Financial Aid - Federal School Code: 006972



How are scholarships the same as grants?  Both are "gift" aid which does not require repayment. 

How are scholarships different from grants? Scholarships require separate applications. They are funded by different sources –foundations, community organizations, businesses and associations, local clubs and groups. Scholarships are granted according to a donor's requirements. Awarding criteria may include academic achievement and promise, career goals, community service and volunteer work, and/or special skills and talents. Unlike grants, which are determined on a "need" basis, scholarships are "merit-based," although some may stipulate "need."




-Must be enrolled at Butte College or accepted for the coming semester 

-Must submit completed online General application

-Must submit two letters of recommendation

Butte College offers scholarships through the Butte College Foundation. The Butte College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that serves as the fundraising arm for Butte College.

● An online scholarship application is available during an "application window" announced in the spring of the year preceding the award year. The application window for Fall 2014 ended May 15, 2014. The Foundation Scholarships window will reopen in FEBRUARY 2015 for FALL 2015.

● A list of current available scholarships and their criteria may be located at: The list changes throughout the year according to availability so check often. Check regularly and be aware of deadliness!



● High school seniors should consult their guidance and counseling offices for lists of available local scholarships and apply for them in the spring of their senior year.

● Sources for students throughout their college careers can be community and local, state, and national organizations; national foundations; state and federal agencies; companies and businesses; labor unions; private donors. 

• There are many FREE scholarship searches available on the Web. Do not pay for scholarship search services. View Scholarship Search Hints and some recommended Scholarship Search Links, below.

Scholarship Search Hints

For best results:

  1. Remember that no one finds a scholarship for you. As a student, you have to do the research.
  2. Narrow your search terms; e.g. "STEM" (science, technology, engineering, math); "adult student;" "nursing;" "minority scholarship;" etc.
  3. Be as specific as you can about your personal "identifiers" such as age, race, ethnicity, religion, your parents' education level, active duty, etc.
  4. Do not check a box that gives your approval for sharing information with affiliate partners.

Some Recommended Scholarship Search Links

Butte College Foundation. To research college and community scholarships
College Board. Scholarship search using "bigfuture" scholarship finder
Fastweb. Free scholarship search
FinAid. The "SmartStudent" guide to financial aid and free scholarship search Free scholarship search Free scholarship search
Schoolsoup. Free scholarship search Free scholarship search