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A limited number of one-time and renewable scholarships are available for primarily new F-1 students. The merit-based scholarships can range from $250 to $3,000. 

Applications must be submitted no later than July 1st for the Fall Semester and November 15th for the Spring Semester.

Only students who have been admitted to one of the San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley will be considered. The scholarships are highly competitive so be sure to read the instructions and questions carefully and submit all required documents to avoid delay or disqualification.

It can take 1-2 months for the committee to review an application and make a decision, so prospective students are encouraged to apply early. Please keep in mind that funds are limited and not all applicants will be rewarded a scholarship.


Global Beca International Student Scholarship

Steps to apply for scholarship below. Please make sure you have your supporting documents (numbers 1-3) ready when you complete your online application form (number 4).


1.  A typed 250-300 word Personal Insight Statement regarding your program of study and how San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley will contribute to your academic and career goals. We would like you to include in your personal insight statement your response to the following questions:
a. What have you done academically that prepares you for your future success?
b. Why do you believe activities outside the classroom are also important for your future success?
c. How would financial support for your education benefit you and your family?

2. A letter of recommendation in English from a teacher, counselor, or principal.

3. A copy of your academic transcript from the past year or last school attended. 

4. Log into your application portal (, the same place you completed your college application. Click on the tab that says "My Scholarships" to begin your SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION.                                                                                                                                 scholarship screenshot

For questions regarding the Global Beca Scholarship, please contact:
Cindy Nguyen, International Program Specialist
3401 CSM Drive  San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone: +001 (650) 358 - 6862

Other Scholarship Resources

Find more scholarships through the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation.


 There are a limited number of one time scholarships for new international students ranging from $250 up to the FULL COST of tuition for one year! 


       College Scholarships

 Each of our colleges also offer scholarships depending on residency, field of study and major, etc.

Cañada College   College of San Mateo   Skyline College