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Financial Aid and Scholarships

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 your High School Counselor.


  • Be organized! Stay on top of deadlines, gather all relevant documents, and make copies of everything you submit. Use a month calendar to write down deadlines and plan the dates you are going to complete and submit your applications.
  • Follow instructions. Some scholarships may require letters of recommendation or a written essay. Proofread and review everything you submit. Typos and/or missing materials could cost you a scholarship!
  • Beware of scholarship scams. Scholarships don’t require application fees or your credit card/bank account information! Don’t believe them!! Not all scholarship services and scholarship providers are out to help students. 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!

Types of Scholarships:

1.       Merit-based

   Based on a student's academic, artistic, athletic or other abilities, and often factor in an applicant's extracurricular activities and community service record. The most common merit-based scholarships recognize academic achievement or high scores on standardized tests.

2.       Need-based

 Based on the student and family's financial record and will require applicants to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify if the scholarship is a federal award.

3.       Student-specific

Applicants must initially qualify by gender, race, religion, family and medical history, or many other student-specific factors.

4.       Community Service

 Based on a student’s past involvement in his/her community.

Financial Aid Resources

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Guide To Financial Aid

Cal Grant Website

Fund Your Future booklet

Scholarships Resources


Scholarship: Fast Web

Scholarship: Fast Aid


San Diego Foundation Scholarship (one application that allows you to apply for multiple scholarships)


College and University 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."


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Program


Will enroll in an accredited four-year college or university in the Fall of 2020

Minimum 3.5 GPA

Official transcript

SAT combined score of 1200 or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above

Demonstrate unmet financial need

Two letters of recommendation

Written responses about your academic and personal experiences

Application and info at: http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/college-scholarship/

Deadline: November 13, 2019


 Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders


Have at least one parent of Hispanic descent

Will attend a two- or four-year college or university full-time

US citizen or legal permanent resident


Demonstrate leadership potential

250-500 word- personal statement relating to your background such as family, work experience, and relevant activities

500-750-word essay on leadership


3 letters of recommendation

3 $1,000 scholarships awarded

Application and info at: https://form.jotform.com/90506469376163

Deadline: November 30, 2019


Dell Scholars Scholarship


Going to attend 2 or 4 year college after high school

Dell Scholars are students who demonstrate desire and ability to overcome barriers and to achieve their goals.

Must have overcome obstacles to pursue education.

Must have been participating in a Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approved college readiness program for a minimum of two years.

Minimum 2.4 GPA.

Must be entering into a bachelor's degree program in the fall directly after graduating high school.

Recipients receive $20,000 over six years.

Application and info at https://www.dellscholars.org/scholarship/

Deadline: December 1, 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


The Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest


Will attend a college, university, or trade school in the Fall of 2020

US citizen or lawful resident

Maximum 3 minute video uploaded to YouTube about "avoiding distracted driving"

$500 scholarship

Application and info at: https://www.andrewflusche.com/scholarship/

Deadline: December 30, 2019


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:   December 31, March 31, June 30, September 30


Skin Care Ox: Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women



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: and January 1, March 31, June 30, September 30, 


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."


Application and info at: http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.php

Deadline: June 12, 2020