About the Endowment

About the Endowment

Over $76 Million for Student Scholarships

California has always been a place of opportunity—and no institution embodies this promise more than the California Community Colleges. California’s Community Colleges, the largest higher education system in the nation, were created to provide affordable and accessible educational opportunities for all Californians. Today, the system serves nearly 3 million students each year, supplies the majority of the state’s workforce training, and provides a stepping stone for students on the pathway to four-year and graduate degrees.

The goal of the California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment (CCCSE) is to support student success and opportunity by creating a permanent fund for scholarships, offering long-term relief to the rising costs that keep many students from completing their education.

The CCCSE and corresponding three-year fundraising campaign were made possible thanks to the generosity of The Bernard Osher Foundation. In May 2008, The Osher Foundation made a historic pledge to the California Community Colleges, giving an unprecedented lead gift of $25 million to establish the endowment, and committing additional match dollars for amounts raised by the system. Over the course of three years, a permanent scholarship fund was established to support students who struggle to afford the ever-rising cost of an education. 

With its historic commitment to the California Community Colleges in 2008, the  Osher Foundation inspired a new trend in community college philanthropy, helping raise awareness of the need to increase scholarship support to California’s community college students. The result is a $76 million permanent scholarship fund that will provide financial support to over 3,000 students in need every year, forever.  

Committed to Students

For Community College students across California, the possibility of a better life begins with higher education. Yet each year more students are struggling to make ends meet and stay in school as affordability continues to become a growing barrier to student success. Today, approximately half of all Community College students still have unmet financial need after all financial aid is considered.

Scholarships from the CCCCSE, which were first distributed to students throughout the state in Fall 2009 and will continue to be distributed every year in perpetuity, address this growing need.

  • Scholarships of up to $1,100 per academic year help financially strained students offset educational costs, making it possible for them to stay in school. The scholarships can been applied to textbooks, lab equipment, uniforms, lab fees and other instructional supplies.
  • These scholarships are intended to support those students with the most financial need who have demonstrated success and commitment in their coursework. To qualify, students must have completed 24 units of degree-applicable study, be enrolled in at least six units for the ensuing semester, and receive a California College Promise Grant (formerly Board of Governors Fee Waiver). Criteria may differ between colleges.

Increase Your Impact

Even though the match campaign is over, you can still make a lasting impact on California Community College students by contributing to the CCCSE. 100 percent of every donation directly funds scholarships, ensuring the greatest possible support for our students.  

Learn more about contributing to the CCCSE today!

Matching Campaign

Just 17 months after its formation, the CCCSE began benefiting students throughout the state. For the 2009-10 academic year, at least 1,250 students were awarded with CCCSE Osher Scholarships through the CCCSE. For many, the possibility of completing their education was an unattainable dream until these scholarships were awarded.

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California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment
T: 916.498.6725
866.325.3222 Ext. 144
F: 916.325.0844
E: endowment@foundationccc.org

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Community Colleges

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Who we serve

The Foundation serves as the official foundation supporting the Board of Governors, Chancellor’s Office, and the entire California Community College system, including 114 colleges and 72 districts, serving 2.1 million students.

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