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.
Additional questions can be directed to VCCF Scholarship Director, Dr. Cristina Miranda at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Receiving a VCCF Scholarship meant that my community believed in me — that
they stood behind me as I overcame barriers.”
—DR. CRISTINA MIRANDA, 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.
- Obtain 2 letters of recommendation, one of the letters must be from a teacher or school counselor. Letters from your 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: # ? ! @ $ % ^ & * –
- Watch the video under “The Application Process” for step-by-step guidance on how to fill out the application.
- 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.
NOTE: Letters of reference must be written within 6 months of submission; date of writing must be noted and visible in the letter.
Please note most recommenders will need at least two (2) weeks notice to write and submit a letter, but it is never too early to ask. We encourage you to give your recommenders as much advance notice as possible when requesting a letter.
This year, YOU will be uploading your letters of recommendation to your application.
- Give your recommenders enough time for them to provide you with a letter of recommendation
- At least one (1) letter must be 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
- Please make sure you upload your letter in a PDF file
- 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.
The Ventura County community foundation has over 87 scholarship opportunities! Please review the guidelines and apply only for the opportunities you qualify.
Please review the 2022 eligibility guidelines as we’ve added new scholarships and made some changes from years past. Please note even if you are a returning applicant or prior recipient it is still important to review eligibility guidelines as criteria may have changed.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
*Please note: Applications submitted by the Dec 10 deadline will be reviewed for accuracy by the VCCF; students will have an opportunity to correct errors and resubmit applications.
Don’t know where to start writing your scholarship application essay?
In this workshop, we will go over tips for putting together your best essay, such as how to brainstorm, outline, and flesh out your ideas.
Oct 28, 2021, 6:00 PM – Register Now
Dec 6, 2021 05:00 PM – Register Now
Using VCCF Scholarship Guidelines
Not sure which scholarships you should apply for?
We will go over the scholarship guidelines document in this workshop, and how to know which scholarships you qualify for.
Financial Questions Workshop
In this workshop, we will go over the financial section of the application.
We will teach you how to find and understand your parents’ tax documents, and how to fill out this section.
Nov 18, 2021 6:00PM – Register Now
Jan 4, 2021 5:30PM – Register Now
We will go over how to fill out the extra-curricular section of the application, as well as what counts as an extra-curricular activity.
Dec 1, 2021 06:00 PM – Register Now
Jan 12, 2022 05:00 PM – Register Now
Last Minute Questions Open Forum
Ask us any last-minute burning questions you have about the application before the deadline.
Jan 20, 2022 06:00 PM – Register Now
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.
Watch the following video from VCCF Scholarship Director Dr. Cristina Miranda to walk through the application process,
then click below to access the application.
The 2021-2022 Scholarship Application is now open.
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