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California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment (CCCSE)

Making possibility permanent for community college students.

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. The Osher Foundation’s pledge to the California Community Colleges is a shining example of the transformative power of philanthropy. By investing in education and creating a permanent scholarship fund, FoundationCCC has helped to ensure that students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to pursue their academic goals and achieve their full potential.

The California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment (CCCSE) Osher Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance to students who are pursuing their education at one of the 116 California Community Colleges and who have demonstrated both financial need and academic success.

By providing financial assistance to students who have demonstrated success and commitment in their coursework, the CCCSE Osher Scholarship Program helps to ensure that these students can continue their education and achieve their academic goals.

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. This endowment will provide more than 6,000 student scholarships every academic year in perpetuity.

For Students

The CCCSE Osher Scholarship Program aims to offer financial support to students enrolled at one of the 116 California Community Colleges. This program specifically targets those who have shown both academic excellence and a requirement for financial aid. If you’re a student curious about this opportunity, click the button below to learn more.

For Colleges

CCCSE Osher Scholarship Instructions and Guidelines

Scholarship instructions and guidelines are available for colleges to use as guidance and are updated annually or more frequently, as needed. Click on the button below to download the most up to date instructions and guidelines, including scholarship amounts for the current academic year.

*FoundationCCC may adjust scholarship amounts in increments of no less than $100 based on inflation, ensuring that students will reap the same benefit in the future economy. FoundationCCC will alert colleges to the updated figure upon adjustment.

Scholarship Awards Timeline

Most colleges distribute funding prior to the start of each term, but scholarship deadlines and award periods are different for each college. Students should check with their financial aid office or scholarship office to learn about dates and deadlines on your campus. Click the button below to download the annual timeline.

Impact Summary for 2022-23 Academic Year

  • 7,284 Total scholarships

    distributed in 2022-23.

  • 4,684 Total scholars

    supported in 2022-23.

  • $4.45M Total scholarship funds

    distributed to schools in 2022-23.

Explore our interactive map to learn more about the impact of California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment (CCCSE) Osher Scholarship Program and other scholarship and emergency aid programs. 

Other Scholarship Opportunities

For additional information on scholarship opportunities and other forms of financial aid available for California Community College students, visit your financial aid office, scholarship office, or www.icangotocollege.com.