Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

What are the selection criteria?

CEMA Scholarship applications are reviewed by CEMA Scholarship Committee comprised of various county and court employees to determine a student’s eligibility for scholarships. This personalized approach can take into consideration a variety of factors such as demonstrated leadership, community activities and essay question(s). Recipients are selected on an objective and competitive basis that are not necessarily reflected in a Grade Point Average or SAT score.


Who may apply?

Children of dues-paying members of CEMA may apply for the scholarships.  The parent(s) of the applicant must be a member of CEMA for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the date of the application.


How does a student apply?

Interested students must complete the Scholarship Form (below). All required supporting information is located under Program Information on the Scholarship Program Home Page.  Upon completion, please place the Application Packet into one envelope. The Application Packet must be received by CEMA, no later than TBA Shortly. 

It may be mailed with a postmark no later than TBA or delivered to the CEMA Offices located at:

CEMA College Scholarships
1654 The Alameda, Suite 110
San Jose, CA 95126

Information will not be accepted via fax or email.  Questions please call (408) 289-9691.

What is the scholarship process?

Upon receipt of the application and required forms, CEMA will verify the membership of the parent(s).  The application will then be submitted to a Scholarship Selection Committee. The Scholarship Selection Committee will submit their recommendation to the CEMA Executive Board the scholarship potential awardees.  Upon approval, the scholarship awardees will be notified.


How are scholarships announced?

Award letters are sent to the recipients and their schools. Recipients of the various scholarships are invited to a luncheon held in May, at a location decided by the Committee Chair.


What is the payment process?

The scholarship disbursement will be awarded directly to the student at the awards luncheon unless other arrangements are made in advance.