Eastern Sierra Foundation (ESF) Scholarship

The Eastern Sierra Foundation Scholarship was formed by the Eastern Sierra Foundation (ESF) to enhance community through higher education in the Eastern Sierra. The scholarship is available to all California / Inyo County residents (residency required). Applicants must attend Cerro Coso Community College Bishop Campus or Online.

The primary purpose of this scholarship is to encourage potential Inyo County students (Including Benton & Chalfont residents) to enroll and attend classes at the Bishop campus or Online and work toward an educational goal such as obtaining an Associate's Degree, Certificate, and or complete a significant number of general education units for students planning to transfer to a university. The scholarship is available for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters and the scholarship application is available online, below. The applications are available when registration begins.

The Scholarship pays for all on-ground Bishop & online course enrollment fees and up to a maximum of $500 for required text book fees. It is only available to students attending the Bishop campus or Online. As a rule, it does not cover students out of state enrollment fees.

The Scholarship will remain in effect to support 60 students each semester as long as funding is available to support the program. Scholarship requirements and benefits may change at any time. Please check with Admissions and Registration for the latest information.

ESF Scholarship Application

Spring 2024 Requirements

  1. Maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.
  2. Apply to FAFSA or The Dream Act (you do not have to receive either, you have to show proof you applied).
  3. Apply to Cerro Coso Community Colleges Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) and provide proof. Complete the application.
  4. Type a minimum 250-word Statement Letter answering the following prompt: 
    "Describe your academic and career goals. Share relevant information on what has influenced these goals, including plans for achievement, and how receiving this scholarship will assist you in reaching those goals."
  5. Email ALL documents to Sarah.land@cerrocoso.edu.
  6. Complete a Comprehensive Student Education Plan with counseling.

Apply for the Spring 2024 Scholarship Application

The deadline for the scholarship is Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at 5 pm.

If the scholarship link is not working or you need more information, please contact ESCC DA II, Sarah Land at Sarah.land@cerrocoso.edu or (760) 872-5300.