Hartnell College scholarships are funded  through generous contributions to the  Hartnell College Foundation  by community groups, businesses, foundations, and individuals who value education and want to make a difference in the lives of our students. 

A variety of scholarships are offered for new, continuing and transfer students. A single application places students in consideration for a variety of scholarships. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $5,000.

The minimum requirements for most Hartnell Scholarships are:

  • Maintain enrollment, at Hartnell College, in at least 9 units during the application semester and during the Fall and Spring semesters of the award year. (Applies to new, continuing and returning students at Hartnell College)
  • Applicants must maintain/earn a minimum 2.5 GPA by the end of the Fall semester. Recipients must maintain this requirement during the awarded academic year (exceptions are sometimes made).


The General Application for the 2023-2024 Hartnell Scholarships Program is now open!

To apply, please click below:

Apply here!

Deadline to apply: Monday, April 10, 2023, by 11:59pm (PDT)

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Barry Eisenberg Food Safety Scholarships

The Barry Eisenberg Food Safety Scholarships are named on behalf of Dr. Barry Eisenberg, a career leader in food safety. Dr. Barry Eisenberg received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in post-harvest physiology. Barry’s leadership journey included Vice President, Food Safety Services at United Fresh Produce Association where he developed educational programs and training for member companies in their food safety planning, operations, and compliance with best practices and regulatory standards. He has held many executive leadership positions within the food industry applying his product research development, quality assurance, and food safety skills. Dr. Eisenberg was instrumental at the launch of the Food Safety Program at Hartnell College as well as one of the initial instructors. Barry’s passion for the produce industry is evident in his many years held as a committee member for the Western Food Safety Conference.


  • Actively enrolled at Hartnell College, have completed a minimum 9.0 units, and are working to achieve either a food safety degree, or certificate of achievement.
  • Provide a statement of interest, up to 500 words, and a minimum of one letter of recommendation (e.g. from an instructor, employer, community leader, etc.)
  • Candidates for the $2,500 scholarship must have taken a minimum of two (2) courses in food safety and intend to take another two (2) courses for the upcoming year.
       *Candidates for this award will be interviewed by the Western Food Safety Selection Committee as part of the selection process.
  • Candidates for the $500 scholarships must have taken at least one (1) food safety course and intend to take at least one (1) more course in the upcoming semester.

Click on the following link to apply:



CARES Act Grant Application

Hartnell College students who are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic may submit a CARES Act Grant Application to be considered for a $500 award. Students applying should indicate on their application how they have been impacted by COVID-19 and must maintain enrollment in a minimum of 3.0 units during the Spring 2023 semester.

Click on the following link to apply:


*Submitting an application does not guarantee an award.

External Scholarship Process:
All external scholarship checks must be processed through the Hartnell Scholarships Office. Checks should be mailed to:
Hartnell College Scholarships Office
411 Central Ave.
Salinas, CA 93901
  1. Once the check made out to Hartnell College has been received, enrollment at Hartnell and eligibility for the scholarship award must be verified by the Scholarships Office. If possible, please include the Hartnell Student ID number.
  2. Once the verification is complete, the funds are then deposited into the student's account. If the student has an outstanding balance at Hartnell, the scholarship funds will be used to settle that balance.
  3. If the student is eligible for a refund for any amount remaining of his/her scholarship award, a refund check will be mailed to the student in 2-4 week.



Federal Student Aid- Finding and Applying for Scholarships!

Who To Contact

  • Ana Valles
    Scholarship Assistant/Financial Aid Technician
    Preferred method of communication is via email: avalles@hartnell.edu
    Phone: (831) 755-6811
    Building: B - Student Services
    Office: B-121
    B - Student Services
  • Financial Aid Help
    Phone: 831-755-6806
    Building: B - Student Services
    Office: Financial Aid Department
    B - Student Services