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The Los Rios Colleges Foundation awards nearly $500,000 in scholarships to deserving students each year thanks to our generous donors. By completing a single application, students are matched to any of the hundreds of available scholarship opportunities for which they qualify. Additional scholarships are available through generous community partners.

When to Apply

  • The scholarship application is available between January and March of each year. This year, the application period opens on January 23rd. The deadline to apply is March 1st.
  • With some exceptions, scholarships are awarded for the following Fall semester.


  • In order to apply for scholarships, you must have a Los Rios student ID number.
  • If you are a current high school student who plans to attend Folsom Lake College in the fall, you can get a Student ID number by completing the Application to Attend. You will be emailed a student ID number, and can then complete the scholarship application.
  • All other students must be currently enrolled at one of the four Los Rios colleges.
  • At least one letter of recommendation is required for all scholarships. You must provide the name and email address for the person who will be providing one for you in the General Application. Start thinking about who can do this for you early. A faculty member, counselor, or employer are all good options. You may want to talk to them about providing you a recommendation first, and even provide them with an educational resume.

How to Apply

  • Visit and click on the "Sign In" button at the top right hand corner using your Student ID Number.
  • Complete the General Application. The more information you provide, the more likely you are to be awarded a scholarship.
  • This single application will be used to auto-match you to any of the hundreds of scholarship opportunities for which you qualify.
  • You will also be presented with additional scholarships for which you MAY be eligible. These scholarships require more information, like an additional essay question, a transcript, or an answer to several questions.
  • PLEASE NOTE: You will not see all the scholarships that you have been matched to, but your application will be in the pool to be reviewed by our readers.

After You Apply

  • After the deadline closes, it will take several weeks for scholarship reviewers to read and score all of the scholarship applications that are received. All applicants will be notified once the review and selection process is complete.
  • If you are selected to receive scholarships, you must accept (or decline) the scholarship award offer within two weeks from the email in order to receive the scholarship.
  • In addition, many scholarships require a Thank You letter for the donor or an RSVP to the Scholarship Awards Ceremony in order for the funds to be disbursed.

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Still have questions?

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Scholarship Donors

We are so grateful to our scholarship donors! You are helping students to reach their academic and professional goals, and even more than that, letting them know that someone believes in them. Scholarships are truly life changing for students.

Steven Dooner is one such alumni and scholarship recipient, and for Steven, receiving scholarships was among the proudest moments of his educational career. Now, he is a Project Manager at Walt Disney's Imagineering who oversees the development of a $1.5 billion expansion of one of Disney’s parks. People like you helped him realize his dreams.

If you would like to do the same for our students by establishing a new scholarship, please contact Kristin Emmett at (916) 568-3075. You can help students today while creating a lasting legacy for you or a loved one.

If you are a donor (thank you!) who would like to make a donation to your existing scholarship fund, you may do so online by clicking on the "Give Now" button and selecting "Other" in the drop down and entering the name of your scholarship. Please note that we are charged 4% in credit card processing fees.

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You can also send a check to: Los Rios Colleges Foundation, 1919 Spanos Court, Sacramento CA 95825. We are so grateful to you for the difference you make in the lives of students. Thank you!

Community Partner Scholarships

Are you a member of a local community group that offers a scholarship to Los Rios students and you'd like to advertise it with us? Just send an email to Kristin Emmett with the following information:

  • Name of Scholarship
  • Number of awards
  • Scholarship amount
  • Brief description of the requirements (1-2 sentences)
  • Website where the application can be found
  • Deadline to apply