Scholarships

Local Scholarship Opportunities

CalOptima Scholarship

  • Deadline: April 26, 2019
  • Award Amount: $500 
  • *One of the first place essays will also be entered into the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) national scholarship program for the opportunity to win an additional $5,000. 
  • To be eligible, the applicant must:

- Be a current CalOptima member or live with an immediate family member who is a CalOptima member. CalOptima employees, their children and previous scholarship winners are not eligible.

- Be accepted by or enrolled in an accredited university, college, technical or vocational school, and attending classes no later than December 31, 2019.

- Demonstrate the intent to pursue a career in health care or social services.

 

CalOptima Scholarship Essay Contest

CalOptima is pleased to offer a scholarship opportunity to reflect our commitment to Orange County. We welcome entries from students pursuing careers in health care or social services. High school seniors and adult learners may apply. Scholarships will be awarded to two students.

 

The deadline to submit this application is Friday, April 26. The application is available here. It must be postmarked by the deadline or hand delivered before 5 p.m. on June 8 to CalOptima’s offices.

Assistance League - Orange

  • assistanceleague.org
  • Deadline: March 23, 2019
  • Award Amount: $500 to $3,000
  • Eligibility Requirements
    • A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
    • Must have graduated from an Orange Unified School District high school.
    • Must be planning to attend an accredited college, university, community college or trade or technical school as a full time student in the fall of 2019.
    • All applicants must complete the application.
  • Scholarship Information:
    • Assistance League of Orange recognizes outstanding graduating seniors by offering individual scholarships based on the following criteria: a student’s academic achievements, financial need, high school activities, extracurricular activities, community service, and leadership qualities. In addition, specific scholarships are dedicated to those students who are pursuing certain areas of future study. All of these awards are to encourage students who have the potential to make a difference in our community and the nation. Members of Assistance League of Orange and other local Assistance Leagues and Auxiliaries and their immediate and extended families are not eligible to apply.
  • more details at https://www.assistanceleague.org/orange/philanthropic-programs/scholarships/

Community Foundation of Orange STEM Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 31st, 2019

Award Amount: $1,000

The fund will award 5 scholarships of $1,000 each to an Orange Unified School District high school senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in one of the STEM Majors: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. Priority will be given to those who have demonstrated community service involvement in the City of Orange.

 

Criteria and Guidelines for Application
 

  • Must be a high school senior with at least a cumulative 3.5 GPA
  • Must submit scholarship application (link below)no later than March 31st, 2019
  • Applicants should demonstrate math and/or science interest and skill through SAT/ACT scores and/or strong grades in appropriate high school classes
  • Submit a 250 word personal essay describing career goals related to the STEM majors, and demonstrate a passion for his/her chosen career
  • Minimum of one reference from an OUSD math/science/STEM teacher. Up to two additional references may be submitted

TO APPLY CLICK HERE: https://www.communityfoundationoforange.org/community-scholarship-program.html

 

Junior League of Orange Scholarship

  • https://www.jlocc.org/community/scholarships/
  • Award Amount: Up to $2500
  • Deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Eligibility Requirements
    • Currently a graduating high school senior or a post-secondary student
    • High school or post-secondary grade point average of 3.0 or above
    • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States
    • Pending acceptance to a post-secondary institution (required for receipt of scholarship)
    • Agreement to attend the JLOCC June 2018 meeting to accept any award or send an appropriate designee (parent, executive director of the project/program, foster parent, etc.)
    • Scholars should be willing to update the JLOCC about their academic experience by May 2019
    • Scholars must use the funds awarded within one calendar year from the official award date
  • Application must include:
    • Completed application form
    • Transcripts
    • Letter of recommendation from a counselor, teacher, or academic advisor
    • Letter of recommendation from someone not related to you
  • Submit to scholarships@jlocc.org

