Needs-based scholarships are awarded to students planning to attend a four-year college. Also, a limited number of grants are given to students planning to attend a local community college.
Access to higher education is a cornerstone to success. Recognizing hard work and achievement and supporting students who exhibit these traits is a core mission of Rotary. Need-based scholarships are given to acknowledge those who have excelled in academics and community service. Consideration includes any hardship the student and family have endured and the likelihood that earning a scholarship will be a life-changing event for the student and his or her family.
Each year $70,000 to $130,000 in scholarships are awarded to students entering four-year colleges. And, a number of $1000 grants are awarded to students entering local community colleges.
Applications for Four-Year College Scholarships
Seniors at these schools are eligible to apply for the four-year college scholarships:
East Palo Alto Academy High School
Eastside College Preparatory School
Menlo-Atherton High School
Sacred Heart School, Atherton
Applications are due in March. Interviews are conducted and decisions are announced in May.
General Grant: All students planning to attend a four-year college may apply for the General Grant. To apply, fill out the General Grant Application.
Art Scholarship: Art students who are committed to pursuing a career in the arts may apply for the Drue Kataoka Arts Grant. To apply, fill out the Drue Kataoka Arts Grant Application.
Applications for Community College Grants
Community College Grants: These grants to attend a local community college are given to seniors at Menlo-Atherton High School only and are selected by the M-A Scholarship Committee. There is no formal application.
See what students and school administrators say about the scholarship program: