Scholarships for Private School in California:


California Private School Scholarships:
On this page, you can find a listing of scholarships that are available specifically for private school students in California. For more generic scholarships that are available not only to California students but also students from other states, check our main page on private school scholarships.  If, on the other hand, you are a high school student looking for a scholarship for college or university, go to our home page for more options. The scholarships listed on this page are those specifically for students attending or planning to attend a private California high school (and in some cases elementary and middle school, too). 


Scholarships for Private High School Students residing or planning to get education in California:


There are several scholarships available specifically for students attending or planning to attend a private high school in the US state of California. Some of these cover tuition only, though some cover other expenses, too. Most are need-based, though some are merit-based, and some a combination of the two. Scholarships listed below are those that are specifically for private schools in California! Check our general private school scholarshipspage, too, for private scholarships that apply not only to students in California, but also other generic scholarships for which both students from California and from other states can apply.


1) The Bay Area Scholarships for Innercity Children (The BASIC Fund):

Scholarships of up to a maximum of $1,600 per year (average $1,400) are awarded to students entering private schools in the following areas in California: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo County, and Santa Clara Country. These scholarships are awarded grades Kindergarten through K8 (not K12). They are awarded for a minimum of four years. Currently, there are over 5,000 students in around 290 private schools in the Bay Area who are receiving scholarships from the Basic Fund).



2) Catholic Education Foundation:

Provides scholarships for elementary and high school students in the archdioceses of Los Angeles (i.e. Santa Barbara Region, San Fernando Region, San Gabriel Region, Our Lady of the Angels Region, and San Pedro Region). A total of around 5,000 elementary school students are provided with a total of around $4,000,000 per year. Again, a total of around 1,500 high school students are provided around 2,000,000 per year. The 2009 figures are expected to be similar. Scholarship amounts per child is $1,000 for elementary school students and $2,000 for high school students.



3) Guardsmen Scholarship Fund:

Provides scholarships for students entering a grade between kindergarten and the sixth grade. Currently, virtually all recipients' families earn less than $30,000 per year. Students should include financial documentation with their application. However, current recipients are selected by lottery from the pool of all new and qualified applicants. Recipients of prior years can get their scholarship automatically renewed every year. These scholarships are provided to students in the Bay Area, including the following cities and towns: San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Fremont, Santa Rosa, Hayward, Sunnyvale, Concord, Vallejo, Santa Clara, Fairfield, Richmond, Berkeley, Daly City, Antioch, Alameda, Cupertino, Livermore, Milpitas, Mountain View, Napa, Novato, Palo Alto, Petaluma, Pittsburg, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Vacaville, etc..



4) The Independent Scholarship Fund (ISF):

Provides scholarships to K12 or parochial school students from San Francisco East Bay, i.e. Alameda County (e.g. Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, Union City, etc.) and Contra Costa County (e.g. Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Lafayette, Martinez, Pinole, Pittsburg, San Pablo, Walnut Creek, etc.). Students must be eligible for the federal free or reduced-price school lunch program in order to apply. Renewable scholarships of up to $1,500 are awarded per year. Scholarships can be used to pay the tuition costs of any private school located in Alameda or Contra Costa counties of California.




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