The Power of a Grant

This year's Scholar Dollars program will award more than $300,000 in grants to K-8 schools in California.
Registration is now open for school representatives!
Register by March 7

Why Scholar Dollars?

ScholarShare 529, California’s college savings plan, recognizes the crucial role schools play in preparing California’s students for college success. To help schools provide the best experience for students, we want to help them secure the necessary funding for new science lab equipment, band uniforms, library resources, computers, tutoring and more. These Scholar Dollars grants do just that. Schools can build and maintain innovative school programs, foster a college-going culture on campus and enhance extracurricular activities. All the while, we make it easy for everyone to help families prepare their children for college.

Here’s 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 will be open to K-8 public schools (including charter schools) in California that register between February 15, 2018 and March 7, 2018.
  2. Once registration is closed, voting will begin on March 12, 2018. Members of each school’s community who are over the age 18, including parents, relatives, friends, faculty, and school officials, will have the opportunity to vote for their school once per day.
  3. Schools will be sorted into the following six categories, with grants being awarded to schools based on enrollment size:

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,

Get Started

Click below to find your school. Then, click the Register Now button to get started.

To speed up the process, make sure to have your CDS number ready.

Keep up with the Latest 2018 Program News

School supporters, sign up here for an alert when voting opens on March 12th. Feel free to contact us with any questions, and check out our 2017 winners for inspiration.

Featured 2017 Winners

Thanks again to all of the schools that participated in the 2017 Scholar Dollars Grant program and made it a success. Take a look at how some of our winners have used their grant money!

Alfred B. Nobel Charter Middle

Northridge, CA View Profile View All Winners

Sutter Middle

Sacramento, CA View Profile View All Winners

Santiago Elementary

Santa Ana, CA View Profile View All Winners


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