offers scholarships for a variety of Recipients of the Calderilla and Kumin scholarships are required
students, including the Ruppert Educational Grant Program, which to attend a community college. Please review each scholarship
awards students who show academic promise and improvement description and eligibility requirements for further restrictions.
during the high school years and who may not be eligible for other
scholarships because of their grades. Will my personal information be shared?
No, your application information will not be shared with anyone
What is a re-entry or non-traditional college student?
except community foundation staff and the selection committees.
Re-entry or Non-traditional students are typically adults who are For security reasons, we do not require your social security number
pursuing a college education later in life, are seeking new job skills on your application. Please mark out your social security number if it
and training or are juggling work and/or family responsibilities. appears on any of the documents you submit with your application.
Generally, these college students have been out of high school and/or
college and are now returning to school after a few years’ break. This Other Questions?
can also include students who went straight to work after graduating Contact our Scholarship Support Team at 650.450.5487 or
from high school and are now going to college for the first time. email@example.com
important General scholarship information
Each scholarship fund has specific eligibility criteria which were defined by the donor when the fund was established. These criteria are
described in detail under each of the scholarship programs listed inside. All of the scholarships that are listed here use the Re-entry and
Non-traditional College Student Common Application and most have the following eligibility requirements:
• Graduate from a public or private high school and/or reside in San Mateo County or Santa Clara County.
• Demonstrate financial need.
• Plan to attend an accredited two-year college.
• Be a current community college student and plan to attend community college on a part-time (minimum 6 units) basis.
• Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen (eligible non-citizens include United States legal residents and AB 540* students).
* To be considered “AB 540,” students must have completed three years of high school in California, graduated with a high school diploma
or attained equivalent and filed an AB 540 affidavit at the college or university where they are enrolled.
required application Materials
• Completed online application
• Personal statement
• Official transcripts of grades
• Two letters of recommendation
• Proof of United States citizenship or residency status
• A copy of your current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Student Aid Report (SAR) or California Dream Act
Calderilla online applications must be completed by Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. (PsT)
Kumin online applications must be completed by Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. (PsT)
We strongly recommend that you start gathering your required documents and begin the application process at least three to four weeks
before the application deadline. You will be able to save and return to your application at any time prior to hitting “Submit.” Once you
submit your online application, you will not be able to make changes to your application or upload additional documents.
hard copy or incomplete applications (those without required attachments) will not be considered.
how to apply
read these instructions carefully and thoroughly, as our application process has changed significantly from previous years.
If you choose to apply to SVCF’s foundation managed scholarships, you will be required to complete an online application. We strongly recommend
that you start gathering your required documents and begin the application process at least three to four weeks before the application deadline.
Thoroughly review the 2013 Re-entry and Non-traditional College Student Common Application Scholarship Descriptions and Application
Instructions and print the booklet so that you can reference it throughout the application process.
step 2 Highlight those scholarships for which you qualify as
Determine the scholarships for which you are eligible, based on the you review the descriptions.
eligibility requirements and program descriptions listed in this booklet.
step 3 You will be able to save and return to your application
Create an applySVCF account by registering for a username and password at any time (prior to submitting your application or the
at www.siliconvalleycf.org/applySVCF. Be sure to save your username and deadline) by using your log-in information.
step 4 Fill out information on all fields. Do not leave any field
Complete the online application. The online application consists of four blank, as it will be used in determining your eligibility
pages: and fit for the scholarship for which you are applying. If
• Page 1 captures your personal and academic information, which is the item does not apply to you, type N/A.
used to match you to scholarships for which you may be eligible;
• Page 2 captures the activities (school, community or work related) that you have been involved in and any awards and honors that
you may have received;
• Page 3 captures your and/or your family’s financial information;
• Page 4 captures additional program-specific information we may need to determine your eligibility for the scholarships for which you
are applying. This is also where you will upload all the required attachments.
step 5 All required attachments must be saved in Word doc or
Upload required attachments. PDF format. Each individual file must be labeled with
Refer to Guidelines for Required Materials section for complete information your last name, first name, middle initial (if applicable)
about acceptable forms of required attachments. and a description of the item being uploaded (For
example, smith-john-b-personal-statement, smith-
step 6 john-b-letters-of-reference, etc.)
