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State Fund Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

State Compensation Insurance Fund has established a scholarship program in 2014 to assist dependents of employees who seek or are seeking a college education. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university located in the state of California.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the State Fund Scholarship Program must:

  • Be dependent* children of part-time or full-time State Compensation Insurance Fund employees who have a minimum of one year employment and are in good standing** with the company as of the application deadline date.

*Dependent children are defined as:

    • Children must be natural, adopted children, or stepchildren of the employee, and must be under the age of 26 (can be married and not living with you).
    • Children of domestic partners are their natural, adopted, stepchildren under the age of 26.
    • Children over age 26 who have never married and who are incapable of self-support because of a mental or physical disability that existed prior to age 26.
    • Another person’s child under the age of 26 may be eligible if:
      • The State Compensation Insurance Fund employee has been granted legal custody or joint legal custody of the child; or
      • The child resides with the State Compensation Insurance Fund employee (generally in absence of the natural or adoptive parent), and is economically dependent upon the State Compensation Insurance Fund employee.

**An employee in good standing meets all of the following criteria:

    • Completed mandatory training.
    • Filed the mandatory Statement of Economic Interest (Form 700), if applicable.
    • The official personnel file does not include anything of a negative nature or an adverse action issued in the current calendar year.
    • No pending disciplinary actions or active investigations.
    • Exceptional or successful performance appraisal rating.
  • Be high school seniors or graduates, or current undergraduates, who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university located in the state of California.
  • Online courses must be taken at the accredited institution located in California where the recipient is currently enrolled.
  • There must be a ‘brick and mortar’ campus in California for the school to be eligible.
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).

Children of exempt employees, consultants, contractors, annuitants, student assistants, and temporary employees (employees who are on a Limited Term Assignment and have never held a permanent position at State Fund) are ineligible. Children of the CEA Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer overseeing the scholarship program are also ineligible to participate.

Exempt positions are filled by election or appointment. They include members of boards and commissions, and appointees of the Governor. These officials are exempt from State civil service, and are often referred to as “exempt” officials.



If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award based on school costs. Individual awards may be up to $5,000 for a 4-year college or $2,500 for a community college.

Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Program Deadline

Your application must be submitted on or before March 22, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Financial need is not considered.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of State Compensation Insurance Fund play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


Applicants will be notified in April. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of State Compensation Insurance Fund. Payment is made in one installment in early August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following document:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

    NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of those test scores separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 27, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

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