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California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.5 million residents, California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 8.8 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County; its largest county by area, San Bernardino County; and its second most densely populated city and fifth most densely populated county, San Francisco.

California's $2.9 trillion economy is larger than that of any other state, larger than those of Texas and Florida combined, and the largest sub-national economy in the world. If it were a country, California would be the 5th largest economy in the world (larger than the U.K., France, or India), and the 36th most populous as of 2017[update]. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and third-largest urban economies ($1.253 trillion and $878 billion respectively as of 2017[update]), after the New York City metropolitan area. The San Francisco Bay Area PSA had the nation's highest GDP per capita in 2017 (~$99,000), and is home to three of the world's ten largest companies by market capitalization and four of the world's ten richest people.

California is considered a global trendsetter in popular culture, innovation, and politics. It is considered the origin of the American film industry, the hippie counterculture, the Internet, and the personal computer, among others. The San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater Los Angeles Area are widely seen as the centers of the global technology and entertainment industries, respectively. California has a very diverse economy: 58% of the state's economy is centered on finance, government, real estate services, technology, and professional, scientific and technical business services. Although it accounts for only 1.5% of the state's economy, California's agriculture industry has the highest output of any U.S. state.

California is bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada and Arizona to the east, and the Mexican state of Baja California to the south (with the coast being on the west). The state's diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the east, and from the redwood–Douglas fir forests in the northwest to the Mojave Desert in the southeast. The Central Valley, a major agricultural area, dominates the state's center. Although California is well-known for its warm Mediterranean climate, the large size of the state results in climates that vary from moist temperate rainforest in the north to arid desert in the interior, as well as snowy alpine in the mountains. Over time, drought and wildfires have become more pervasive features.

What is now California was first settled by various Native Californian tribes before being explored by a number of European expeditions during the 16th and 17th centuries. The Spanish Empire then claimed it as part of Alta California in their New Spain colony. The area became a part of Mexico in 1821 following its successful war for independence but was ceded to the United States in 1848 after the Mexican–American War. The western portion of Alta California then was organized and admitted as the 31st state on September 9, 1850. The California Gold Rush starting in 1848 led to dramatic social and demographic changes, with large-scale emigration from the east and abroad with an accompanying economic boom.

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California College Scholarships

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Golden 1 Credit Union Scholarship

Golden 1 Credit Union

Up to $5,000 January 31, 2019 See Details

Golden 1 Credit Union Scholarship

Golden 1 Credit Union

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Up to $5,000

deadline

January 31, 2019
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Clair A. Hill Scholarship

Association of California Water Agencies

$5,000 March 01, 2019 See Details

Clair A. Hill Scholarship

Association of California Water Agencies

award

$5,000

deadline

March 01, 2019
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Vivienne Camp Scholarship

Jewish Family and Children's Services

Up to $4,350 Varies See Details

Vivienne Camp Scholarship

Jewish Family and Children's Services

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Up to $4,350

deadline

Varies
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ACWA Scholarship

Association of California Water Agencies

$3,500 March 01, 2019 See Details

ACWA Scholarship

Association of California Water Agencies

award

$3,500

deadline

March 01, 2019
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Mary Keith Duff Memorial Scholarship

Travis Credit Union

$1,500 March 04, 2019 See Details

Mary Keith Duff Memorial Scholarship

Travis Credit Union

award

$1,500

deadline

March 04, 2019
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Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship

Calaveras Big Trees Association

$1,500 April 15, 2019 See Details

Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship

Calaveras Big Trees Association

award

$1,500

deadline

April 15, 2019
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Latina Leadership Network Scholarship

Latina Leadership Network of the California Community Colleges

$500 February 01, 2019 See Details

Latina Leadership Network Scholarship

Latina Leadership Network of the California Community Colleges

award

$500

deadline

February 01, 2019
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Directing Change Student Film Contest

Each Mind Matters

Up to $500 March 01, 2019 See Details

Directing Change Student Film Contest

Each Mind Matters

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Up to $500

deadline

March 01, 2019
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Western Undergraduate Exchange Program

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Varies Varies See Details

Western Undergraduate Exchange Program

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

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Varies

deadline

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Intel PhD Fellowship Program

Intel Foundation

Varies Varies See Details

Intel PhD Fellowship Program

Intel Foundation

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Varies

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Matching California Colleges

University of California-Los Angeles
Four or more years; Public; $39,516 average out-state tuition; $11,502 average in-state tuition
University of California-Berkeley
Four or more years; Public; $39,516 average out-state tuition; $11,502 average in-state tuition
University of Southern California
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $53,448 average out-state tuition; $53,448 average in-state tuition
Stanford University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $48,987 average out-state tuition; $48,987 average in-state tuition
University of California-San Diego
Four or more years; Public; $39,516 average out-state tuition; $11,502 average in-state tuition
University of California-Irvine
Four or more years; Public; $39,516 average out-state tuition; $11,502 average in-state tuition
California State University-Long Beach
Four or more years; Public; $17,622 average out-state tuition; $5,742 average in-state tuition