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Scholarships are an important part of making your college career a success! Here are some tips and places to look for scholarships. If you need any help, see Ms. Blanchard in the Counseling Office.

Scholarship Scams: Beware!

 

Not all scholarship services and scholarship providers are out to help students. Warning: Financial aid/scholarships should be a free process. No sponsor can guarantee that you will win an award! Scam artists will ask for a credit card or bank account information and then drain your account or run up charges on your credit card. If in doubt, ask a counselor!

Other Suggestions

 
The best source of scholarships, aside form the opportunities through the federal government (FAFSA), continues to be financial aid from colleges themselves and the local community (Elks Club, Rotary, etc.) Parents should also contact the Human Resources office at their job site to inquire about scholarships available to children of employees.

University and College Scholarships

 
Each college has their own scholarship fund. Information on this can be found on their websites. For example, go to the San Diego State University site and search for the "President's Diversity Scholarship."
 
 
Undocumented Students
 
If you qualify for AB 540, select the following links to search for scholarships for which you may qualify:
 

http://www.razaeducators.org/about_projects_scholarfund.html

 
My Piano Project
  • Grades 9-12
  • Upload a video of your song/project that you performed on an acoustic piano
  • You will be judged on how far outside your comfort-zone ou pushed yourself and how creatively you shared your musical art with others, so talk about these in your video
  • $1,000 scholarship awarded every 12 weeks
  • Application and info at: https://www.well-lovedpiano.com/my-piano-project
  • Deadline: Scholarships awarded every 12 weeks
Cal Coast Cares Foundation High School Scholarship Program
  • Senior
  • Be a member of California Coast Credit Union OR the child, grandchild or legal ward of a member in good standing
  • Reside in San Diego or Riverside County
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Have applied or been accepted to attend an accredited college or university on a full-time basis
  • Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities, community service, and/or work experience
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • 500 word maximum: "California Coast Credit Union, like all credit unions, was founded on the principle of people helping people. Please tell us about an experience where you used your time and talents to help an individual, a group, or the community
  • Four $2,500 and 10 $2,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: https://www.calcoastcu.org/cal-coast-cares-foundation.htm#studentscholarships
  • Deadline: March 31, 2020
 Cal Coast Cares Foundation Foster Student Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Have been in or currently in foster care
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Accepted by an accredited college or university
  • Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities, community service, and/or work experience
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • 500 word maximum: "California Coast Credit Union, like all credit unions, was founded on the principle of people helping people. Please tell us about an experience where you used your time and talents to help an individual, a group, or the community
  • Multiple scholarships awarded valued up to $2,000
  • Application and info at: https://www.calcoastcu.org/cal-coast-cares-foundation.htm#studentscholarships
  • Deadline: March 31, 2020
OppU Achievers Scholarship
  • Be enrolled full-time in high school
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • 500 maximum word essay relating to being an achiever
  • $2,500 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://www.opploans.com/scholarship/
  • Deadline:  March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31
Skin Care Ox: Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women
  • Senior
  • Female
  • Will attend college in the Fall of 2020
  • Striving to lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Short responses relating to your short and long term goals
  • 500 maximum essay relating to your commitment to live a healthy lifestyle
  • $500 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://www.skincareox.com/scholarship/#scholarship-application
  • Deadline: March 31, June 30, September 30, and January 1
LendUp Opportunity Scholarship
  • Grades 9-12
  • Will attend an accredited college or university
  • US resident
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • 500-word maximum statement about any interesting projects you've worked on and how those projects have impacted your fellow student body or community
  • $2,500 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://www.lendup.com/scholarship
  • Deadline: March 31, June 30, September 20, and December 31
Brian Graves Memorial Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will study marine biology at a four-year college or university
  • List any work experience
  • List extracurricular and/or community service
  • Short statement indicating "your educational goals, career objectives, and future goals"
  • Short statement stating "why you should receive the scholarship"
  • Short statement discussing " what programs, research or activities you have done that are directly related to the field of marine biology"
  • Multiple scholarships may be awarded
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/Brian Graves Memorial Scholarship.pdf
  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
Jeffrey D. Sollender College Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend a four-year college or university
  • Demonstrate outstanding achievement in entrepreneurial ventures, community service, or the workplace
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Transcript
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Have a gross family income of no more than $100,000/year
  • Multiple scholarships awarded up to $10,000
  • Students of all faiths eligible
  • Application and info at: https://jcfsandiego.org/young-adults/jeffreydsollenderscholarship/
  • Deadline: April 3, 2020
2020 MTS and Coca-Cola Laptop Scholarship Contest
College JumpStart Scholarship Program
  • 10th-12th grade
  • US citizen or legal resident
  • Will attend an accredited two- of four year college our university or trade/vocational school in the US
  • Committed to using education to better your life and that of your family and/or community
  • 250 word or less response; see application for topics from which to choose
  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: http://www.jumpstart-scholarship.net/
  • Deadline  April 15, 2020 and October of 2020

