10,000 Degrees Scholarship Application

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Introduction

10,000 Degrees provides scholarships to individuals with significant financial need who exhibit a strong desire to go to college, and who have the perseverance necessary to graduate from college and accomplish their educational goals.  

The majority of our scholarships are for students from Marin and Sonoma County, although we do administer a few scholarships for anyone from the greater Bay Area (California).  

One application allows you to apply for as many scholarships as you may be eligible.  Some scholarships require supplemental materials, so please read directions carefully.

We recommend that you read through the FAQ on the website before beginning this application. The FAQ includes the following information:
  1. What you will need to apply, including financial information and academics
  2. Eligibility to apply to each scholarship 
  3. Deadline and follow up after submission
All applications must be submitted by March 2 at 11:59 pm. Before you can submit, you must have completed the FAFSA (fafsa.gov) or the California Dream Act Application (caldreamact.org). Submitting the Student Aid Report (SAR) is a requirement for submission.

Please contact 10,000 Degrees with any questions. (415) 451-4002 or jchoi@10000degrees.org.

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Special Scholarship Questions 

Please carefully walkthrough this page as these questions determine your eligibility for additional scholarships. For some questions, when you select yes, additional questions and specific requirements will open up for you to apply to that scholarship. As always, please make sure to save so as not to lose your information if you leave!




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You may qualify for the Asian scholarship. 

In order to apply you must be a graduating high school senior from a Marin, Sonoma, or Contra Costa County high school, have at least one parent of Asian or Pacific Islander descent, and have a high school GPA of at least 3.0.

In addition to the questions below, you must submit two letters of recommendation (one must be academic). Please ask that the recommender include the date, applicant's name, author's name, telephone number, address, and relationship with the applicant. 

If you need to mail in the letters of recommendation, please mail them to:
 
Asian Scholarship c/o 10,000 Degrees 
1650 Los Gamos Drive, Suite 110 
San Rafael, CA 94903

Please make sure to note that the letter is for the Asian Scholarship.








You may qualify for the Andy Wallstrum Scholarship.  

With this fund, the life work of Andy Wallstrum is honored by providing scholarships to students who are graduates of Lawrence Cook Middle School in Santa Rosa. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated improvement in their academic grades or behavior.

Additional Requirements:   Please attach or mail one letter of recommendation from an instructor, principal, counselor, or other school professional verifying improvement in your academic grades or behavior.  It does not have to be someone from Lawrence Cook Middle School.  We prefer you upload documents, but if for some reason you need to mail in the letters of recommendation.  Please mail them to:

Andy Wallstrum Scholarship c/o 10,000 Degrees 
1650 Los Gamos Drive, Suite 110 
San Rafael, CA 94903. 

Please make sure to note that the letter is for the Andy Wallstrum Scholarship.





You may qualify for the Dry Creek Valley Scholarship.  

The fund was established by the Dry Creek Valley Association in cooperation with the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley. It provides scholarships to residents and children of residents of the Dry Creek Valley Watershed of Sonoma County with financial need who have demonstrated academic merit and involvement in community and extracurricular activities.

To apply for this scholarship you must be a resident or a child of a resident of Dry Creek Valley. 

Please also answer in the essay box a:
One page personal statement addressing the question: How has living in, or growing up within, the Dry Creek Watershed Area influenced or affected your life and your future and/or educational goals? (type it in the box below).





You may qualify for the Ron Rudolph or RMW Athletic Scholarship.  

To apply for this scholarship you must have played a varsity level sport or cheerleading in your senior year. 

Please also answer in the essay box a:
One page personal statement addressing the question: How has living in, or growing up within, the Dry Creek Watershed Area influenced or affected your life and your future and/or educational goals? (type it in the box below).



You may qualify for the American Institute of Architects Redwood Empire Scholarship.  

The AIA Fund provides scholarships for students from Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, DelNorte, Lake, Modoc, Siskiyou and Trinity Counties pursuing post-secondary education in architecture in a degree program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, or in a pre-professional four-year undergraduate degree program with a major in architecture. Selection criteria will include academic and non-academic performance, as well as financial need.

To apply for this scholarship you must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in architecture or post-secondary education in architecture accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. 

Additional Requirements: Portfolio – Should include work that reflects the applicant’s interest in architecture or which demonstrates their creative abilities. Examples may include drafting, photography, computer graphics, writing, cartooning, art, sculpture or any other media.  

You can attach samples of your work below 

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Mail portfolio to:

American Institute of Architects Redwood Empire Scholarship 
1650 Los Gamos Drive, Suite 110 
San Rafael, CA 94903. 

Please make sure to note that the letter is for the American Institute of Architects Redwood Empire Scholarship.





You may qualify for the Richard T. Torkelson Scholarship.  

