The Abby Sobrato Scholarship

How to Apply

1. Starting Jan. 7, 2019, register and login to Apply SVCF, our online application system. Applications are due Feb. 20, 2019.

2. Complete your Apply SVCF profile; the system will use your profile information to determine your eligibility for scholarships.

3. If you are eligible, complete the online application. You’ll have to provide info on your education, extracurricular activities and financial information.

4. Upload the required application documents, outlined at left.

5. Save, review and finalize your application, then submit!

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Abby Sobrato Scholarship 2019 Timeline

Jan. 7, 2019
Application opens

Feb. 20, 2019
Applications due for current graduating high school seniors

Early to Mid-April
Interviews conducted for Support Services Renewable Scholarship Finalists

April 26, 2019
Notifications sent to applicants

July-September 2019
Scholarship payments are mailed to recipients' schools when the scholarship is accepted and enrollment is verified

September 27, 2019
Deadline for recipients to claim and submit Scholarship Acceptance and Agreement Form, along with enrollment verification

Questions

Questions about applying?

Contact 650.450.5487 or
scholarships@siliconvalleycf.org

For graduating high school seniors of Latino College Preparatory Academy (LCPA), Luis Valdez Leadership Academy (LVLA) and B. Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy (RCLA) in San José, Calif. who contribute to their campus in a meaningful way.

Scholarship Amount

Up to $25,000 (paid over four to six years, provided renewal eligibility requirements are met)

Number of Scholarships

Up to 50 (a combination of renewable scholarships, with and without support services, will be awarded)

Background

The Abby Sobrato Scholarship was established by John Matthew Sobrato in memory of his mother. A teacher herself, she inspired him to go into teaching and always pushed for equal opportunity for everyone. This scholarship seeks to honor those values and provide expanded opportunities for students attending Latino College Prep Academy (LCPA), Luis Valdez Leadership Academy (LVLA) and B. Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy (RCLA) in San José, California, through significant scholarship support that will facilitate college access and success. The selection committee looks for students who demonstrate academic potential, involvement in community or school activities and contributed to their campus in a meaningful way.

Eligibility Requirements

Renewable Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduating high school senior of the Latino College Prep Academy (LCPA), Luis Valdez Leadership Academy (LVLA) and B. Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy (RCLA) in San José, California
  • Planning to enroll in a two- or four-year college or vocational school as a part-time or full-time student.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5
  • United States citizen or eligible non-citizen (eligible non-citizens include legal residents, DACA and A.B. 540 students)

Student Support Services Renewable Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

In addition to a $12,000 scholarship (paid over four years, provided renewal eligibility requirements are met), support services in the form of workshops, mentoring and internship assistance will be offered to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Graduating high school senior of LCPA, LVLA and RCLA in San José, Calif.
  • Planning to enroll in a four-year college as a full-time student
  • Cumulative grade point average between 2.8 – 3.8 on a 4.0 scale
  • Willing to actively participate in mentoring activities, college and career success trainings, and summer internship opportunities
  • United States citizen or eligible non-citizen (eligible non-citizens include legal residents, DACA and A.B. 540 students)

Required Application Documents

In addition to the Apply SVCF application form, you are required to submit the following application documents to be considered for the Abby Sobrato Scholarship.

1. Personal Statement

Submit your personal statement into your Apply SVCF application. Your 500-850 word personal statement should address the following prompts:

  • Describe your short- and long-term goals and how furthering your education will assist you in reaching those goals.
  • Comment on the personal characteristics, educational and extracurricular activities that have helped prepare you for college OR your intended career if you are a current college student.  
  • Reflect on your personal journey (significant accomplishments, challenges and/or hardships) and any life lessons that you think will or have help(ed) you succeed in college.
  • Describe why you believe you are a good candidate for the specific scholarship(s) for which you are applying.

2. Financial Need Documentation (PDF)

Evidence of financial need must be submitted to Apply SVCF for all SVCF Managed Scholarships accordingly:

U.S. citizens and legal U.S. residents: Upload a copy of your 2019-20 completed FAFSA and Student Aid Report (SAR)

Note: Do not assume you won’t be eligible for federal or state financial aid. Many institutional and private scholarships require that you complete the FAFSA to be considered for these types of awards. If your household’s financial situation drastically changes, you will be able to request an appeal. By appealing a financial aid award, some students are able to secure thousands of dollars in additional grants and student loans.

A.B. 540 / DACA students: Upload a copy of ONE of the following:

  • 2019-20 California Dream Act Application and Confirmation Page. 
  • First two pages of your parent or guardian’s most recent Federal Tax Forms 1040. 
  • Your parent or guardian’s two most recent pay stubs.
  • Financial Aid Award Letter (PDF) provided by the educational institution you are attending or plan to attend in the fall.

3. Letters of Recommendation (PDF)

Graduating high school seniors: Two letters of recommendation, one from each category, are required. All letters must be signed and dated.

Categories for letters of recommendation include:

  • A teacher or academic advisor on school letterhead.
  • A volunteer or work supervisor, community leader or personal acquaintance. (Volunteer or work supervisor letters must be on the organization’s letterhead. Personal acquaintance letters cannot come from parents or relatives.)

There are two ways to submit your letters of recommendation. 

  1. Obtain the two letters of recommendation from your recommenders and upload them yourself to your Apply SVCF application.

  2. Have your recommenders submit the letters themselves. First, include the name and email address of your two recommenders in your Apply SVCF application (be sure to ask recommenders before providing their information). Then, we will email your recommenders and request that they submit their letters to us directly.

Note: Regardless of your submission method, it is your responsibility to ensure letters are submitted by the deadline. Letters of recommendation which were written for other scholarship or college applications can be used, but must be for the current year.

4. Official Transcripts of Grades (Submit both PDFs and hard copies)

Upload PDF versions of your official transcripts to Apply SVCF AND mail hard copy originals (unless your school provides official electronic transcripts) to the address below:

Attn: Scholarships
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300
Mountain View, CA 94040

If your school provides official electronic transcripts, they can be sent to scholarships@siliconvalleycf.org.

Current graduating high school seniors: Submit an official high school transcript AND official college transcripts, if applicable.

Note: Request your transcripts early, as it may take four to six weeks for these to be generated. Ask your school if they generate electronic official transcripts that can be turned into PDFs. Screen shots or Internet-generated transcripts will not be accepted.