Scholarship Program

Due to the COVID Pandemic we regret to inform you that

we currently are not  giving out Scholarship Awards this year for 2021. 


Promoting Higher Education, Economic Resilience and Stronger Communities

2020 Awardees




Employees of Sacramento County's Department of Human Assistance raise funds annually to award college scholarships to graduating high school seniors living in Sacramento County. This collaborative college scholarship program is available to encourage graduating seniors from low-income families to pursue an education at an accredited college, university, technical or trade school.                

Deadline Postmark by Friday March 13th, 2020

Eligibility for scholarships is without regard to race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation.

Employees of Sacramento County and their families, except for employees working in the Classification of student aide, are not eligible.

This scholarship is awarded each year to promote:

  • Higher Education
  • Economic Resilience
  • Stronger Communities

Applications are available at all DHA Bureaus and the School/Counselor's Office. 

  • Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Please answer all questions.
  • All information will remain confidential and will not affect the household's
    financial assistance.
  • Mail your application to:
    DHA Scholarship Committee,
    Sandra Espindola, AE70,
    1725 28th Street
    Sacramento, CA 95821
  • Contact us by phone @ 
    (916) 875-8223 Monday - Friday,
    9am - 12pm or email your questions to Rosa Singh

Application Requirements

  1. All applications must include the following:
    • Official sealed high school transcript(s). Copies will not be accepted.
    • Two letters of recommendation from references who can comment on student's leadership/academic abilities (at least one must be from a teacher).
    • Acceptance letter or proof of enrollment. Scholarship check will not be issued until proof of acceptance is provided.
  2. Essays must be typed and have at least 800 words.
  3. Students must title their essay and indicate the essay question they are answering.
  4. Applicant and parent/guardian must sign application.
  5. Application must be postmarked by Friday, March 13, 2020.

Scholarship Application


DHA Scholarship Program Income Limits 2019/2020 Tax Year

# of Persons INCOME LIMITS
Add per person

Posted income limits are based on Earned Income Tax Credit Limits and the 200% Federal Poverty Level Guidelines

(All Criteria is Subject to Verification / Proof of Eligibility)

  1. Must be currently living in Sacramento Co.
  2. Must be a graduating high school senior from the class of 2020, entering a two-year or four-year accredited college, university, or technical/trade school.
  3. Must have a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) of 2.5
  4. Must be on public assistance or low income. Submit current verification of public assistance or if not on public assistance, IRS tax form 1040 (2019).


The DHA Scholarship shall be applied toward educational expenses in any field of study at an accredited college, university, technical, or trade school.

  • Incomplete application will NOT  be accepted. Please answer ALL questions.
  • All information will remain confidential and will not affect the household's financial assistance.



Press Release: Local High School Grads Head to College with a Little Help from Sacramento County Employees


Scholarship recipients will be notified by phone in  late June 2020.  Due to COVID-19,  the May 14th ceremony has been cancelled.

Students who have been called and selected will be able to pick up their Scholarship at a DHA office that is most convenient for the student.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


You may have potential entitlement to benefits under a program known as the College Fee Waiver Program.

For Veterans, please ​read the CA Fee Waiver Flyer or contact DHA Veterans Services for assistance at (916) 874-6811.


Scholarship Application

Native American Caucus uses a different application: Alan Olvera Memorial Scholarship Description and Application.

Veterans Services College Fee Waiver Program Description and Application.

Physicians for Social Responsibility Sacramento High School​ Scholarship Essay Contest

If you are a current or former Foster Youth, consider applying for a California Chaffee Grant Program