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 2022, over 480 applications came through the Foundation office, vying for 98 awards ranging from $250 to $50,000.

In 2022, we were pleased to award 95 scholarships totaling $519,550.

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

Scholarship NameAmountBasic Criteria

Julio Mata Family Scholarship Criteria

$50,000(1) Graduating student from a GUSD High School

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

Linda Burnett Scholarship Criteria

$8,000(1) Graduating student from a GUSD High School

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 Scholarship Criteria


$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


$2,000


A scholarship for a graduating student on the golf team from Gilroy Unified School District or Morgan Hill Unified School District.

Valerie Roberts Memorial Scholarship Criteria

$2,000(1) Graduating student from CHS

David and Valerie Vanni Agriculture Education Scholarship Criteria

$2,000(1) Graduating student from GUSD

Jan and Avis Kelley Memorial Scholarship Criteria

$1,500(1) Graduating student from GHS

Kim Ordaz Memorial Scholarship

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

Gelman Family Educational Scholarship Criteria


$1,000


$500

(1) Graduating student from CHS $1,000

(1) Graduating student from GHS $1,000

(1) Graduating student from CHS $500

(1) Graduating student from GHS $500

GF Technical Career Education Scholarship Criteria


$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

Saint Louise Regional Hospital Scholarship Criteria

Saint Louise Regional Hospital Scholarship Application


$1,000


(1) Graduating student from Gavilan College

Sarah Villar Memorial Scholarship Criteria

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

Sontag Family Scholarship Criteria


$1,000


(1) Graduating student from a GUSD High School

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

Tony Vigna Memorial Scholarship Criteria

$1,000(1) Graduating student from GHS

"We Are All Connected" Scholarship Criteria


$1,000
(2) Graduating student from GHS

(2) Graduating student from CHS

(2) Graduating student from GECA

Alice Sakahara Memorial Scholarship Criteria

$750(1) Graduating student from GHS

SakaBozzo Scholarship Criteria

$750(3) Graduating students from GUSD High Schools

Jacob Vasquez Memorial Scholarship Criteria


$500


(3) Graduating students from Mt. Madonna

Erin Kinkel Memorial Scholarship Criteria

$500(1) Graduating student from GHS

Robert J. Galaviz Memorial Scholarship Criteria

$500(1) Graduating student from a GUSD High School

Kevin A. "Mike" Gilroy Memorial Scholarship Award Criteria

Kevin A. "Mike" Gilroy Memorial Scholarship Award Application


$500


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

Esther Costales Forman Criteria and Application

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