Scholarships

Gilroy Foundation awarded its first scholarship in 1999. It was the Julie and Richard Hayes award for $250. That was just the beginning of our ability to help hundreds of students with educational expenses. From the start of the scholarship program in 1999 to date, Gilroy Foundation has awarded nearly $5.5 Million in scholarships to deserving high school graduates and college students in the Gilroy Area. In 2020, over 750 applications came through the Foundation office, vying for 83 awards ranging from $250 to $50,000.

In 2021, we are please to offer 86 awards totaling $525,500.

Please note for 2021 scholarship applicants:

If you are applying for a scholarship that has its own application on our website.  Feel free to expand your personal statement to include all the information you feel our Selection Committees need.  You are not limited to 500 words.

If you are applying to a scholarship that uses the GUSD Common Application, which does limit you to 500 words and you feel the need to expand on that, please type up a “Personal Statement Addendum” of other information about you that our Selection Committees could use in their selection process and email that word document by the due date of the scholarships to dpray@gilroyfoundation.org.  Be sure to put the name of the scholarship that your “addendum” is to be applied to for consideration in the Subject Line.

Please click on the active link(s) below to learn more about the various scholarships offered through Gilroy Foundation.

Scholarship NameAmountBasic Criteria

Julio Mata Scholarship Criteria

Julio Mata Scholarship Application

Julio Mata Scholarship Recommendation Form

$50,000(1) Graduating student from GUSD

Uvas Creek Scholarship Criteria

$20,000(5) Graduating students from CHS; (5) Graduating students from GHS; (2) Graduating students from GECA; (3) Graduating students from Mt. Madonna

Don Christopher CHS Scholarship Criteria

$20,000(1) Graduating student from CHS

Linda Burnett Scholarship Criteria

$16,000(1) Graduating student from GUSD

Bill Christopher Scholarship Criteria

$10,000(1) Graduating student from CHS

Don Christopher CHS Scholarship Criteria

$10,000(2) Graduating students from CHS

Don and Karen Christopher CHS Scholarship Criteria

$5,000(3) Graduating students from CHS; (3) Graduating students from GHS

Ken Christopher CHS Scholarship Criteria

$5,000(1) Graduating student from CHS

Dr. Joseph Kraut Jr. Memorial Medical School Scholarship Criteria

Dr. Kraut Application

$5,000(1) College senior accepted to medical school or currently enrolled in medical school who was born in, raised in or graduated from a high school in South Santa Clara County or San Benito County

Christopher Ranch Employee Family Scholarship Criteria

$2,500(1) Graduating student from CHS; (1) Graduating student from GHS

Don and Karen Christopher Community College Scholarship Criteria

$2,000(3) Graduating students from CHS; (3) Graduating students from GHS

Stephen Michael Stramback Scholarship Criteria and Application

$2,000Multiple Graduating students from GUSD

David and Valerie Vanni Agriculture Education Criteria Scholarship Criteria

$1,500(1) Graduating student from GUSD

Kim Ordaz Memorial Scholarship

$1,250(1) Graduating students from CHS or GHS

Valerie Roberts Memorial Scholarship Criteria

$1,250(1) Graduating student from CHS

Gelman Family Educational Scholarship Criteria

$1,000


$500

Graduating students from CHS (1) $1,000 (1) $500; Graduating students from GHS (1) $1,000 (1) $500

Gilroy Foundation Career Technical Educational Scholarship Criteria

Gilroy Foundation Career Technical Educational Scholarship Application

$1,000(1) Graduating student from GUSD or Gavilan College student

Sean Michael Merriman Memorial Scholarship Criteria

Sean Michael Merriman Memorial Scholarship Application

Sean Michael Merriman Memorial Scholarship Recommendation

$1,000(10) Graduating students from Mt. Madonna High School

Tom S. and Hedy Obata Memorial Scholarship Criteria

$1,000(1) Graduating student from CHS or GHS

Saint Louise Regoinal Hospital Scholarship Criteria

Saint Louise Regional Hospital Volunteer Scholarship Application

$1,000(1) Graduating student from Gavilan College

Sontag Family Scholarship Criteria

Sontag Family Scholarship Application

$1,000(1) Graduating student from GUSD

“We Are All Connected” Community College Scholarship Criteria

$1,000(1) Graduating student from GUSD

“We Are All Connected” First Generation Scholarship Criteria

$1,000(1) Graduating student from GUSD

“We Are All Connected” Four Year College Scholarship Criteria

$1,000(1) Graduating student from GUSD

“We Are All Connected” STEM Scholarship Criteria

$1,000(1) Graduating student from GUSD

“We Are All Connected” Visual & Performing Arts Scholarship Criteria

$1,000(1) Graduating student from GUSD

“We Are All Connected” Vocational Technical Scholarship Criteria

$1,000(1) Graduating student from GUSD

Wineries of Santa Clara Valley Criteria and Application

$1,000(1) Graduating student

Tony Vigna Memorial Scholarship Criteria

$750(1) Graduating student from GHS

Robert J. Galaviz Memorial Scholarship Criteria

$500(1) Graduating student from GUSD

Erin Kinkel Memorial Scholarship Criteria

$500(1) Graduating student from GHS

Kai and Libby Lai Family Scholarship Criteria

$500(3) Students attending or graduating from Gavilan College

Alice Sakahara Memorial Scholarship Criteria

$500(3) Graduating students from GUSD

SakaBozzo Scholarship Criteria

$500(3) Graduating students from GUSD

Jacob Vasquez Memorial Scholarship Criteria

Jacob Vasquez Memorial Scholarship Application

$500(2) Graduating students from Mt. Madonna High School

Esther Costales Forman Scholarship Criteria and Application

250(1) Graduating Gavilan College student, continuing on to a four-year college/university, pursuing a degree in education.