Application FAQs


What are the eligibility requirements?

Residence Requirement
Qualifying students must either have lived in coastal West Marin for at least one year immediately prior to application OR be a student at, or recent graduate of Tomales High School. Coastal West Marin includes the following areas: Bolinas, Dillon Beach, Inverness, Marshall, Muir Beach, Nicasio, Olema, Point Reyes Station, Stinson Beach, and Tomales, CA.

Evaluation Criteria
Scholarships are awarded to qualified applicants based on academic performance, ,, and financial need, and other factors. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 is required. In addition, the selection committee considers transcripts, essays, test scores (optional),recommendations, community service, extracurricular activities, work experience, and other information.

Do you ever consider applicants who don’t meet the eligibility requirements?
We do not consider applicants who do not meet the requirements. We encourage you to look elsewhere for scholarships that will meet your needs, such as 10,000 Degrees
When does the application window open?
On December 15th, applications become available on this website for coastal West Marin high school seniors, Tomales High School seniors, other first-time applicants from coastal West Marin, and continuing scholars.
What is the deadline for submitting an application?
The submission deadline is March 1st for first-time applicants or February 15th for continuing scholars.
Where do I find the link to the application?
When the application window opens on December 15th, there will be a link in sidebar that is visible when you are logged in.
Do I have to complete my application all at once?
You do not need to complete your application at one time, but can work on it in stages. When you are ready to log out after each session, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the application and save it as a draft so you can come back to work on it later. When your application is complete, scroll to the bottom and click preview to check your work, then SUBMIT. Do not submit your application until it is complete – you cannot work on it after it is submitted.
What information will I need to gather to complete my application?
You can see a full explanation of the application process, including all the information you will need, here: How to Apply: First Time Applicants or here: How to Apply: Continuing Scholars. We highly recommend reading this carefully, and starting to gather this information as early as possible so that you don’t have any last minute surprises. If you are a first-time applicant, don’t forget to request references (see next FAQ).
How do I request references?
As soon as you decide to apply for a WMSP Scholarship, decide also whom you would like to have write your recommendations, and reach out to them ASAP to see if they are willing to do so. Once they have agreed to write recommendations, there will be a button on the application that will take you to the recommendation request form, where you can input their contact info. They will be contacted with instructions on how to submit their recommendation so that it is linked to your application. Be sure they know that their recommendations must be received by our deadline of March 1, 2024, in order for your application to be complete. When a recommendation is received, you will be able to see the name of the person who submitted it on your account page.

One recommendation must be from a teacher or counselor who is familiar with your academic abilities.

The second reference may be submitted by another teacher or counselor, or be a personal recommendation by someone who supervised you in an extracurricular activity such as a student club, sport, or volunteer organization, or who has employed you, or who knows you well in another context.

Your references will need time to complete and submit your recommendation.

How do I upload supporting documents to my application?
The online application has upload fields for each of the required documents. You will need to have them on your computer in one of the following formats: gif, jpg, png, rtf, pdf, doc, or docx. There will be a browse button in the form, which will allow you to find the document on your computer and upload it. If you are having technical difficulties you can contact us at If you need help getting copies of the forms in the first place, you can contact
If you are asked for additional documents after your application is complete, you will be given instructions on where to upload those. You will need to be logged in to your account on the site to do so.
How can I get help with my application?
If you need assistance navigating the application process, please contact or your high school counselor.
Is there any mentoring available to scholarship recipients?
Yes. All new scholars will be assigned a Mentor who is a member of the West Marin Scholarship Program and who will be in contact with their scholars throughout their years in college as long as those scholars are recipients of an award. The Mentor is responsible for monitoring each scholar’s academic progress, providing support if needed, and being a source of recommendations and advice.
How are the scholarships paid?

Payment Calendar:

July - September: Fall Quarter/Semester

First check sent to the scholar after the West Marin Scholarship Program receives:

From new scholars: An electronic copy of fall registration documents. From continuing scholars: An electronic transcript from the previous spring quarter/semester demonstrating satisfactory academic performance, and copy of official fall registration documents.

January: Winter Quarter/Spring Semester

Second check sent to the scholar after the West Marin Scholarship Program receives an electronic copy of the fall quarter/semester transcript demonstrating satisfactory academic performance, and a copy of winter quarter/spring semester registration documents.

March - April: Spring Quarter

For scholars on the quarter system, the third check will be sent after the West Marin Scholarship Program receives an electronic copy of the winter quarter transcript demonstrating satisfactory academic performance, and a copy of spring quarter registration documents.