10,000 Degrees General Scholarship Application

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Welcome to the 10,000 Degrees Scholarship application.


10,000 Degrees provides scholarships to individuals with significant financial need who exhibit a strong desire to go to college, and who have the perseverance necessary to graduate from college and accomplish their educational goals.

The Priority Deadline is Thursday, March 2nd, 2023.

To submit the application you will need to:
  • Upload your most recent unofficial transcript.
  • Complete either the FAFSA (fafsa.ed.gov) or the California Dream Act Application (dream.csac.ca.gov/) and have available a copy of the resulting Student Aid Report (SAR). 

Please contact 10,000 Degrees with any questions:

Last Names that begin with A - M, please contact:

Marisol Magaña Bright, (415) 233-4573, or mmagana@10000degrees.org

Last Names that begin with N - Z, please contact:
Bryan Lopez-Gonzalez, (415) 726-2074, or bryan.lopez-gonzalez@10000degrees.org

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Note: Required questions are marked with a red asterisk.
Contact Information

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Demographic Information

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Demographic information is used for internal reporting and special scholarship eligibility.

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Please answer "Yes" if your parents attended college but have not attained a Bachelor's degree or higher in the United States.


High School Students
High School Information

Enrollment Expectations

If you are not sure of your answer above, you may choose "Undecided 4-Year College" or "Undecided Community College".

"Undecided" is ok!

"Undecided" is ok!
10,000 Degrees Connection

College Student Information

Non-High School Students

College Students
College Enrollment

If you are not sure of your answer above, you may choose "Undecided College" or "Undecided Community College".

College Academic Information

If you need to attach multiple documents (e.g. you have multiple college transcripts and you can't combine into one document, please email them to scholarships@10000degrees.org.

Major Information

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It's ok to say "unknown"
Degree Information

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Graduate Students

Short Question

(Please write between 50 and 300 words.)

Short Answer Questions


Please answer the two short answer questions below. You may compose your essays in a separate document and copy and paste it into the boxes below. You may also write the essays in your native/first/preferred language.

Short answers must be between 250 - 500 words (a paragraph to a page).

10,000 Degrees is looking for students who demonstrate a strong motivation to go to college and a desire for learning and the perseverance necessary to complete their educational goal. 

These essays may be an important factor in determining your eligibility for some scholarships. 

Please write between 250 and 500 words.

Please write between 250 and 500 words.

Financial Information


In order to complete your application, you must submit the Student Aid Report (SAR or CAL SAR) which you receive after filling out either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA). Please note: if you do not attach the SAR form, you will be disqualified from receiving a scholarship unless there are specific circumstances preventing you from doing so. 

The FAFSA is available at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
The CADAA is available at https://dream.csac.ca.gov

No Student Aid Report, upload Tax Form

Please upload a copy of your 1040 from your 2020 or 2021 tax return in place of your SAR below.


CAL SAR Example


To answer the following questions, please refer to your student aid report or tax return. 


Specialty Scholarships 

 Answer the following questions and we will determine if you are eligible for a specialty scholarship.  
EAH Scholarship

Have your property manager sign the Verification of Household Good Standing

Art Scholarships

To be eligible you must be:
  1. Pursuing a post-secondary degree in an art field and 
  2. Able to demonstrate passion and aptitude for the field 
Application Requirements:
  1. A letter of recommendation: ask that the recommender include the date, applicant's name, author's name, telephone number, address, and relationship with the applicant. 
  2. Portfolio samples of your art work.
Please upload letter of recommendation and portfolio samples below.

Asian Scholarship

In order to apply you must be a graduating high school senior from the Bay Area, have at least one parent of Asian or Pacific Islander descent, and have a high school GPA of at least 3.0.

Additional Requirements:  In addition to answering the questions below, you must submit one letter of recommendation (must be academic). Please ask the individuals writing your recommendations to include the date, applicant's name, author's name, telephone number, address, and relationship with the applicant. Please make sure to note that the letter is for the Asian Scholarship.

Please attach the letters of recommendation below or email them to scholarships@10000degrees.org.

Jose & Mary Tamayo Memorial / La Tortilla Factory Scholarship

Flagship Food Group Scholarship

Jackson Family Wines Scholarship

Silverado Farming Company Scholarship

Hotel Healdsburg Scholarship

Beatrix Fox Auerbach Scholarship

Marin City Scholarship

Richard T. Torkelson Scholarship

Established in memory of Richard T. Torkelson, a Press Democrat reporter, this scholarship provides support to students residing in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties who have demonstrated an interest in journalism, communications, photojournalism, documentary art and non-fiction digital media.

Additional Requirements:   The following supplemental materials must be uploaded or emailed to scholarships@10000degrees.org:

  • Two samples of your best work for print or broadcast

  • Two letters of recommendation from instructors or close associates (excluding relatives).  Make sure letter of recommendation states it's for the Richard T. Torkelson Scholarship. 

American Institute of Architects Redwood Empire Scholarship

The Redwood Empire chapter of the AIA provides scholarships for students from Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, DelNorte, Lake, Modoc, Siskiyou and Trinity Counties pursuing post-secondary education in architecture.  Selection criteria will include academic and non-academic performance, as well as financial need.

To apply for this scholarship you must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in architecture or post-secondary education in architecture accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. 

Application Requirements: 

You must submit a Portfolio – which should include work that reflects your interest in architecture or which demonstrates your creative abilities. Examples may include drafting, photography, computer graphics, writing, cartooning, art, sculpture or any other media.  

