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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:
 

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

 California Association of Winegrape Growers Foundation

  • Senior
  • Child of a parent or legal guardian employed by a California winegrape grower during the current or past growing season
  • Transcript
  • SAT or ACT scores if applying for a 4-year scholarship
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate involvement and leadership and/or work employment
  • 1 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 4-year scholarships awarded valued at $8,000 each
  • Four 2-year scholarships awarded valued at $2,000 each
  • Application and info at: http://cawgfoundation.org/
  • Deadline: March 24, 2017

CAA/ESA Youth Scholarship Program

  • Senior
  • Must be accepted for admission to an accredited college or university for the Fall of 2017
  • Parent must be a full-time paid member of the polilce or sheriff's department-active duty police officer, firefighter, paramedic, or EMT
  • Parent/guardian may also be a volunteer member of a fire department
  • Transcript
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • List: academic prizes, awards, extracurricular activities, outside activities, community service, work history, and/or hobbies
  • 500-1,000 word essay addressing: "What it means to me to have my parent or guardian involved in securing our community"
  • Multiple $1,000 scholarships; regional winners could earn an additonal $4,000; state winners could earn an additional $2,500 or $7,500
  • Application and info at: http://www.caaonline.org/
  • Deadline: March 24, 2017

United Way of San Diego County's Changing the Odds Student Scholarship

  • Senior
  • Will attend college or vocational program
  • Submit a 2 minute video addressing "How do you give back to your community and why?"
  • Entries are capped at the first 200 video submissions
  • Multiple scholarships awarded ranging from $1,000-$3,000
  • Application and info at: https://uwsd.org/scholarship
  • Deadline: March 24, 2017

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

  • Senior
  • Must be of Hispanic heritage
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Transcript
  • Will enroll full-time in an accredited, not-for-profit, four-year college or university during the Fall of a scholarship cycle
  • US citizen, permanent legal resident, DACA or Eligible non-citizen
  • Complete FAFSA
  • Submit copy of FAFSA Student Air Report (SAR)
  • If a student with DACA status, valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Multiple scholarships awarded ranging from $500-$5,000
  • Multiple scholarships available from the one website
  • Application and info at: https://www.hsf.net/scholarships
  • Deadline: March 30, 2017

Lighthouse Guild Scholarship

  • Senior
  • Will attend an accredited college
  • Legally blind-must be able to provide proof
  • US citizen
  • Transcript
  • SAT and/or ACT scores
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • 2 500 word personal statements; 1 relating to educational and personal goals; 1 addressing the influence of an outstanding teacher on your education
  • 20 scholarships awarded of up to $10,000
  • Application and info at: http://www.lighthouseguild.org/programs-services/scholarships/
  • Deadline: March 31, 2017

San Diego Chinese Women's Association Scholarship

  • Senior
  • Of Chinese descent
  • Will attend a four-year college or university in the Fall of 2017
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities which may include but not limited to: school activities, volunteerism outside of school and family responsibilities
  • Optional-list your participation in Chinese cultural activities
  • 2 page maximum essay addressing: "If you could interview a prominent Chinese figure in arts, politics, science or religion, past or present, whom would you choose and why?"
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Multiple $1,500 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: https://sdcwa.net/scholarships/
  • Deadline: March 31, 2017

Cal Coast Cares Foundation Scholarship

  • Senior
  • Be a member of California Coast Credit Union or the child, grandchild, or legal ward of a member in good standing
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Will attend an accredited college or university in the Fall of 2017 on a full-time basis
  • List extracurricular activities
  • List community involvement
  • List work experience
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 500 word essay addressing relating to helping people. See application for specific prompt
  • 2 $2,500 scholarships
  • Application and info at: https://www.calcoastcu.org/files/2017_HighSchoolCriteriaApplication_V3.pdf
  • Deadline: March 31, 2017