Review, edit where necessary and submit your online application.
caution! Once you hit “SUBMIT” you will not be able to make changes or
add attachments to your application, so make sure you have thoroughly
reviewed your application for completeness and that you have uploaded the
Use the check-list provided for you at the end of this
appropriate required attachments. To apply to more scholarships go to
Guidelines for required Materials
1. Online application
Online applications must be complete to be considered. Each section and field must be filled in. If an item does not apply to you, type
N/A. You may upload an additional document for activities, awards and honors, and employment sections, if necessary. However, the
attachment does not replace this part of the application and must follow the application format.
2. signed and Dated Personal statement
Upload a Word doc or PDF of a typed personal statement of at least 500 words, but no longer than 850 words (approximately 2-3
pages, double-spaced). Title the statement with your last name, first name and middle initial. In the statement, you must address the
• Describe your short- and long-range and goals and how furthering your education will assist you in reaching those goals.
• Describe your academic plan. Are you working towards a certificate, two-year degree or planning to transfer to a four-year
• Discuss your career goals.
• Reflect on your personal journey (significant accomplishments, challenges and/or hardships) and any life lessons that you think will
help you succeed in a four-year college.
• Indicate why you believe you are a good candidate for this scholarship.
• Sign and date your personal statement.
3. letters of reference Scan your two signed and dated letters of reference
Upload a PDF of two signed and dated letters of reference on letterhead into one single PDF file. Only two letters will be
from the following: considered by the selection committee.
• One letter from a teacher or academic advisor on school letterhead.
• One letter from a volunteer or work supervisor, youth leader or personal acquaintance. (Letters from work or volunteer supervisors must
be on the organization’s letterhead. Personal acquaintance letters cannot come from parents or relatives.)
Each letter must be signed and dated. Letters of reference that were written for other scholarships or college applications for the
current academic year are acceptable; however, keep in mind that these will not speak to how you are the best candidate for the
scholarship for which you are currently applying.
4. Official Transcripts of Grades
Request your transcripts early, as it may take four to
Upload PDF’s of the transcripts that apply to you (see below). six weeks for these to be generated. Ask your school if
current Graduating high school applicants they generate electronic official transcripts that can be
turned into PDFs. Screen shots or Internet-generated
• Upload a PDF of your official high school transcript.
transcripts will not be accepted. Applicants who have
current college applicants been out of school 10 years or more are not required to
• Upload a PDF of your official college transcript(s) for all college submit high school transcripts.
• Upload a PDF of your official or unofficial high school transcript(s).
5. Financial need Documentation U.S. citizens and legal U.S. residents are required to
Evidence of financial need must be submitted for all community submit a FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and the
foundation managed scholarship programs. Upload PDF’s of the item that Financial Summary Page of the application.
applies to you (see below).
Do not assume you won’t be eligible for any federal or state financial aid. Many institutional and private scholarships require that you
complete the FAFSA to be considered for these types of awards. If your or your family’s financial situation drastically changes, your financial
aid office will have your FAFSA application on file and you will be able to request an appeal. By appealing a financial aid award, some
students are able to secure thousands of dollars in additional grants and student loans.
u.s. citizens and legal u.s. residents
• Upload a PDF of your 2013-2014 Student Aid Report (SAR). This must include the summary of your answers to the FAFSA and your
Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Updated information regarding FAFSA application can be found online at www.fafsa.ed.gov/
a.B. 540 students
• Upload a PDF of your 2013-2014 California Dream Act Application Confirmation Page. This must include the summary of your
answers to the application and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Updated information regarding California Dream Act
Application can be found online at https://dream.csac.ca.gov/
• Upload a PDF of your parent’s or guardian’s most recent Federal Tax Forms. Please only include the first two pages and black out
any social security numbers.
