2024 Bay Area Scholarships
Need help paying for college? You could earn up to $20,000 in scholarships.
At Making Waves Education Foundation, we are here to partner with students so college is affordable and graduation is attainable. We are supporting more San Francisco Bay Area students through a new scholarship opportunity!
How to apply
College and Career Success Program
Bay Area Scholarship
A scholarship is just one part of our Making Waves college and career success program. We partner with first-generation students, students of color, and students from low-income backgrounds during their college journeys to support them in achieving their unique goals.
Students receive a comprehensive support system of Making Waves college coaches, financial coordinators, and career specialists. Student support covers academics, career development, financial aid and budgeting, campus community, and wellness.
Our participants graduate from college and land jobs at twice the rate of their peers – and most earn their degrees debt-free.
College and Career Success Program | Bay Area Scholarship
Applications are closed for 2024
* Individualized college and career coaching
* A personal financial coordinator
* Up to $4,000 (annually) of need-based scholarship funding for up to a maximum of five years
* Professional and peer networking opportunities
* Currently a high school senior
* Attends high school within the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma)
* Plans to attend a not-for-profit four-year college or university within the United States
* Has a maximum Student Aid Index (SAI) of $7,500 as indicated on the Federal Financial Estimator.
* You do not have to complete a FAFSA application in order to apply to verify that you are Pell eligible. You may obtain this information from the Federal Student Aid Estimator.
Official scholarship rules
SELECTION OF PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
Twenty scholarship recipients and program participants will be announced by April 5, 2024, using a holistic judging procedure to identify eligible students who have the greatest opportunity to benefit from a scholarship and participation in the college and career success program
Applications are closed for 2024
Frequently asked questions
Who is eligible?
High school seniors who plan to attend a not-for-profit four-year college or university within the United States and currently attend high school within the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma).
Do I need to complete a FAFSA application to apply?
You do not have to complete your FAFSA application before applying to this scholarship to verify that you are Pell eligible. You may obtain this information from the Federal Student Aid Estimator.
What are the scholarship amounts and how many years does the scholarship cover?
Up to $4,000 (annually) of need-based scholarship funding up to five years.
When is the scholarship application deadline?
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM PST on February 26, 2024.
Does this impact the scholarship and program offered to Making Waves Academy graduates?
No. The Making Waves Academy Program continues to have the same scholarship opportunities.
What can I use my scholarship funds for?
Scholarship funds can cover most costs associated with going to college including for example, tuition and fees, housing, books and required supplies, meal plans, and transportation.
What are my odds of winning?
The odds of winning are determined by the number of entries received.
Making Waves Education Foundation is a Bay Area nonprofit committed to equity. We partner with historically underrepresented and underserved students to help make college affordable and graduation attainable. Knowing the opportunities that come with a college degree, we lead college and career programming with more than 430 college students. Centering the journeys of our students, our personalized approach includes college and career coaching, scholarships, and financial planning. Our alumni network includes more than 730 college graduates, who earn their degrees and land jobs at more than twice the rate of their first-generation, low-income peers, with 85% graduating debt-free.