Scholarship Tools & Tips

Searching & applying for scholarships takes some time but can return much needed cash for school. Here are a few tools to get you started.

Avoiding Financial Aid Fraud Fact Sheet

External Scholarship Opportunities

Additional Scholarship Resources

Will I Get One?

Some think that because scholarships are competitive that they are impossible to get, however some have requirements that are easy to meet and possibly not even based on academics. Although some may have easy requirements, following their directions precisely is vital to your application. Also, stay within the application time frame; the earlier you submit, the better.

Real Or Scam?

Received an e-mail from someone who will guarantee you a scholarship, but charge you $50? Scholarships will always be free, you should never have to pay. You should never give any personal information unless you are 100% sure you know who you are dealing with. Scholarships are also never 'guaranteed' so stay away from scholarship scams. For more information go to


The Financial Aid Office maintains additional information on other scholarships available to FRC students. You can review the additional resources listed below, or come into the office to check out our book of scholarships. Feather River College and the College's Foundation also offers scholarship opportunities. You can review what scholarships are available and obtain the application HERE.

Jack Kent Cooke National Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

The JKC Scholarship is a highly competitive national scholarship that provides massive funding to students who are honored with the scholarship.  The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation supplies up to $40,000 per year for two years along with other support systems to help make their transfer students truly successful.

The selection process for these awards is rigorous and highly competitive with approximately 85 scholarships awarded each year out of thousands  of applicants. A review panel of distinguished university admissions professionals and faculty judge the applicants using criteria including:

• Achievement and academic ability
• Financial need
• Persistence
• Leadership
• Service to others


•  Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by
   December 31, 2015, or a recent graduate (since spring 2011).
•  Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2016.
•  Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
•  Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However,
  we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant.
•  Have not previously enrolled at or attended a four-year institution.

The application process is entirely online at

The application process is lengthy and detailed, so please start early if you wish to be considered by the JCK Foundation. 

The deadline for application is December 15.

The JKC Foundation recommends that students who feel qualified for the scholarship should apply to top-level universities rather than limiting themselves to local public universities.  If a student wins one of the scholarships, they would be able to afford to go pretty much anywhere they want; so encourage them to set their sights high.

Please spread the word and if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Tom Heaney, Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Advisor for FRC at

External Scholarship Opportunities

Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation LogoNEW ! Andre Sobel Award 2016
Young people who are diagnosed with a life threatening illness may experience an extraordinary and sometimes agonizing journey, and one common consequence is isolation from their peers. In recognition of Andre Sobel’s struggle with this challenge, and realizing that this happens all too often for others, the Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation offers an annual Essay Award to young survivors of a catastrophic illness.
Click HERE to obtain the Application Package. 
Deadline: Sunday, January 31, 2016

Generation Progress (formerly Campus Progress): Scholarships for Undocumented Students
Generation Progress gives undocumented students access to scholarships with upcoming deadlines. These opportunities are open to undocumented students who should have the opportunity to compete for resources that would make their educational dreams a reality. Don't delay, APPLY TODAYDeadline: Varies 

Change a Life Foundation: 2015 Emancipated Youth Scholarship
Awarded to 12th grade public high school students entering a 4-year university OR California Community College student ready to transfer to a 4-year University with a minimum GPA of 2.75 from 9th grade to the first semester of 12th grade – OR cumulative GPA of 2.5 for community college courses. Click here for additional scholarship criteria and to review scholarship flyer.

FRC Rodeo Scholarship
Awarded to members of the Rodeo Team based on performance, academics and student need. For more information contact Jesse Segura at (530) 283-0202 ext. 306

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship
Is proud to award $4,000 to one student each semester whose life has been impacted by cancer. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to college students in their pursuit of higher education. If you’ve battled a form of cancer yourself, or witnessed a loved one receiving treatment, we want to hear your story. For information on how to apply and application requirements visit their website here. Spring 2016 Deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

2016 Latina Leadership Network Scholarship
The Latina Leadership Network of the California Community Colleges (LLN) will be awarding four (4) student scholarships of $500 to Latina students currently attending a California Community College. LLN Scholarship recipients will be honored at the 29th Annual Latina Leadership Network Conference at the Modesto Junior College during the conference – April 7-9, 2016.
Click Here for Scholarship Application. Deadline to Apply: January 29, 2016

The Wildlife Society Sacramento-Shasta Chapter Scholarship Fund
There are a selection of scholarships and grants available to students, amounts from $500 up to $1,000 for an academic year may be awarded and may be renewed. Student must be Undergraduate or Graduate pursuing a major in Wildlife Biology/Wildlife Management, or a field that is closely related. Click here for application! 
Deadline: December 1 & June 1 of each year

Youth Noise Scholarship Program
The contest requires that you create a 2-5 minute video in which you explain how new ideas will shape the world around us, and why education is the key to creating a brighter future. We know that you are inspired by your dreams and ideas, now is your chance to inspire us! The winner of this contest will receive a $1,000.00 university scholarship. We want to help you get the education that will transform your vision into reality. For additional information and full details of the application process visit their website here. Deadline: Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cash Course My Story Essay Icon

CashCourse is sponsoring a scholarship essay contest for students!  What is your definition of financial independence? Share your story with CashCourse and you could win up to $1,500! 
Visit and submit an essay that describes your definition of financial independence, and any lessons, choices or experiences that helped you form your definition. Six prizes will be given out!

o 4 prizes of $250
o 1 prizes of $750
o 1 prizes of $1,500

The deadline to submit your entry is Nov. 30, 2015! Contact with any questions.

Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)

A significant resource of scholarship guides for undocumented students who are carving their own paths through higher education. Educators for Fair Consideration is empowering undocumented young people in their pursuit of college, career and citizenship. Check out all they have to offer on their webpage at or click here to be redirected!


Many scholarship opportunities exist from several hundreds to several thousands. Don't be discouraged! You are encouraged to use the list of resources below to research and apply for the scholarship(s) that interest you. By using the internet you can also do a basic search for other scholarship opportunities but remember, DO NOT PAY to apply for a scholarship (this is usually a key indicator of a "scholarship scam").

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