The Omega Nu Scholarship program is one of the largest in Santa Cruz County. The program was established in 1957 to assist qualified students who are planning to attend public California universities or colleges. These scholarships are based on financial need and scholastic achievement. Over the past five years more than $230,000 has been awarded to local high school and college students. The amount awarded each year is dependent on the proceeds from the annual Omega Nu fund raisers. The eligibility and general requirements are listed below.  In 2015 over $52,000 of scholarships were awarded to 35 students in the county of Santa Cruz.

Eligibility and Requirement


High School Seniors currently enrolled at Aptos, Harbor, Santa Cruz, Soquel, San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz Charter Schools

Cabrillo College Students who are graduates of the above local high schools and will be transferring to a UC or CSU in the fall..

General Requirements

For high school seniors an overall GPA of 3.2, and/or college potential as recommended by a counselor.

For Cabrillo a 3.0 GPA or higher..

Students must be in need of financial assistance

Students must plan to attend a public California State College or University.

How to Apply

Applications are available in early February from the following high school and college counseling offices:

  • Aptos
  • Harbor
  • Santa Cruz
  • Soquel
  • San Lorenzo Valley
  • Scotts Valley
  • Santa Cruz Charter Schools
  • Cabrillo College (Information available on website)

Application deadline: Applications must be submitted to the school's counselor by the deadline (usually the last week of March) - check with the counselor's office for exact date.

Selection Process:  The Scholarship Committee will pre-screen all applicants and interview the top applicants in early May. 

Date of Awards: The scholarship recipients will be notified by mail usually within two weeks of the interview.