“This past Friday, I received the scholarship for the 4th and final time as an undergrad student. I am so thankful for this organization and the positive impact it brings to the lives of college students in the Portuguese community.” #PEFCC #scholarship #thankful ~ Daniel Santos (Nov. 2018)


"Thank you so much for honoring me as one of your scholarship recipients. I really appreciate you supporting me as I continue my education in college, and I am very grateful to the Portuguese community for supporting me all these years.”  ~ Allison Malmberg (Feb. 2018)


"Thank you for sponsoring my educational pursuits through a scholarship. I appreciate your commitment to the young people in our Portuguese community. This scholarship will assist me greatly in achieving my goals at Stan State." ~ Gabriella Germann (Nov. 2017)


"I was so excited to learn that I had been chosen to receive the PEFCC Scholarship. Please accept my sincere gratitude for your help in achieving my educational goals at Stan State.

I look forward to beginning my first semester in the agriculture education program. Agriculture has been a huge part of my life, due to my father being employed at my uncle's dairy. Throughout the years, I spent a lot of time ... involved in agriculture through FFA. This scholarship will aid me immensely in this pursuit. I hope this letter provides a small expression of my gratitude." ~ Megan Silva (Dec. 2016)


peFCC 2019 Scholarship Applications
submission Deadline: March 9, 2019

PEFCC appreciates your interest in applying for a scholarship. Please read the eligibility requirements and application instructions carefully, and have your attachments ready to go before you begin. Submissions are due no later than March 9, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Applications will be evaluated by the Scholarship Committee members who are independent from the PEFCC Officers and Board of Directors. Actual awarding of scholarship funds takes place at the annual scholarship banquet in November. Awardees agree to attend or send a representative of their choice to the annual banquet in November at the Our Lady of the Assumption Hall in Turlock. Students can only receive scholarships for five years for undergraduate study. Students may reapply for scholarships if enrolled in graduate school. Applicants will be notified by May 24, 2019. Proof of enrollment in courses at a trade school, junior college or university must be emailed to in September 2019.


Successful applications should include:

  1. Proof of academic ability.

  2. Dedication to learning the Portuguese language and culture as demonstrated by past or present enrollment in a Portuguese language course or participation in organized Portuguese cultural activities (applicants need not be of Portuguese descent).

  3. Professional goals including work with the Portuguese community.

  4. Residence or must have been raised in the following central California counties: San Joaquin, Stanislaus and/or Merced counties.

Application Instructions

PEFCC has changed the application process. An online application form must be completed and the following documentation must be uploaded in the online application form. PEFCC will no longer accept a hard copy or email application form. We recommend applicants print a hard copy of the application page once completed and save it as a PDF file for their records. For any other questions, email

Before starting the online application, applicants should prepare all the PDF copies needed and the jpeg photo:

  1. Two letters of recommendation from the past year must be in PDF format and ready to upload in the online application form.

  2. A PDF copy of your high school transcript if you plan to attend a college, or transcript from the college/university you are already enrolled in. (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. If your application is selected to receive a scholarship, you must email proof of enrollment in a trade school, junior college or university to

  3. A photo of a head shot that must be in .jpeg file format, size 325 x 325 pixels. By uploading a photo, you authorize PEFCC to use the photo during the banquet program and in press releases should you be a scholarship recipient.

2019 online Application form

fellowship opportunity for undergrad and graduate students

The Office of Development and Media Relations at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (CFPA) in Lisbon, Portugal is offering five fellowships to Portuguese American students seeking undergraduate or Masters level degrees in any field of study. The CFPA Fellowships are merit based and awarded to American students of Portuguese descent, who wish to seek a degree.

The fellowship for any field of study consists of a 1) full tuition waiver for 36 months undergraduate degree (48 months for a degree in Law) or, 2) full tuition waiver for 24 months for a M.A. or MS degree. All remaining expenses are the student’s responsibility: housing, living expenses, travel, health insurance, etc.).

Applicant checklist:

  1. Complete the online application.

  2. Provide a motivation letter detailing how the program and their educational plans will prepare them for their chosen career goal.

  3. Submit official transcripts from each educational institution attended.

Selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated potential for a commitment to a career in the chosen field

  • Academic performance

Applications Due: January 31, 2019
Results released February/March 2019