Marisa Perez, Cerritos College Board Trustee with recipients of the Perez-Medrano Scholarship in Fall 2023.


Fall Scholarships Open August 2024, Please Check Back Soon


The Cerritos College Foundation offers scholarships in both the Fall and Spring semesters. If you are a student currently enrolled Cerritos College student you are eligible to apply for a scholarship. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

The application period for Fall 2024 is August 21 – September 20, 2024. A full timeline of the Fall 2024 scholarship cycle, including workshop and application lab dates, will soon be added as PDF document below.


If this is your first time applying for Cerritos College Foundation Scholarships, your first step is to set up an account on our AwardSpring site (https://cerritoscollegefoundation.awardspring.com). Once you set up an account and log in to AwardSpring, you will see the online application form and the list of scholarships available.

The application requires a personal statement of 400-600 words, and we ask that you request two letters of recommendation. You will also be asked to upload an unofficial copy of your transcripts.

Once you complete and submit the online application, you will be able to see which scholarships you have qualified for (meaning you met the minimum qualifications). You don't have to complete the application all at once - you can set up an account, review all the questions, gather your answers, and then log back in as often as you'd like to continue refining your application right up to the deadline, even after you've clicked the "Submit" button.

After the application deadline, our Foundation Scholarship Selection Committees will review the applications of all students who met the minimum eligibility qualifications to determine the recipients. Students are typically notified in April for spring and November for fall scholarships, if they are selected.

The Cerritos College Re-entry Resource Program and the Foundation sponsor scholarship application workshops and drop-in assistance labs. If this is your first time applying for scholarships, or if you have questions about how to complete any sections, we encourage you to sign up for a workshop. You can open and download the schedule of in-person and Zoom workshops by clicking this link: https://www.cerritos.edu/re-entry-program/workshops-and-events.htm

2. Complete the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application
While not required to apply for a scholarship through the Foundation, we highly recommend that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Act Application to maximize your access to financial assistance. The annual FAFSA application is available on October 1. The application period extends to March, but we strongly encourage you to complete it early every year.

What is the FAFSA? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.



Earning the Stuart Hayden Presidential Merit Scholarship is the highest honor a graduating high school senior can achieve upon entering Cerritos College as a freshman. This purpose of scholarship is for high achieving students to complete their 2-year transferable college courses debt free. The Stuart Hayden Presidential Merit Scholarship includes full support for all academic-related needs including tuition, books, and campus fees for up to two years based on continuous full-time enrollment at Cerritos College, maintaining a 3.5 GPA or higher each semester.

In addition to the scholarship, Stuart Hayden Presidential Merit Scholars will receive a laptop computer, campus parking or UPass, and admission to cultural events free of charge. They will be invited to an exclusive campus orientation and an annual reception with the college president. Stuart Hayden Presidential Merit Scholars may qualify to become members in the Scholars Honor’s Program.*

Applicants for Stuart Hayden Presidential Merit Scholarship must have graduated from a local high school between 2020-2022; reside in California; and majoring in a business or STEM related field. The minimum grade point average for consideration is 3.75. Applicants are required to complete an application for the Stuart Hayden Presidential Scholar designation, write a one-page (approximately 600 words) personal statement, and include a letter of recommendation from their high school counselor or teacher. See application for additional eligibility requirements and supporting documentation.

Email completed application and supporting documents to the Cerritos College Foundation, foundation(at)cerritos.edu.

Check back for updates on the next Stuart Hayden Presidential Merit Scholarship cycle