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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Scholarship Information

Throughout the year, the College & Career Center will have available new scholarship information. To request an application, please visit  Mrs. Dielacher in the Counseling office. 

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

California Student Aid Commission


Fast Web

California Colleges

CSS Profile


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ECHS Brag Sheet

When requesting a Letter of Recommendation from your Counselor or Teacher, please complete the ECHS brag sheet!

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Program

To be eligible for the Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program, applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Have completed high school by Spring 2018
  • Be enrolled in a 2 year or less career or technical degree/certificate program in Fall 2018 that will lead to employment
  • Attend a not-for-profit post-secondary institution
  • Demonstrate financial need, applicants must be Pell Grant eligible
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Application deadline: June 15, 2018

To apply online please visit:


San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association

For seniors interested in law or criminal justice careers. To be eligible students must submit an essay, not to exceed 750 words, describing your reason for choosing this career path.


For all information and to obtain an application please visit the Career Center.


Award amount: $7,500

How many awards: 3


Deadline to apply: March 30, 2018


Burlingame Scottish Rite Bodies

The Burlingame Scottish Rite Scholarship is a one time award, offering scholarships to San Mateo County Seniors enrolling in BA/BS, AA/AS, or vocational programs at public institutions (those planning to attend private schools are ineligible). The award for those pursuing a BA/BA is $2000 each for one male and one female student.


The award for those pursuing an AA/As or a vocational program is $1000 each for one male and one female student.The recipients will be chosen by the Burlingame Scottish Rite Scholarship Committee.


The awardees and their families will be invited to the Scottish Rite for a complimentary dinner with the members and civic dignitaries (tentatively scheduled for May 2016), where the scholarship checks and commemorative certificates will be presented.






The applicant must be a participant in one or more school, local, city or county sponsored programs designed to improve the community. This would include any community organized charity or other organization which has programs designed to help the needy and/or provide services that promote community well being.



The nominee should have at least a 3.2 GPA ( on a 4.0 scale)


Please mail the completed application, personal statement, and reference letter (e.g. from a teacher or guidance counselor) in a # 10 envelope postmarked no later than April 1, 2018:


Dr. Chris D Smith, Chairman

Scholarship Committee

Burlingame Scottish Rite 

145 Park Rd

Burlingame CA 94010 

South San Francisco Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of South San Francisco operates a senior housing complex on Alida Way, sponsors foreign exchange  trips, distributes dictionaries to all 3rd grade students, provides career shadowing activities, has Interact Clubs at the high schools, youth leadership programs and is engaged in many annual community projects.


In addition, they offer the opportunity to high school seniors to apply to their annual scholarship program. The 2018 scholarship application is now available, and can be obtained at the school Career Center.


This is a paper application, with specific details for interested students applying to it. 



QuestBridge - College Prep Scholars Program

Attention all JUNIORS!


The QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program gives high-achieving, low -income high school juniors an early advantage in applying to top colleges. It offers full scholarships to college summer programs, a head start and specialized guidance on applying to college, personalized feedback on college essays, and other awards such as laptops and all-expense-paid college visits. High school juniors who: Rank in the top 10% of their class, demonstrate strength in character, and come from households earning less than $65K are encouraged to apply.


Applications open in February and are due by March 21, 2018


For more information, click HERE.

San Mateo Credit Union Scholarship

This year, SMCU will offer two $2,500 Educational Scholarships. Awards will assist in paying tuition, housing, book or meal costs and SMCU will determine the method used to release scholarship funds. The maximum award is $2,500 per recipient.


Eligibility Requirements   

1. Scholarships are available to 2018 graduating high school seniors. 2017 high school graduates enrolling in a college/ technical school for the first time are also eligible to apply.


2. Applicants must apply to at least one accredited college or technical school for the Fall 2018 term by the March 16, 2018 scholarship deadline. Winners will be asked to provide San Mateo Credit Union with a verification of acceptance into an accredited college or technical school to receive the scholarship award.


3. Applicant must have a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or above, and must submit an unofficial high school transcript with their scholarship application. Please also include a copy of your SAT and/or ACT scores (if applicable) along with a resume or brag sheet. Additional consideration will be given to students based on academic standing, community service, and school involvement.


4. Applicant must provide a typed, 500-word minimum essay answering the following prompt: San Mateo Credit Union believes in the power of education and the importance of People Helping People. How can access to financial education empower you and support your community?


5. There is no restriction regarding the applicant's county of residence.


6. Immediate family members of SMCU employees or board members are not eligible.



11:59pm Friday, March 16, 2018. Applications must be received on or before the deadline.


For more information at to apply, please click HERE

81st Annual Student Speakers Contest

The Lions Clubs of California will hold speech contest(s) beginning in February of 2018. Over $ 103,500.00 will be paid out in scholarships to the winning students. Participating students must write their own speech on this year’s topic:


“Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today’s Society?”


15 District winners receive a scholarship of $ 4,500 each

4 Area winners receive a total scholarship of $ 11,000 each

1 Final winner receives a total scholarship of $ 21,000

Additional cash awards to Region, Zone and Club winners



We are currently in search of students to participate and represent ECHS. Please see Ms. Dielacher in the Career Center for more information. Students of all grade levels are eligible to participate.

The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program

This scholarship opportunity is for graduating Seniors who plan to enroll at College of San Mateo, Skyline College, or Cañada College. The objective of the Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program (“KASP Program”) is to identify, select and support transfer orientated, committed and academically promising students with the highest financial need. The KASP Program seeks to provide these selected students with the opportunity (i) to expedite their studies at the District while minimizing their Student Loans, and (ii) to help successfully transfer to four-year institutions. The KASP Program will focus on traditionally undeserved and underrepresented students, including students who have access to state financial aid through the California Dream Act (“Dreamers”) but who are not eligible for federal financial aid. The students in the KASP Program will be provided the financial means to help maintain full-time enrollment, which is a proven factor in accomplishing completion and transfer.


KASP Scholars receive financial support, and wrap around services including connection with on-campus programs and services. KASP Scholars are required to attend KASP meetings and workshops to support their academic success and enrich their student experience. KASP Scholars who maintain good academic standing are eligible to receive funding the following year.


To be eligible, applicants must:


Be a graduating high school student and:

  • Enroll in at least 12 units, and
  • Resident of San Mateo County, and
  • Demonstrate financial need* (students must apply for FAFSA), and
  • Plan to transfer to a 4-year college or university, and
  • Be a high school student entering an SMCCCD College with a 2.5 GPA or better in a-g courses completed in grades 9-12.


*Per the District’s Financial Aid Office, Scholar currently demonstrates financial need for the Subject Semester by:

               1. Receiving a full or partial Pell

or            2. Receiving a Cal Grant for Dream Act Students.

or            3. In the case of Dreamers without Cal Grant awards, an Expected Family contribution (“EFC”) considered to be “Pell Eligible” under Federal methodology for the aid year of the Subject Semester as determined by filing the California Dream Application.


For more information about the program and to apply, click HERE.