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Every year, El Camino College students receive more than 550 scholarships worth over $600,000. Many scholarships cover the full cost of tuition, fees, and textbooks. Like grants, they don’t have to be repaid.

Diverse scholarships recognize academic achievement, financial needs, leadership and community service, affiliation with campus clubs and organizations, and international students. Learn how to apply for ECC scholarships and get general advice on pursuing scholarships from other sources.

How to Apply for Scholarships

Access the El Camino College Foundation Online Scholarship Application through MyECC. Log in with your MyECC username and ID and click the “scholarship application” link.

The scholarship application is open from August through December every year.


If you are currently enrolled, have a 2.0 GPA or better and have completed, or are in the process of completing, a minimum of six graded credit units at El Camino College - you are eligible to apply!

Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000 and cover tuition, books, fees and supplies. Last year, over $625,000 in scholarships was awarded to more than 500 El Camino College students.


  • Current ECC student
  • Must be enrolled in at least six units
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better
  • At least six graded units of El Camino College coursework


  • Fillable form of supplemental questions
  • Personal statement (600 words)
  • Transcripts
  • Online Evaluation Form (to be filled out by a faculty member, counselor, or employer) 

How to Apply

Log on to MyECC and click on “Scholarship Application" under the "ECC Links" menu.


The deadline to submit an application: December 19, 2021.


El Camino College
Scholarship Office
310-660-6541 or Admin Bldg. Room 160

Am I Eligible for Scholarships?

All students who’ve completed at least six graded units of El Camino College coursework with a GPA of 2.0 or better are eligible. You must be enrolled in at least six units to receive a scholarship.

Incoming first-year students registered for at least six units can apply for scholarships. You’ll have completed your initial coursework by the time scholarship application reviews begin.

Scholarship Application Tips

Follow this advice to improve your chances of winning a scholarship, whether from El Camino or another source:

  • Watch deadlines. Each scholarship program runs on its own schedule—be sure to submit your application in time for consideration.
  • Do your homework. All kinds of organizations offer scholarships—check with employers, local businesses, community organizations, etc.
  • Develop a great personal statement. It’s an essential part of your application—write it in a program like Microsoft Word, then copy and paste it into your online application.

Tips for International Students

International students aren’t eligible for state or federal financial aid, making private and institutional resources like scholarships even more important.

Activating Your Scholarships

Once you receive an ECC scholarship, make sure to activate it. Scholarships cover expenses for award years only—they can’t be applied to past expenses.

See complete instructions for activating your scholarship.

Watch Out for Scams

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. When researching non-ECC scholarships, look out for these warning signs:

  • Scholarships that charge application fees
  • Guaranteed “wins”
  • Promises of “free money”
  • Scholarship awards you never applied for

See the Federal Trade Commission for more information or to report scholarship scams.

Questions? Contact Us

Scholarship Office

Office Hours
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 



Administration Building, Room 160