Ventura County Community Scholarships

There are many individuals and agencies in Ventura County that offer scholarships. Counselors at local high schools and community colleges are an excellent source of information and guidance regarding these scholarships. A major source of community support is the Ventura County Community Foundation. For further information, please visit the VCCF website at

Apply for Ventura County Community Scholarships. The application process is for the 2020-2021 academic year and students must be enrolled in an accredited institution by Fall 2020 to receive the scholarship. The scholarship application period begins on November 27, 2019 and ends on January 26, 2020 by 10:00 p.m. (PST).

If you have any questions regarding Community Foundation scholarships, please email

Rotary Club of Camarillo Scholarship

For more than 50 years the Rotary Club of Camarillo has been actively involved in supporting a number of community activities including: Casa Pacifica, The Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo, the YMCA and so many other worthwhile organizations.

One of their goals is to provide scholarships for qualified Rotaract Club or CSUCI students with financial need living in the Camarillo area. The number of awards given annually is based on funds available.

Apply for a Rotary Club of Camarillo Scholarship (PDF, 1MB)

The scholarship application deadline is April 1, 2020.

Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarship

The Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) established the Rodney Fernandez Leadership Fund in 2011 to honor Rodney Fernandez, CEDC’s Founder and Executive Director for 30 years and provide scholarships and mini-grants to Cabrillo residents. The scholarships continue Rodney Fernandez’s legacy of community building by cultivating the leadership capacity of CEDC residents to attain their goals, empower themselves to take action and improve the quality of life in their communities. Scholarships are made available to all residents of Ventura County, however priority will be given to residents of CEDC properties.

Apply for a Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarship (PDF, 704KB)

The scholarship application deadline is April 13, 2020.

Governor’s Scholarship Program

If you are the recipient of the Governor’s Scholarship Award:
Claim your award and complete a Qualified Withdrawal Form at the Governor's Scholarship Program.

Make checks payable to:

Student Business Services Office
CSU Channel Islands, Sage Hall #146-148
One University Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012

Be advised that it may take 6-8 weeks for the University to receive the check once you have completed the withdrawal form.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS)

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS), established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential.
The GMS program is more than just a scholarship. The GMS program offers Gates Millennium Scholars with Academic Empowerment (ACE) services to encourage academic excellence; mentoring services for academic and personal development; and an online resource center that provides internship, fellowship and scholarship information. For additional information and to apply visit the Gates Millennium Scholars Program website.

AB540 Students

AB 540 Undocumented Student Resource Guide (PDF, 161KB)

Immigrant students in the U.S. who do not have a valid social security number do not qualify for any federal financial aid. However, all are encouraged to apply for private scholarships to assist in funding the cost of your education. Scholarships do not have to be repaid and are funded from a variety of community organizations, local and national foundations, private donors and state and federal government agencies.

Please visit these external sites for additional information for undocumented students:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Students awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship will be sent an email notification with instructions on how to accept the Gilman scholarship and submit the required documentation (i.e., transcripts, proof of citizenship, etc.).

All applications for the Gilman Scholarship Program are certified online by the Scholarship Office. Once a student submits his or her online application, the Scholarship Office will then verify that the applicant is currently receiving a Federal Pell Grant and estimate the amount of financial aid, in grants and scholarships, that the student may apply to his or her study abroad program.

The Gilman Scholarship Program requires that student applications include transcripts before review and consideration for an award by the selection committee. All applicants will need to upload a transcript from their current college or university and any transfer institution listed in their application. Official transcripts may be opened for the purpose of uploading.

If the applicant is a first-year student and does not have a previous record at his or her home institution, then he or she will need to upload a high school transcript or transcript from a previous institution, along with a letter from the home institution verifying his or her current enrollment. Transcripts must be uploaded by the deadline assigned for the current application cycle. The Gilman Scholarship Program will not accept Web-based transcripts or degree progress reports.

Please remember, if selected to receive a Gilman scholarship, the applicant will be required to mail an official transcript. For more information, visit the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program website.

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