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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:



JFS-David Rubenstein Memorial Scholarship

  • Senior
  • Will attend an approved college, university, technical or vocation school full-time in the US in the Fall of 2018
  • Jewish
  • US citizen or documented legal permanent US resident
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Transcript
  • Demonstrated financial contribution towards education (i.e. part time work)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • 500-1,000 word essay; see application for specific prompt
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Up to 20 scholarships awarded up to $2,500
  • Application and info at: http://www.jfssd.org/site/PageServer?pagename=programs_youth_rubenstein_scholarship
  • Deadline: April 20, 2018
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 May 5th in Rancho Bernardo
  • 6 candidates receiving highest combined points perform either June 9th or 10th
  • Six scholarship awards totaling at least $10,000
  • 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/
  • Deadline: April 21, 2018
The Brown Family Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend a college or university in the Fall of 2018
  • Must have performed at least 20 hours of community service within the last two years
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Held a leadership position or demonstrated leadership either with an organization or activity at MMHS or within the Mira Mesa Community
  • 500 words essay relating to community service
  • Two $1,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/Brown Family Scholarship 2018.docx
  • Deadline: Submit completed application and all accompanying documents to Mrs. Blanchard in the Counseling Office by 3 PM April 27, 2018
MMHS Farmer's Market Scholarship
Mira Mesa High School Foundation Scholarship
Mira Mesa Women's Club Scholarship
San Diego Society African American Alumni Association Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Of African American descent
  • Will attend a two- or four-year college or university or a trade/vocational school in the Fall of 2018
  • Transcript
  • List school activities and/or community service
  • 1 page maximum essay that addresses "personal achievements you've had, your future and educational career goals, along with the reason why you believe you should be awarded this scholarship"
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/SDSAAAA Scholarship Application.pdf
  • Deadline: April 30, 2018
Cirkled In Scholarship
  • Grades 8-12
  • "In a few sentences, tell us about a talent or skill you have that, if it were in the Olympics, you would win gold."
  • $2,500 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://www.cirkledin.com/scholarship.html
  • Deadline: April 30, 2018
Society of Women Engineers Scholarship
San Diego-Edinburgh Sister City Society Schooish Ancestry Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Of Scottish ancestry
  • Will attend a two- or four-year college or university in the Fall of 2018
  • 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 the above, your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to y our Scottish roots and future goals
  • $750 scholarship
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/Scottish Ancestry 2018 Scholarship Application.pdf
  • Deadline: May 1, 2018
The San Diego Alumni Chapter Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Scholarship
  • Senior 
  • African American male
  • Will attend a four-year college or university in the Fall of 2018
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • ACT and/or SAT scores
  • 2 letters of recommendation: 1 from a school staff member; 1 from a person in the community
  • 1-page personal statement that "highlights your views on current issues that are important to you which outlines your motivation to seek higher education"
  • Application and info at: http://www.sandiegokappas.org/programs-c1aoj
  • Deadline: Postmarked May 1, 2018
San Diego Education Association Dependent Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Dependent of a current member of either the San Diego Education Association, California Teacher's Association, or National Education Association
  • Demonstrate involvement in the school and/or community
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Transcript
  • 200 word maximum statement discussing "how continuing your studies will help you in the classroom and/or in your personal life"
  • Multiple scholarships awarded in varying amounts
  • Application and info at: http://www.sdea.net/membership/scholarships/
  • Deadline: Submit completed application and all accompanying materials to the SDEA office by May 4, 2018 by 5 PM
Mira Mesa Town Council/Verne Goodwin Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Mira Mesa resident
  • Will attend a college, university, or trade school in the fall
  • 400 word maximum essay relating to your community service
  • Letter of reference from someone who oversaw your community service
  • Letter of recommendation from a school faculty member or a community leader 
  • Three $1,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: https://www.miramesatowncouncil.org/scholarship/
  • Deadline: May 11, 2018
Bea Gonzales Biliteracy Scholarship
Kids Chance California Scholarship
  • Students 16-25
  • Have had a parent who was killed or seriously injured as a result of a work related accident that meets the criteria for the California Workers' Compensation Act
  • California resident
  • Will be enrolled, accepted or applying for acceptance as a full-time or part-time student at a university, college. or technical school
  • Demonstrate need-must submit FAFSA or Dream Act
  • Transcript
  • Brief description of accident
  • Essay/statement regarding your goals
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Multiple scholarships awarded ranging from $1,000-$10,000
  • Application and info at: https://www.kidschanceca.org/scholarships.html
  • Deadline: May 15, 2018
Hight Family Foundation Scholarship
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
Pureland Supply Vocational and Skilled Trade Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend an accredited community college, vocational college, technical school, or trade school to learn a trade
  • Transcript
  • One page essay relating to your chosen trade
  • Letter of recommendation
  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://www.purelandsupply.com/t-scholarship.aspx
  • 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
Horatio Alger Career and Technical Scholarship Program
Skin Care Ox: Beauty + Welness Scholarship for Women
  • Senior
  • Female
  • Will attend college in the Fall of 2018
  • 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
  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://www.skincareox.com/scholarship/#scholarship-application
  • Deadline: March 31, June 30, September 30, and January 1
SeniorAdvice.com Senior Caregiver Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend a two- or four-year college or university in the Fall of 2018
  • Must have involved in caregiving for a family member or friend
  • Transcript
  • In a video format submit a three minute maximum video relating to caregiving
  • $2,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://www.senioradvice.com/senior-caregiver-scholarship-fall-2018
  • Deadline: July 15, 2018
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, 2018
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
AES Scholarship
  • Class of 2019
  • Not required to take engineering courses to be eligible for the scholarship
  • 500-1,000 word essay that addresses: "When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?"
  • $500 scholarship
  • Application and info at: http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm
  • Deadline: October 6, 2018

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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