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COS Foundation Scholarships & Emergency Aid Grants for Students

Foundation Scholarship Program
Application Period January 1 - March 15

The College of the Siskiyous (COS) Foundation is committed to providing financial assistance to Siskiyous students who demonstrate ongoing academic effort and/or financial need. Scholarship award amounts vary from $250 to $5,000. The application period opens early January of each year and closes March 15. If you have questions, please call (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 15.

Are You Interested in Establishing a COS Foundation Scholarship?

Start a Scholarship Brochure (PDF)

The College of the Siskiyous Foundation accepts all donations to the College 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, 501c3 Agency, Federal Tax Identification No. 94-3146801. 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.

  • All scholarships are awarded on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis using a procedure that has been approved in advance by the Board of Directors.
  • The Foundation appoints the Scholarship Selection Committee Members.
  • Donors and related persons may participate on the committee, but are prohibited from controlling the process of selecting scholarship recipients. Donors and related persons may not comprise a majority of the committee.
  • Selection of recipients is made solely at the discretion of the Foundation.

A Scholarship Committee, comprised of Foundation Board members, community volunteers, and current/former employees carefully review applications and select scholarship recipients using the criteria set by donors. Scholarships categories include:

  1. General Scholarship Fund
    The general scholarship fund accepts all financial gifts. Scholarships in this category are used to provide annual scholarships to recent graduates of Siskiyou County high schools. These scholarships are funded by unrestricted charitable contributions and scholarship fundraising activities.

  2. 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.
    Annual Pass Through or One-Time Scholarship Form

  3. 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 $10,000. These funds are invested and only the income from the principle is distributed as a scholarship.
    General Endowment Form

  4. 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.

Finish Line Scholars Program
Scholarships & Student Emergency Aid Grants

The Finish Line Scholars Program supports students to ensure they stay on track toward completion of their educational goals.

Funding for the Finish Line Scholars Program is provided through a grant received from the Foundation for California Community Colleges that was donated by the Jay Pritzker Foundation.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be considered for a Finish Line Scholarship, you must:

  • Receive a tuition fee waiver under the California College Promise Grant (CCPG, also known formerly as BOGW).
  • Have a goal of completion of a certificate or degree program, or transfer to a four-year college or university.
  • Take at least 12 units or maintain an alternate full-time equivalent status during all terms in which the scholarship is active.
  • Make progress toward your goal as indicated by having completed approximately half of the credits required for your program and have a realistic plan to finish the remainder of your goal in under two (2) academic years.

In addition, if you are pursuing a degree or transfer, you must also meet two of these three criteria:

  • Have completed a transfer level English course
  • Have completed a transfer level math course
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher

Students in fields that are regional workforce priorities, such as nursing and STEM, will be given preference.

Renewal

Students who receive a scholarship and who remain continuously enrolled (barring conditions approved by the college financial aid office) may apply for and be eligible to receive subsequent scholarships through this scholarship program.

Use of Awards

Scholarships may be used by the student (applicant) to cover necessary and reasonable education related costs, including but not limited to, books and other instructional materials, computer equipment, internet access, educational tools and uniforms. Other uses include food, healthcare, household items, clothing, child-care, housing, and transportation. Since only students who receive a California College Promise Grant are eligible for the scholarship, scholarships should not cover the cost of tuition.

Finish Line Scholars Program Scholarship Awarding and Payment:

  • First Application Review - Applications submitted by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 22 will be reviewed and enrollment verified. If grant application is approved, notification of awards will be made and funds will be disbursed to the student by mail on Friday, October 29, 2021.
  • Depending on funding available, applications may be submitted weekly by 5:00 pm on Friday, will be reviewed by Wednesday and, if approved, notification of awards will be made and funds will be disbursed to the student by mail the following Friday.
  • Awarding of scholarships will continue until funds have all been expended, or no later than March 31, 2022.
  • Students will be notified via email regarding approval or denial. Therefore, it is important that a current email address is included on the applications and the mailing address is also noted correctly.

Student Emergency Aid Grants

Eligibility

  • Students must be enrolled at College of the Siskiyous during the 2021/2022 academic year.
  • Students must be enrolled as a full time student – 12 units or more. (Late start classes are not considered "enrolled" until the start date.) Students enrolled in less than 12 units may be considered on a case by case basis due to circumstances prohibiting full-time enrollment.
  • Students cannot be dual-enrolled high school students.
  • Student was enrolled at College of the Siskiyous during the previous semester.
  • Supply evidence of hardship beyond the student's control (i.e. documentation of expense).

Applicants will not be judged based on residential status, academic standing, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

Grant Process

  • Students will complete the Finish Line Scholars Program (Student Emergency Aid) Grant application. All spaces must be filled in properly.
  • Submit the completed application. Bring any additional documentation to the Foundation Office, located in Building 95 at the Weed Campus or email to foundation@siskiyous.edu.
  • The Foundation Director along with the Student Equity Specialist from Basecamp HQ will review the application and the process with the student. Students may be referred to other resources which may better address the student need(s).
  • The Foundation facilitates College of the Siskiyous Emergency Grant awards, and therefore the Foundation Director has final discretion over the approval of grants.

Grant Awarding

Application Review - Applications submitted by 5:00 pm on a Monday will be reviewed and enrollment verified. If grant application is approved, funds will be disbursed to the student by mail the same week on a Friday afternoon.

  • Students may be eligible to apply for an Emergency Grant more than once under special circumstances, and shall be administered at the discretion of the Foundation Director.
  • Awarding of grants will continue until funds have all been expended or no later than June 30, 2022.

Students will be notified via email regarding approval or denial. Therefore, it is important that a current email address is included on the applications and the mailing address is also noted correctly.

College of the Siskiyous is committed to ensuring both the academic and personal success of each and every student.

Contact College of the Siskiyous Foundation

Located in Building 95 at the Weed Campus (next to the Science Building and Gym Parking Lot)
800 College Avenue
Weed, CA 96094
Email: foundation@siskiyous.edu
Phone: (530) 938-5373
Fax: (530) 938-5570