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Scholarships and Opportunities


Do You Like Drawing Cars?

Send in your sketches of your vision for the future NISSAN Z for a chance to WIN an exciting opportunity to learn more about car design inside of the SUPER SECRET studio at Nissan Design America (NDA) in San Diego this summer!

This is part of the World Design Capital San Diego/Tijuana 2024 Community Programs.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. San Diego/Tijuana 9th grade students eligible for entry. Ends June 15, 2024. To enter and for Official Rules, CLICK HERE FOR RULES AND DETAILS.

Are You a High School Senior? Make Sure You Claim your CalKIDS Account!

Graduating seniors are now preparing to finance an important next chapter in their lives: college or career training. Many have $500 to $1,500 in their CalKIDS account already which can be used to support these expenses.

What's Needed to Claim An Account?

Claiming an account and using the money is quick and easy. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Locate the high school senior’s 10-digit Statewide Student Identifier (SSID), which may be found on their school’s portal, report cards, or by asking their campus.
  2. Check eligibility here.
  3. If eligible, claim your account at www.calkids.org.

Once the account is claimed, money can be used to pay for qualified higher education costs, such as tuition, fees, computers, books, and more. The funds can be used at eligible colleges, universities, vocational schools, community colleges, and apprenticeships.

Click here for CalKIDS resources/flyers

Guaranteed Admission to Cal State University San Marcos for San Diego Unified Graduates Under New Agreement Between University, District

Criteria and Additional Supports Laid Out for Students and Families 

High school graduates from the San Diego Unified School District will be guaranteed a spot at Cal State University San Marcos (CSUSM) under a new compact that includes college prep and supports for students and families starting in middle school

Approved by the Board of Education on May 14th, the partnership is designed to provide students the access and resources they need to attend and thrive at CSUSM.

“San Diego Unified is committed to giving every student a path to college, as well as the resources they need to prepare for a successful transition to higher education,” Deputy Superintendent Dr. Fabiola Bagula said. “We are so grateful to Cal State San Marcos for this partnership, which provides our students with access to a world class university.”

Among the requirements for the district’s high school graduates:

  • Students must be continually enrolled in the district from at least 9th grade with exceptions for homeless, foster youth, and military dependents.
  • Completion of all A-G coursework required through California State University (CSU) system.
  • Meet minimum CSU eligibility requirements.
  • Graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

San Diego Unified will help prepare students for guaranteed enrollment under the compact with supports that include:

  • A Common Core State Standards-aligned mathematics curriculum for grades 6-12.
  • Additional high school mathematics electives that prepare students with skills to pass college entrance exams or to meet college course requirements.
  • Summer school opportunities for basic skills preparation.
  • Increased opportunities for 11th and 12th graders to experience university-level academic work at all high schools.

Additionally, the district will offer expanded intervention and credit-recovery opportunities for students and submit the required Cal Grant GPA Verification by March 2 of their senior year.

Family and community engagement is an integral component of the guaranteed admission partnership, especially for families of first-generation college students.

Beginning in seventh-grade, students, families and staff will receive notifications about the CSUSM partnership and how to meet eligibility criteria. The district will also lay out criteria for identifying and supporting incoming seventh graders who are at risk of not meeting the admission requirements.

For Blessyn Lavender Williams, a student Board of Education member and a senior at Lincoln High School, one of the benefits of this agreement is that it could eliminate some of the anxiety - and mystery - that comes with the college application process.

“Getting into college often feels like a random lottery for so many students. This agreement gives students at every San Diego Unified high school the ability to plan for college without the stress and uncertainty of increasingly competitive college admissions,” Lavender Williams said.

In an effort to help students and their families familiarize themselves with CSUSM, tours and orientations - along with transportation - will be organized by the district.

“The admission pipeline to Cal State San Marcos provides an incredible opportunity to students at every San Diego Unified high school by providing them with a clear path to college,” Board of Education President Shana Hazan said. “This alliance shows the shared commitment of both institutions to enhance and expand educational opportunities that benefit our students, families, and the entire community.”

For its part, CSUSM has pledged to assign a Recruitment and Outreach Officer to San Diego Unified schools who will, among other things, promote college awareness, preparation, and access to CSUSM.

