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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

 
Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship
  • Senior
  • 2 options to qualify: are Roman Catholid AND of Italian descent OR are Roman Catholic but are not of Italian descent if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian, or grandparent is a member of the "Italian Catholic Federation" (ICFc
  • If either Roman Catholic parent/grandparent is an ICF member, applicant must be Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian descent or live where Branches are established to qualify
  • Will enroll full-time at an accredited university, college, community college, or technical school in the Fall of 2019
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Transcript
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate leadership
  • Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities and community service
  • Letter of recommendation
  • 150 word personal statement; see application for specific information to include in essay
  • Multiple $400 scholarships awarded-can be renewed annually for a four year total of $2,500
  • Application and info at: http://www.icf.org/
  • Deadline: March 15, 2019
Naval Officers' Spouses' Club of San Diego Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Child of active duty Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard who has served in a San Diego area command at some point; retired, medically retired, or deceased Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard member; or Reservist activated for at least nine months
  • Will apply for study at a regionally accredited trade or technical school, college or university as a degree-seeking full-time or part-time student
  • Demonstrate academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, work and/or volunteer experience
  • Official transcript
  • Two-page maximum essay relating to personal goals and objectives, educational goals, and being a military dependent
  •  Multiple scholarships awarded in varying amounts
  • Application and info at: https://www.noscsandiego.com/2019-Application
  • Deadline: Postmarked March 15, 2019
San Diego Chinese Women's Association Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Of Chinese descent
  • Will attend a two- or four-year college or university in the Fall of 2019
  • If going to a four-year college or university must have a minimum 3.0 weighted GPA
  • If going to a two-year college must have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Maximum 1-page description of one to three activities in which you participate
  • Optional, list involvement in Chinese cultural activities
  • Two-page maximum essay addressing: "How has your family background affected the way you see the world?"
  • Letter of recommendation
  • $1,500 scholarship of going to a four-year college or university; $1,000 scholarship if going to a two-year college
  • Application and info at: https://sdcwa.net/scholarships/
  • Deadline: Postmarked March 16, 2019
California Retired Teachers Association Scholarship Foundation, Inc. San Diego Division 4
  • Senior 
  • Will attend an accredited four-year college or university
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Demonstrate participation in extracurricular activities
  • Demonstrate volunteer and/or work experience
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers; 1 additional letter of recommendation from a community member who can attest to your character, ability, and competence
  • $2,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://div4.calrta.org/scholarships-and-grants/
  • Deadline: Postmarked March 20, 2019
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. North San Diego County Alumnae Chapter
  • Senior
  • African American
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities in leadership and community service
  • Three letters of recommendation from school administrators, counselors, teachers, community leader, employer, etc.
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • One-page maximum essay addressing: "Once you obtain your degree, how will you give back and make a difference in your family, communities, profession, and the world?"
  • Two $1,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: https://dstnsdcac.org/2019-2020-scholarship-application/
  • Deadline: March 29, 2019 
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Senior
  • Female
  • African American
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Demonstrate leadership by participation in extracurricular activities, community service, and/or holding positions in organizations
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • 1 page essay addressing: "Upon receiving my college degrees(s), I plan to make a difference in my chosen profession, within my community, and within my family..."
  • Multiple scholarships awarded in varying amounts
  • Application and info at: https://www.dstsandiego.org/downloads
  • Deadline: March 31, 2019
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
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, December 31
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
HENAAC Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Of Hispanic origin and/or must significantly demonstrate leadership or service within the Hispanic community
  • Will pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math
  • Will enroll in an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the Fall of 2019
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Personal statement-see application for specifications
