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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."
AB 540
If you qualify for AB 540, select the following links to search for scholarships for which you may qualify:


Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Essay Contest
  • Senior
  • College bound
  • 700-750 word essay addressing: "How has social media impacted today's youth, and what influence does it have on their future?"
  • Mulitple scholarships awarded ranging from $1,000-$5,000
  • Application and info at: http://www.oppf.org/essay-contest.asp
  • Deadline: October 19, 2018
Horatio Alger Association Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will enroll in a college in the US in the Fall of 2019
  • US citizen
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree at an accredited, non-profit, public or private institution in the US-may start at a community college and transfer
  • Demonstrate financial need-$55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income
  • Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular and community service activities
  • Demonstrate integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Multiple scholarships awarded up to $10,000
  • Application and info at: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/
  • Deadline: Submit application by 2 PM October 25, 2018
Golden Doors Scholars Scholarship
  • Senior
  • DACA student-or have been eligible under previous rule or TPS-Temporary Protective Status
  • Will attend a four-year college or university in the Fall of 2018
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Demonstrate leadership and community involvement
  • 500-1,000 word essay-see application for various prompts from which to choose
  • Scholarship amounts vary
  • Application and info at: https://www.goldendoorscholars.org/
  • Deadline: October 25, 2018 8:59 PM Pacific Standard Time
Better Business Bureau Torch Award Scholarship
  • Junior or senior
  • Attends an accredited high school in San Diego, Orange or Imperial County
  • Resides in San Diego, Orange or Imperial County
  • 400 maximum word essay addressing "The Importance of Ethics and Integrity in our Community"
  • Multiple scholarships awarded ranging from $500-$1,500
  • Application and info at: https://www.bbb.org/phoenix/student-scholarship/torch-award-scholarship/
  • Deadline: 5 PM October 26, 2018
Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy Audio-Essay Program
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Cannot be a child or grandchild of a Coca-Cola employee
  • US citizen, US national, US permanent resident
  • Will pursue a degree at an accredited US postsecondary institution
  • 3.0 GPA
  • List awards, honors, special skills, or talents
  • List community service
  • Multiple scholarships awarded up to $20,000
  • Application and info at: http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/
  • Deadline: 2 PM October 31, 2018 Pacific Time
ACT College and Career Readiness Champions
  • Senior
  • Took the ACT and earned a minimum score of 22
  • Has overcome challenges
  • Responses relating to your education and career goals
  • $500 scholarship
  • Application and info at: www.act.org/readinesschampions
  • Deadline: October 31, 2018
NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing
  • Female grades 9-12
  • Demonstrate interest and achievement in computing
  • Attend a high school in the US or is a US citizen
  • Have a US tax identification or social security number
  • Cannot be an NCWIT employee or have no immediate family relationships with employees
  • Respond to short questions relating to leadership and future goals
  • Winner receive opportunities for scholarships, internships, research experiences, and other educational and employment opportunities
  • Application an info at: https://www.aspirations.org/
  • Deadline: 7 PM November 5, 2018
The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum and the University of San Diego Character Education Resource Center Essay Contest
  • Grades 9-12
  • Maximum 1,000 word essay addressing "Who is Your Hero? Why? as they relate to the US Marine Corps core values of "Honor, Courage, Commitment"
  • First place: $300, Second place: $200, Third place: $100
  • Application and info at: https://www.flyingleathernecks.org/education/
  • Deadline: November 14, 2018
Sixt Rent a Car Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will enroll full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the entire 2019-20 academic year
  • Minimum 3.7 GPA
  • Transcript
  • First two pages of most recently filed IRS Form 1040
  • Demonstrate leadership, participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual circumstances, and financial need
  • 5 $5,000 scholarship awarded
  • Application and info at: https://www.sixt.com/sixt-scholars/
  • Deadline: November 30, 2018 or until 500 applications received