“This partnership with San Diego Unified School District will provide opportunities to transform the lives of more students, their families, and their respective communities,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Viridiana Diaz. “We want students to envision themselves in college early on and to know that CSUSM is a great option given that many of our graduates stay in the area after college to give back to their community.”

The district will begin providing supports to students this summer. The class of 2025 will be eligible to apply for admission to CSUM under the compact.

More than 17,000 students are currently enrolled at CSUSM in 43 undergraduate programs, 24 master’s programs, 11 teaching credentials, and one joint doctoral program. 

Students Who Enroll Full-Time at a California Community College Can Qualify for the Student Success Completion Grant (up to $8,000)

The Student Success Completion Grant is a financial aid program that encourages community college students to enroll full-time by offering up to $8,000 in financial aid, so they can work less, focus on classes more, and graduate, begin careers and start earning money as soon as possible. The amount of money students receive is dependent upon the number of classes they take. Students can get up to $2,596 per year for taking at least 12 units per semester, and that amount more than triples to up to $8,000 per year for taking 15 or more units. This means if current students are enrolled in 12 units, they could receive much more financial aid if they take just one more 3-unit class.

The Student Success Completion Grant is an incredible opportunity for current and prospective community college students to secure additional financial aid for being a full-time student. And it does not have to be repaid. 

Who is eligible?

Community college students are eligible for the Student Success Completion Grant if they:

  • Enroll in 12 or more units per semester (and with 15 or more units they get additional aid)
  • Apply for financial aid (such as the FAFSA and CADAA) and are awarded a Cal Grant B or C
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress requirements, including a 2.0 GPA or higher. Contact a local community college financial aid office for more information about eligibility.

How to apply?

Complete the FAFSA or the CADAA and the appropriate community college financial aid office will determine eligibility and automatically award this grant.

Financial aid applications are being accepted now! Be sure to encourage students to complete their application as soon as possible to see if they are eligible to receive the grant. Current and prospective students can visit ICanGoToCollege.com for direct links to the FAFSA or CADAA, and to enroll at their local community college.

Students who have already completed the FAFSA or CADAA for the 2024-25 academic year do not need to re-apply. They will be notified if they are eligible and are awarded the Student Success Completion Grant as part of the financial aid application process.

Learn more about the Student Success Completion Grant and other community college financial aid opportunities and support services by visiting ICanGoToCollege.com.

San Diego Education Fund Scholarship

CALLING ALL OF SAN DIEGO UNIFIED’S HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS. Are you ready to embark on an exciting journey towards a career in teaching or STEM?

EXTENDED DEADLINE! The 2024 application period for STEM and Teacher scholarships closes at 5 p.m. March 24.

Students selected for this stipend scholarship will receive financial payments two times during each academic year. The scholarship is renewable annually contingent on full-time enrollment in a college curriculum with sufficient progress toward a degree for students attending college in San Diego County. Those attending a four-year university for a TEACHING career receive two payments of $1,000 per academic year; plus a stipend allowance for the credential year. Those pursuing a STEM career receive two payments of $1,250 per academic year. Students enrolled in Community College will receive two payments of $500 per academic year.

CLICK HERE for their website

Essay and Visual Arts Scholarships to Raise Awareness of the Armenian Genocide

The California Armenian Legislative Caucus Foundation (Foundation) is holding two scholarship contests for the 2024 commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. High school students in ninth through twelfth grades are invited to participate in an essay contest and/or a visual arts contest to increase awareness of the Armenian Genocide. The submission deadline for both contests is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2024.

All winners will be awarded scholarships and acknowledged at the Foundation’s Annual.

Armenian Advocacy Day. Winners will also receive special recognition from the Foundation’s members. Original artwork may be requested from visual arts finalists for display in the California State Capitol. Scholarship awards are $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, and $500 for third place in each contest.

Instructions and criteria for the contests are available on the Armenian Mirror-Spectator

Newspaper web page at https://mirrorspectator.com/2024/02/26/california-armenian-legislative-caucus-foundation-announces-scholarships-in-remembrance-of-the-armenian-genocide/. Students may enter both contests, but submissions must be entered separately.

To apply, please view the Foundation 2024 Scholarship Contest web form at https://bit.ly/2024CALCF.

If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Bruton-Yenovkian at [email protected].

Common Scholarship Application

The San Diego Foundation 2024-2025 Common Scholarship Application deadline is two weeks away!

Among the more than 140 scholarships available, we have specific scholarship opportunities specific to majors, high schools, ethnicity and more.

A number of these scholarships do not have many applicants at this point, so we encourage you and your students to take a look at the opportunities listed below. Please spread the word to your students who meet any of these criteria.


Theo and Evelyn Yakel Scholarship 2024-25

  • Be graduating high school seniors who are children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of members of the Retired Employees of San Diego County, Inc. (RESDC)
  • Plan to enroll full-time at a community college or four-year university in the United States in fall
  • Have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Be United States citizens

Weissbuch Family Scholarship

  • Have resided in San Diego County for at least four years
  • Have graduated from a San Diego County high school and are already enrolled at UC San Diego in their freshman, sophomore or junior year
  • Be employed part-time
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Have a demonstrated financial need


Riz Oades Memorial Scholarship

  • Be Filipino or Filipino American residents of San Diego County
  • Be currently attending a four-year undergraduate university or community college in San Diego County
  • Plan to attend a four-year undergraduate university, community college, or graduate school in San Diego County
  • Plan to major in Health Sciences, Public Health or Asian Studies
  • Have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Have demonstrated leadership at school or in their community
  • Have a demonstrated financial need

San Diego Unified School District

Dr. Bertha O. Pendleton Scholarship

  • Be African-American graduating high school seniors from San Diego Unified School District
  • Pursue a career in teaching
  • Plan to attend an accredited community college or four-year university in the United States in fall
  • Have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Have a strong record of responsible citizenship

Mark and Karla Stuart Family Scholarship

  • Graduating high school seniors from Mission Bay High School
  • Plan to attend an accredited community college or four-year university in the United States in fall
  • Have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Have a commitment to helping others and serving their community through their involvement in community service, academic clubs, sports, church or extra-curricular activities
  • Be United States citizens

Stuart L. Noderer Memorial Scholarship

  • Be graduating seniors at Mission Bay High School
  • Plan to enroll full-time at an accredited four-year university in the United States in fall
  • Have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Plan to declare a major in science (biology, chemistry, ecology, environmental science, geology, physics, etc.), engineering (including computer science) or architecture

Taylor Family Pacific Beach Community Fund #2 Scholarship

  • Be graduating seniors at Mission Bay High School or other public high school serving the Pacific Beach Community
  • Plan to attend a community college, 4-year university or vocational college in the United States in fall


The San Diego Foundation Scholarship I

  • Be graduating or previously graduated seniors from a San Diego County continuation high school
  • Plan to enroll or are currently enrolled at least part time at an accredited four-year university, community college, or licensed career/technical school in the United States in fall
  • Have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Have contributed to their community as demonstrated by their involvement in extra-curricular, work, religious or volunteer activities
  • Have a demonstrated financial need

Other Scholarships

Hindman Family Scholarship

  • Have resided in San Diego County for at least one year
  • Be graduating high school seniors who plan to attend a community college or career/technical school in San Diego County in fall
  • Have an unweighted GPA of 2.0 (min.) to 3.0 (max.) on a 4.0 scale
  • Have a demonstrated financial need
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to serving their community
  • Be United States citizens or permanent residents

The Lemon Grove Education Foundation Scholarship

  • Be graduating high school seniors or adults (ages 18 or over) who reside in Lemon Grove
  • Plan to attend an accredited four-year public university, community college, licensed career/ technical school or regional occupational program in San Diego County in fall
  • Have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Be United States citizens or permanent residents

Sean Maloy Community Service Scholarship

  • Be graduating high school seniors from St. Augustine High School, Academy of Our Lady of Peace, or reside in Scripps Ranch
  • Plan to enroll in an accredited four-year undergraduate university, community college or trade/ vocational school in the United States in fall
  • Have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Meaningful community service considered

The application can be accessed at SDFoundation.org/CSA. The last day to submit an application and any materials (including letters of recommendation) is Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. (PST).

For questions, email [email protected] or call (619) 814-1343. We truly value your support in helping your students succeed.

Cal Coast Cares Foundation Application Period Now Open for 2024 Student Scholarships

Over $185,000 in student scholarships to be awarded this year.

SAN DIEGO – February 14, 2024 – The Cal Coast Cares Foundation will begin accepting applications for its next round of student scholarships February 1 through April 15 to support college-bound high school seniors, foster students and current college students in San Diego or Riverside counties. This year, the foundation will award over $185,000 in student scholarships.

The non-profit foundation will award $2,000 scholarships to selected students who are pursuing higher education and have a proven commitment to academic excellence and leadership in the community. Recipients of first-year foster student scholarships will also be eligible for second-year scholarships by continuing to meet the requirements.

To apply, potential applicants can visit the Cal Coast Cares Foundation webpage during the application period to review eligibility requirements and to ACCESS THE APPLICATION PORTAL HERE.

Young Legislators Program Now Accepting Nominations!


The Young Legislators Program (YLP) is an educational program sponsored by the Office of Assembly member Akilah Weber, M.D. of the 79th Assembly District. The goal of the program is to equip our youth with the skills and knowledge to consider a career in government or public service, and an opportunity to learn about the state legislative process, current events, leadership development, financial literacy, and more.

The Young Legislators will meet for six monthly sessions from April through September, on the 4th Wednesdays from 5pm-7pm at our district office in La Mesa (unless otherwise noticed). At the end of the program, the Young Legislators will introduce a bill idea to Assembly member Weber.


  • Open to high school sophomores and juniors who live or attend school in the 79th Assembly District.
  • Must submit official high school transcript.
  • Must complete application form including short essays.
  • Must be able to commit to the scheduled sessions.


  • Session #1: April 24, 2024
  • Session #2: May 22, 2024
  • Session #3: June 26, 2024
  • Session #4: July 24, 2024
  • Session #5: August 28, 2024
  • Session #6: September 25, 2024

You must submit your application by March 1, 2024 to be considered. Upon admission to the program, students must submit a participating agreement. We expect our Young Legislators to demonstrate characteristics for collaborative learning and integrity including adaptability, initiative, respect, and maturity. The attire for each session is business casual unless otherwise noted.

Click HERE for Application!

For questions and/or concerns, please call office at (619) 465-7903

CGCS Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship Program | Applications now open!

The Council of the Great City Schools is partnering with Dr. Bernard Harris to offer the CGCS-Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships Program for high school seniors who are planning to major in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Named after former astronaut, physician and businessman Bernard Harris, who was the first African American to walk in space, the scholarships are available to 2024 graduating seniors in urban school districts represented by the Council.

Four $5,000 scholarships for two males and two females each will be awarded to two African American and two Hispanic seniors pursuing studies in STEM-related fields in college next fall.

To apply for the 2024 scholarship, the application must be submitted online by April 12, 2024.

Link to additional resources regarding the scholarship:

Scholarship Flyer and Guidelines

Click HERE to apply

SDCOE My Voice Counts Series Session 3: CalKIDS "FREE Money for College"

Join the San Diego County Office of Education as we provide a virtual space for parents and community members to learn about CalKIDS. This informational webinar explains the CalKIDS program that will give free money to students to attend college. CalKIDS is a new program from the State of California that provides up to $1,500 in free money for college to eligible public-school students. The third session of the five-part series is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7th at 5:30 p.m. Please see the attached flyer for registration and workshop information. Translation/Interpretation is available. Please be sure to specify the language needed when completing the registration form.

Click HERE to register

Registration flyer | English

Registration flyer | Spanish


The Downtown San Diego Lions Club, through its Welfare Foundation, has scholarships available to students graduating from eight area high schools to assist with pursuing higher education in an undergraduate college or vocational school of their choice. Scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded to each student selected.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents and are required to submit a copy of their alien registration identification card and write their registration number on the application form in the designated area.

Graduating seniors will be selected only from Hoover, Garfield, Kearny, Twain, Lincoln, San Diego, Monarch and Gompers High Schools. This scholarship is intended to assist graduating seniors from the geographical area of the Downtown San Diego Lions Club.

Applications submitted from students of other schools will not be considered.

Your completed application and all attachments must be submitted electronically as a single PDF by 12:00 pm Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Click here for more details and application form!

Jeffrey D. Sollender College Scholarship

Recognizing Outstanding Teens excelling in entrepreneurial ventures, community service, or in the workplace

Up to $16,000 over four years will be awarded to each selected graduating high school senior in San Diego County who plans to attend a four-year college or university. Funds may be applied to college tuition, room and board, and fees

Eligible students must:

  • Demonstrate outstanding achievement in entrepreneurial ventures, community service or in the workplace.
  • Have a minimum 3.2/4.0 GPA
  • Have a gross family income of no more than $80,000 per year.
  • If applicable, provide a completed FAFSA or CA Dream Act and Student Aid Report (SAR).

The scholarship may be renewed based on eligibility, demonstrated need and funding availability. Students of all backgrounds and religions are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Monday, Feb. 19, 2024 by 11:59 pm PST

Apply today at www.jcfsandiego.org/scholarships

For more information, contact Sarah Schatz at [email protected] or (858) 279-2740

Jewish Community Foundation San Diego


CalKIDS is a new state program that provides a financial jumpstart to all children in California with free money for college.

To help families and others better understand the program and learn how to start saving for their student's college or career training, the San Diego County Office of Education is welcoming representatives from the State of California for a virtual webinar on Feb. 7. The webinar runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.


Registration is required to receive the webinar link.

CalKIDS stands for the California Kids Investment and Development Savings Program. It provides up to $1,500 in free money for college to eligible public school students. CalKIDS can help families boost their children's college savings and increase access to higher education.

CalKIDS children’s savings account program is administered by the ScholarShare Investment Board, an agency of the State of California chaired by the state treasurer.

Click here for more details about CalKIDS.

Princeton Prize in Race Relations Application Open! 

Applications for the Princeton Prize are due January 31, 2024.

Are you a high school student doing work around racial equity? Apply for the Princeton Prize!

The Prize is a $1,000 monetary award and an invitation to the annual Symposium on Race. They also award Certificates of Accomplishment to some applicants for notable work.

Apply Now

SDCSBA/ACSA R18 2024 Student Scholarship

2024 STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS DUE MARCH 28, 2024 by 4:00pm

Ten $1,000 Student Scholarships Available!

Region 18 of the Association of California School Administrators (San Diego and Imperial Counties) and the San Diego County School Boards Association are very pleased to offer ten $1,000 scholarships as a result of donations made by both organizations and our generous business partners.

Our scholarships provide an award for ten (10) public high school seniors who meet the following criteria: 

  1. pursuing a career in education as a teacher or other certificated employee.
  2. attend public high school in San Diego/Imperial Counties area.
  3. show proven academic success with at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average.  
  4. are involved in community service.
  5. who may not necessarily qualify for other financial aid.

Download the Application from the Google Drive Link


Inspiring Future Leaders STEM Scholarship Program

10 scholarships to be awarded to students who self-identify as a woman or person of color

SAN DIEGO, March 29, 2023 – High school and undergraduate students who reside in communities served by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) are encouraged to apply for a $10,000 scholarship under a new initiative called the Inspiring Future Leaders STEM Scholarship Program. 

This initiative is specifically designed to support students of color, girls and women in high school or college who plan on pursuing a degree in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) or STEM-related course of study. Scholarship winners who maintain their eligibility and pursue their course of study in a traditional four-year university can have their scholarships renewed for an additional three years – meaning they could receive a total of $40,000 in financial aid.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is April 27, 2023, 1p.m. Pacific Time.

Scholarship Guidance

There are Scholarship Programs available during the 2022-23 school year. Students in the San Diego Unified School District are eligible for all awards.

New scholarships

To sign up for the weekly Scholarship Newsletter, visit https://scholarshipguidance.com/newsletter

San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune is offering complimentary digital student subscriptions