The College of the Siskiyous (COS) Foundation is committed to providing financial assistance to College of the Siskiyous students demonstrating ongoing academic effort and or financial need. Scholarship award amounts vary from $250 to $3,000. The application process opens early January of each year and closes mid March. Applications are available online, or may be picked up from the Weed Campus Enrollment Services Office, Foundation Office (located in Building 95 - next to the Science Building and Gym Parking Lot), or the Yreka Campus Business Office. If you have questions, please call (530) 938-5373(530) 938-5373.
A scholarship can provide not only necessary financial assistance, but often the encouragement a student needs to continue in school despite obstacles. It is our honor to serve the students of College of the Siskiyous and to help them find their path to a new future.
Completed applications should be returned to the COS Foundation Office, 800 College Avenue, Weed, CA 96094 by March 10, 2016.
The College of the Siskiyous Foundation accepts all funds given to the College of the Siskiyous intended for scholarships. The Foundation provides individuals, businesses and organizations with a variety of options to choose from as they prepare to establish a scholarship. The Foundation is a Non-Profit, 501 c 3 Agency, Federal Tax Identification No. 94-314-6801. All funds are monitored and supervised by the Foundation Board of Directors, and are annually audited by an independent firm. Scholarship funds are separately maintained from all other Foundation funds and are invested and annually disbursed to applicants in support of their educational pursuits.
The Pension Protection Act of 2006 (HR 4) clarified and changed many of the guidelines for administering scholarships.
A Scholarship Committee, comprised of Foundation Board members, community volunteers, and representatives from COS faculty and the Financial Aid Office, carefully review applications and select scholarship recipients, using the criteria set by donors. Scholarships categories are:
I. General Scholarship Fund
The general fund accepts all financial gifts. Scholarships in this category are used to provide annual scholarships to Siskiyou County students. These scholarships are funded by unrestricted charitable contributions and scholarship fundraising activities.
II. One-Time Memorial Scholarships
One-time Memorial Scholarships are established to honor the memory of an individual or an event. When the donor establishes this memorial gift he/she may choose to distribute the entire gift to one or more recipients. Unused funds will be placed in the General Scholarship Fund. One-Time Memorials can be established with a gift ranging between $1000 and $4,999.
III. Endowed Memorial Scholarships
Many individuals choose to establish an Endowed Memorial Scholarship, as it is a perpetual fund that continues to provide an everlasting tribute to honor a loved one. For businesses and organizations it provides a legacy in memory of outstanding individuals or events. The minimum gift to establish an endowed scholarship is $5,000. These funds are invested and only the income from the principle is distributed as a scholarship.
IV. Work Study Program
This Work Study Program, established by the Auxiliary Foundation, provides an avenue of support for students with financial needs. Many students fit into this area of need and without assistance are unable to pursue an education. Students have the opportunity to work up to 20 hours per week while attending college. Individuals, businesses and organizations may help to support this program by making a donation to this fund.