AA Lares Insurance Scholarship Program

  • https://laresinsurance.com/scholarships
  • Award Amount: Up to $1000
  • Deadline: May 1, 2019
  • Eligibility Requirements
    • Applicants must be a High School Senior with a 3.0 or higher GPA
    • Applicants must show proof of acceptance to an accredited university, college, or trade-school for the 2019-2020 school year, and plan on attending at least a half-time basis (minimum 6 credits)
    • Submission of a personal biography and contact information (Name, phone number, email)
    • Submission of High School transcript and resume. 
  • Written Requirement:
    • Please respond to the following questions in 200-350 words, submitted in either Word Doc or PDF format.
      • Why are you pursuing high education?
      • Who will benefit from your education?
  • Submission for your application should be sent all at once, with your first and last name in the subject line to aalares@laresinsurance.com
  • Submit to https://laresinsurance.com/scholarships

The 2019 Mega Bank Scholarship Program

http://apcf.org/2019-mega-bank-scholarship-program/

Scholarship Information:
Mega Bank is committed to supporting economically-challenged youth residing in its business service territories to fulfill their dreams of obtaining a higher education.

Award Amount: $1,000

Application Deadline: 11:59 pm – Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Eligibility:

 High school seniors who reside in Los Angeles County and Orange County, California.
 Plan to attend a U.S. Accredited 4-Year College/ University or a Community College in the state of California as a 1st year student in the Fall of 2019 (if selected, must submit college acceptance letter for verification)
 Have a minimum cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 3.0
 Have a household income at or below the Low Income Level (Must be able to show 2017 or 2018 tax return should applicant be selected for award.)
 The scholarship is open to ALL MAJORS and there is NO ETHNICITY REQUIREMENT
 Employees of Mega Bank and their immediate family members are NOT eligible to apply
Application Requirements:
 Application Form
 Recommender Form from a Community Service Advisor
 Official High School Transcript

 

The scholarship awards will only be used to cover the cost of tuition for attending a college/university.
What is considered cost of tuition varies by institution.

For more information and to apply, please visit:
http://apcf.org/2019-mega-bank-scholarship-program/

All materials must be RECEIVED by 11:59 pm – Wednesday, March 27th. Anything received (whether mailed, emailed, or faxed) past that date and time will not be considered, regardless of postmark.

Questions or inquiries?
Contact by phone: (213) 624-6400 ext. 6
or by email: scholarships@apcf.org

The Asian Pacific Community Fund

  • http://www.apcf.org/programs/scholarships/
  • Award Amount: Up to $105,000 in awards given.
  • Deadline: March 27, 2019
  • The Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) is excited to partner with local donors to offer scholarship programs annually to financially assist students in their pursuit of higher education. Through a competitive process, scholarship recipients are selected by a review committee based on academic merits, community involvement, leadership skills as well as recommendation from a mentor. Many of our scholarship programs are intended to support low-income youth, and several programs encourage students to study locally at a community college or state university.
  • For all the scholarship avalible through the Asian Pacific Community Fund please click on the website link below. 
  •  http://www.apcf.org/programs/scholarships

Asian Pacific Fund

  • www.asianpacificfund.org/scholarships
  • Deadline: February 26, 2019
  • SHUI KUEN & ALLEN CHIN SCHOLARSHIP 
    • Amount Awarded: $1,000
    • Past/Present Worker in Asian Restaurant (or Child of), Open to ALL Ethnicities.
    • Record of Community Advocacy & Social Justice Work.
    • Incoming Freshmen or Current Undergraduate at a 2-year or 4-year College/University in 2018-19.
    • Financial Need. 
  • BANATAO FAMILY FILIPINO AMERICAN EDUCATION FUND
    • ​​​​​​​Amount Awarded: $5,000
    • At least 50% Filipino heritage
    • Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Environmental or Physical Science Major. 
    • Incoming Freshmen
    • Financial Need.
  • LAPIZ FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
    • ​​​​​​​Amount Awarded: $2,000
    • Past/Present Farm or Migrant Farm Worker (or child of).
    • Incoming Freshmen or Current Undergraduate at a UC.
    • Financial Need.
  • ASIAN PACIFIC FUND SCHOLARSHIP
    • ​​​​​​​$2,500 - $5,000
    • At least 50% Asian heritage. 
    • Minimum of 2.8 GPA
    • Incoming Freshman 
    • Financial Need. 
    • ​​​​​​​Resident of California. 

