Scholarship Tips & Resources

See below for helpful information regarding scholarships. For specific questions regarding scholarships, please email We look forward to helping you apply for scholarships!

Scholarship Search

Sign up for one of these credible scholarship search tools to find more scholarship opportunities that you may qualify for!



Open Education Database

Scholarship Institute

Avoid Scholarship Scams!

Every year, hundreds of thousands of students are defrauded by scholarship and financial aid scams. Don’t be a victim! Use the resources below to determine how to identify a fraudulent organization and how to protect yourself.

Federal Trade Commission 

Federal Student Aid

Writing a Winning Scholarship Essay

Your scholarship essay, or personal statement, is your chance to shine! Use the resources below to make sure your essay is a winner.

How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay

Scholarship Essay Worksheet

How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation

Many scholarships require one or more Letters of Recommendation. This gives the scholarship committee a chance to see how others feel about your academic and personal achievements. Use the resource below to find out how you should request Letters of Recommendation.

How to Request Letters of Recommendation

Scholarships for Undocumented Students

Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) provides several useful tools for undocumented students to find and apply for scholarships.

Undocumented students may also apply for most of the Contra Costa College Foundation Scholarships.  Applications for these scholarships are due annually in March.