Congratulations on Pursuing Higher Education!
Through the generosity of local donors, the Ventura County Community Foundation is able to partner with you to help you reach your career and educational goals. The application process for scholarships is highly competitive and there are many scholarship categories to choose from.
Each year we have several thousand applicants and it is very important your application is completed in full to be considered eligible. We highly recommend each student applicant read carefully through the following page to understand what is required for the application process.
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“Receiving a VCCF Scholarship meant that my community believed in me — that they stood behind me as I overcame barriers.”
—DR. CRISTINA MIRANDA, FORMER VCCF SCHOLARSHIP DIRECTOR
AND FORMER VCCF SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
In order to facilitate the application process, please review all the information within this page.
- Request official transcripts from your school counselor (please make sure your GPA is visible!).
- Reach out to two individuals who are willing to fill out a recommendation questionnaire on your behalf. One of the individuals must be a teacher or school counselor. Other can be a coach, pastor, employer, or someone who is not a family member. Letters from peers will not be accepted.
- Create an Account on the VCCF Academic Works portal by clicking here.
- Be sure to use your personal email address and check your email frequently. Do not use your school email address. Identify a password by following these guidelines. Your password must:
- Not contain your username or common words or phrases.
- Contain a minimum of 12 characters.
- Include at least 1 digit, 1 uppercase letter, 1 lowercase letter, and 1 of these special characters: # ? ! @ $ % ^ & * –
- After you have filled out the general application, click on “other opportunities” to make sure you meet the requirements for the individual opportunities you are applying to.
- If you need assistance, attend the convenings and support sessions hosted by VCCF Scholarship staff.
- You must submit a transcript as a PDF file in order for your application to qualify.
- Student Profiles will not be accepted.
- Screenshots of Student Connection Portals or any other portals will not be accepted.
- If you are a freshman in college, please also submit your high school transcripts for a more complete academic history.
- Your GPA must be visible.
Please note most recommenders will need at least two (2) weeks notice to fill out the recommendation questionnaire, but it is never too early to ask. We encourage you to give your recommenders as much advance notice as possible when requesting a reference.
This year, your recommenders will be filling out a questionnaire on your behalf.
- Give your recommenders enough time to fill out the questionnaire.
- At least 1 recommendation should come from a teacher or academic counselor.
- Other letter(s) can be from a coach, pastor, employer, mentor, or anyone who knows you and is not a family member.
- When filling out the application, you will need to enter your most recent financial information.
- If you are a dependent you will need your parents/spouse total income from the most recent filing tax year.
- If you are independent you will need the total income for your most recent filing tax year.
- Many of our scholarships require that applicants demonstrate financial need. Please click here to see 2022/23 Financial Need Guidelines.
The Ventura County community foundation has nearly 100 scholarship opportunities! Please review the guidelines and apply only for the opportunities you qualify.
New scholarships are available, and some changes have been made. All applicants, even those who have previously been awarded a scholarship, should review the guidelines as criteria may have changed. Click here for 22/23 Scholarship Guidelines. Click here for Scholarship Index of majors and populations served.
- TIP #1 Apply only if you are eligible.
Read the scholarship requirements and directions carefully, and make sure that you are eligible before you apply. Your application won’t be considered if you are not qualified to apply.
- TIP #2 Complete the application in full.
Be sure to complete the entire application. If a question does not apply, note that on the application (“n/a” for not applicable). Don’t just leave a blank. Include all required documents.
- TIP #3 Follow the directions.
Provide everything that is required, but do not supply things that are not requested – your application will be disqualified. If a special letter or form is required, make sure that you include it. Make note of all scholarships that require additional letters of recommendation/portfolios/documents/etc.
- TIP #4 Make sure your essay makes an impression.
The key to writing a strong essay is to be personal and specific. Include concrete details to make your experience come alive: the ‘who,’ ‘what,’ ‘where,’ and ‘when’ of your topic. The simplest experience can be monumental if you present honestly how you were affected. There is a specific prompt or topic for each scholarship. Be sure that you respond to that prompt. Be sure to check your spelling. Think of your essay as a narrative picture of you for our selection committee.
- TIP #5 Do not wait until the last minute
The application takes time to fill out, be thoughtful about your answers.
- TIP #6 Give it a final ‘once-over.’
Proofread the entire application carefully. Be on the lookout for misspelled words or grammatical errors. Ask a friend, teacher or parent to proofread your essays.
- TIP #7 Ask for help if you need it.
If you have a problem with the application, visit your school’s Scholarship Coordinator. If you have specific questions about the application, contact Ventura County Community Foundation. Please note: VCCF provides Convenings and Support each week to provide help with the application. Please see below for the schedule if you’d like to meet with scholarship staff.
- TIP #8 Remember: your scholarship application represents you!
Your ability to submit a neat, timely, complete application reflects on you. It’s your face to this organization. Take pride in yourself by submitting the best application you can.
The Application Process
You’ve reviewed the eligibility guidelines to make sure you are eligible, you’ve requested your most recent transcripts, gathered your financial documents, and requested your letters of recommendation — great! Now it’s time to work on your application. Click here to access the VCCF Scholarship Application.
I was initially planning on majoring in business administration; however I recently changed my major to nursing. My ultimate goal after college is to change the world in a positive way and save lives!