Scholarships

Gilroy Foundation encourages career opportunities in all professions and trades.  The 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 $6 million in scholarships to deserving high school graduates and college students in the Gilroy Area. In 2021, over 800 applications came through the Foundation office, vying for 86 awards ranging from $250 to $50,000.

In 2021, we were pleased to offer 95 awards totaling $540,500.

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

$50,000(1) Graduating student from GUSD

Uvas Creek Scholarship Criteria

Uvas Creek Scholarship Re-Application Form

$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

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 and Morgan Hill Unified School District.

David and Valerie Vanni Agriculture Education Criteria Scholarship

$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

Kai and Libby Lai Family Scholarship Criteria

$1,000(3) Students attending or graduating from Gavilan College

Sean Michael Merriman Memorial Scholarship Criteria

$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 Regional Hospital Scholarship Criteria

Saint Louise Regional Hospital Volunteer Scholarship Application

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

Sontag Family Scholarship Criteria

$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

Alice Sakahara Memorial Scholarship Criteria

$750(1) Graduating students from Gilroy High School

SakaBozzo Scholarship Criteria

$750(3) Graduating students from GUSD

Tony Vigna Memorial Scholarship Criteria

$750(1) Graduating student from GHS

Erin Kinkel Memorial Scholarship Criteria

$500(1) Graduating student from GHS

Kevin A. "Mike" Gilroy Memorial Scholarship Award Criteria

$500 (1) Graduating GUSD high school or Gavilan College student who is a veteran of, or will be enlisting in, a branch of the United States military.

Jacob Vasquez Memorial Scholarship Criteria

Jacob Vasquez Memorial Scholarship Application

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

Robert J. Galaviz Memorial Scholarship Criteria

$500(1) Graduating student from GUSD

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.