Totten and Michela Lee
Ventura College Foundation Scholarship Program

More than 400 scholarships are available to Ventura College students who are ready and able to benefit from the financial support, via the single Ventura College Foundation Scholarship Application. Our scholarships are designed to enable and encourage students to achieve their goals.

To be considered for any Ventura College Foundation Scholarship, including a Phoenix Scholarship, apply via our Scholarship Application.

  • Log into MyVCCCD Student Portal
  • Click on the “MyCollege” tab
  • Scroll to the “Student QuickLinks” section
  • Click on “Ventura College Foundation Scholarship Application”
  • Locate and complete the online application prior to the deadline to be considered


Fall 2021 Important Dates


Applications Open: 10/01/21
Applications Close: 1/21/22


Applications Open: 9/01/21
Applications Close: 11/26/21

General Scholarship Program

Who's Eligible?

Any student currently enrolled at Ventura College in the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 academic year who has successfully completed at least 12 units at the College by the end of the Fall 2020 Semester.

Credits earned in previous semesters at the College count towards this unit requirement.

Units at Oxnard College and Moorpark College may be counted towards Ventura College Foundation Scholarships under special circumstances.

If a student is not currently enrolled at Ventura College, applications will be considered for approved situations (all units completed and on waiting list for the nursing program, took a semester abroad, or special circumstances).

What’s Required for Ventura College Foundation Scholarships?

Applications MUST be submitted by the deadline. No exceptions will be made.

Components of the application are as follows:

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation; one must be academic (ex: current or former instructor, counselor, etc.) and the other can also be academic or it can be employment related (ex: former or current employer) or activity related (ex: coach, advisor, mentor, etc.) Recommendations that come from friends or family will not be accepted.
  • 2 short essays; a) Educational/Career goals, b) Impact on others (Community service, family responsibilities, extracurricular school activities, work responsibilities, etc.)
  • Copy of current unofficial transcripts (found in student portal)
  • Copy of Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 Student Schedule/Bill (found in student portal)

Phoenix Scholarship for Re-Entry Students

The Phoenix Scholarship Program was established in November 1999 by Ventura College Foundation board members who learned about the unique needs of Ventura College re-entry students.

Re-entry students are those who have taken a break in their educational endeavors due to various life circumstances (military service, working, caring for a loved one, financial troubles, incarceration, etc.) for a minimum of one year but have returned to Ventura College to earn an education and/or learn new skills.

The Phoenix Scholarship is designed to assist these students who have minimal or no resources to fund the cost of their education.

Students can apply for these scholarships through our general scholarship application.

What Types of Scholarships are Available?

Most of the scholarships are available for any type of study focus but some are for specific majors, such as:

  • General STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics)
  • Environmental Sciences such as Agriculture, Botany, Conservation and Ecology, Entomology, Floriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning
  • Physical or Life Sciences such as Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Biology, Zoology
  • Applied Science such as Water, Electronics, Machine Shop, Welding, Manufacturing, CAD
  • Computer Sciences
  • Health Care, Medicine (General or Specializations), or Paramedics
  • Holistic Health Studies
  • Nursing, including prospective or accepted into Nursing Program
  • Fine Arts, Creative Arts, or Applied Arts
  • Music, Performing Arts, Choir, Choral Conducting, or Organ Conducting
  • Journalism or Public Relations
  • Political Science, Government, Economics, or Public Affairs
  • Photography
  • Humanities
  • Education, Teaching, or Early Childhood Education
  • Library Science or English
  • Psychology or Anthropology
  • Social Science or Sociology
  • History or Chicano studies
  • Business or Real Estate
  • Pre-Law, Criminal Justice, or Law Enforcement

Some of the scholarships with specific studies-focus only require an intent to study in the area of study, but most require some credits which verify interest and success in the area. Some require as many as 24 credits in the area of study. Applicants with such area of study goals and progress should describe them in their applications, identifying applicable credits, and successes. Descriptions should be specific and concise.

Much of the information needed to match applicants to scholarships with these requirements is gathered in the application form, but if the applicant has relevant information to add, it can be done in the essays. For instance, if an applicant has overcome a hardship, it is helpful to have a description of how this was achieved and how the applicant is ready to benefit from a scholarship.

What Types of Students Apply?

Most scholarships are available to any applicant without any special conditions, but some seek to support students with certain backgrounds, such as:

  • Financial need
  • Head of household with dependents
  • Returning to college after a substantial interruption
  • School or community involvement
  • Residents of specific cities in Ventura County
  • Athletes
  • Veterans
  • Relatives of current or former classified employees
  • Emancipated or current foster kids, or transitional living residents
  • Minority groups
  • Boys or Girls Club of Ventura County alumni
  • ADA handicapped

What Resources are Available to Help Me Apply?

Ventura College Foundation staff are eager to support students in the application process.

Join us for one of the following virtual scholarship application workshops. Listed on the page. 

