Scholarship Stories

Scholarships and College Affordability

College affordability and student loan debt are serious issues for prospective college students. Especially among low-income and first-generation college students, the high costs of tuition, book, housing and transportation along with an aversion to debt create barriers to attaining a college degree. Many students don’t even consider college, attend only part-time (drastically decreasing their likelihood of completion), or drop out...

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A Record Year for Scholarships

CFMC Scholarship Recipient

2015 was another big year for scholarships at the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC). In 2015 the CFMC awarded 85 scholarships totaling $285,000. Scholarship winners came from throughout Monterey County, representing every public high school. Recipients are attending schools such as UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Fresno State, UC Davis, and UCLA as well as CSU Monterey Bay and Monterey...

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Applying for College Just Got A Little Easier

Identifying colleges to apply to and filling out applications for financial aid are challenges that overwhelm many students, especially first-generation students whose parents do not have experience navigating the system. The US Department of Education recently launched the College Scorecard, a tool designed to help students and families to research college and universities and to make more informed decisions. The tool...

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Scholarships Support Nursing Students

The James Bliss & Annette Sward Forestry & Nursing Scholarship awards scholarships to students from Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz counties who are pursuing post-secondary programs in nursing, fire science, forest conservation/management or paramedic/EMT. Since its creation in 2006, the fund has awarded over $170,000 in scholarships to 160 students. Each year, eleven students from the Maurine Church Coburn School...

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Affording College: Perspectives from 2014 Scholarship Winners

The importance of attaining a college degree, and the debt that many students and families take on to achieve that goal, are are becoming significant national issues. Students who complete a four-year degree can expect, on average, to earn $830,000 more than those with only a high school diploma over their liftetime.

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