Smart Cookie Scholarship Fund

Smart Cookie prepares Latina/o immigrants who are first generation college students for educational success and lives of leadership and responsibility to self, family and community. We do this by providing scholarships and facilitating an integrative support structure in order to assist students to complete AAs, BAs, graduate degrees and other forms of education beyond high school.

Program Description

The Smart Cookie Scholarship Fund supports first and second generation immigrant students from Latin America who are highly motivated and who would not otherwise receive the necessary assistance to pursue an education beyond high school. Scholarship awards are determined by type of school the student attends (CC, CSU, UC), and access to other financial assistance. In addition to scholarships to finance education, the program provides advising, personal development and enrichment activities, networking opportunities, and other scholarship events to ensure students succeed at the university level and beyond. Smart Cookie aims to foster a culture of respect, commitment, pride and community investment among our Latina/o students. 

In some cases, Smart Cookie will support the completion of a certificate program at a private institution if the certificate cannot be obtained at a community college. However, it does not support private technical schools such as fashion design schools, nursing schools, etc. that charge private school rates and do not have college transferable classes.


Minimum Eligibility Requirements

We will not be accepting new scholarship requests for the 2016/17 school year. Please check with us again in Spring 2017.

To apply, you must:

  • Be a first or second generation immigrant from Latin America;
  • Be a first generation college student;
  • Reside or attend high school in one of the following cities: Fremont, Newark, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Redwood City, Hayward, Union City, Santa Clara or the unincorporated area of North Fair Oaks;
  • Be accepted to an undergraduate college, a community college,  a public technical training program resulting in a certificate or be eligible to enroll;
  • Attend a California public university or community college (students enrolling in California private college or university or studying abroad or out of state will not be considered);
  • Demonstrate significant financial need but have secured scholarships from other funding sources;
  • Demonstrate leadership potential and willingness to contribute to your community;
  • Have a willingness to give back to the scholarship as a future mentor or board member; and
  • Be available to attend an interview between mid-May if selected as a finalist.


Scholarship Program Requirements

If admitted to the Smart Cookie Scholarship Fund, you must:

  • Attend a mandatory orientation in August;
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C average);
  • Submit a short weekly report to your assigned Smart Cookie mentor and the Smart Cookie development assistant;
  • Complete 40 hours of community service per academic year;
  • Attend Smart Cookie events including but not limited to: orientation, scholar lunches, interviews each  semester and an end-of-year celebration in June;
  • Not work more than 20 hours per week if enrolled in school full-time;
  • Attend an interview in mid-May.