The Great Clips Scholarship Program

  • Senior
  • Will pursue a career in cosmetology
  • Short answer responses relating to your desire to pursue a career in cosmetology
  • Multiple scholarships awarded from $250-$1,500
  • Application and info at: http://jobs.greatclips.com/page/show/schools
  • Deadline: March 31, 2017

Association of California School Administrators and the San Diego School boards Association Scholarship

Jessie Klicka Foundation Scholarship

  • Senior
  • Will attend a four-year college or university
  • Medium to outstanding grades
  • Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Multiple scholarships awarded ranging from $1,000-$2,000
  • Essay relating for your college choice and course of study
  • Application and info at: http://www.jessieklickafoundation.org/
  • Deadline: MMHS can only submit 2 students' applications; the first 2 students who get their completed application packets to Mrs. Blanchard by 3 PM March 30, 2017 will be submitted for the March 31 postmarked deadline
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 experience 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 2017 App.pdf
  • Deadline: April 1, 2017
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
RB Chorale, Inc., Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Have musical talent in voice, piano, string, wind, brass, percussion, or any other solo instrument
  • Plan to continue your education in musical performing arts
  • Transcript
  • Auditions April 29 in Rancho Bernardo
  • 6 candidates receiving highest combined points perform either June 9th or 10th
  • Awards of approximately $6,500 will be divided between 3 participants each of the performance nights ($3,000 $2,000, $1,500)
  • 300 word essay describing your general and musical qualities and your scholastic plans
  • Letter from parent or guardian presenting your family's financial situation
  • Letter of recommendation from your music teacher and a friend or school official
  • Application and info at: http://rbchorale.org/scholarship-application-2016/
  • Deadline: April 10, 2017
A Voice for Animals Contest
  • High school students
  • 14-15 year old students: write an essay that addresses animal mistreatment or suffering-see application for specific prompt
  • 16-18 year old students: must become involved in a project (new or existing) that addresses animal mistreatment or suffering-submit either a written essay with accompanying photos or an original video
  • 14-18 year: write an essay or create a video relating to climate change and its impact on animals
  • Multiple prizes awarded ranging from $150-$650
  • Application and info at: http://www.hennet.org/contest.php
  • Deadline: April 10, 2017
Exxon Mobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship
  • Senior
  • African American or Hispanic
  • Will enroll full-time at a four-year college or university in the Fall of 2017
  • Will pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
  • Official transcript
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • List community service
  • Two one page essays relating to your career plans and leadership
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • 4 $5,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: http://www.cgcs.org/domain/19
  • Deadline: April 10, 2017 by 5 PM EST
Resource Conservation District Conservation Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will enroll in a community college or four-year college or university
  • Will pursue an education in the fields of resource conservation or agriculture
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Transcript
  • Demonstrate involvement in courses, volunteerism, or leadership positions specifically related to natural resource conservation and/or agriculture-for example, ecology club
  • List community service, positions of leadership and/or work experience not related to natural resource conservation and/or agriculture
  • 300-500 word essay relating to natural resource conservation and/or agriculture issues
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 5 $1,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: http://www.rcdsandiego.org/home.aspx
  • Deadline: Applications and accompanying materials due by 5 PM April 10, 2017
Alexander Kreiglowa Navy and Marine Corps Dependents Education Foundation Scholarships
  • Senior
  • Dependent child of active duty, retired, or deceased naval service resident in CA
  • Top 10% of graduating class
  • 3.6 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Will attend a four-year college or university
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • 1 page essay addressing your college and future plans
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Copy of FAFSA and taxes
  • Multiple scholarships awarded in varying amounts up to $15,000
  • Application and info at: http://www.navyleague-sd.com/youth-support/
  • Deadline: April 14, 2017
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Scholarship San Diego Indian American Society
  • Senior
  • Minimum 3.8 GPA
  • SAT scores
  • 2 page essay addressing "Nonviolent means for conflict resolution"
  • 1 page personal statement discussing past achievements and future plans
  • List honors and community service
  • 2 teacher recommendations
  • Multiple scholarships awarded in varying amounts
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/2017-Gandhi-Scholarship-Form.pdf
  • Deadline: MMHS can only submit 2 students' application; the first 2 students who get their completed application packets to Mrs. Blanchard by 3 PM April 13, 2017 will be submitted for the April 14 deadline
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Scholarship
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Scholarship North San Diego County Alumnae Chapter
National Naval Officers Association Camp Pendleton/Miramar Chapter Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend an accredited four-year college or university in the Fall of 2017
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • List extracurricular activities at school and/or community, awards/honors, and/or work experience
  • 500-1,000 word essay
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 50% of total applicants selected for the chapter scholarship will be military dependents of enlisted marines or sailors
  • Application and info at: http://www.nnoa-camppendleton.org/SCHOLARSHIPS.html
  • Deadline: April 15, 2017
Ninth Circuit Civics ContestMira Mesa Women's Club Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Female
  • Will pursue a two- or four-year degree in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or math)
  • Demonstrate community service
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Transcript
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Must qualify for free/reduced lunch and be able to provide proof
  • 250 word essay relating to how your community service has impacted you
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Multiple scholarships awarded in varying amounts
  • Application and info at: https://www.facebook.com/MMscholarship
  • Deadline: April 21, 2017
The Brown Family Scholarship
  • Senior at MMHS
  • Will attend a college or university within the next year
  • 20 hours of community service over the last two years
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Held a leadership position or demonstrated leadership with either an organization or activity at MMHS or within the Mira Mesa community
  • 500 word essay relating to your community service
  • 500 word essay relating to leadership
  • 2 $1,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/The Brown Family Scholarship 2017.docx
  • Deadline: Submit completed application and accompanying materials to Mrs. Blanchard in the Counseling Office by 3 PM April 21, 2017
Henry Williams Scholarship Fund

