How to Apply
1. Starting January 7, 2020, register and login to Apply SVCF, our online application system. Applications are due February 14, 2020.
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!
Abby Sobrato Scholarship 2020 Timeline
January. 7, 2020
February 14, 2020
September 30, 2020
Due date for recipients to sign and submit Scholarship Acceptance and Agreement Form, along with enrollment verification documents. These documents and forms are needed before SVCF can mail scholarship award payments.
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.
Up to $25,000 (up to $5,000 per year, provided renewal eligibility requirements are met over 4-6 years)
Number of Scholarships
Up to 50 (a combination of renewable scholarships, with and without support services, will be awarded)
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.
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
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
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:
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.
Students with non-resident status, including A.B. 540/DACA: Upload a copy of ONE of the following:
- 2020-21 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.
Obtain the two letters of recommendation from your recommenders and upload them yourself to your Apply SVCF application.
- 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. Unofficial or Official Transcripts of Grades (Submit only PDFs)
Upload PDF versions of your unofficial or official transcripts to Apply SVCF under the appropriate transcript field or Confirmation tab at the end of the application.
Only mail a hard copy if your school will not issue unofficial or official transcripts directly to students. Hard copy transcripts can be mailed to the address below:
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300
Mountain View, CA 94040
Current college students: Submit unofficial or official college transcript(s) for all college coursework completed AND unofficial or official high school transcript(s).
Note: Any unofficial transcripts submitted will be reviewed for inconsistencies and an official transcript may be requested by SVCF at any time for confirmation. All submitted transcripts must include: student’s full name, student ID number, name of high school or college, all courses and grades, and cumulative GPA.