Student scholarships are at the heart of the RCCD Foundation’s mission. Even though RCCD colleges offer students a reasonably priced education, community college students typically experience financial difficulties.
Each year, the RCCD Foundation distributes more than $500,000 to high school seniors, continuing RCCD students and students, who are transferring to a four-year college. Many scholarship recipients have overcome tremendous odds to get the education they desire and deserve. A scholarship can make the difference between a student staying in school or being forced to abandon their education because of economic hardship.
The RCCD Foundation offers a number of options for individuals or groups who are interested in investing in a promising student’s future.
These scholarships can be funded with a one–time gift distributed over one or more years or with an annual gift of $500 or more. You can choose to support students with a particular major or career goal. Your support can be restricted to students enrolled at a particular college.
You may establish a scholarship to honor the memory of students, alumni, faculty, a family member or loved one for whom one of the RCCD colleges held a special meaning. Memorial scholarships can be a general or endowed scholarship.
With a gift of $10,500 or more you can establish an endowed scholarship or permanent fund. This is an excellent way to make sure that your support will benefit students for decades to come. Each year, a portion of the fund's interest earnings is made available for scholarships. Endowed scholarships are very flexible and can be tailored to meet your needs.
Community Scholars Initiative
The Community Scholars Program is a joint endeavor of the RCCD Foundation, the Community Foundation serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties, California Baptist University, La Sierra University and the University of Redlands. The competitive scholarship rewards Riverside County high school students who have shown excellence in scholastic achievement, community involvement and mastery of knowledge. The purpose is to encourage outstanding high school seniors to pursue their studies at one of the Riverside Community College District colleges and then transfer to one of the participating four-year universities. Ten students are selected each year as Community Scholars recipients.