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This year's Scholar Dollars Program will award more than $300,000 to K-8 schools in California. Make sure to vote daily until March 22nd!

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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.

How to Participate

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


  1. The ScholarShare 529 Scholar Dollars Program is open to K-8 public schools (including charter schools) in California that registered 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. Voting began on March 11, 2019, and will close on March 22, 2019. Members of each school’s community who are over the age of 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,

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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 22nd.

A Plan for College Savings

We want all California students to be prepared for college success. The Scholar Dollars 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 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!

Bathgate Elementary

Mission Viejo, CA View Profile

Shannon Ranch Elementary

Visalia, 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