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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:


The Diversity Advancement Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Planning to enroll in a NAAB-accredited architecture degree program
  • Are a minority-see organization website for a listing of their qualifications for a minority
  • NAAB-accredited programs may be a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree, or a four-year pre-professional bachelor degree followed by a Master of Architecture degree
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Resume
  • Personal essay relating to your desire to be an architect
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 2 examples of your creative work 
  • Estimated college expenses (requires you to submit FAFSA)
  • $20,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://architectsfoundation.org/what-we-do/architecturescholarships/the-diversity-advancement-scholarship/
  • Deadline: January 17, 2018
Coolidge Scholarship
  • Junior
  • 2-3 full merit scholarship awarded to be used at any accredited American university in the Fall of 2019
  • US citizen or legal permanent resident
  • 2 essays-one relating to Calvin Coolidge
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Application and info at: https://coolidgescholars.org/
  • Deadline: January 24, 2018 5 PM eastern standard time
The San Diego Foundation Common Scholarship Application
  • Senior
  • Demonstrate a commitment to your education
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate participation in community service, extracurricular activities, and/or work experience
  • Financial need including middle income families
  • Scholarships range from $1,000-$5,000
  • With one application, your information will be submitted to over 100 scholarship committees
  • Application and info at: https://www.sdfoundation.org/students/community-scholarship-program/
  • Deadline: February 1, 2018
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 your 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
The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend an accredited and approved four-year institution in the US
  • US citizen
  • Show leadership potential
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Minimum SAT score of 1,000 or ACT score of 21
  • Multiple scholarships awarded up to $7,000 
  • Application and info at: https://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/
  • 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
Brad Folwer Memorial Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Demonstrate athletic achievement and participation in organized sports
  • Will enroll in a two- or four-year college or university
  • Has overcome personal obstacles and troubles in life associated with drugs or alcohol
  • Demonstrate leadership ability, personal responsibility, and academic growth
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, or counselor
  • 500 word personal statement relating to sports and personal obstacles
  • $5,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: http://www.sdhoc.com/community/brad-fowler-memorial-scholarship
  • Deadline: Postmarked February 23, 2018
Asian Pacific Fund Scholarship Program
  • Senior
  • Of any ethnic background
  • Will attend a college or university full-time in the Fall of 2018
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • US citizen or US permanent resident unless otherwise stated
  • Varying monetary awards ranging from $1,000-$20,000
  • Multiple scholarships available through this website
  • Application and info at: http://asianpacificfund.org/what-we-do/scholarships/
  • Deadline: February 23, 2018
San Diego Education Fund Educators Rising Teacher Scholarship
  • Senior in the San Diego Unified School District (including charter schools)
  • Plan to pursue a career in teaching
  • Plan to attend a community or four-year college in San Diego county
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate involvement in school and community activities
  • Application and info at: https://www.sdef.org
  • Deadline: February 28, 2018
San Diego Education Fund STEM Scholarship
  • Senior in the San Diego Unified School District (including charter schools)
  • Plan to attend a college or university in San Diego county and major in science, technology, engineering, or math
  • Demonstrate academic excellence in math and science
  • Meet UC/CSU admissions requirements
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate involvement in school and community activities
  • Recommendations
  • Multiple $2,500 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: https://www.sdef.org
  • Deadline: February 28, 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
Change a Life Foundation Scholarship
  • Senior in a San Diego County public high school
  • Will enroll in a four-year college or university
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Minimum 1060 SAT score or minimum 21 ACT score
  • Must be enrolled in and/or have passed AP courses
  • Must be at or below HUD income guidelines: see organization website for guidelines
  • US citizen or permanent legal resident
  • Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities such as school activities, community involvement, and/or employment
  • Minimum 40 hours of community service from 9th grade to first semester of 12th grade
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Scholarship will cover any unmet need
  • Application and info at: http://changealife.org/scholarship-program/apply/
  • Deadline: March 1, 2018
Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship
  • Senior
  • 2 options to qualify: are Roman Catholic 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 (ICF)
  • 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 2018
  • 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, 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
Lighthouse Guild Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend an accredited college or university
  • 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 up to $20,000
  • Application and info at: http://www.lighthouseguild.org/programs-services/scholarships/
  • Deadline: March 31, 2018
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
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
Patricia Ann Eckelman Nursing Scholarship
National Naval Officers Association Camp Pendleton/Miramar Chapter Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend an accredited four-year college or university in the Fall of 2018
  • 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 relating to cultural awareness and diversity
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 50% of total applicants selected for the chapter scholarship will be military dependents of enlisted US Marines or US Naval Sailors
  • Application and info at: http://www.nnoa-camppendleton.org/SCHOLARSHIPS.html
  • Deadline: April 15, 2018
Society of Women Engineers Scholarship
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
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
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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