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 2020 Timeline

Aug. 19, 2020
Application Portal Opens

Sept. 21, 2020
Application Due Date

Oct. 20, 2020
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 SVCF to provide additional scholarship opportunities to the many worthy applicants that seek funding each year. The selection committee looks for students showing academic promise and 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 those students who attended or will attend college within the nine-county Bay Area region.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Can demonstrate unmet need after all other forms of college financial aid are secured
  • Demonstrated academic promise with a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Applicants are students of color and/or immigrants, regardless of naturalization status
  • Applicants are enrolled in not-for-profit:
    • Two-year, four-year, or graduate accredited educational institutions as a part-time or full-time student; or
    • Career/technical, vocational, or certificate programs as a part-time or full-time student
  • Special consideration will be given to applicants who attended high school and/or will pursue further education within the ten-county Bay Area region (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma)

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrate unmet need of more than $1,000 for the upcoming academic term by submitting most recent financial aid award letter. Your unmet need does not include student loans and work study.
  • Academic excellence
  • Overall quality of the personal statement:
    • Prompt: Tell us why you are a good candidate to receive The Bright Futures Scholarship and what impact this scholarship will have on your ability to continue education
    • Your statement should be no more than 500 words

Required Materials:

  • Application
  • Personal statement
  • Most recent Financial Aid Award Letter
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Academic transcripts