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Application Information

Turn your application packet into the Scholarship Office during posted office hours, or through the campus mail (or via the Scholarship Office at 1738 Pearl Street, mail-box located near the office door). 

Submit applications early,  since applications and documents must be in Scholarship Office on or before the deadline, February 1st of each year. 

For further information, you may contact the office at (310) 434-4290.

Location: 1738 Pearl Street

Regular office hours:
8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday
8:00 am. - 1:00 p.m. Friday 
Hours may vary during peak selection weeks


What Happens After You Apply

Applications are reviewed for completeness, sorted by scholarship criteria, and forwarded to review committees and donors for consideration. Students are then matched up to a scholarship. Donors and Committees may or may not choose to interview candidates. If you are selected for an award requiring an interview, you will be contacted by postcard at the address listed on your application.  Contact the scholarship office immediately with changes of address or telephone number.

The interview committee will ask questions with regards to your educational goals and career plans.  Donors may participate on selection committees so you want to make a good impression. Try to relax. The committee members just want meet you personally, to find out a little bit more about you.  If you can't make an interview, call the Scholarship Office as soon as possible.  Usually there is only one opportunity to interview.  If you are unavailable for an interview, your application will be paper-screened.

All winners and non-winners will be notified by mail in May. All checks for students will be mailed; so please make sure address form is filled out with most recent information; continuing students will receive their award prior to the next enrollment period at Santa Monica College; proof of enrollment is required for all continuing students for summer (if attending) and fall. Incoming high school students will receive award check/s after proof of fall & spring enrollment.  

A list of scholarship winners will be sent directly to the Financial Aid Office.  If these awards affect your financial aid award package, you will receive a revised award letter. All scholarships are granted to fund tuition, fees, books and supplies, and any other educational expenses.

Required Documents and Instructions:

All scholarship winners are required to write a thank you letter and fill out an address form to receive the award along with any other required documents listed below. The materials should be mailed to the Scholarship Office, and will be forwarded to the donor.

  • Continuing students must submit a copy of their bursars receipt for enrollment verification.  It  should show 6 units unless the award states more; part-time students are acceptable.
  • Transferring students must submit, in some cases, proof of university acceptance letter/s.
  • Some organizations may require your attendance at a luncheon, at which time you will receive an award check.
  • All verification materials must be submitted before the fall semester ends at SMC;award/s will be forfeited.

Some awards are more than the I.R.S. minimum, and should be reported as income on your annual tax return. The threshold for non-wage income reporting is approximately $600 or more, however, please call the I.R.S. for current information.

Majors at Santa Monica College

Scholarships And Financial Aid Library References



Call Number

Beckham’s Guide to Scholarships for Black And Minority Students


LB2337.2 .B43 2005

Big Book of Minority Opportunities


HD5724.D56 1997

College Blue Book: Scholarships, Fellowships,Grants and Loans v.5 


LA226.C685 2010

College Board Scholarship Handbook


LB2338.C597 2010

College Student’s Guide to Merit & Other No-need Funding


LB2337.2. C656 2005-07

Financial Aid for African Americans


LB2338.F5643 2000-2003

Financial Aid for Asian Americans


LB2338.F5644 2001-2003

Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families


LB2337.2.F58 2000-2002

Financial Aid for Hispanic Americans


LB2338.F5645 2001-2003

Financial Aid for Native Americans


LB2338.F5646 2001-2003

FinancialAidforVeterans,MilitaryPersonnelandTheir Dependents                                               


UB403.F47 2000-2002

Financial Aids for Women 2001-2003,  Directory   [Print Version]


LB2338.D564 2001-2003

Foundation Directory


AS911.A2 F65 2000

Hispanic Scholarship Directory


LB2338.H57 2000

Loans and Grants from Uncle Sam


LB2337.4.L62 2001-2002

Minority and Women’s Complete Scholarship Book          


LB2338.M56 1998

Peterson's College Money Handbook 2005


LB2337.2 .C65 2005

Peterson's Scholarship Almanac


LB2338 .P44 2005

Peterson’s Scholarships & Loans for Adult Students


LB2337.2 P466 2000X

Peterson’s Sports Scholarships  & Athletic Programs                                          


GV583.P39 v. 1998

Scholarship Book              


LB2337.2.C37 2004



LB2338.S347 2006

         College Money Handbook                                                                                          Stacks   

LB 2337.2.C65 2009 

         College Board Getting Financial Aid                                                              Reference LB2342.C622 2010

For more titles look in OPAC under the following headings: Scholarships, and Student Aid Peterson's College Money Handbook 2002 LB2337.2 .C65 2002;  Peterson's Scholarship Almanac LB2338 .P44 2002

Website & e-mail Information

SMC student life- scholarships e-mail:


Santa Monica College Foundation
The Santa Monica College Foundation advances the mission and goals of Santa Monica College by attracting contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations in support of the excellent education the College provides. We appreciate your participation in the Scholarship Program and welcome your involvement in other campus programs as well. For further information about making a contribution, please contact the Santa Monica College Foundation at (310) 434-4215. 


Paul W. Hosch, VP for  Advancement, Verbum Dei HS- President
Pat Train Gage, SMC Faculty-Vice President/Treasurer
Debra Berman, Coldwell Banker/Secretary
Vanessa Butler-Senior Director Institutional Advancement/SMC Foundation  Director  


  • Susan Barrett
  • Samuel R. Biggs, President Biggs & Co.                    
  • Nancy Cattell, Esq.                                       
  • Anita L. De Frantz, President, AAF of LA
  • Judy S. Neveau, Dir. SMC                     
  • Carol Ouchi
  • Dr. Ava T. Shamban, M.D.
  • Frank Stiefel, Exe. VP, Radical Media
  • Sven B. Svendsen, DMJMH & N
  • Dr. Chui Tsang, Superintendent/Pres.     
  • Dr. William F. Werner, Jr., DDS

Santa Monica College Board of Trustees:

  • Dr. Margaret Quinones-Perez Chair
  • Dr. Nancy Greenstein, Vice-Chair
  • Dr. Susan Aminoff
  • Louise Jaffe
  • Rob Rader
  • Dr. Andrew Walzer
  • Michelle Olivarez, Student Trustee  


  • Dr. Chui Tsang

Foundation Office:

  • Vanessa Butler, Senior Director Institutional Advancement/SMC Foundation Director
  • Charles A. Potts, Associate Director/C.F.O.
  • Barbara Ige, Ph.d., Assistant Director, Institutional Advancement
  • Donna Savory, Senior Administrative Assistant
  • Lynn Dougherty, Executive Assistant

Scholarship Office:

  • Steve Myrow, Assoc. Dean Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Marcia A.  Fierro, MA, Scholarship Program