The Community Foundation’s Scholarship Program was established in 2000 by generous individuals, families, businesses and organizations to ensure students have the opportunity to pursue their educational dreams. We administer a variety of scholarships for high school seniors and college students. Annually awarding 60 scholarships totaling more than $300,000, each scholarship has individual criteria, deadline and requirements. Before applying, carefully review the information provided to ensure the scholarship is appropriate for you.

To learn about scholarships you can apply for through us — what they fund, requirements, application materials needed and deadlines — visit our Available Scholarships.

Are you interested in learning more about establishing a Scholarship Fund? Learn more about the reasons to create a scholarship here.

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CFSLOCO Scholarship Recipients

In addition, The Community Foundation holds several scholarship funds on behalf of local organizations and donors.  Please contact Cassandra Kartashov, Director of Grants and Programs at or 805-543-2323 for more information about the following funds:

  • Spirit of the Class of ’49 Award (**San Luis Obispo High School only)
  • Lauren Tipton Slaughter Scholarship (**San Luis Obispo High School only)
  • AIACCC Scholarship (for 3rd year Cal Poly Architectural students)
  • Don Floyd Memorial Scholarship (for Cal Poly students participating in CSU-IP programs)

** NOTE: For scholarships listed as “San Luis Obispo High School only” please contact the SLOHS Career Center.

For a list of the 2023 scholarship recipients click here.