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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:


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 
Kids' Chance of California Scholarship
  • Between 16-25
  • Parent/legal guardian was killed on the job or had a serious injury that has significantly reduced family's financial income
  • Will attend a college, university, or vocational school in the Fall of 2020
  • Demonstrate financial need-must submit FAFSA or Dream Act
  • Transcript
  • Brief description of accident
  • Essay relating to our goals and impact of the loss or injury to your family
  • $1,000-$10,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://apply.kidschanceca.org/
  • Deadline: May 15, 2020
B. Davis Scholarship
  • Junior or senior
  • Maximum 1,000-word essay: "Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual"
  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm
  • Deadline: May 22, 2020
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 volunteer and/or work experience
  • Two letters of recommendation (LOR) from academic teachers
  • One letter from a community leader who can attest to your character, ability, and competence
  • 10 $2,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: http://div4.calrta.org
  • Submit application, official transcript, and LOR to carolclaytorpatrick@yahoo.com
  • Deadline: extended to May 27, 2020
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
Humane Education Network A Voice for Animals Contest
  • Grades 9-12
  • 14-15 year olds-1,400-1,500-word essay relating to animal mistreatment, species preservation, or the history of animal welfare-see application for specific prompts 
  • 16-18 year olds submit an essay, video, or essay with photos-see application for specific prompts
  • Prize recipients broken down by age group; prizes range from 4400-$500
  • Application and info at: https://www.hennet.org/contest.php
  • Deadline: May 31, 2020 by 11:59 PM
American Indian College Fund The Full Circle Scholarship
  • Senior
  • US citizen or Canadian eligible to attend college in US under provisions of Jay Treaty
  • Will enroll full-time in a certificate, associate, bachelor's program at an accredited tribal, public, or private (not for profit) college or university
  • Registered as an enrolled member of federal or state recognized tribe or descendant of at least one grandparent or parent who is an enrolled tribal member
  • 2.0 GPA
  • Transcript
  • Three short answer responses
  • Multiple scholarships in varying amounts
  • Application and info at: https://collegefund.org/students/scholarships/
  • Deadline: May 31, 2020
National Naval Officer Association, San Diego Chapter 2020 Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend a college or university
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Transcript
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • List extracurricular and/or community service
  • List employment and/or internships
  • 1,000-word maximum essay addressing ONE of three topics-see application for specific prompts
  • $500 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://www.sdnnoa.org/scholarship
  • Deadline: Postmarked June 1, 2020
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Traditional Scholarship
  • Senior
  • African American-multiple scholarships; some for females, some for males
  • Will attend an accredited four-year college or university in the Fall of 2020
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcript-email chight@sandi.net
  • Two letters of recommendation; one from a school official
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Demonstrate participation in extracurricular activities, volunteer, and/or work experience
  • One-page maximum essay "describing your academic plans, and how your career goals will impact local and/or global communities
  • Recent color picture
  • Multiple scholarships awarded in varying amounts
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/AKA Final 2020.pdf
  • Deadline: Extended from April 25 to postmarked June 1, 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
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:   June 30, September 30, and December 31, March 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: June 30, September 30, and January 1, March 31,
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: June 30, September 20, and December 31, March 31
Health Care Communicators/AMN Healthcare Scholarship Essay Contest
  • Senior
  • Plan to enter the field of health care upon graduation
  • Essay addressing: Why I plan to enter the field of health care after college graduation"
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcript
  • $2,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: http://www.hccsd.org/AMN/HCC-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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