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Application Criteria

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must be an IRS eligible dependent of a regular employee with at least one year of employment with Monterey County.

Applicant must be enrolled in or be accepted by an accredited college, university, or vocational education institution.

Applicants must reapply annually; however, a streamlined process for subsequent semesters or quarters may be used within a school year. A successful applicant receiving an award for the spring semester or first quarter may apply for subsequent scholarship awards in that year by submitting proof of continuing enrollment for the school year. There is no guarantee of second semester or quarter awards. (See Selection criteria.)

Applicant must be enrolled in a minimum of three academic classes (not electives), for which academic units are awarded, during the college or university semester or quarter for which the scholarship is granted. Applicant must possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent)

Application Requirements

  1. Completed Monterey County Scholarship Fund Application Form
  2. Two signed letters of recommendation. Email copies of letters are not valid
  3. Transcripts (photocopy of official transcripts is acceptable) Freshman applications (Fall and Spring Programs) must also submit High School transcripts
  4. Cost per unit or course. Please include documentation showing classes enrolled for and all anticipated fees and tuition
  5. Copy of current class schedule, if applicable
  6. Copy of letter of acceptance from college, university or vocational education institution applicant will attend, or statement explaining acceptance
  7. Brief statements (as indicated on application form) stating educational objectives, career goals, financial need, past and current extracurricular activities (community involvement) and how this scholarship will help you reach your goals.
  8. Interviews may be required of scholarship finalists
  9. Incomplete applications will not be accepted

 Area of Study

Any Major or course of study will be considered, however some weight will be given in the selection process to traditional courses of study and/or to educational goals that enhance the individual's career development.

 Scholarship Amount

Scholarships will be awarded in the fall and spring of each year. The number of scholarships will vary depending on the amount of scholarship funds available.

Scholarship award guidelines vary from $200 for community college or vocational education institution per semester or quarter to $1000 per semester for a four-year college/university. The Selection Committee will determine the amount to be awarded to each successful applicant based on the Selection Criteria enumerated below.

Scholarship Awards

Scholarship awards are to be applied towards tuition, fees, books, supplies and/or equipment required for the courses at the educational institution.

Selection Criteria

The Screening Committee will first determine that each application is complete and complies with eligibility requirements.

Scholarships will be based on financial need, personal motivation, educational and career goals, and extracurricular activities, as well as the overall quality of the application and the funds available to the Screening Committee for scholarships.

Miscellaneous Information

Monterey County Department Heads' Council reserves the right to use the name and/or photograph of scholarship award recipients in promotional materials designed to increase awareness of the Scholarship Fund, and to soliciting funding or advertise fund raising events for the Scholarship Fund.

By accepting scholarship awards, recipients understand their college, university or vocational education institution may request confirmation of scholarship awards from the Department Heads' Council in connection with institutional financial aid matters.