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Bank of the Sierra Scholarship Program

Offered by Asian Pacific Community Fund

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Jan 10, 2023
14 awards worth


Grade level

High School Senior

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

April 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a California high school senior planning to attend university? If so, you may be eligible for the Bank of the Sierra Scholarship Program! The scholarship is open to low-income high school seniors from select central California counties looking to obtain their undergraduate degrees. Eligible counties include Fresno, Kern, Kings, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Tulare. 

The scholarship is offered by Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF), a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, California. APCF was founded in 1990 by Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community leaders to empower and support the API community. The Bank of the Sierra Scholarship Program supports low-income students residing in their areas of service in obtaining a postsecondary education. Every year, 14 students are selected to receive a $1,500 scholarship to help cover the cost of tuition. If you are a high school student in central California and are looking for help to pay off your undergrad degree, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

This scholarship is open to current high school seniors in one of the following central California counties: Fresno, Kern, Kings, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Tulare. Applicants must be from low-income households and intend to attend a postsecondary institution.

Grade Level

High School Senior


US Citizens, Permanent Residents

Minimum GPA


Other Category

Low Income



Application information

If selected, the applicant must submit an application, a tax return from the previous year/s to reflect a low-income background, and the below application materials.

1,000-word essay

Academic transcript

Letter of Recommendation

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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Asian Pacific Community Fund at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

No, the Bank of the Sierra Scholarship Program is not renewable.

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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