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    Bank of the Sierra Scholarship Program

    Offered by Asian Pacific Community Fund

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Mar 20, 2024
    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 2025

    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 Bank of the Sierra Scholarship Program is meant to support low-income students residing in their areas of service in obtaining a postsecondary education. Every year, 14 students are selected to receive a $2,000 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! Keep on reading to learn more.

    About Asian Pacific Community Fund

    The Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) is 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.

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

    Grade Level

    High School Senior


    U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents

    Minimum GPA


    Other Category

    Low Income




    Fresno County, Kern County, Kings County, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, Tulare County


    Applicants must have a household income at or below the Low to Moderate Income Level (see chart on the Asian Pacific Community Fund site).

    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.

    Two 500-word essays

    Academic transcript

    Letter of Recommendation

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    Scholarship FAQ

    Is this scholarship open to international students?

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

    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.

    Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

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