Grants + Scholarships


Each year, agencies and authors publish guides detailing grants and scholarships available to individuals based on a myriad of qualifications. The reference librarian at any local library is a good resource to help students find the relevant books. Focus on grants for vocational schools that do not have to be “Title IV” for eligibility. Some available books on the subject are:


  • 10,000 Degrees – (formerly the Marin Education Fund) Awards $2.6 million in scholarships annually to low-income, first-generation students who would never otherwise be able to consider going to college. They also will help you find additional non-loan aid from a variety of sources.
  • California Adolescent Nutrition and Fitness Program (CANFit) – Scholarships for enrollment in a culinary arts college in California. Ethnic student affiliation of African-American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian-American, Pacific Islander or Latino/Hispanic descent. Prior completed units (or equivalent) of college credits not necessary to apply.
  • Crowd Funding – Is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. Plum Fund has zero platform fees and was featured on Shark Tank. You can also look into GoFundMe and Indiegogo.
  • Department of Rehabilitation – The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) assists Californians with disabilities to obtain and retain employment and get career education and training.
  • Do Something Awards – Take action with to make social change! By signing up for one of their featured campaigns, you’ll not only be doing good, but you could even win a scholarship — which means money to pay for school.
  • Freedom of Speech PSA Contest – What does freedom of speech mean to you? Speak your mind and you just might win a $2,500 scholarship!
  • Furious Grill Scholarship – Awarded to those with a passion for cooking. Deadline for scholarship application submissions is November 15, 2017.
  • Individual Development Account (IDA) – Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are special savings accounts that match the deposits of low and moderate income people. Savers use their savings for an asset-building purpose, such as postsecondary education or job training.
  • James Beard Scholarship – Established in 1991, the scholarship program assists aspiring and established culinary professionals who plan to further their education at a licensed culinary school or hospitality institution, college, or university.
  • Kitchen Professor Scholarship – Awarded to students currently enrolled in a college, university, high school, or trade school who are passionate about nutrition and/or cooking.
  • Maine School Nutrition Association – Continuing Education Scholarship Award for residents of Maine working in the school lunch system.
  • P.E.O. (Philanthropic Education Organization) – A philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women and educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, and loans.
  • Return to College Scholarship Program – Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents who are starting a program of higher education (college or graduate school) within the next 12 months or are currently full- or part-time students. Applicants must be age 17 years or older. There is no maximum age limit.
  • Sallie Mae® $1,000 Plan for CollegeSM Sweepstakes – Sallie Mae’s $1,000 Plan for College Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are of the age of majority in the jurisdiction in which they reside and who are students, parents, guidance counselors, or financial aid officers at the time of entry.
  • Scholarships from Tribes and Advocacy Groups  Native American and Native Alaskan students should investigate those scholarship opportunities funded and supported by individual Tribal Nations. Many tribes support their own scholarship funds and offer financial aid to deserving members. Students should also consider programs supported by charitable foundations and advocacy groups that are dedicated to the needs and welfare of the American Indian population. Please follow this link and scroll down the page to Scholarships from Tribes and Advocacy Groups.
  • SonomaWORKS – SonomaWORKS supports training and education as part of an individual’s welfare to work plan. This may include but is not limited to, classes offered by colleges, community colleges, adult schools, regional occupation programs, and private schools.
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation – This program administers a variety of grant programs with the majority of the awards designated for residents of San Mateo County and Santa Clara County.
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) – Students who have lost employment or had their work hours reduced as a result of international trade (their job being outsourced) may be eligible for funding through Trade Adjustment Assistance. Bauman College is an eligible training provider in CA and CO.
  • Women’s Opportunity Awards program – Since 1972, Soroptimist has been helping women to reclaim their dreams. This program provides cash grants to women who are working to better their lives through additional skills training and education.
  • Workers’ Compensation