GWC Scholarships for Continuing and Transferring Students

Scholarships & Awards Night


Will Be Available December 15, 2022 Through March 2, 2023 at 11:59 pm

Please sign in using your MyGWC Username and password.

IMPORTANT: Read the Online Scholarship Application Information and Instructions before you start your application process.

Golden West College scholarships are for current GWC students in all disciplines. You must be taking classes in the spring 2022 semester to apply. Your application is linked with MyGWC account. Your scholarship application must be fully completed in order for your application to be considered for any scholarship opportunity. You can sign in and out of the application as many times as you would like. If you choose to submit your application you can still go in and make changes until the deadline.

Your application will automatically be applied to qualify you for general scholarships. When you have finished the application and attached your required Personal Statement click the submit button. There  may be other scholarships that you qualify for which require additional information that pertains to that particular scholarship, such as:  requesting uploading your transcripts, writing an essay or providing proof of your College Services Charge with your Web Schedule Bill found on MyGWC.   You will only see these scholarships after you submit your General Application. Follow the application instructions if you wish to apply for these additional scholarships. You can update your application and make corrections from the time you start until the application process closes. Continue to visit this website and check your online application to see if new scholarships have been added.

When submitting any documents for the online scholarship they MUST BE in PDF format or Word.  Always double check that you have uploaded the right documents under what has been required Failure to provide the correct uploaded information can lead to disqualification of a scholarship opportunity.

If you need assistance please attend a Scholarship Workshop on Zoom or set an appointment with the Scholarship Manager at

All students with the exception of International Students MUST submit the FAFSA/Dream Act 2022-2023 FAFSA or 2022-2023 Dream Application to apply for Golden West College scholarship applications:

Students must provide this information after submitting the FAFSA/Dream Act application:

  • FAFSA: provide DRN (Data Release Number), this # is provided on the students’ SAR (Student Aid Report). This report is emailed to the students from FAFSA approximately 5 business days after they process it – ( See attachment for sample)
  • Dream Act:  Must provide CSAC ID # - ( See attachment for sample)

If you have not started the process here is the link to the FAFSA/Dream Act Application:

You can start the scholarship application process and at any time come back in and fill in the DRN and/or CSAID ID#, once they complete the financial aid application.

Financial Aid workshops and assistance is available to all students. Need help: Call 714-892-7711 or email the Financial Aid Office at:

Department/Program Scholarships: Special requirements could be requested for these scholarships such as no or specific unit requirements, GPA requirements lower or higher than the General Scholarships, letters of recommendation, essays, portfolios, academic transcripts and information about your financial aid need may be requested. 

Nursing Scholarships: When applying for a nursing scholarship you will be considered for all scholarships listed under Nursing Scholarships if you qualify. A student must be in the Nursing Program currently.

General Scholarships: Minimum qualifications criteria for Golden West College General Scholarships.

  1. You must have completed at least 12 units at Golden West College prior to the first day of the Spring semester 2022
  2. You must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50, unless otherwise stated in scholarship criteria
  3. You must plan to enroll in a minimum of 12.0 units at a college or university in the Fall semester. Some awards may not be transferable and must only be used at Golden West College.

*Scholarship funding is limited and meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee that you will receive a scholarship. By meeting the minimum criteria listed above, you will be considered for awards that mandate GWC General Criteria for initial eligibility.

**Some awards are awarded by various departments on campus (Arts & Letters, Nursing, Math, Science, etc.). Based upon your major area, your application will be forwarded to the appropriate department for review if you qualify. Individual departments have committees that evaluate each applicant.

***Criteria for scholarships is set by the donor. Some scholarships have disbursements that are split between the fall and spring semesters. Other scholarships may require that the scholarship is used for textbooks and tuition only.

****Scholarships are gifts from the donors for your continued education. They must be used in the fall semester and will not be deferred. Scholarships will not be awarded until the 2nd week of the September 2022. Verification of enrollment at your college or university is required.

Personal Essay REQUIRED
All Online Applications will need a well-written PERSONAL STATEMENT of no more than one-page, 500 words using 12 pt. font. Your personal statement is an important consideration during the selection process. Your statement should explain why you have chosen to attend college and what your future educational or career plans are, personal goals, life history, significant obstacles you have overcome, personal and financial needs that are unique to you, and any special circumstances that have had a significant impact on your academic performance. This helps the reviewer know you better. Emphasize events that have negatively or positively affected your cumulative grade point average.

The following documents may be helpful when writing your scholarship essay.
FastWeb Tips on Writing a Scholarship Essay

Writing a Personal Statement PDF Format by Chuck Whitchurch, Honors Transfer Council of California
Writing the Personal Statement [PDF]

NOTE:  Online Scholarship Application start date is subject to change. Please continue to visit this website and check your online application to see if new scholarships have been added.

No student is eligible for a Golden West College scholarship that is currently not in good standing.

If you have any questions, please contact the Scholarship Office at: