Financial Aid and Scholarships

Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships are administered by other organizations not affiliated with Cal Poly Pomona. Organizations such as community organizations, private companies, religious affiliations, etc. There are many ways for students to find outside scholarships.   

These scholarships must be reported to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships so that we can make sure it shows as anticipated aid on your account and fits into the rest of your financial aid. Each scholarship has varying requirements and deadlines, so make sure to review their application information carefully.

All it takes is time to search, and to apply, for scholarships. Remember, the more applications you submit the better your chances are that you will receive a scholarship.

Be Aware of Scholarship Scams: Beware of companies that guarantee or promise scholarships. Do not send money to companies that make generous promises, charge a fee for you to receive aid, request money by claiming you are a finalist or request your credit card or bank account number.

Below are scholarship opportunities provided by organizations or businesses that award scholarships to college students. These scholarship opportunities are provided for informational purposes and as a convenience for you. Inclusion in the listing does not constitute an endorsement by Cal Poly Pomona.


Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

The Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship program assists high school seniors who have completed a computer science course and plan to continue their education by attaining a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or other computer science related field of study from an accredited 4-year college or university.

Recipients of the award receive $10,000 per year (up to $40,000 total) at an accredited four-year college or university as well as a paid summer internship at Amazon after their freshman year of college.


American Indian College Fund

We provide scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native college students seeking under- graduate and graduate degrees at tribal colleges, nonprofit, and accredited schools.


Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Program

Scholarship awards range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards. APIA Scholars provides scholarships to underserved APIA students with a special focus on those who:

  • Live at or below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status;
  • Are the first in their families to attend college;
  • Are representative of the APIA community’s diversity, (geographically and ethnically}, especially those ethnicities that have been underrepresented on college campuses due to limited access and opportunity; and
  • Have placed a strong emphasis on community service and leadership as well as solid academic achievement.


California Strawberry Commission Scholarship

Since 1994, the California Strawberry Scholarship Program has filled an important need for the children of California strawberry fieldworkers and their families. In their quest for the American Dream, by way of their hard and diligent work, more than 235 scholarships are granted annually. The California Strawberry Commission provides the funding for the first year of college. The Growers’ Fund does the heavy lifting: providing renewal funding each year as these students progress towards their degrees. Scholarship awards provide assistance with tuition, room and board, textbooks, and other educational expenses associated with college enrollment.


Coca Cola Scholars Program

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.


Course Hero

You're the hero of your college journey, and we want to support you along the way. We realize that finishing college can be a stressful and debt-ridden battle. As a result, not only do we strive to be the optimal learning destination for every course, but we want to also help students get financial assistance.


Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a university degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to:

  • High school seniors
  • Undergraduate students (all years)
  • Community college students transferring to four-year universities
  • Graduate Students

Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected


Rotary Foundation & Club Scholarships

The Rotary Foundation and clubs invest in our future leaders and philanthropists by funding scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study.


United Negro College Fund (UNCF) 

UNCF has helped more than 500,000 students earn their college degrees since its founding. UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. Each year, we award more than $100 million in scholarships to students attending more than 1,100 schools across the country.


UNCF Fund II Foundation Stem Scholars Program

The UNCF STEM Scholars Program is an initiative designed to identify and provide scholarship and academic support for African American high school students who aspire to earn STEM degrees and to pursue careers in STEM fields. The program awards 100 scholarships on an annual basis. The program enables highly capable young people to pursue undergraduate STEM majors and prepares them for successful careers in a variety of STEM professions.


U.S. Coast Guard Scholarship

The College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CPSI) program is designed for motivated individuals who demonstrate a high caliber of academic and leadership excellence and who desire to serve their country in the United States Coast Guard. Students who are accepted into this scholarship program will be enlisted into the United States Coast Guard, complete basic training during the summer, and receive full funding for up to two years of college.  Funding includes not only payment of tuition, books, and fees, but a full-time Coast Guard salary, housing allowance, and medical benefits.

Scholarship recipients receive payment of tuition, books, and fees, in addition to a full-time Coast Guard salary of $50,276.52 a year, and have a guaranteed job as a Coast Guard Officer upon graduation.