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program

  • Senior
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate commitment to community service, outstanding qualiites in character, integrity and leadership
  • Reside in a community served by Comcast (San Diego qualifies)
  • Will enroll full-time in a two- or four-year college or university for the entire 2019-20 academic year
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Over 800 students will earn a $2,500 scholarship
  • Application and info at: http://email.scholarshipamerica.org/comcast/
  • Deadline: December 7, 2018
North American Van Lines 2018 Logistics Scholarship Competition
  • Senior
  • Will enroll full-time at an accredited college/university to pursue a degree in logistics or an equivalent field
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Employees, professional affiliates, and immediate family members are not eligible to apply
  • Transcript
  • 400-800 word essay "detailing why a career in logistics/supply chain management is your college major of choice"
  • 5 $1,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: https://www.northamerican.com/scholarship
  • Deadline: December 15, 2018
Dolman Law Group College Scholarship Video Essay Contest
  • Senior
  • Will attend a college or university during the 2019-20 academic year
  • Submit a maximum 2 minute video essay (YouTube format preferred) "explaining, preventing, and pursing discrimination in the workplace"
  • $1,100 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://www.dolmanlaw.com/scholarship/
  • Deadline: 6 PM December 29, 2018
School Band and Orchestra Essay Contest
  • Grades 9-12
  • 250 word or less essay addressing: "What role has your music program played in bringing you closer to your schoolmates, friends, and the community at large?"
  • 5 $1,000 scholarships
  • Application and info at: http://sbomagazine.com/essay-contest.html
  • Deadline: December 31, 2018
BadCredit.org's Wealth Wise Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Will major in a course of study to support a career in the finance industry (finance, business, accounting, mathematics, management, and other related fields)
  • US resident
  • 500-900 word essay addressing: "How the US Credit Scoring System Can be Improved"
  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://www.badcredit.org/scholarship/
  • Deadline: December 31, 2018
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: December 31, March 31, June 30, September 30
Skin Care Ox: Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women
  • Senior
  • Female
  • Will attend college in the Fall of 2019
  • 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: September 30, and January 1, March 31, June 30

Hamilton Relay Scholarship Award

  • Senior
  • Deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking
  • List extracurricular activites
  • 1 page essay addressing how the services from Hamilton Relay migth benefit you most in your college career; see application for specific prompt
  • Letter of recommendation
  • $500 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://hamiltonrelay.com/corporate/whats_new/index.html?topic=details&ni=624
  • Deadline: January 18, 2019

Grand Lodge of California, Order Sons of Italy in America Scholarship

  • Senior
  • Must be wholly or partially of Italian descent
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited trade school, college, university, or community college for the Fall of 2019
  • Provide annual family income information
  • Official transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Written statement of how you plan to finance your college education. Include what portion parents will be responsible for and what portion you will be responsible for.
  • 200 word minimum essay discussing your Italian origin, future aspirations, work experience, extracurricular activities, and organizations of which you are a member
  • Paragraph describing an Italian you admire (not related to you) who made an impression on your life
  • Scholarships available for academics, language study grants in Italy, and athletics
  • Application and info at: http://www.osiaca.org/
  • Deadline: Postmarked March 1, 2019
Brian Graves Memorial Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will pursue an education in marine biology at a four-year college or university
  • Transcript
  • List extracurricular activities
  • Short responses relating to your future goals, why you should be awarded a scholarship, and past experiences with science as it relates to marine biology
  • Scholarship will be paid directly to the college/university you attend
  • 2 letters of recommendation-1 from a counselor and 1 from a teacher in the science field
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/April 2019.pdf
  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
Blake Rubin Foundation
  • Senior already accepted into a college or university
  • 500 maximum word essay addressing"How would receiving this scholarship help change your life?"
  • $1,000
  • Application and info at: http://blakerubinfoundation.com/
  • Deadline: May 31, 2019

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 14, 2019
The Big Sun Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Athlete
  • Will attend a postsecondary institution
  • 500-1,000 word essay relating to how participating in sports has impacted you
  • $500 scholarship
  • Application and info at: http://www.bigsunathletics.com/
  • Deadline: June 19, 2019
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
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
California College San Diego Presidential Scholarship
California Colleges San Diego Academic Scholarship

Fisher and Talwar General Scholarship

  • Senior
  • Will attend an accredited institution of higher learning as a full-time student in the Fall of 2017
  • US citizen
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Transcript
  • 500 word essay addressing: "Who or what is your inspiration for pursuing an education?"
  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: http://www.fishertalwar.com/scholarship/
  • Deadline: November 15, 2018

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