Finish Line Scholars Program

Eliminating Regional Achievement Gaps: Student Scholarships and Emergency Financial Aid

The California Community Colleges Finish Line Scholars Program supports students to ensure they stay on track with their education and complete a degree or certificate, or transfer to a four year college or university.

The program is intended to help eliminate regional educational gaps through distribution of emergency financial aid to students 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 $100 million, over a span of 20 years, 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. Focusing on these regions aligns with goal six of the California Community College system’s strategic plan, Vision for Success. That goal is to eliminate regional gaps in higher education achievement. These regions have the lowest rates of educational attainment of adults. They also have a high percentage of students without access to broadband, students living below the poverty line, high school students who receive free or reduced price lunch, and other factors that make them a priority. Increasing the number of people who have a college education in these regions will help decrease poverty and increase local opportunities.

Eligible Colleges

Far North

  • Butte College
  • College of the Redwoods
  • College of the Siskiyous
  • Feather River College
  • Lassen College
  • Mendocino College
  • Shasta College


  • Bakersfield College
  • Cerro Coso Community College
  • Clovis Community College
  • College of the Sequoias
  • Columbia College
  • Fresno City College
  • Madera Community College
  • Merced College
  • Modesto Junior College
  • Porterville College
  • Reedley College
  • San Joaquin Delta College
  • Taft College
  • West Hills College Coalinga
  • West Hills College Lemoore

Inland Empire

  • Barstow College
  • Chaffey College
  • College of the Desert
  • Copper Mountain College
  • Crafton Hills College
  • Moreno Valley College
  • Mt. San Jacinto College
  • Norco College
  • Palo Verde College
  • Riverside Community College
  • San Bernardino Valley College
  • Victor Valley College

For Students

The goal of this scholarship and emergency financial aid program is to support students to ensure they stay on track with their education and complete a degree, certificate, or transfer to a four year college or university. If you’re a student interested in this opportunity, click the button below to learn more. 

Impact Summary for 2021-22 Academic Year

  • 3,007 Total Scholarships

    supported through the Finish Line Scholars Program.

  • 1,012 Scholarship Recipients

    who completed their educational goal.

  • $4.55M Total Funds

    distributed to students.

  • $9.09M Total Funds

    distributed since inception in 2020.

Student Testimonial

Jordan D., California Community College Finish Line Scholar, Feather River College

“Receiving Finish Line funds during my sophomore year eased my burden of expensive books and transportation costs, enabling me to graduate with Highest Honors in Social & Behavioral Science. Thanks to the scholarship, I’ve saved for my Dental Hygiene program, reducing my future debt.”

Student Testimonial

Sidra J., California Community College Finish Line Scholar, Cerro Coso Community College

Thank you so much for choosing me for the scholarship! The Finish Line funds will help me cover the cost of tuition, textbooks, and more and help me get further toward my goal of becoming a dentist! Higher education is expensive but with the help of wonderful scholarship programs like these, it gives hope to every student who wants to pursue higher education but cannot afford to. Thank you for this opportunity, I’m very grateful!