The Point Foundation - Point Scholars

Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Point’s multifaceted support of its scholarship recipients (“scholars”) extends far beyond direct financial contribution toward the cost of their education. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs and events.

Point Foundation considers many factors when assessing scholarship applicants, including:
  • A proven track record of leadership and community involvement
  • Strong academic achievement
  • Working for the betterment of the LGBTQ community
  • Financial need

There are many additional resources that offer access to scholarship information. Scholarship search engines are an effective way to gain access to many scholarships.

  • The listed opportunities on this site are provided for informational purposes only.
  • Inclusion in the listing does not constitute an endorsement by Cal Poly Pomona.
  • Cal Poly Pomona cannot guarantee the accuracy or the timelines of information found at any of the links in the listing. It is critical that you verify the scholarship information, particularly where deadlines are concerned.
  • Important Note: Never pay for a Scholarship Search Engine!


Accredited Schools Online – Scholarships for Minority Students

Paying for college can be tough for anyone. For certain segments of the population, however, a number of unique opportunities are available to help lower the overall cost of a degree and they’re often reserved specifically for minority groups. This guide offers several scholarships for minorities and provides expert information on how to find, apply for, and win similar financial awards to help you achieve your higher education goals.


Best College’s Scholarship Search

Tuition can add up, but students rarely have to pay full sticker price for their degree. Learn about the financial aid options that can help you lower the cost of your education. Utilize our comprehensive scholarship database to search for more aid opportunities.  You can search by major, demographic, location, etc.


California Scholarships & Grants

California scholarships and grants make it possible to attend an institute of higher education in this exciting state. Whether you long to go West or already live there, California scholarships help pay for tuition, books and necessary expenses.


College Board's Scholarship Search

Sponsored by the College Board, this program can locate scholarships, loans, internships, and other financial aid programs from non-college sources that match your education level, talents, and background. By completing the profile form, this Scholarship Search will find potential scholarship opportunities from a database of 3,400 programs, over one million awards in all!


College Scholarship Search

Students have been utilizing our scholarship search services since 1995. Scholarships are available for high school, undergraduate, graduate and international students attending a college or technical school.



EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 425 international student advising centers in more than 175 countries. The network promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States.

EducationUSA also provides services to the U.S. higher education community to help institutional leaders meet their recruitment and campus internationalization goals. EducationUSA centers are located in U.S. embassies and consulates, Fulbright commissions, bi-national centers, universities, and non-profit organizations.


eduPASS Scholarship Search

eduPASS is the International Student Guide to Studying in the USA.  They have compiled a list of scholarship opportunities for international students.


Fastweb Scholarship Search

Fastweb is the leading online resource in finding scholarships to help you pay for school, with access over 1.5 million scholarships to help you pay for college

Good Call Scholarship Search 

Good Call integrates data and technology to make finding scholarships easier for students and their families. And, unlike other scholarship search sites, we’re totally free and open – no fee or account sign-up required. View thousands of scholarships, filter results by specific requirements, and even search by competition level and entry difficulty.


Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Scholarship Search

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is pleased to be the administrator of scholarship opportunities provided by our partners to assist in defraying some of your college expenditures. Please review each scholarship’s criteria carefully to see if you qualify, since each partner may have differing requirements.


Human Rights Campaign Fund (HRC) LGBTQ Student Scholarship Database

The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where every member of the LGBTQ family has the freedom to live their truth without fear, and with equality under the law. HRC provides maintains a database of scholarships, fellowships and grants for LGBTQ and allied students at both the undergraduate and graduate-level.  You can search by state or view all opportunities.


Immigrants Rising – List of Graduate Scholarships

Immigrants Rising’s List of Graduate Scholarships contains scholarships for graduate studies that don’t require proof of citizenship or legal permanent residency. This up-to-date list, organized by deadline date, contains scholarships at the local, state and national level.


Immigrants Rising – List of Undergraduate Scholarships

Immigrant Rising’s List of Undergraduate Scholarships contains scholarships for undergraduate studies that don’t require proof of citizenship or legal permanent residency. This up-to-date list, organized by deadline date, contains scholarships at the local (Bay Area), state and national level.

International Education Financial Aid (IEFA) was created in January 1998. Since that time, the site has developed a database of more than 1,500 programs of financial aid for international education. Some resources are specific to the student's home country or field of study, while others are more general. Further, the site is continuously growing as new submissions are added and old ones are expanded. Keep looking if you don't find something right away.


International Scholarships Search

The International Scholarship Search is the premier financial aid, college scholarship and international scholarship resource for students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist college and university students in their pursuit to study abroad.


Learn Psychology – Scholarships & Grants for Psychology Students

Find Money for Undergraduate and Graduate Psychology Studies!  Finding a scholarship that addresses your interests and needs is not always easy, so we’ve compiled a handy list of psychology scholarships to help you minimize your debt so you can earn that psychology degree with fewer worries.


Peterson's Scholarship Search

Find the Perfect Scholarship with 5 thousand scholarship providers; 1.5 million scholarships, grants, fellowships, prizes & forgivable loans and $10 billion in scholarship awards.


Sallie Mae Scholarship Search

Scholarship Search is the free way to get access to more than 6 million college scholarships worth up to $30 billion.  Every scholarship you’ll find through Scholarship Search has been reviewed —they’re all current, and new scholarships are added every month. Create your profile and make updates any time. Get matched with scholarships based on your skills, activities, and interests. Get email alerts when scholarships matching your profile are posted. Search is a free College Scholarship Search, where you can easily search and be matched to any one of over 3.7 million scholarships and grants

Student Scholarship Search

With one of the largest databases of scholarships online and a speedy scholarship matching tool, StudentScholarshipSearch helps students find scholarships that are most relevant to their background, field of study, sport, skill, interest, achievement, or other attribute. Whether you're in grad school or were just accepted into college, we'll have a match for you.


Unigo Scholarship Search

With a thriving community of over 1.6 million members, Unigo is the premier network for current and future college students to get to where they’re going. Unigo provides cutting-edge tools, compelling content, and essential information, empowering students to make the best decisions about their college experience.

In addition to the scholarships and search engines listed above, we recommend contacting community organizations, such as local chapters of Lions, Kiwanis, Masons, and other clubs. These organizations sometimes offer scholarships to local students that are not widely advertised.

Start searching locally with your high school guidance counselor or community college financial aid office, as local scholarships often have smaller applicant pools which means those awards may be easier to get. Be sure to apply for some regional and national awards as well. By casting a wide net, you are more likely to be awarded some scholarship dollars

In addition, employers, labor unions, and churches may offer scholarships for their employees’ and members’ children.

In order for your scholarship funding to be applied to your student account, make sure that your donor or the scholarship agency sends the funding to the correct office. 

All scholarship checks should be sent to:

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona
3801 W Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
Building SSB 121-1160
Attention: SACS – Scholarship

Be sure to include your full name and student ID number.

Make sure to have the scholarship agency or donor make the checks payable to Cal Poly Pomona (or California State Polytechnic University – Pomona) , and include your name and Cal Poly Pomona Bronco ID number on the check's memo line. They should also note the term for which you or they would like the funds applied (Fall, Spring, or Fall/Spring) and any enrollment requirements (full-time, half-time).

Keep in mind that all funding begins disbursing ten days before the start of each semester; so even if the agency or donor sends the check early, you might not see it apply to your account until just before the term begins.

Students are required to report any outside assistance to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is responsible for coordinating student resources for the campus. Federal and state regulations require the coordination of all financial aid awards with all resources, including internal and external (private) scholarships and grants, fellowships, stipends, fee waivers (including the Cal-Vet fee waiver), and vocational rehabilitation and other educational benefits.

The total amount of assistance from all sources cannot exceed the Cal Poly Pomona yearly Cost of Attendance (COA). In addition, almost all federal, state, and Cal Poly Pomona grant programs require unmet financial need. All forms of financial aid, including outside scholarships, third-party payments, and tuition & fee waivers must be coordinated with a student’s aid package to ensure that these conditions are met.  When our office becomes aware of additional aid or resources, the funding will be added to the student's financial aid record and any necessary adjustments to existing aid will be made accordingly. If a reduction in an aid program(s) is necessary, aid reductions will be done in the most advantageous way for the student.

Please visit our Financial Aid Policies Page to review our full Coordination of Financial Aid & Resources policy.

If you have any questions about the coordination of outside resources with your financial aid, please contact us at,, or 909-869-3700.