• Upload a PDF of your parent’s or guardian’s three most recent pay stubs.
6. Proof of citizenship or residency status Copies of driver’s licenses or social security cards are
Refer to the eligibility requirements of each scholarship and upload a PDF not acceptable forms of proof of status.
of the requested documentation. See below for acceptable forms of proof
of U.S. citizenship or residency status.
• Upload a PDF of a photocopy of birth certificate, passport or naturalization papers.
legal u.s. residents
• Upload a PDF of a photocopy of your visa or green card.
a.B. 540 students
• Current college students, upload a PDF of your affidavit from the college or university where you are enrolled.
• Current high school students, upload a PDF of your official high school transcripts to verify that you have completed at least three
years of high school in California.
7. additional requirements
Refer to each scholarship description and the Required Documents section of the online application for additional required material(s).
scholarship Descriptions and eligibility requirements
The Marie a. calderilla scholarship
scholarship amount: Up to $5,000
number of awards: Up to 15 (a combination of one-time and renewable scholarships will be awarded)
Finalists must interview with the selection committee
Previous applicants/recipients may reapply
This program was established in 2007 through a generous gift from Marie A. Calderilla, who believed deeply in the
importance of education. The purpose of this scholarship is to enable women to pursue courses of study that they
would otherwise be unable to follow due to limited financial means. Students may be graduating high school seniors or current residents of San
Mateo or Santa Clara Counties planning to attend a college in the San Mateo County Community College District (Cañada College, San Mateo
Community College, and Skyline Community College). The selection committee looks for academic promise, women who have demonstrated
that they are committed to obtaining an education, and personal characteristics such as honesty, good judgment and perseverance.
Recipients are eligible for up to three years of funding; however, students must meet renewal requirements to continue to receive the award. Students
enrolled in a four-year degree program at a San Mateo County Community College District college are eligible for up to four years of funding.
• San Mateo or Santa Clara County graduating high school senior or current San Mateo or Santa Clara County resident planning to
attend a college in the San Mateo County Community College District (Cañada College, San Mateo Community College and Skyline
• Female student, pursuing first undergraduate degree or certificate.
• Demonstrated financial hardship.
• Serious about improving her life through education.
• United States citizen or eligible non-citizen (eligible non-citizens include United States legal residents and AB 540 students).
Kumin scholars Program
scholarship amount: Up to $2,000 for Community College students and up to $4,000 when students transfer
to a four-year institution
number of awards: Up to 15 renewable scholarships (Students are eligible for up to three years of funding at
the community college level and up to three years of funding at four-year institutions.)
Finalists must interview with the selection committee
This program was established in 2004 through the Trust of Margrit Kumin. It was her desire to dedicate part of
her estate to help young people pursue higher education. The purpose of this scholarship, established in her memory, is to support current
community college students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution. This scholarship recognizes and honors the family and work
responsibilities of many community college students. The selection committee looks for students who demonstrate academic promise,
hard work and the personal characteristics of honesty and good judgment. Special consideration will be given to students who work while
attending school. Students on public assistance are encouraged to apply.
• Graduate from a high school in San Mateo County or Santa Clara County or be a resident of San Mateo County or Santa Clara County
who completed a GED Program and received a California High School Equivalency Certificate.
• Current enrollment (part-time or full-time) in a community college.
• Completion of at least 20 graded semester or quarter units before the application deadline.
• Minimum GPA of 2.5.
• Plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in the following fall or later.
• Demonstrated financial need.
• United States citizen or eligible non citizen (eligible non-citizens include United States legal residents and AB 540 students).
General scholarship Timeline
Scholarship Descriptions and Application Instructions booklets and Did you remember to…
online application are made available o Complete all four sections of the online application(s)?
