How to Apply
1. Starting Jan. 7, 2019, register and login to Apply SVCF, our online application system. Applications are due May 8, 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!
Abby Sobrato Scholarship 2019 Timeline
Jan. 7, 2019
May 8, 2019
Notifications sent to applicants
July-September 28, 2019
Scholarship payments are mailed to recipients' schools when the scholarship is accepted and enrollment is verified
Sept. 28, 2019
Deadline for recipients to claim and submit Scholarship Acceptance and Agreement Form, along with enrollment verification
For graduates of the Latino College Preparatory Academy (LCPA) in San José, Calif. who intend to continue their post secondary studies and have demonstrated financial need.
Up to $5,000
Number of Scholarships
Up to 20 one-time awards
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.
- Graduate of the Latino College Prep Academy (LCPA)
- Enrolled or 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)
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 academic plan. Are you working towards a two- or four-year degree, planning to transfer to a four-year college or on completing a certificate / vocational program?
- Discuss your career goals.
- Describe a personal accomplishment of which you are proud or activities in which you have been involved.
- Reflect upon any challenges you have faced, how you responded to them and what you learned as a result.
- Indicate why you believe you are a good candidate for the scholarship.
- Close your personal statement with your name and date.
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.
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)
One letter of recommendation from either category is required. Letter 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. 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applicants: Submit unofficial high school transcript(s)
Note: NOTE: High school transcripts are required to verify graduation from LCPA; the GPA is not considered or scored during the selection process.
Current college students: Submit official college transcript(s) for all college coursework completed.
Career/technical, vocational or certificate students: Submit academic transcript for all coursework completed.
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.