The Power of Education

This year's Scholar Dollars Program will award more than $300,000 to K-8 schools in California.
Registration is now open for school representatives!
Register by March 1

Why Scholar Dollars?

ScholarShare 529, the official college savings plan of California, recognizes the crucial role that schools play in preparing California’s students for college success. In order 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 awards 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, visit our Rules page.


  1. The ScholarShare 529 Scholar Dollars Program will be open to K-8 public schools (including charter schools) in California that register and submit an entry on this page between February 11, 2019 and March 1, 2019.*Unfortunately, past Scholar Dollars award winners are not eligible to participate in 2019.
  2. Once registration is closed, voting will begin on March 11, 2019. 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 awards being given 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 2019 Program News

Sign up for alerts about each stage of our 2019 award program. Registration begins on February 11. Feel free to contact us with questions, and check out our 2018 winners.

Featured 2017 and 2018 Winners

Thanks again to all of the schools that participated in the past two years of the Scholar Dollars Program and made it a success. Take a look at how some of our winners have used their award money!

Shannon Ranch Elementary

Visalia, CA View Profile

Bathgate Elementary

Mission Viejo, CA View Profile

Alfred B. Nobel Charter Middle

Northridge, CA View Profile

Sutter Middle

Sacramento, CA View Profile

Santiago Elementary

Santa Ana, CA View Profile


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