About the Scholarship Program

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City of Commerce Scholarship Program

Thank you for your interest in the City of Commerce Scholarship Program. The Commerce City Council dedicates itself to promote education in the community and is happy to help make a college education more available to you. Studies indicate that a college education helps adults to earn more. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics,earnings for both males and females increase with education. Among people age 25 years and older, median weekly earnings generally increase with greater levels of educational attainment. In 2016, those with less than a high school diploma had the lowest median weekly earnings,at $504. Earnings were highest for people with at least a bachelor's degree--$1,156 for those with a bachelor's degree, $1,380 for those with a master's degree, $1,745 for those with a professional degree,and $1,664 for those with a doctoral degree.

A Brief History

The City of Commerce Scholarship Program began in 1980. In its earliest years, donations were given from local civic organizations and service clubs. Scholarships ranged from $50 - $300. The program proved to be very successful and well received. Before long, contributions began coming in from the business community, as well as from civic groups. Scholarships increased both in the size of the award and in the number given. In 2019, scholarships ranging from $200 - $4,000 were awarded to 72 Commerce residents.

Please click here to go to the City of Commerce Scholarship download page


Available next year January 2021


The Commerce READs Center
City of Commerce Public Library
5655 Jillson Street
Commerce, California 90040
(323) 722-6660 ext. 2823

Evelyn Diaz email: ediaz@ci.commerce.ca.us

Susana Rosales email: susanar@ci.commerce.ca.us