The Common Scholarship Application closed on March 1, 2016.

Results from this scholarship competition will go out in May 2016.

See below for more scholarship opportunities for students in Kern County.

STUDENTS: Click here to access your scholarship account

Click here: Scholarships- How to Get them (Kern College Night 2016)

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Click here to learn more about how Federal Financial Aid can help make college more affordable.

If you are interested in supporting scholarships or establishing your own scholarship fund, click here to learn about our College Access Initiative or contact us at 661.325.5346 or

Kern Community Foundation uses a Common Scholarship Application through our Online Scholarship Account. The application will be used for funds held and managed by the Foundation and for partner organizations. 

The 2016 Common Application is now available! Click here to apply.

Application deadline is March 1, 2016 by end of day (11:59pm).

For more information or assistance, please contact Manager of Grants and Scholarships Alyse Braaten at 661.616.2605 or

Personal Finance Tools for Students

  • Bank of America: Creating a Budget
  • Better Money Habits: Bank of America Personal Finance Education
  • Hands on Banking: A Video Series
  • Khan Academy: Finance and Capital Markets classes on Interest and Debt and Accounting and Financial Statements *these are more professional learning tools, but would be excellent for a student with academic propensity for economics or finance. 

More Scholarship Opportunities for Kern County Students

CCS Transition Scholarship Fund

The CCS Transition Scholarship Fund was established by a collective group of current and former staff member of California Children’s Services (CCS). CCS serves low income children with need of medical coordination to address the life altering medical conditions. Children age out of the program at about the same time as they start attending college. For this reason, many staff members came together to fundraise one final gift from CCS to its students. 

The CCS Transition Scholarship is open ONLY to students who have received services from California Children’s Services in Kern County. The minimum GPA for consideration is 2.0 and students must graduate from a Kern County High School.

Deadline: April 1, 2016 at Midnight

Apply HERE

*Applicants use the Code: CCS to access the application on the APPLY page. 

Tri Counties Bank Endowed Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by the Board of North Valley Bank in memory of Don Carter, who served as President and CEO of North Valley Bancorp and North Valley Bank from 1986 to 1997. The fund provides scholarships to graduating seniors in Northern California. In 2014, the fund became the Tri Counties Bank Endowed Scholarship Fund with the completed merger between North Valley Bancorp and Tri Counties Bank.  

The Tri Counties Bank Scholarship program seeks to advance higher education for community-minded students. Tri Counties Bank competitively awards $1,500 scholarships to students attending a 4-year college/university and $1,000 for those attending community college. Awards will be made to the college-bound, economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement and business entrepreneurship – the three pillars of Tri Counties Bank’s mission to help to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our economically-disadvantaged youth.

Deadline March 31, 2016 at 5:00pm (PST)

Apply HERE