You can attach samples of your work below.

Music Scholarships

Music Additonal Qs

Retirement Communities Scholarship

Application requirements:
Employment verification: Please provide a letter from the HR Department verifying employment.

Note: Subcontractors and independent contractors of the facilities are not eligible.

Employment Verification must be uploaded below.

Sonoma County Medical Association & Alliance Health Careers Scholarship

To apply you must be a Sonoma County resident, or have graduated from a Sonoma County high school, and must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement with a 3.0 GPA or higher.  This scholarship is open to students at all education levels. 

Application Requirements for Sonoma County Medical Association & Alliance Health Careers Scholarship Fund are:   

1) A short answer to why you have selected this major.

2) A personal statement (1 page maximum)

3) Two letters of recommendation from instructors or professional associates (excluding relatives).  The letters must be current.

Please attach the letters of recommendation below or email to scholarships@10000degrees.org.  Please make sure to note that the letter is for the Sonoma County Medical Association & Alliance Health Careers Scholarship

Yacht Club Scholarship

Building Better Teachers Scholarship

Requirements: In addition to answering the questions below, you must submit a resume.

Marin Retired Teachers Association Scholarship

Note: "5th Year" means that you have already attained BA or are doing a concurrent program.

To be eligible you must have graduated from a Marin County high school and be enrolled in a 5th year teaching credential program in 2022 - 2023.

Additional Requirements:  In addition to answering the questions below, you must submit two letters of recommendation.

Solomon Scholarship

Solomon Scholarship Questions

The Solomon Scholarship Fund is intended to assist qualified MBA, MPP, and Joint Degree (MA/MBA and MPP/MBA) candidates who have been accepted into the Lokey School of Business and Public Policy at Mills College but do not have and are otherwise unable to obtain financial resources to attend.

This fund is named for Winifred Solomon who was born in 1928 in Brooklyn, New York.  Winnie, as she has always been known, graduated high school at age 16 and attended City College of New York with a major in Industrial Management, a very rare concentration for a woman in the 1940's.

She married at age 19 and enjoyed a 61-year marriage to her husband.  They raised two boys near Boston, Massachusetts, and Winnie was always active in local politics and progressive social causes.  Her first full time professional job was as the very first Equal Employment Officer for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Later she was a Dean (for administration) at the Harvard Divinity School.  Throughout her career and in her professional life, Winnie was a mentor and a role model for young women and men.


In retirement, she and her husband relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she died peacefully in 2016 at the age of 88.

RAMCO Scholarship

RAMCO Scholarship Questions

RAMCO's Scholarship Program is  funded by RAMCO to enable our hard-working, dedicated employees or the  children of our employees to further their educational and career goals. All funds awarded through the program can be applied towards a scholastic or vocational program of your choice.

RAMCO offers these scholarships to qualified applicants company wide including the areas of Watsonville, Salinas, Santa Maria, Oxnard, and Yuma, AZ.

Who is Eligible?

  1. Any RAMCO employee  or their children presently enrolled, or who will be enrolled anytime during the upcoming academic year. The applicant or appli­cant's parent must be a current/active RAMCO employee.
  2. Applicants must be either high school seniors or currently enrolled full time in a four- year college/ university, junior college or accredited trade school. Scholarships will be one-year allocations.
  3. Applicants must maintain a minimum cu­mulative GPA of 2.5 to be considered. Past scholarship winners must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA to reapply.

Law Scholarship

Joseph James Scholarship

What is the Joseph James Scholarship?

This scholarship program was mandated by the settlement agreement with the CA State Attorney General as a remedy for operating a segregated school and a racially discriminatory educational program.

Who can apply for the scholarship?

Any students who attended Bayside Martin Luther King Academy for 4 or more consecutive months from 8/1/13 to 6/13/19 and;

Are enrolled or enrolling in an accredited college or trade program at least part time.

Lift Off Scholarship

We have limited scholarships available for students with learning disabilities.

Mount Tamalpais College Scholarship Fund
This is a fund that supports students formerly involved with Mount Tamalpais College, formerly known as the Prison University Project.  

Ron Rudolph Scholarship

Dry Creek Valley Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Dry Creek Valley Association in cooperation with the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley. It provides support to residents or children of residents of the Dry Creek Valley Watershed of Sonoma County who have financial need and have demonstrated academic merit and involvement in community and extracurricular activities.

Requirements: To apply for this scholarship you must be a resident or a child of a resident of Dry Creek Valley.

Andy Wallstrum Scholarship

This scholarship honors the life work of Andy Wallstrum by supporting students who are graduates of Lawrence Cook Middle School in Santa Rosa. Awards are given to students who have demonstrated improvement in their academic grades or behavior.

Additional Requirements:   In addition to answering the following question, please attach one letter of recommendation from an instructor, principal, counselor, or other school professional verifying improvement in your academic grades or behavior.  It does not have to be someone from Lawrence Cook Middle School.  Attach the letter below or email to scholarships@10000degrees.org. Please make sure to note that the letter is for the Andy Wallstrum Scholarship.

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts Scholarship

If you are interested in a full scholarship, please submit a short video representing your artistic practice/performance. Please go to https://10000degrees.us.launchpad6.com/scholarship2022 to submit your short video..
Other Specialty Scholarships

We have other specialty scholarships that are related to your interests and experiences.  Answer these and we will determine your eligibility for them. For each, please briefly describe your experience, your roles and responsibilities, and time commitment (hrs per week or weeks per year).


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