The Bright Futures Scholarship

How to Apply

Eligible students will be invited to apply for the Bright Futures scholarship in August. Application details will be shared with eligible students at that time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Access our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about using our online application system, scholarship award payments, and more.

Bright Futures 2019 Timeline

Aug. 26, 2019
Eligible students invited to apply

Sept. 18, 2019
Application deadline

Oct. 21, 2019
Notifications sent to students


Questions about applying?

Contact 650.450.5487 or

By invitation, for eligible students who applied to a Silicon Valley Community Foundation Managed Scholarship, and can demonstrate academic excellence and unmet need.

Scholarship Amount

Up to $10,000

Number of Scholarships

Up to 20 one-time scholarships


The Bright Futures Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 by Silicon Valley Community Foundation to provide additional scholarship opportunities to the many worthy applicants that seek funding each year. Each year SVCF's scholarship programs receive an average of 600 requests; unfortunately, because the number of scholarships awarded is determined by the amount of funds available, hundreds of bright, promising students are turned down each year. The selection committee looks for students showing academic excellence whose educational opportunities will be increased by financial assistance. In addition, the selection committee will take into consideration the overall quality of the personal statement. Special consideration will be given to working students and those pursuing a teaching or master's degree with an emphasis in the teaching of mathematics.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applied for, but not awarded, an SVCF Managed Scholarship and/or was awarded a scholarship, but can demonstrate unmet need after all other forms of college financial aid are secured
  • Demonstrated academic promise with a cumulative grade point average between 3.3 and 3.8 on a 4.0 scale
  • Currently enrolled at a four-year educational institution as a full-time student