No RSVP is required to attend and students can visit this link ( on the scheduled days and times.

Together we will break down the essays into small pieces. Students will leave with outlines for each essay and knowledge of best practices. Students also have the opportunity to ask questions, express concerns, and provide feedback. Each workshop will be recorded and provided to students upon request.

Additionally, students are encouraged to visit the Ventura College Stan Weisel Tutoring Center for assistance with their essays during normal tutoring center hours.

Finally, students may refer to the rubric that the VC Foundation Scholarship Review Committee uses when scoring scholarship applications. Click here!

General Scholarship Application Workshops
(All on Wednesdays!)
  • October 13, 2021 from 3pm-4pm
  • October 27, 2021 from 12pm-1pm
  • November 3, 2021 from 8am-9am
  • November 10, 2021 from 6pm-7pm
  • November 17, 2021 from 10am-11am
  • November 24, 2021 from 4pm-5pm
  • December 1, 2021 from 2pm-3pm
  • December 8, 2021 from 10am-11am

Zoom link for all workshops is as follows:

All workshops will be recorded and recordings will be linked on our webpage and/or emailed to a student upon request.

Workshop schedule is subject to change. Students will be informed of any changes in advance.

Paramedic Scholarship Program

The Paramedic Scholarships run on a different cycle in comparison to our general scholarships.

Who's Eligible?

Currently enrolled Ventura College students who are in the Paramedic Studies Program.

How to complete the Paramedic Scholarship application:

  • Log into MyVCCCD Student Portal
  • Click on the “MyCollege” tab
  • Scroll to the “Student QuickLinks” section
  • Click on “Ventura College Foundation Scholarship Application”
  • Locate and complete the online VCF Paramedic Scholarship Application prior to the deadline to be considered

Additional Documentation:

  • Submit a copy of current Unofficial Transcripts
  • Fall Student Schedule/Bill (found in student portal)

Include two letters of recommendation…

  • One from a Ventura College instructor or your EMT instructor
  • The other from another College instructor, College counselor, past or current employer, or a supervisor from volunteering or work

And one essay!

  • Tell us about yourself and why you are interested in becoming a Paramedic
  • What are your future career plans, and how will you accomplish them?
Paramedic Scholarship Application
(Both on Fridays!)
  • September 10, 2021 from 12pm-1pm
  • October 8, 2021 from 12pm-1pm

Zoom link for all workshops is as follows:

All workshops will be recorded and recordings will be linked on our webpage and/or emailed to a student upon request.

Workshop schedule is subject to change. Students will be informed of any changes in advance.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

NOTE: These scholarships are NOT funded or organized by Ventura College nor the Ventura College Foundation.

Business/Corporate Scholarships

Alliance Recruitment Agency

American Indian College Fund Wi'aasal Great Oak Future Leaders Scholarship Fund

Ben Crump Law School Scholarship

Benjamin Gordon Cambridge Capital Grant

Berger and Green Heart Disease Scholarship 

BreoBox's "Elevate Your Education" Scholarship

California Strawberry Scholarship Program 

Cocodrie Fly Fishing (CFF) Foundation Education Award

Course Hero Scholarships

CPT James Ahn Memorial Scholarship

David Ebahimzadeh Scholarship

Diamocycle Scholarship for Future Entrepreneurs

Epilator Hub Scholarship

Fish'N Dans Banks Family Education Fund

GAINSWave Veteran Continuing Education Scholarship

Gary Saitowitz Scholarship

George Sink, P.A. Veterans & Military Family Scholarship 

Hallie Gay Bagley Giving Scholarship

House Farm Workers! Ellen Brokaw Scholarship

Huggable Supermom Scholarship 

Injury Doctor Scholarship

Justice Pays Scholarship

KF&B Law Academic Scholarship

Kryder Law Group, LLC Community Leadership Scholarship

LendUp Opportunity Scholarship 

Little Bundle Superdad Scholarship

Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship

Martin Polanco Grant

Mattress Advisor 

Mercer Mettl Scholarship for Emerging Leaders 2020 

Morris Bart, LLC Community Service Scholarship

Newsome Melton Student Leadership Scholarship

NetPEO Lung Cancer Awareness Scholarship

OutdoorStack Financial Aid Program

Pettable Pet Lovers Scholarship

Pintas & Mullins Dangers of Vaping Scholarship

Rustic Pathways Global Perspectives Scholarship

SarahBeth Hartlage Scholarship Scholarship 

Simmrin Law Group Entrepreneurial Scholarship 

TEFL Academy Scholarship Online College Scholarships

The Cover Guy Annual Scholarship

TorHoerman Law Scholarship

UberCloneApp Scholarship Program for Mobile Computing Students 

WiseGeek Lifelong Learners Scholarship

WiseGeek Military Appreciation Scholarship

Worthy Women Scholarship

XO E-Commerce Scholarship

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