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 National Center for Education statistics, for both males and females, earnings increase with education. In 2002, male college graduates earned 65 percent more than those with only a high school diploma. Females with a bachelor's degree or higher earned 71 percent more than those with only a high school diploma.
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 2016, scholarships ranging from $200 - $4,500 were awarded to 78 Commerce residents.
The Scholarship Application is now available.
Here are some general requirements for the scholarship to bear in mind:
- Completed Application Packet
- Autobiographical Essay
- Two (2) Recommendation Forms
- One (1) Sealed, Official Transcript
- Proof of University Enrollment/Acceptance
- Current Commerce Resident Card
- Valid California/Government ID
Good luck to all 2017 Applicants!
(If you're a City employee, check to see if you qualify for tuition reimbursement!)