January – February o Format all of the required attachments into a Word doc
or PDF format?
Complete and submit whichever financial aid application applies to
you. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): o Label each required attachment with your last name,
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/index.htm or California Dream Act first name, middle name initial (if applicable) and a
Application: https://dream.csac.ca.gov/ description of the item being uploaded (For example,
January – February
o Upload a signed and dated personal statement?
Begin the application process to be considered for SVCF’s managed
o Upload two letters of reference on letterhead?
scholarship programs. Remember to:
o Upload the appropriate official academic transcripts?
1. Thoroughly review the 2013 Re-entry and Non-traditional College
Student Common Application Scholarship Descriptions and o Upload financial statements (FAFSA and SAR or, if
Application Instructions and print the booklet so that you can you’re an AB 540 student, the California Dream Act
refer to it throughout the application process. Application Confirmation Page)?
2. Create an applySVCF account by registering for a username and o Upload proof of citizenship or residency status?
password at https://community.siliconvalleycf.org/applySVCF o Submit the online application for the scholarship(s) you
3. Complete the online application and upload all required were matched to?
4. Review and submit your online application.
March 13, 2013 iMPOrTanT inFOrMaTiOn aBOuT
calderilla scholarship application Deadline My user accOunT FOr applysVcF
Use the space below to note your user account information:
Mid-april / early May
applySVCF Username: _________________________
Calderilla finalists are identified and interviews conducted.
applySVCF Password: _________________________
Invitations to interview will be emailed to finalists, so please make
sure you update us of any changes to your contact information.
early May Invitations to interview will be emailed to finalists, so please make
sure you update us of any changes to your contact information.
Calderilla notifications are sent out.
Notifications will be emailed, so please make sure you update us of late July
any changes to your contact information. Should you be awarded, Kumin notifications are sent out.
you will receive a letter detailing your award information and
Notifications will be emailed, so please make sure you update us of
requirements for claiming your scholarship, so please make sure we
any changes to your contact information. Should you be awarded,
have your current mailing address.
you will receive a letter detailing your award information and
June 5, 2013 requirements for claiming your scholarship, so please make sure we
have your current mailing address.
Kumin scholarship application Deadline
Mid-July July - December
Scholarship payments are disbursed to schools.
Kumin finalists are identified and interviews conducted.
about silicon Valley community Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation is a catalyst and leader for innovative solutions to our region’s most challenging
problems. Serving all of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, the community foundation has $2 billion in assets under
management and 1,600 philanthropic funds. The community foundation provides grants through donor advised and
corporate funds in addition to its own endowment funds. The community foundation serves as a regional center for
philanthropy, providing donors simple and effective ways to give locally and around the world. Find out more at
The vision of Silicon Valley Community Foundation is to be a comprehensive center for philanthropy that inspires greater
civic participation throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The mission of Silicon Valley Community Foundation
is to strengthen the common good, improve quality of life and address the most challenging problems. We do this
through visionary community leadership, world-class donor services and effective grantmaking.
scholarship Programs at silicon Valley community Foundation
For many individuals and organizations, providing scholarships for students to support their educational pursuits is a
rewarding and effective way to meet their charitable objectives. Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s scholarship
program is committed to providing opportunities for those interested in helping talented young people pursue their
dreams through a quality education. Scholarship funds at the community foundation vary by size of endowment and
in complexity of criteria; however, their common element is the charitable spirit of the donors who created them. In
honoring loved ones or providing for a specific community, each scholarship expresses a deep belief in the power of
education to help individuals achieve their dreams.
For more information about establishing a scholarship fund or donating to our Bright Futures Scholarship at Silicon Valley
Community Foundation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 650.450.5444.
For additional information about applying for scholarships please contact
To read about scholarship recipients from 2012 and for more information about
2013 scholarship programs, visit www.siliconvalleycf.org/scholarships
2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300
Mountain View, California 94040
To read more about Silicon Valley Community Foundation
release date 12.3.2012