Mesa College and the Mesa College Foundation collaborate to make scholarships accessible to all of our students regardless of major, GPA, course load, or citizenship/immigration status. Thanks to our generous donors and supporters, Mesa Scholarship Team has been able to create a free and easy way for our Mesa students to access hundreds of scholarship opportunities through one application.

The application period begins early December and ends mid-February annually. Scholarship awardees, donors, and other Mesa community members are invited to the Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony to celebrate their hard work and achievements.

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Scholarship Ceremony & Tickets

San Diego Mesa College and the San Diego Mesa College Foundation invite you to join us at our Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony to take place Wednesday, April 24th at 4:30 PM.

Each year, we come together to shine a spotlight on Mesa students who have earned scholarships, give thanks to the generous donors who invested right alongside our students, and honor this special partnership that allows our students to pursue their best futures.

You can purchase tickets now:

  • General admission tickets are $30
  • Mesa student tickets are $20 and a Mesa/SDCCD ID is required
  • Scholarship recipient tickets are free!
  • Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Financial support is available to students and families as needed. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 619-388-2699 to receive information. We welcome donations and sponsorships to help us cover the cost of those in need of financial support. You may donate upon check-out by selecting "optional donation" as a ticket type.

If you need special accommodations, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 619-388-2699.

Purchase Tickets for the Scholarship Ceremony

Scholarship Timeline

November 15, 2023 Deadline to renew and update scholarship*
December 7, 2023 Scholarships posted, students are able to apply*
January 8, 2024 Review committee selection
February 15, 2024 Student applications due
February 19, 2024 to March 8, 2024 Review committees score applications
March 18, 2023 to April 3, 2024 Students notified, invited to accept scholarships
April 9, 2024 Final award notification to donors and reviewers
April 24, 2024 Scholarship Awards Ceremony
May 2024; September 2024; March 2025 Awards provided to students (depending on scholarship funding timeline set by the donor/scholarship lead)
* Only scholarships that are renewed and fully funded will be posted. These dates are projected and may change.

Apply for Scholarships

With hundreds of scholarship awards ranging from $250-$5,000, we encourage all currently enrolled Mesa College students to apply. With one general application, students can apply to as many scholarships as they wish. Students may be awarded up to three scholarships to cover the costs of tuition, books, and additional educational expenses.

There is a scholarship for everyone. Mesa College Foundation Scholarships include a wide variety of programs - - there are scholarships for specific majors and career paths, basic needs, LGBTQ+, kindness, single, parents, specific ethnic and racial populations, DSPS students, EOPS students, Military-Affiliated Students, academic achievements, community service, leadership and more.

NOTE: Please note that we are still in the process of adding scholarship opportunities to the list of available applications. We apologize for the delay, but rest assured that the full list of scholarships will be available shortly, so check back frequently!

Apply for scholarships

Check out these scholarships with low applicants!

Get Help With Your Scholarship Application

Visit the Mesa College Writing Center to receive assistance with your scholarship application. Get guidance from experienced writing tutors to strengthen your personal statements and increase your chances of winning a scholarship. Let's get started.

Scholarship Workshop Schedule 2023-24

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View Award Recipients

Congratulations to the Mesa College Foundation Scholarship Awardees! Mesa College Office of Communications creates a beautiful video celebration to compliment the Scholarship Awards Ceremony. To view this and the list of our most recent recipients, follow the links below.

View the winners of 2022-2023 Scholarships

View the winners of 2023-2024 Scholarships

Scholarship Award Timelines

When will my check be ready?

Each scholarship has its own awards timeline. There are three possible award timeline options:

Award Timeline Check Ready for Pickup
Immediate release of full award (May) Checks are anticipated to be ready by late May
Half Next Fall (Sept) / Half Next Spring (Mar) 2 weeks after the Add/Drop deadline for the semester
Next Academic Year (Fall Semester) 2 weeks after the Add/Drop deadline for the semester

View award timelines for each scholarship

The award timeline can also be seen on your notification email from

Can I pick up a real check?

Yes, once checks are cut from the Foundation, checks will be sent to Student Accounting and can be picked up.

Can I get my check in the mail?

Yes, please email our team to request your check to be mailed, and request your check to be mailed to a safe mailbox.

My check is still not ready, where is it?

Checks are being prepared and student eligibility are being verified. For awards being dispersed in May, it will be in late May. For checks dispersed in the Fall or Spring, it will be after the add/drop deadline.

How do Transfer scholarship awards get dispersed?

Once you are enrolled in your new school, please email Please include: your name, csid, the name of your new school, & your new school student ID#. The checks will be depositied into your student account at your new school.