American Indian Services Scholarship

  • Senior
  • Will enroll in a college, university, community college, or technical school in the Fall of 2017
  • 1/4 enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Native American Tribe
  • Certificate of Indian Blood/Descent
  • Official transcript
  • Full-page letter about yourself: specify y our tribe, where you are from, college you will attend and area of study, and why you feel you need a scholarship
  • Photo
  • Multiple scholarships awarded in varying amounts
  • Application and info at: https://www.americanindianservices.org/
  • Deadline: May 1, 2017
Women's Academic and Athletic Scholarship Scripps Ranch Women's Athletic Club
San Diego-Edinburgh Sister City Society Scottish Ancestry Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Of Scottish ancestry
  • Will attend a two- or four-year college or university in the Fall of 2017
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Letter of recommendation
  • List involvement in extracurricular activities, community service, and leadership positions
  • Demonstrate involvement in Scottish activities
  • 250-500 word essay: "Describe, from above, your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to your Scottish roots and future goals"
  • $500 scholarship
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/Scottish Ancestry Scholarship Application.pdf
  • Deadline: May 1, 2017
Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority, Inc. SDSU

B. Davis Scholarship
Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program
  • Junior or senior
  • Write an essay describing "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 scholarship
  • Application and info at: http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm
  • Deadline: June 12, 2017

The Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest

  • Senior
  • Will attend a two- or four-year college or university or trade school in the Fall of 2017
  • US citizen
  • Create a 3 minute maximum public service advertisement video which raises awareness about texting and driving
  • $500 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://www.andrewflusche.com/scholarship/
  • Deadline: June 30, 2017

Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship

  • Class of 2018 athlete
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Participate in one of 47 sports recognized by the IOC or the National Federation of State High School Association, or MMHS-see the Wendy's website listed below for the 47 sports
  • Demonstrate leadership in school and in the community
  • Multiple scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/application/
  • Deadline: Phase 1 October 2, 2017 by 3 PM PT
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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