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 82 awards ranging from $250 to $50,000. This year, $493,500 was awarded. 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 $50,000Criteria and application will be available January 2021
Don Christopher $20,000 CHS Scholarship$20,000Criteria will be available January 2021
Uvas Creek Scholarship $20,000Criteria and application will be available January 2021
Bill Christopher CHS Scholar-Athlete Scholarship$10,000Criteria will be available January 2021
Don Christopher $10,000 CHS Scholarship$10,000Criteria will be available January 2021
Don and Karen Christopher Scholarship$5,000Criteria will be available January 2021
Ken Christopher CHS Scholarship$5,000Criteria will be available January 2021

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$2,500Criteria will be available January 2021
Don and Karen Christopher Community College $2,000Criteria will be available January 2021
Stephen Michael Stramback Scholarship$2,000Criteria and application will be available January 2021
David and Valerie Vanni Agriculture Education Scholarship$1,500Criteria will be available January 2021
Kimberly Ordaz Memorial Scholarship$1,250Criteria will be available January 2021
Valerie Roberts Memorial Scholarship$1,250Criteria will be available January 2021
Gelman Family Educational Scholarship$1,000


$500

Criteria will be available January 2021
Gilroy Foundation Career Technical Education Scholarship $1,000Criteria will be available January 2021
Gilroy Sunrise Rotary Club Scholarship$1,000Criteria will be available January 2021
Sean Michael Merriman Memorial$1,000Criteria and application will be available January 2021
Tom S. and Hedy Obata Memorial Scholarship$1,000Criteria will be available January 2021
Saint Louise Regional Hospital Volunteer Scholarship $1,000Criteria and application will be available January 2021
Sontag Family Scholarship Application

$1,000Criteria and application will be available January 2021
Tony Vigna Memorial Scholarship$750Criteria will be available January 2021
Robert J. Galaviz Memorial Scholarship$500Criteria will be available January 2021
Erin Kinkel Memorial Scholarship$500Criteria will be available January 2021
Kai and Libby Lai Family Scholarship$500(3) Students attending or graduating from Gavilan College
SakaBozzo Scholarship$500Criteria will be available January 2021
Alice Sakahara Memorial Scholarship$500Criteria will be available January 2021
Esther Costales Forman Scholarship$250Criteria will be available January 2021