Hight Family Foundation Scholarship

Joseph C. Hight Scholarship from the Hight Family Foundation
San Diego Indian American Society 2020 Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Scholarship
  • Senior of any national origin
  • Transcript
  • Demonstrate academic excellence and community service
  • Two-page maximum essay: "Discuss the influence and impact of nonviolent conflict resolution in society and/or in your life"
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • SAT/ACT test scores
  • Multiple scholarships awarded starting at $1.000
  • Application and info at: https://www.sdias.info/
  • Deadline: April 15, 2020
RB Chorale 2020 Music Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Able to perform a musical solo: voice, string, wind, percussion, or any other solo instrument
  • Will attend an accredited college or university
  • Transcript
  • 300 word statement describing general and musical qualities and scholastic plans
  • 200 word letter from parent or guardian describing family financial situation
  • 2 letters of recommendation: 1 from music teacher; 1 from a friend or school official
  • Mandatory May 2 audition for the RB Chorale Board of Directors in Rancho Bernardo; musical presentation limited to five minutes
  • Multiple scholarships awarded-$5,000 for each performance will be distributed amongst finalists
  • RB Chorale show June 12 and 13 at the Poway Center for the Arts
  • Application and info at: https://www.rbchorale.org/RBC/scholarship-application/
  • Deadline: Application due April 17, 2020
Mira Mesa High School Foundation Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend any level of college or a university on the Fall of 2020
  • 500-word maximum essay addressing: "Describe how you plan to provide a benefit to Mira Mesa High School or to the Mira Mesa Community after graduation"
  • List offices held, extracurricular activities, and/or volunteer work
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher, school advisor, counselor, coach or some other adult (non-family member) familiar with our extracurricular or community activities
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/MMHSF Scholarship Application 2020.docx
  • Deadline: Submit application and all accompanying documents to Mrs. Blanchard in the Counseling Office by 3 PM April 17, 2020
Student-View Scholarship Program
  • Senior
  • Plan to attend a four-year college, community college, or career school
  • Log into: http://www.student-view.com/ to complete a 15-20 minute application survey about colleges in your area
  • Scholarship awarded via random drawing of all complete applications
  • Multiple scholarships awarded ranging from $500-$5,000
  • Application and info at: http://www.student-view.com/
  • Deadline: April 22, 2020
The Brown Family Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend a college or university in the 2020-21 academic year
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Performed 20 hours of community service within the last two years
  • Held a leadership position or demonstrated leadership with either an organization or activity at MMHS or within the Mira Mesa community
  • Short answer responses relating to community service and leadership
  • Two $1,000 scholarships
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/The Brown Family Scholarship 2020.docx
  • Deadline: Submit application and all accompanying materials to Mrs. Blanchard in the Counseling Office by 3 PM April 24, 2020
San Diego-Edinburgh Sister City Society Pauline Tweed Memorial Scottish Ancestry Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Of Scottish ancestry
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Will attend a two- or four-year accredited educational institution, college, or university in Scotland for a period of no less than 21 days-includes summer, special session, or intersession
  • OR will attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities, community service, and leadership
  • List Scottish activities
  • Maximum 500-word essay addressing: "Why have you chosen to attend a college or university in Scotland?"
  • $750 scholarship
  • ***There are two different applications depending on where you plan to attend college***
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/San Diego Scottish Ancestry Application.pdf
  • Deadline: May 1, 2020
The San Diego Alumni Chapter Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Scholarship
  • Senior
  • African American male
  • Will attend a four-year college or university
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Two letters of recommendation: 1 from a school staff member; 1 from a community member
  • One-page written statement on your "Views on current issues that are important to you and outlines your motivation to seek a higher education"
  • Multiple scholarships awarded in varying amounts
  • Application and info at: https://www.sandiegokappas.org/programs-c1aoj
  • Deadline: Postmarked no later than May 1, 2020
Mira Mesa Town Council/Verne Goodwin Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Mira Mesa resident
  • Will attend a college, university, or technical school in the Fall of 2020
  • Demonstrate involvement in community service
