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Providing Financial Assistance and Scholarships

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Skills Scholarships

Financial assistance for students in technology work-based learning programs.

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Skills Scholarships seek to increase the number of California Community Colleges students who complete an Associate Degree and earn an industry certification in in-demand cloud skills.  In partnership with AWS, FoundationCCC helps offset non-academic costs for students enrolled in the AWS Cloud Skills Pilot Program to support students engaged in a work-based learning experience.

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Keenan Insurance Scholarships

Increasing diversity in the insurance, risk management, and financial services industry.

The Keenan Insurance Scholarships seek to increase the diversity of professionals working within the insurance, risk management, and financial services industry by providing scholarships to historically underrepresented student groups at the California Community Colleges. 

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California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment (CCCSE)

Making possibility permanent for Community College students.

The California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment (CCCSE) supports students by providing more than 6,000 student scholarships each year. Over 90 California Community Colleges participated in fundraising efforts to support the creation of this permanent scholarship fund totaling more than $76 million.

The CCCSE was made possible thanks to the generosity of The Bernard Osher Foundation. In May 2008, the Osher Foundation made an historic $25 million dollar donation to establish the scholarship endowment. This remarkable gift inspired a systemwide scholarship campaign with the Osher Foundation providing matching funds.

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Educating for Change Scholarship

Supporting incarceration-impacted students.

The Educating for Change Scholarship, made possible through a generous gift from Dr. Joseph Bick and Ms. Stephanie Koop, provides scholarships to California Community College students with an incarcerated parent. 

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Finish Line Scholars Program

Eliminating regional achievement gaps: student scholarships and emergency financial aid.

The California Community Colleges Finish Line Scholars Program keeps students on track with their education and goals to complete a degree, certificate, or transfer to a four year college or university. The program is intended to help eliminate regional educational gaps through the distribution of emergency financial aid to those facing unexpected hardships and scholarships to students who are well on their way toward a finish line goal of transferring to a college or university or completing a certificate or degree.

The Jay Pritzker Foundation has pledged a transformational $100 million, the largest gift supporting community college students in history, to support this program. For the first five years, starting in 2020, scholarships and emergency financial aid will be distributed to students through 34 colleges that are in the three regions of California with the lowest percentage of adults who have college degrees: the Inland Empire, the Central Valley, and the Far North.

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Real Estate Education Endowment

Supporting community college real estate education.

The Real Estate Education Endowment is a permanent fund established by the State of California Real Estate Commissioner in 1975. For over 35 years, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office managed the fund and executed all necessary activities in coordination with a Real Estate Advisory Board and the Department of Real Estate. FoundationCCC took over administrative responsibilities of the endowment in July of 2015. FoundationCCC oversees management and investment as well as the day-to-day activities required in managing the endowment.

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Native American California Community College Students Scholarship

Making college accessible and affordable for Native American California Community College Students.

Funded through a generous donation from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the Native American California Community College Students Scholarship seeks to make college more affordable and accessible for students enrolled in a federally recognized Native American, American Indian, or Alaska Native tribe and attending a California Community College.

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Tim Bonnel Memorial Scholarship

Financial aid for current and former foster youth students.

The Tim Bonnel Memorial Scholarship benefits current and former foster youth students attending the California Community Colleges. Established by Tim Bonnel’s colleagues, friends, and family members in his memory, the scholarship honors his unwavering dedication, including as Coordinator of Student Financial Assistance Programs at the Chancellor’s Office, to narrowing the college achievement gap for foster youth . The scholarship is awarded by the California Community Colleges Student Financial Aid Administrators Association annually. For more information, contact advancement@foundationccc.org.