The Marie A. Calderilla Scholarship

The Marie A. Calderilla Scholarship

Award Amount

Up to $20,000 (paid over three or four years, must meet renewal requirements)

Number of Awards

Up to 20 (a combination of one-time and renewable scholarships will be awarded)

Finalists must interview with the selection committee

Previous applicants/recipients may reapply


This program was established in 2007 through a generous gift from Marie A. Calderilla, who believed deeply in the importance of education. The purpose of this scholarship is to enable women to pursue courses of study that they would otherwise be unable to follow due to limited financial means. The selection committee looks for academic promise, women who have demonstrated a commitment to completing a degree or certificate program or to increasing their work skills, and personal characteristics such as honesty, good judgment and perseverance.

Recipients are eligible for up to three years of funding; however, students must meet renewal requirements to continue to receive the award. Students enrolled in a four-year degree program at a San Mateo County Community College District college are eligible for up to four years of funding.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Female student, pursuing first undergraduate degree or certificate program
  • Graduating high school senior or re-entry student planning to attend a college in the San Mateo County Community College District (Cañada College, San Mateo Community College and Skyline Community College)
  • Demonstrated financial hardship
  • Serious about improving her life through education
  • United States citizen or eligible non-citizen (eligible non-citizens include United States legal residents and AB 540 students)