  • Two letters of recommendation from a supervisor, or leader relevant to your volunteer work and one from a school staff member or community leader
  • 400-word maximum essay addressing "A narrative of your personal volunteer experience"
  • Three $1,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: https://www.miramesatowncouncil.org/scholarship/
  • Deadline: May 3, 2020
San Diego Society African American Alumni Association
PB&J Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend a two- or four-year college or university in the Fall of 2020
  • List any involvement in extracurricular activities, community service, sports, employment, and/or leadership roles
  • Two-page essay discussing any "challenges you have encountered and how you have overcome them. Please also include your aspirations for college and your career and the reasons why"
  • Recommendation
  • $500-$1,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://scholarsapp.com/scholarship/pbj-scholarship?utm_source=notification&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pbj2020
  • Deadline: May 31, 2020
Abbott and Fenner Scholarship
  • Juniors and seniors
  • 500-1,000 word essay: "Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals."
  • $1,000
  • Application and info at: http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.php
  • Deadline: June 12, 2020
Superior Law Center Video Essay Contest
  • Senior
  • Will attend college in the Fall of 2020
  • Submit a 2 minute video relating to a hypothetical situation of cloning a pet. See application for specific prompt
  • Multiple $1,100 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: https://superiorlawcenter.com/scholarship/
  • Deadline: June 28, 2020
Snow Carpio and Weekley S.C.W. DREAMers Scholarship
  • Immigrant under the age of 25
  • Entered the US before age 16
  • Has lived continuously in the US for at least five years
  • Will attend a college or university by Fall of 2020
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Submit a 3 minute video answering what sets you apart from others, what inspires you, and why you are pursuing a degree in...
  • $2,500 scholarship
  • Application and info at: http://workinjuryaz.com/phoenix-workers-compensation-lawyers/#dreamers
  • Deadline: June 30, 2020
El Dabe Ritter Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend an accredited university in the USA
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Transcript
  • List leadership, honors, awards
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Resume
  • 500-word essay relating to the importance of you having a higher education, who are you as a student, how you have persevered and fought to get the education you want, and a challenge
  • $1,500 scholarship
  • Scroll to the bottom of the link to access the application and info at: https://www.personalinjurylawyerslosangeles.com/#scholarship
  • Deadline: June 30, 2020
CardRates.com Financial Futures Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will major in business, accounting, finance, math, management, or other majors related to personal finance
  • US resident
  • 3.5 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • 500-900 word essay addressing "How do you see yourself impacting the finance industry?"
  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: http://www.cardrates.com/scholarship/
  • Deadline: July 31, 2019
The HotelPlanner.com Graduate Technology Scholarship for Military Veterans
  • 16 or older
  • Child of a US military veteran
  • Will enroll in a two- of four-year college or university to purse an education in technology
  • Short response answers relating to your desire to pursue a career in technology, being in a military family, and financial need
  • 10 $1,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: https://www.hotelplanner.com/Scholarship/
  • Deadline: Fall application cycle: December 15; Summer application cycle: August 15
UNIGO Make Me Laugh Scholarship
  • 13 years of age or older
  • Legal resident of the US
  • Will enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education after high school graduatino
  • 250-word essay: "Describe an incident in your life, funny or embarrassing (fact or fiction), and make us laugh"
  • $1,500 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/make-me-laugh-scholarship
  • Deadline: August 31, 2019
HostingAdvice.com Future Web developers Annual Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Aspiring to attain employment in the IT sector
  • Eligible majors inlcude but are not limited to: computer science-related fields, web development, software engineering, digital security, systems management, artificial intelligence, networking and data analytics
  • US resident
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Demonstrate involvement in community service and/or extracurricular activities
  • 500-1,000 word essay: "How XYZ Technology is Changing the Ways Modern Businesses Operate"
  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://www.hostingadvice.com/scholarship/
  • Deadline: September 30, 2020
California College San Diego Presidential Scholarship
California Colleges San Diego Academic Scholarship

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