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:
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.
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.
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
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
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"
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
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
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