The Pine Cone Foundation (PCF) is a 501c3 organization that awards multi-year scholarships to students with documented learning disabilities across the state of California who aspire to attend community college.

PCF is a private family foundation aiming to positively impact LD students' lives in California by making college more accessible and financially feasible. It was founded in 2015 to honor a beloved family member that passed away.

Up to 6 awards will be given annually and PCF aims to award scholarships to students who demonstrate academic promise from all around the state to ensure well-rounded service to the California LD community, and assure diversity amongst recipients.

To be eligible for a PCF scholarship, each applicant must:

  1. Be a graduating high school senior

  2. Plan on enrolling at a community college in CA with a course load of 8+ credits for associate, bachelor, technical and vocational degrees (including culinary arts)

  3. Must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher

  4. Have current documentation of a specific learning disability (SLD); ADHD alone is not considered to be a learning disability

  5. Be a United States citizen and a California resident

  6. Submit an application with required paperwork in 1 package, postmarked on or before April 1st

Application timeline:

  • February 15 to April 1 - Applications accepted

  • May 1 - Finalists notified via email and Skype interviews scheduled

  • May 6 to 14 - Interviews conducted

  • May 20 - Winners will be notified via email

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The PCF scholarship is an academic support program that can total up to $3,500 distributed over a 3 year period and works in the following way:

Scholarship funds will be offered for fall and spring semesters and paid via check directly to awardees upon submission of class schedules and school transcripts to confirm enrollment is up to date and the 2.5+ GPA requirement is being met.

These funds can be used as the recipient sees fit to cover campus fees, books, supplies, glasses, transportation etc.

1st year based on application and an 8+ credits enrollment:

  • Fall semester - $250 with proof of registration and fall class schedule

  • Spring semester - $250 with spring class schedule and previous fall semester transcript confirming 2.5+ GPA

2nd year based on 8+ credits enrollment:

  • Fall semester - $250 with fall class schedule and previous spring semester transcript confirming 2.5+ GPA

  • Spring semester - $250 with spring class schedule and previous fall semester transcript confirming 2.5+ GPA

3rd year based on 8+ credits enrollment:

  • Fall semester - $250 with fall class schedule and previous spring semester transcript confirming 2.5+ GPA

  • Spring semester - $250 with spring class schedule and previous fall semester transcript confirming 2.5+ GPA

Associate degree students who transfer:

  • A one time $2,000 tuition scholarship awarded upon successfully transferring to a 4 year institution with a GPA of 2.5 or higher maintained.

Only California community colleges are being considered for the PCF scholarship program at this time.

The PCF Board of Directors will serve as the selection committee. Please note, California Community Colleges’ staff and board members have no involvement in the selection process for the PCF scholarship program.

Click here to read the FAQ page for further details and information about the scholarship program before you begin the application process.