Scholarship Opportunities

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SMC Scholarship Program   Due by February 1, 2011

The Santa Monica College Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Santa Monica College Foundation. The Foundation receives contributions for the Scholarship Program as well as other campus programs. For further information about making a contribution/s, please contact the Foundation Office at (310) 434-4215. The Scholarship Office can be contacted at (310) 434-4290 located at 1738 Pearl St.
Approximately 300+ scholarships are awarded at Santa Monica College each year. Criteria includes scholastic achievement, financial need, participation in school activities, community service, honors and organizational affiliations. Additional elements may be reviewed, such as educational objectives of applicants which relate to a particular concentration, field of study, or major, place of residence or project and design portfolios.


Outside Scholarships

UNDERGRADUATES MAY APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS WITH THE National Oceanicand Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of the organization's Ernest F. Hollings scholarship program. Approximately 100 students will be selected for the fall 2005 academic term. Selected scholars will receive academic assistance during the junior and senior academic years, plus a paid internship between the two years at a NOAA facility. To apply, a student must be a U.S. citizen, a junior in the fall 2005 academic term at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or U.S. territories and be studying biological, life, and agricultural sciences; physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; social and behavioral science; or teacher education. Contact ORISE at or 865/576-3424 or NOAA/OESD at

The A World Connected Essay Contest is available to full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are 25 years of age or younger. You must read the two linked articles on the sponsor's site and submit an essay between 600 and 2500 words making an argument that rejects or defends the claims the authors make about outsourcing.

7 awards, from $250 to $5,000


The Collegiate Inventors Competition is open to students who have been enrolled full time in a college or university over the past 12 months. You must submit an original idea, process or technology that will be judged on originality and inventiveness, as well as on its potential value to society (socially, environmentally, and economically), and on its range or scope of use. Up to four students may work together as a team. However, only one prize will be awarded per entry.

2 awards, from $15,000 to $50,000


The Environmental Essay Contest is available to undergraduate or graduate students during the 2003-2004 school year. You must submit an essay between 600-2500 words responding to one of the two articles on the sponsor's site.


The Get out of Debt Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students attending a university, college, trade school, technical institute, vocational training or other post secondary education program in the 2004-2005 academic year. You must demonstrate a need for help with your higher education bill due to credit card or other debt and you may not already be receiving or awarded a full-tuition scholarship or waiver from another source.

4 awards, $500


The Olive W. Garvey Fellowship is available to undergraduate and graduate students under the age of 35. You must write an essay on the meaning and significance of economic and personal liberty. Your essay must be 3,000 words or less and address the following topic: The great aim of the struggle for liberty has been equality before the law.

3 prizes, $1,000 to $2,500


The Scholarship Frenzy Scholarship is available to students who are enrolled in college or graduate school. You must nominate a business for the business of the year and submit on essay describing how the company is involved in the community and why it should be selected as business of the year.

1 award, $1,000


The TextbookX 2004 Fall Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in good standing at an accredited college or university in the U.S. You must be a legal resident of the U.S. or an international student with a valid visa to be eligible. To apply for this scholarship, you must write a 250 to 750 word essay on the following topic: What role, if any, does the media play in shaping American political opinion? In responding to this question, you must make reference to one book that has had a significant influence on your thoughts.

3 awards, $250 to $2,000


The Third Wave Foundation Scholarship Program is available to students age 30 and under who are enrolled in, or have been accepted to, an accredited university, college, vocation/technical school or community college. You must demonstrate financial need
and vigorous engagement in activist work to be eligible for this award.

$500 to $5,000


The Writers of the Future Contest is open to amateur writers. Your entry must be a new short story or novelette with a science fiction, fantasy, horror or speculative fiction theme, that has not been previously published. Poetry and children's literature cannot be accepted for this contest. There are four quarterly deadlines each year (September 30, December 31, March 31 and June 30) with three prizes per quarter of $1000, $750, $500 and a yearly grand prize of $4000 is offered.

3 prizes per quarter, $500 to $1,000. One yearly prize, $4,000.



Applications are available on Please click on "Students" and then "Apply for Scholarships"

Contact: Michael Rahmanon (mikeucla@ucla .edu)

AGS Scholarships

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Service Scholarships

Ed Walsh Scholarship
Ed Walsh was an AGS advisor from the Allan Hancock Chapter. It was his idea to give the first scholarships to students who have given outstanding service to their colleges, their chapters, and to their local communities. When Ed died in 1970, the State Advisory Board chose to honor him by presenting these service awards in his name.

Charles Bell Scholarship
Charles Bell had served as an advisor to the students of Cabrillo College for over 30 years. As the secretary to the state advisory board, he worked diligently to keep chapters informed of their status. He was also the expert on the corporation's Standing Rules and Bylaws, and was a trained parliamentarian. In 1998, the State Advisory Board chose to honor him by presenting the top service awards in his name.

Academic Scholarships

Kathleen D. Loly Scholarship
Kathleen D. Loly was born in England and emigrated to the United States. She taught Spanish at Pasadena City College, and was one of the original founders of Alpha Gamma Sigma in 1926, which explains why Pasadena is the Alpha Chapter of AGS. Prior to her death in 1958, she bequeathed her estate to AGS, and these monies formed the basis of a stock portfolio from which AGS derives its ability to award scholarships each year. Under the able management of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Board of Trustees, the fund has now grown to over $250,000.00.

Virginia Coffey Scholarship
For many years, the Zeta Chapter of Mt. San Antonio College was privileged to have Virginia Coffey as an advisor. Virginia was a counselor, beloved by students and faculty alike for her quick wit, storytelling, and sincere caring. During her lifetime it was her pleasure to present a scholarship to the two top Loly candidates. Today, we remember her as we continue that tradition by presenting the two scholarships in her honor.

Combined Academic And Service Scholarship

Robert Mantovani Scholarship
Robert Mantovani was an advisor from Long Beach City College. A man of tremendous wit and charm, he worked tirelessly to ensure that AGS remained successful. He served for years on the Board of Directors, chaired the nominations committee, helping to choose new leaders and then assisted them to succeed in myriad ways. He served on the first AGS visitation team, traveling throughout the state to help fledgling chapters find firm footing. Sadly, he and his lovely wife were lost to us in a tragic accident. As a man who strove for excellence in so many ways, we keep him in our thoughts and honor him as we present this coveted award in his memory.

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