Cuesta College Awards Over $350k in Scholarships •

Cuesta College awards $350,000 in scholarships to students

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For the academic year 2021-22, 500 scholarships will be awarded to 346 students.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — For the 2021-22 academic year, Cuesta College granted almost 500 scholarships totalling $357,890 to 346 students. On Aug. 6, the Cuesta College Foundation held a virtual celebration to recognize contributors and scholarship winners.

Current Cuesta College students, incoming transfers, and high school students entering the Fall 2021 semester are eligible for the scholarship. Many students were awarded multiple scholarships, which they may use to pay for their tuition, books, and other costs. 

Over $20,000 in Promise Scholarship monies, which provide two years of fee-free college to San Luis Obispo County High School graduates, is not included in the awards given. During the 2020-21 academic year, the Promise Scholarship provided assistance to 985 students.

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Dr. Jill Stearns, Cuesta College Superintendent / President, stated, “Students, you are what makes us a college—your perseverance, hard work, passion, and determination inspire our professors, staff, and community.” “We’ve come to honor your accomplishments and to look forward to the bright future that awaits you. I hope you will remember today fondly as you pursue your academic goals, and that you will reflect on the kind scholarship donor who helped you financially at a difficult period later in your career.”

In addition to scholarships and the Promise, every Cuesta Education student, regardless of income, is eligible for financial aid and emergency funding to help them pay for college. Since the outbreak, nearly $4 million in financial assistance has been distributed directly to students, and the Foundation has collected over $240,000 for Cuesta’s Assistance for Student Emergencies fund.

Dr. Stearns said, “Our amazing community continues to react generously to fund emergency grants.” “I continue to be impressed and awestruck by the college’s capacity to react to this situation, especially when combined with our community’s tremendous dedication to our institution and students.”

Rebecca Tavera Lua, a student speaker, is a first-generation college student who was reared by a single mother of two. She is in her first semester of nursing school at Cuesta College, where she has been awarded the Debra Wacker Nursing Scholarship. 

Rebecca said, “Being granted this scholarship has changed my life.” “[This scholarship] has provided me with an incredible opportunity, and I want to provide a student with the same chance eventually. I’d want to express my gratitude to my brother and mother, who have always been supportive of me, and I aim to make them both proud by becoming the greatest nurse I can be.”

The Grace and Ralph M. Warten Scholarship was awarded to Dawn Grillo. She presently serves as President of the Cuesta College Associated Students, representing the student population on the Board of Trustees. She is also the President of the Black Student Union and is pursuing an Associate Degree in Mathematics with the intention of transferring to UC Berkeley.

“As many of you know, college is no simple task – from the time you enroll in courses to the day you walk across the graduation stage, students are often confronted with hurdles that may obstruct their potential to pursue academic excellence,” Dawn said. “These scholarships will assist relieve some of my financial worries, allowing me to devote my entire attention to my numerous responsibilities. As I settle into my new responsibilities, I can now devote my time to fighting for the well-being of kids rather than worrying about how I’ll pay my bills. I will always treasure and be eternally thankful for the financial assistance I got from the contributors and the Foundation.”

Cuesta College’s YouTube channel has a video of the 2021 Scholarship Virtual Reception.


Cuesta College’s educational, scientific, and cultural objectives, as well as its purpose of community service, are all supported by the Cuesta College Foundation. The Foundation has given millions of dollars for student scholarships, equipment, programs, and initiatives for student achievement as the college’s charitable arm. To learn more about how you may help Cuesta College students, call the Foundation office at (805) 546-3279

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average scholarship award?

The average scholarship award is $5,000.

What is the highest paying scholarship?

The highest paying scholarship is the Fulbright Scholarship.

What is the hardest scholarship to get?

The hardest scholarship to get is the 8th grade scholarship.

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