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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:


Golden Door Scholars Scholarship
  • Senior
  • DACA student-or have been eligible under previous rule or TPS-Temporary Protected 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, 2017
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
  • 150 $20,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/
  • Deadline: October 31, 2017 by 2 PM Pacific Time
Be the Whale Art Scholarship
  • Grades 9-12
  • Submit 2D original art work on the subject "San Joaquin Kit Fox"-this organization promotes awareness of endangered species
  • Submit an entry form
  • Submit a PHOTO or print of your work on 8 1/2x11" paper; do not send original work
  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: http://www.bethewhale.com/
  • Deadline: Postmarked November 1, 2017
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
  • Student in grades 5-12
  • Has engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least in part after September 1, 2016
  • State honorees can earn a $1,000 scholarship, a medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington DC
  • National honorees earn $5,000
  • Application and info at: https://spirit.prudential.com/
  • Deadline: November 7, 2017
Third Annual Flying Leathernecks Student Essay Contest
  • Grades 9-12
  • 1,000 word essay addressing what the Marin Corps values of honor, courage, and commitment mean to you
  • $100-$300 gift certificates
  • Application and info at: https://www.flyingleathernecks.org/education/
  • Deadline: November 17, 2017 by 9 PM
San Diego Elks Lodge No. 168 Video Contest
The HotelPlanner.com Graduate Technology Scholarship for Military Veterans
  • 16 years of age or older
  • Child of a US military veteran
  • Will pursue a degree related to technology at an accredited program
  • US citizen or legal resident
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • 500-word essay relating to your interest in technology career
  • $1,000
  • Application and info at: https://www.hotelplanner.com/Scholarship/
  • Deadline: December 1, 2017
AXA Achievement Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the US for the entire 2018-19 academic year
  • Demonstrate outstanding achievement in activities in school, the community, and the workplace
  • US citizen or legal resident living or claiming residency in one of the 50 US states, District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico
  • Multiple scholarships awarded ranging from $2,500-$25,000
  • Application and info at: https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.html
  • Deadline: December 15, 2017 or until 10,000 applications are received
Delta Theta Chi Sorority
  • Senior
  • Will enroll in an accredited college in the Fall of 2018
  • Reside in the US
  • Transcript
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • List extracurricular activities
  • Demonstrate academic achievement
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Paragraph briefly describing courses, intended major, and reason for furthering yoru education
  • Letter of recommendation
  • 2 $2,600 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: http://deltathetachi.org/Scholarships.html
  • Applications must be submitted and accepted through a chapter of delta Theta Chi Sorority
  • Submit to CA Omicron Chapter Barbara Magdlen 4096 Calgary Avenue San Diego, CA 92122
  • Deadline: February 1, 2018
Better Business Bureau Student Ambassador Program
  • Grades 9-12
  • Receive two hours of training to be Student Ambassador
  • After the training, develop and deliver presentations to peers relating to avoiding scams and fraud
  • Receive a certificate upon completion designating student as an official Student Ambassador of the BBB
  • Three scholarship incentives to the student ambassadors who present to the greatest number of students-scholarship values: $2,500, $1,500, $1,000
  • Application in info at: http://www.bbb.org/sdoc/programs-services/scholarship-opportunities/torch-award-scholarship/
  • Deadline: February 16, 2018
Directing Change Program and Student Film Contest
  • Middle or high school student
  • Submit a 30- or 60-second video for a statewide contest to prevent suicide and eliminate stigma about mental illness-see website for specific categories
  • Multipe prizes ranging from $250-$500
  • Application and info at: http://www.directingchangeca.org/submission-categories/
  • Deadline: March 1, 2018
California Association of Wine Grape Growers Foundation Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Child or parent or legal guardian employed by a California wine grape grower during the 2017-18 wine grape growing season
  • Official transcript
  • SAT or ACT scores if applying for a four-year scholarship
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate community involvement and/or leadership and/or work employment-can be considered in broad terms
  • Letter of recommendation
  • 500 word essay "that tells the committee about you, your financial need, your career goals, and how you plan to help your community"
  • At least two four-year scholarships awarded valued at $8,000 each
  • Four two-year scholarships awarded valued at $2,000
  • Application and info at: http://cawgfoundation.org/
  • Deadline: Postmarked no later than March 16, 2018
California Retired Teachers' Association Division 4 Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
  • Senior
  • Will attend an accredited four-year college or university in the Fall of 2018
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities, participation in leadership activities, and volunteer and/or work experience
  • 2 letters of recommendation from academic teachers, and 1 letter from someone in the community 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 by March 21, 2018
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 2018.pdf
  • Deadline: April 1, 2018
B. Davis Scholarship
  • Junior or senior
  • 1,000 word maximum essay: "Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why 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, 2018
Athnet Sports Recruiting Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Athlete at the high school level
  • Will attend college in the Fall of 2018; you do not need to play college sports to be eligible
  • "400-500 word essay describing how the lessons you have learned through playing sports have positively impacted you as you pursue your college education"
  • Brief personal bio
  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: http://www.athleticscholarships.net/scholarship-contest.htm
  • Deadline: June 1, 2018
American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship
  • Senior
  • US citizen
  • Will enroll in a certificate, associates, or bachelors program in the Fall of 2018
  • Registered as an enrolled member of a federal or state recognized tribe, or descendant of at least one grandparent or parent who is an enrolled tribal member; Alaska native
  • 2.0 GPA
  • Transcript
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • 3 short answers relating to challenges, educational and career goals, and how your education will benefit your tribe
  • Application and info at: http://collegefund.org/student-resources/scholarships/scholarship-programs/
  • Deadline: Application open from January 1-May 31
ABODO Apartments Off-To-College Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend an accredited college or university in the Fall of 2018
  • 1,000 word essay relating to what you are bringing from your hometown with you to college
  • Include links of up to 5 pictures you took yourself
  • $500 scholarship
  • Application and in info at:
  • Deadline: August 31, 2018 
UNIGO Make Me Laugh Scholarship
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, 2017

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