Scholarship FAQs

SBBWA / Scholarship FAQs

General Questions

Can past scholarship winners apply?

Prior SBBWA scholarship winners can no longer reapply. However, students who have previously applied and have not yet been granted a scholarship may reapply with an updated application packet.

May college seniors apply for a scholarship?

Scholarships are being given for the upcoming fall semester. So if a graduating senior is not continuing with future education in the fall, she is not eligible to apply.

Is U.S. citizenship required for a person to apply?

U.S. Citizenship is not required. However, a green card, permanent Southern California residency in one of the designated areas, as well as having the potential of making future contributions to our community does impact our final scholarship selections.

Do I have to be from the South Bay to apply?

Applicants must have a permanent residence in the Greater South Bay area, which includes: Carson, El Segundo, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, San Pedro, Torrance, Westchester and Wilmington.

What if I attend school outside of the South Bay?

If you live (or will live) outside of the South Bay area while attending school, yet have your permanent residence in the South Bay area and can supply that information to us, you are qualified to apply.

What if I'm a gap year student?

Use the high school application to apply.

May I apply if I am pursuing graduate school?

Yes.  Use the college application to apply.

Can I start the online application and finish it later?

No.  The application will have to be submitted or it will not be saved.  And after submission it cannot be edited by you.  Please review the application first, and make sure you have gathered everything you need—complete information is important!  We suggest you write and edit your personal statement on a separate document before starting the application.

What about letters of recommendation?

We recommend you submit your application online, then the letters may be emailed to or mailed to 703 Pier Avenue, Suite B359, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. All letters, transcripts and other supporting documents must be received by February 21, 2020.

Can recommendations be sent directly to SBBWA?

Yes, the letter-writer may email the letter to or mail it to 703 Pier Avenue, Suite B359, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. All letters, transcripts and other supporting documents must be received by February 21, 2020.

What return address do I use for recommendations?

When someone mails a letter of recommendation, the return address can be the applicant’s or the letter-writer’s. Either way is fine, we don’t have a preference.

What transcripts do I need to send?

Prior college history and classes taken toward a degree are all taken into consideration during the selection process.  For example, if you’re now attending a four year university, you will also need to send in your prior community college official transcripts with semester/quarter credits and grades.

How will I know that you received my transcripts/letters?

We will notify you when your application is complete. Also, several times before the deadline we will notify applicants whose applications are incomplete.

Does financial need determine who receives a scholarship?

Financial need does impact our decision when awarding scholarships, however it is not the only consideration.  We look for excellent students with leadership skills, community service, good references, and a well-written statement/essay.

What financial information do I need to provide?

The financial picture is supposed to represent what it costs you to go to school and the sources of income available for that. It should not include your parent’s/family’s income and expenses.

Applicant Income – income from your job (and a spouse’s job if applicable)

Family Support – contributions from your parent(s) or other family member(s) towards your education

Other Income – this could be anything from child support, state support, etc.

Housing & Meals – if you will live on or near campus, include those costs; if you will live with family and you will not contribute to the rent/mortgage, then only include your food costs.

More Scholarship Information

The South Bay Business Women’s Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide an effective education and mutual support for working women. The SBBWA offers financial help to women through its scholarship program in addition to providing support, encouragement and inspiration through the association’s activities.

The application period for the SBBWA 2020-21 Scholarship Program is now closed.

Consider attending the South Bay Women’s Conference to recognize our 20-21 winners.

Contact us with any questions

Send us an email with any questions you may have regarding the scholarship program, donations or the application.