The Pine Cone Foundation (PCF) is a 501c3 organization that awards multi-year scholarships to financially-disadvantaged 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.

The PCF scholarship program assists eligible students with documented learning disabilities who demonstrate academic promise. We support students with covering book and prescription glasses costs, as well as health service, student center, parking permit and Universal Transit Pass fees. 

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

  • Be a graduating high school senior
  • Plan on enrolling at a community college in CA with a course load of 8+ credits
  • Must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Have current documentation of a specific learning disability (SLD); ADHD alone is not considered to be a learning disability
  • Be a United States citizen and a California resident 
  • Submit an application with required paperwork in 1 package, postmarked on or before the deadline date

Up to 5 awards will be given annually and PCF aims to award scholarships to students from all around the state to ensure well-rounded service to the California LD community, and assure diversity amongst recipients.

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

2018 application timeline:

  • March 1 to April 14 - Applications accepted
  • April 15 to May 1 - Review period 
  • May 2 to 4 - Finalists notified via email and interviews scheduled
  • May 8 to 17 - Interviews conducted
  • May 21 - Winners will be notified via email
  • August 1 - Awardees provide PCF with proof of registration to accepted college for the scholarship program to commence in the fall semester

PCF offers funding for up to 3 years for awardees seeking associate, bachelor, technical and vocational degrees (including culinary arts) who maintain an 8 to 12 unit enrollment status and a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Once awarded a PCF scholarship, it’s a year-round support program that can total up to $5,500 over a 3 year period and works in the following way:

1st year based on application and an 8 to 12 unit enrollment status:
Fall semester - up to $500 towards sanctioned expenses
Spring semester - up to $500 towards sanctioned expenses
Summer semester - up to $250 towards sanctioned expenses

2nd year based on 8 to 12 unit enrollment status with a GPA of 2.5 or higher maintained:
Fall semester - up to $500 towards sanctioned expenses
Spring semester - up to $500 towards sanctioned expenses
Summer semester - up to $250 towards sanctioned expenses

3rd year based on 8 to 12 unit enrollment status with a GPA of 2.5 or higher maintained:
Fall semester - up to $500 towards sanctioned expenses
Spring semester - up to $500 towards sanctioned expenses
Associate degree students - 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.

The PCF scholarship program is based on reimbursement. Scholarship funds will be paid directly to awardees upon email submission of scanned receipts and a completed expense form. Sanctioned expenses include the following: books, eye exams and prescription glasses, as well as health service, student center, parking permit and Universal Transit Pass fees. 

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.