Established in memory of Richard T. Torkelson, a Press Democrat reporter, this fund provides scholarships to students residing in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties who have demonstrated an interest in journalism, communications, photojournalism, documentary art and non-fiction digital media.

Additional Requirements:   The following supplemental materials must be uploaded or received by March 2nd at 11:59 pm.  No late submissions will be considered for funding.  This includes all supplementary information that is requested.  It is your responsibility to respond to all requests for information in a timely manner.
Two letters of recommendation from instructors or close associates (excluding relatives) Make sure letter of recommendation states it's for the Richard T. Torkelson Scholarship.A sample of your best work for print or broadcastWe prefer you upload documents, but if for some reason you need to mail in the letters of recommendation.  Please mail them to:

Richard T. Torkelson Scholarship c/o 10,000 Degrees 
1650 Los Gamos Drive, Suite 110 
San Rafael, CA 94903. 

Please make sure to note that the letter is for the Richard T. Torkelson Scholarship.







You may qualify for one of our Art scholarships. 

In order to apply you must be: (1) Sonoma County resident (2) pursuing a post-secondary degree in an art field (3) able to demonstrate passion and aptitude for the field 

Additional Requirements:

1) Letter of recommendation: Please provide one letter of recommendation. Please ask that the recommender include the date, applicant's name, author's name, telephone number, address, and relationship with the applicant. 

2)  Attach samples of work.

Please upload letters of recommendation and sample work below:

We prefer you upload documents, but if for some reason you need to mail in the letters of recommendation.  Please mail them to:
 
Art Scholarship c/o 10,000 Degrees 
1650 Los Gamos Drive, Suite 110 
San Rafael, CA 94903

Please make sure to note that the letter is for the Art Scholarship.








You may qualify for the Building Better Teachers Scholarship. 

In order to apply you must: be pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education, and be interested in a career working with children ages 0-5.
 
In addition to the questions below, you must submit a resume.







You may qualify for the Marin Retirement Communities Scholarship. 

In order to apply you, your parent, or grandparent must work at a retirement facility in Marin County (The Aldersly, Drake Terrace, Smith Ranch, The Tamalpais, or Villa Marin).  

Subcontractors and independent contractors of the facilities are not eligible.  

Additional requirements:
Employment verification: Please provide verification of employee's employment at a Marin retirement facility for the past year in the form of a letter from the HR Office. Pay stubs are not sufficient as proof.

Employment verification must be uploaded below or sent to the following address by March 2nd: 


Marin Retirement Communities Scholarship
C/O 10,000 Degrees
1650 Los Gamos Drive Suite 110
San Rafael, CA 94903 









You may also send a paper copy of verification of employment to 10,000 Degrees by March 2nd: 1650 Los Gamos Dr, Suite 110, San Rafael, CA 94903



You may also send a paper copy of verification of employment to 10,000 Degrees by March 2nd: 1650 Los Gamos Dr, Suite 110, San Rafael, CA 94903




You may also send a paper copy of verification of employment to 10,000 Degrees by March 2nd: 1650 Los Gamos Dr, Suite 110, San Rafael, CA 94903



You may also send a paper copy of verification of employment to 10,000 Degrees by March 2nd: 1650 Los Gamos Dr, Suite 110, San Rafael, CA 94903

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Please answer the two short essay questions. We recommend your essays to be at least 250 words and no more than 500 You may compose your essays in a document and copy and paste it in the boxes below.  You may write your essays in your native/first language.


  • 10,000 Degrees is looking for students who demonstrate a strong motivation to go to college, desire for learning and the perseverance necessary to complete their educational goal.
  • These essays are an important part of your application and a determining factor in your eligibility. 

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Financial Information

All eligible students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application before continuing.  

The FAFSA is available at www.fafsa.ed.gov
The California Dream Act Application is available online at www.caldreamact.org

Once you complete your online FAFSA or California Dream Act Application, you will be shown a screen stating your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). You must attach your Student Aid Report (SAR or CAL SAR) that shows your EFC.

Please note, if you do not attach one of the above you may be disqualified from receiving a scholarship.




CAL SAR Example

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Please contact Jin Choi at 415-451-4002 or jchoi@10000degrees.org to explain why you are not eligible for the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application following submission in order for your application to be considered complete.


In addition to attaching your Student Aid Report, please enter the following information from your Financial Aid Form:

See the screen capture below for where you can find this information on your form (or check the SAR if you did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool).

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CA Dream Act Questions

This will be shown at the top of your Student Aid Report (SAR) that you attached above.

Please enter the same number you entered on your Financial Aid Form

Please enter the same number you entered on your Financial Aid Form (i.e. the number of people who live in your house and are supported by your parents by at least 50% or more)

Please enter the same number entered on your Financial Aid Form, as calculated on your family's taxes

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