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					2013
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
                                                                                 The Marie a. calderilla scholarship p6
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
                                                                              disbursed?
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.             scholarships@siliconvalleycf.org
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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:

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	
   Application

application Deadline
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.




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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.

step 1
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.
password!

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
                                                                                     booklet.
www.siliconvalleycf.org/scholarships.




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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
  following prompts:
  •	 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	
     institution?
  •	 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.
       coursework completed.
  •	   Upload	a	PDF	of	your	official	or	unofficial	high	school	transcript(s).	




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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/
                                                                        OR
  •	 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.
                                                                        OR
  •	 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.
  u.s. citizens
  •	 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).




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                 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
   Community College).
•	 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).




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                            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).




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General scholarship Timeline
December                                                                        ✓
                                                                                ❑ checklist
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,
                                                                                  smith-john-b-personal-statement.doc)?
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?
   attachments.
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.



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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
www.siliconvalleycf.org
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 donate@siliconvalleycf.org or 650.450.5444.
For additional information about applying for scholarships please contact
scholarships@siliconvalleycf.org
To read about scholarship recipients from 2012 and for more information about
2013 scholarship programs, visit www.siliconvalleycf.org/scholarships



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                                                                            To read more about Silicon Valley Community Foundation
                                                                                                      visit www.siliconvalleycf.org
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                                                                                                                    release date 12.3.2012

				
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