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This year's Scholar Dollars program will award more than $300,000 in grants to K-8 schools in California. Vote daily until March 23rd!

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Why Scholar Dollars?

ScholarShare 529, California’s official 529 college savings plan, recognizes the crucial role schools play in preparing students for college success. To help ensure that our state’s students are part of programs that enrich their lives both in and out of the classroom, we’re offering 20 Scholar Dollars grants that can be used to fund new science lab equipment, band uniforms, library resources, computers, tutoring and more.

How to Participate

For full information on the program’s rules and regulations, visit our Rules page.


  1. The ScholarShare 529 Scholar Dollars Grant Program is open to K-8 public schools (including charter schools) in California that registered on this site from February 15, 2018 to March 7, 2018.
  2. Voting begins on March 12, 2018, and closes on March 23, 2018. Members of each registered school’s community who are over the age of 18, including parents, relatives, friends, faculty, and school officials, can vote for their school once per day. Students under the age of 18 are NOT allowed to vote.
  3. Schools are sorted into the following six categories based on enrollment size, with grants being awarded to schools with the most votes in each category:

Category A

350 Students or less
Four winners,
$5,000 each

Category B

351 to 500 Students
Four winners,
$10,000 each

Category C

501 to 650 Students
Four winners,
$15,000 each

Category D

651 to 900 Students
Four winners,
$20,000 each

Category E

901 to 1500 Students
Three winners,
$25,000 each

Category F

1501 Students and above
One winner,

Vote Now

Click below to find a school. Then, click the “Vote for This School” button next to the school’s name to cast your ballot.

You can search for a school using its name, city or principal.

Vote once per day until March 23rd.

A Plan for College Savings

We want all California students to be prepared for college success. The Scholar Dollars Grant Program helps winning schools fund programs that can help build that experience. But enrichment for students doesn’t stop there. That’s where our ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan accounts come in.

ScholarShare 529 has been working since 1999 to help California families save for college. There’s no big upfront investment, and getting started takes about as long as grabbing a cup of coffee. Learn more about the plan, its benefits and how 100% tax-free growth can make a significant difference in your college savings by clicking the link below.

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Featured 2017 Winners

For inspiration, take a look at how some of last year’s winners have used their grant money!

Santiago Elementary

Santa Ana, CA View Profile View All Winners

Alfred B. Nobel Charter Middle

Northridge, CA View Profile View All Winners

Sutter Middle

Sacramento, CA View Profile View All Winners