  • Letter of recommendation from a peer: friend, classmate, lab partner, roommate, teammate, or fellow member of a campus or community organization
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member, teacher, mentor, advisor, counselor, or principal
  • Multiple scholarships available with one application valued at $500-$10,000
  • Application and info at: http://www.greatmindsinstem.org/college/henaac-scholarship-application-guidelines
  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
Mike Weston Memorial Scholarship and Alston and Bird
San Diego County Bar Association Law Week Poster and Video Contest
Brown Family Scholarship
  • Senior from MMHS
  • Will attend a college or university in the Fall of 2019
  • Must have completed at least 20 hours of community service within the last two years
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must have held a leadership position or demonstrated leadership with either an organization or activity at MMHS or within the community of Mira Mesa
  • 500-word maximum essay relating to your community service (must provide two copies of essay)
  • 500-word maximum essay relating to your leadership (must provide two copies of essay)
  • Two $1,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/The Brown Family Scholarship 2019.docx
  • Deadline: Submit completed application and all accompanying materials to Mrs. Blanchard in the Counseling Office by 3 PM April 26, 2019
Mira Mesa Women's Club Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Female
  • Will pursue a two- or four-year degree in science, technology, engineering, or math
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Transcript
  • Demonstrate involvement in community service
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Provide proof of eligibility for free or reduced lunch
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher
  • 250-word response relating to community service
  • Multiple $1,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/NoReply@sandi.net_20190220_090032_0.pdf
  • Deadline Submit application and all accompanying materials to Mrs. Blanchard in the Counseling Office by 3 PM April 29, 2019
Mira Mesa High Foundation Scholarship
  • Senior
  • 500 word essay addressing "How you plan to provide a benefit to Mira Mesa High School or to the Mira Mesa Community after graduation"
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher, school advisor, counselor, coach, or some other adult (non-family member) who is familiar with your extracurricular activities
  • List extracurricular activities and community service
  • Multiple scholarships awarded in varying amounts
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/MMHS Foundation Scholarship Application 2019_0.docx
  • Deadline: Submit application and all accompanying materials to Mrs. Blanchard in the Counseling Office by 3 PM April 30, 2019
San Diego Education Association Dependent Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Is a current dependent of a CTA/NEA/SDEA member
  • Demonstrate involvement in the school and community
  • Transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation; one from someone who can attest to your academics; one from a community member outside the school setting
  • 200 maximum statement addressing "How continuing your studies will help you in the classroom and/or in your professional life"
  • Application and info at: http://www.sdea.net/wp-content/uploads/2019-Dependent-Scholarship-App.pdf
  • Deadline: May 3, 2019 by 5 PM
Mira Mesa Town Council/Verne Goodwin Scholarship Award
  • Senior
  • Must reside in Mira Mesa
  • Will attend a college, university, or technical school in the Fall of 2019
  • 250-400 word essay discussing your personal volunteer experience
  • List community service and hours
  • 2 letters of recommendation: 1 from a supervisor or leader relevant to applicant's volunteer work; 1 from school personnel or a community leader
  • Three $1,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: https://www.miramesatowncouncil.org/scholarship/
  • Deadline: May 3, 2019
Society of Women Engineers
  • Senior
  • Identify as female
  • Will attend a two- or four-year college or university to prepare for a career in engineering, engineering technology, or computer science
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Transcript
  • Apply for financial aid
  • Resume
  • Letter of recommendation from a STEM teacher and one from an individual who knows you but is not related to you
  • Multiple scholarships in varying amounts
  • Application and info at: http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/index.php/scholarships#activePanels
  • Deadline: May 8, 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
Hight Family Foundation Scholarship
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
The Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest
  • Senior
  • Will attend a college, university, or trade school in the Fall of 2019
  • US citizen or lawful resident
  • Maximum 3 minute video uploaded to YouTube about "avoiding distracted driving"
  • $500 scholarship recipient each semester
  • Application and info at: https://www.andrewflusche.com/scholarship/
  • Deadline: November 30, 2018 and June 30, 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, 2019

California Tour Guide Scholarship

  • Senior
  • Will attend a two- or four-year college or university, or trade/vocation school in the Fall of 2020
  • Create a video where you show your favorite road trip destinations in California from your perspective
  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://www.thezebra.com/california-car-insurance/#driving-laws
  • Deadline: December 31, 2019

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