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Scholarship Programs

Supporting local students as they move on to higher education.
Placer Community Foundation invites local high school seniors and current college students to apply for scholarship awards. The Community Foundation utilizes an online system, Smarter Select, for most of the applications. Eligibility criteria vary for each scholarship and may include financial need, merit, geographic area, or field of study. Students may read requirements below. Applications links will be posted when the process is open. Deadlines are in February or March for all programs. If you have trouble accessing the online application or would like more information, please contact us at 530.885.4920.
Placer High School students only

Al Saladana Scholarship

For college bound Placer High School seniors who are active players on the boy’s varsity basketball team.

Carmen Wilson Scholarship

For students with exceptional ability and talent in the area of Art, Music or English who plan to major in one of these areas and are enrolling for their first year full time in a college or university.

Ken and Janice Forbes Geil Scholarship

For students attending a vocational/trade school, community college or 4-year college or university. Priority given to economically disadvantaged students and/or students with special needs. May be recurring up to four years based upon the student’s successful completion and continued enrollment in a post-secondary institution.

Larry D. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship

For students with a minimum of two varsity athletic letters awarded in different sports, a minimum 3.5 GPA, and examples of extracurricular activities/community based efforts.

Former Newcastle Elementary School students
Richard and Doris Sayles Family Scholarship

For students who attended Newcastle Elementary School for at least 5 years who are enrolling in 12 semester units of college credit, or full-time in a vocational education program. Minimum grade point average 2.0. Priority given to students with great financial need.

Placer, Del Oro, Foresthill, and Colfax High Schools
John G. & Lillian M. Walsh Family Scholarship

For high school seniors from Placer, Del Oro, Foresthill or Colfax High School or a returning or transfer student at Sierra College who resides in the Auburn area. Preferred degree or certificate in the following: Mechatronics, Drafting & Engineering Support, Engineering, Welding, Construction & Energy Technology, or Applied Art & Design.

Lincoln High School students only
Ben Parra Scholarship

For students of Latino heritage who are enrolling for their first year full time in a college or university. There is no age restriction on applicants. Priority will be given to students who are attending or have graduated from Lincoln High School.

Sierra College students
A. Jerald Saladana Scholarship

For a student who has majored in Theatre Arts at Sierra College to pursue higher education at a four year college or university.

Roy P. Luna Scholarship

For students transferring from a community college to a four year college or university. Priority will be given to students of color, emancipated foster youth, LGBTQ+ and those with physical disabilities.

Los Rios Community College District
Roy P. Luna Scholarship

For students transferring from a community college to a four year college or university. Priority will be given to students of color, emancipated foster youth, LGBTQ+ and those with physical disabilities.

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