California Higher Education Scholarship California Higher Education Scholarship Program

Mikey, a dog belonging to a team member, posing for the 2017 California Higher Education scholarship which requires only an essay and video to apply. is proud to sponsor a scholarship for California current and future college students to help further their education and give back to the community. We want to reward hardworking students who are active in their community and who appreciate pets as much as we do. Read how to apply below.

Award Amount

The award is one $1,000 scholarship, paid directly to the financial aid office.


  • Submit a 1000-1500 word engaging essay or story about the role of pets in people’s lives. It can be your personal story or a research article addressing the topic, for example: the evolution of pets throughout history, the untold story of an incredible animal, studies on pet’s intelligence, your favorite pet in the world, or any creative and engaging way to explain the value of animals in our lives. You can write from the perspective of your field of study or as a pet lover, you can add photos, graphs and videos to help us understand your story.  Surprise us, dazzle us.
  • Additionally, you must include a note or video on how will your degree allow you to help people. This can be as long or short as you want to.
  • The winning piece will be published on the blog, which is read by thousands of people every month. This is a great opportunity if you are interested in writing online and building your portfolio.


Applicants must be an incoming freshman or continuing undergraduate student at any of the participating schools. You must have no affiliation to or Patio Pacific. Only one application allowed per person per year.


Essays will be judged on their creativity, impactfulness, and overall presentation. judges will review the essays and pick their favorite. The winner will be notified by email within two weeks of the due date and announced on the blog.

Due Date

All applications are due by December 1st, 11:59 pm PST.


From your .edu email, send your essay as a .pdf file to along with your name, major and student ID number.

We look forward to reading your essays!

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