Scholarships for Sacramento Students

Sacramento ScholarshipsSacramento Region Community Foundation Scholarships

Last week I wrote about the wealth of scholarship opportunities provided by local Community Foundations. Today, I’m sharing current scholarships available to students living in the Sacramento, California area.

If you don’t happen to live in the Sacramento, California region, don’t worry. You can easily find community foundations where you live or plan to attend college. You can google “community foundation + [your state/town]” to get a list of foundations in your area. (“Receive” Tab, “Scholarships” from the drop-down menu, and “Scholarships” or “Grants” Link) or for a list of current scholarships and grants:

Contact Info: Sacramento Region Community Foundation, 955 University Avenue, Suite A, Sacramento, CA 95825; phone: 916.921.7723; email Tina Bryce at [email protected]

Deadlines: March, April, May, and June

Award Amounts: $500 to $5,000

Eligibility: Various but primarily for residents in the Sacramento, California region

Requirements: Various

Application Link: For a full list of scholarships available, go to Once you register, you will be asked to complete a general application. Based upon your answers, the system will recommend scholarship opportunities that you may be eligible to apply for.

Accounting Scholarships for Women

Accounting ScholarshipThe Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting (for Undergraduate Scholarships) or (to view all of their scholarships) or (Select “Scholarships” link in sidebar)

The mission of the Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting is to support the advancement of women in the accounting profession through the funding of education, research, career literature, publications and other projects. The EFWA encourages and enables women to enter the accounting profession and empowers them to achieve equal opportunities and equal rewards. They award scholarships to women who are pursuing Accounting degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. Although we are featuring just one of their undergraduate scholarships, be sure to check out their website for all the scholarships this great organization offers women pursuing an Accounting degree!

The Michele L. McDonald Memorial Scholarship

Contact Info: Foundation Administrator, The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting National Headquarters, 136 South Keowee Street, Dayton, OH 45402; Phone: 937.424.3391; Fax: 937.222.5794; Email: [email protected]

Deadline:  April 30

Award Amount:  $1,000

Eligibility:  Women pursuing a degree in Accounting, with preference being given to a woman returning to college from the work force or after raising children; US citizen

Requirements:  Application, Official Transcript, Proof of Enrollment, Statement of Career Goals, Statement of Personal Goals and Objectives, Standard FAF Transcript from the Financial Aid Office (Optional), 3 years of Tax Returns, 2 Personal Reference Letters, 2 (or more) Professional Reference Letters, Statement from Academic Advisor

Special Instructions:  Do not bind the application. Delete (redact) your social security number from your tax returns. The application asks you to state where you heard about this scholarship. If you found it from Scholarship Opportunity’s blog, here’s the information you’ll need: Pinecone Educational Consulting Group, Scholarship Opportunity blog, P.O. Box 366, Stowe, VT 05672, Phone: 802.585.1353; email: [email protected]

Selection Criteria:

  • Commitment to the goal of pursuing a degree in Accounting in preparation for a career as an accounting or finance professional, including evidence of continued commitment to this goal after receiving the award.
  • Demonstrated aptitude in accounting and business as evidenced by prior course work and/or work experience.
  • Clear evidence that goals and a plan for achieving those goals, both personal and professional, have been established.
  • Financial need

Application Link: (also available as a Word doc)

If you’d like to support women pursuing an Accounting degree (yes, it’s considered a STEM major), we hope you’ll consider making a donation.

Advancing Women in Accounting Scholarship

Advancing Women in Accounting ScholarshipIllinois CPA Society Women’s Executive Committee’s Advancing Women in Accounting Scholarship or (“CPA Endowment Fund” Link in sidebar)

Contact Info: Illinois CPA Society, Attention: Scholarship Committee, 550 W. Jackson, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60661-5716; phone: 312.993.0407 extension 290; email: [email protected]

Deadline: April 1

Award Amount: Up to $4,000

Eligibility: Female student pursuing an accounting degree at an Illinois college, Undergraduate Senior or Graduate student, US citizen, resident of Illinois, minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate leadership potential, plan to sit for the CPA Exam in Illinois within 3 years.

Requirements: Online Application, Essay, Resume, Official Transcript, and 2 Letters of Recommendation

Application Link:

Urban & Community Planning Scholarship

Urban & Community PlanningThe American Planning Association offers the Judith McManus Price Scholarship for Undergraduate and Graduate Students Studying Urban & Community Planning

About: APA is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. The Planning Foundation of APA funds scholarships and community equity programs and new initiatives like special research projects. You can learn more about this professional organization for planners at They offer student memberships and early career development. They may even have internship opportunities.

Navigation: or (“Connect with APA” tab, select “APA Foundation” from drop-down menu, select “Scholarship Fund” link in the sidebar; in the body of the text, select the Judith McManus Price Scholarship link.)

Contact Info: APA Judith McManus Scholarship, American Planning Association, 205 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60601; email: [email protected]

Deadline: April 30

Award Amount: $2,000–$4,000

Eligibility: Women or minority (African American, Hispanic American, or Native American) students enrolled in a Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) planning program; US citizen; planning program who are citizens of the United States; intend to pursue careers as practicing planners in the public sector (which includes local, state and federal government and non-for-profit careers); and are able to demonstrate a genuine financial need. Undergraduate or Graduate students can apply.

Requirements: Personal Statement, APA Financial Aid Application, 2 Letters of Recommendation, Copy of Acceptance Letter from PAB-accredited planning graduate program, if incoming student send written verification or copy of school’s average cost for one academic year of graduate study, Resume, notarized Statement of Financial Independence (Optional), Official (sealed) Transcripts of collegiate and graduate academic work. Undergraduates may need to contact APA regarding other required documents.

Application Link:

Note: All original application information must be received in the APA Chicago office by April 30th. If forwarded via FEDEX or similar courier service the delivery must be made to APA by April 30th. Faxed or electronic documents will not be accepted.

Be sure to check out ALL their scholarships and fellowships at They have different eligibility requirements that you may qualify to apply.

Student Memberships:


Nancy Lorraine Jensen Memorial Scholarship

Nancy Lorraine JensonNancy Lorraine Jensen Memorial Scholarship

Sons of Norway was organized as a fraternal benefit society by 18 Norwegian immigrants in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on January 16, 1895. The purposes and goals of the founders were to protect members of Sons of Norway and their families from the financial hardships experienced during times of sickness or death in the family. Over time, the mission of Sons of Norway was expanded to include the preservation of Norwegian heritage and culture in society.

This scholarship demonstrates the importance of using ethic keywords in your scholarship search. The Sons of Norway organization has several scholarships available for students of Norwegian descent (both men and women). Be sure to check out their scholarships page! or (“Foundation” Tab and “Grants & Scholarships” Link)

Contact Info: Sons of Norway Foundation, Attention: Nancy Lorraine Jensen Memorial Scholarship, 1455 W. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408; phone: 612.821.4632; email: [email protected]

Deadline: April 1

Award Amount: 50% of one semester’s tuition to 100% tuition for one year (Renewable)

Eligibility: Female between the ages of 17-35; US citizen; be a Sons of Norway member (or daughter, granddaughter of a member); full-time Undergraduate majoring in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering; SAT score of at least 1800 with a math score of 600 or better, or an ACT score of at least 26.

Requirements: Online Application; Essay; Academic potential and evidence of ability to succeed; and 3 Letters of Recommendation giving specific evidence of good character, eagerness, earnestness, and ambition in the field of Science and Engineering.

Application Link: