Financial Aid and Scholarships

Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships are scholarships administered by organizations not affiliated with Cal Poly Pomona. This includes community organizations, private companies, religious affiliations, etc.

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.

There are many ways for students to find outside scholarships. All it takes is time to search, and to apply, for scholarships. Each scholarship has varying requirements and deadlines, so make sure to review their application information carefully.

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 community members for students to explore and consider.

  • The listed apportunities on this page are provided for informational purposes only
  • Inclusion on this page 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
  • Never pay for a scholarship application!


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.

Applicants to the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarships must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Employment Authorized to work in the United States
  • Be a high school senior in the U.S. and be currently enrolled in, or have completed, a high school or college dual degree course where computer science is the subject. Applicants who have not taken a course can opt-in to taking an assessment offered by Amazon
  • Be planning to attain 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 from a 2-year college and be intneding to transfer to a 4-year college)
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or it's equivalent)
  • Demonstrate financial need


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.


Any Native American U.S. Citizen that is a member or descendant of a state or federally recognized tribe with at least a 2.0 grade point average and enrolled as a full-time students can apply for a scholarship.


Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Program

Scholarship awards range from $2,500 one0tear awards to $20,000 multi-year awards. APIA Scholars has a special focus on supporting AANHPI students who:

  • Live at or below the poverty line;
  • Are in the first generation of 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
Strong applicants also have an emphasis on community service and leadership.


California Strawberry Commission Scholarship

The California Strawberry Scholarship Program was founded by growers to help California strawberry farmworkers or children of California strawberry farmworkers to further their educational and career goals. Funds awarded can be applied toward a scholastic or vocational program.

Primary Qualifications

  • First time applicants must have a parent who is currently employed as a California strawberry fieldworker for the current and prior two harvest seasons (applicants may also qualify if they are employed as a California strawberry fieldworker)
  • Full-time enrollment in a trade school, community college, four-year university, or graduate/professional program during the period for which the scholarship is requested
  • Maintain a Grade Point Average of 2.0 or greater.


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.

Primary Qualifications

  • Graduating high school senior attending a school in the U.S.
  • U.S.Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees - based on the guidelines utilized by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV Financial Aid eligibility
  • Expecting to receive a high school diploma during the current academic year
  • Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
  • Able to berify a minimum overall 3.0 Grade Point Average in high school coursework

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a university degree. Schols are selected based on merit. Award amounts range from $500 to $5,000 based on relative need.

Primary Qualifications

  • Must be of Hispanic heritage
  • U.S. Citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale(or equivalent) for high school students; minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college and graduate students
  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public or not-for-profit, four-year university or graduate school in the U.S.
  • Submit the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms

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.

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.

The Point Foundation Scholarships

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.

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 search enginges 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.
  • Never pay for a Scholarship Search Engine!


Accredited Schools Online – Scholarships for Non-Traditional Students

All students are concerned about how they will fund their college education, and non-traditional students are no exception.  While some of the funding opportunities may be differet for their traditional counterparts, there are many avenues non-tradiional students can take to find scholarships and grants.  This guide is designed to help non-traditional students navigate this endeavor.  Readers will find information on the ypes of scholarships and grants non-traditional students can receive, as well as resources to help them in the college environment.

American Psychological Association - Grants, Awards and Funding

Find research funding, scholarships, honors and awards from APA and other psychology-related organizations.

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.


CareerOneStop - Scholarship Finder

Search more than 8,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid opportunities.


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.

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 is a scholarship research website allowing users to input search criteria and filters.  The site allows students to serach for scholarships in categories in which they have already written essays.

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 Scholarships and Fellowships (U.S. Citizenship not required)

Immigrant Rising’s List of Scholarships contains scholarships for 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.


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.

To ensure your scholarship funding is 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
Student Accounting and Cashiering Services
Student Services Building, 121-1160
3801 W Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

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.