Cal Aggie Alumni Association Leadership Scholarship

DEADLINE: May 1, 2019

Amount Awarded: $10,000

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

A) Possess no less than an unweighted cumulative (grades 9-12) grade point average of 3.50.

B) Plan to enter UC Davis for Fall 2019 from a high school in California, Oregon or Washington.

 

Applications can be found by going to:

https://scholarshipbuddycalifornia.com/scholarships/76131/cal-aggie-alumni-association-leadership-scholarship

California Bachelor of Science Nursing Scholarship

DEADLINE: April 2, 2019

Amount Awarded: $10,000

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

A) Be currently accepted or enrolled in a bachelor’s degree nursing program in California.

B) Have a GPA of 2.0 or greater and graduate after June 30, 2019

Applications can be found by going to:

https://scholarshipbuddycalifornia.com/scholarships/75597/california-bachelor-of-science-nursing-scholarship

 

Grand Chapter of California Scholarship

DEADLINE: March 15, 2019

Amount Awarded: $5,000

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

A) Be a graduating High School student, current college student, or member of the Order of the Eastern Star, who will be attending a college, university or community college in the fall.

 

Applications can be found by going to:

https://scholarshipbuddycalifornia.com/scholarships/76536/grand-chapter-of-california-scholarship

MSI - SCHOLARSHIP

APPLY ONLINE: www.fullerton.edu/MSI

MSI - SUCCESS SCHOLARS SCHOLARSHIP

Selected scholars will receive a one-year merit scholarship of $3,000 each academic year starting with the 2018-2018 academic year. This scholarship is a 4-year renewable scholarship, capped at $3,000 per year (for a total not to exceed $12,000). The MSI Success Scholars Initiative is geared to support (15) incoming freshmen men of color to enrich their student experiences, support the retention of men of color at CSUF, and help to alleviate academic related financial barriers.  

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

  • Apply and qualify for admissions to Cal State Fullerton as a first-time Freshmen.
  • Demonstrate high motivation and academic potential to succeed in college. 
  • Be classified as a California resident by Cal State Fullerton's Admissions and Records.
  • Must apply for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the support and needs of underrepresented student groups. 

APPLICATION AWARD:

  • $3,000 each recipient ($1,500 per semester).

 

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship

General Information

Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed.

The winner(s) of this annual scholarship will receive their award within 2 weeks of the listed deadline. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions as well as the school they are currently attending.

Deadline and Eligibility

RENEWED DEADLINE: June 14, 2019 
AWARD VALUE: $1,000

The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution.

Application Procedure for 2019

To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Your submissions must be sent to us by email at: scholarships at abbottandfenner.com

Topic:

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.

For more details and to apply go to: http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.php

National Scholarship Opportunities

B Davis Scholarship

  • Deadline: May 24, 2019
  • Award Amount: $1000
  • Must plan to enroll in any post-secondary institution
  • Essay: Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual. 
  • Link

Big Sun Athletics

  • Deadline: June 19, 2019
  • Award Amount: $500
  • All student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in or the capacity in which they participate. The student must be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute.
  • Answer the following in an essay (500-1000 words):
    • How did your participation in sports during your high school years influence you?
    • Has your participation influenced your career goals?
    • Has your participation influenced how you relate to your family?
  • Link

Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship

This scholarship is for the innovators, creators and dreamers who want to share his/her passion and receive support to pursue this passion through a higher educational outlet. This is not needs or obstacle based; it is a passion based scholarship program.

  • Website: https://www.tacobellfoundation.org/live-mas-scholarship/
  • Deadline: February 21, 2019
  • Requirements:
    • Plan to attend a two- or four-year college, university, vocational-technical, and/or trade school.
    • Be a legal U.S. resident
    • Be between the ages of 16 and 24
  • Instructions: Submit an original video that tells us the story of your real, driving passion. It could be a short film, animation or just a simple testimonial. Your video must be 2 minutes or less and must be no larger than 1 GB to ensure it’s easy to upload to the application. See the Terms & Conditions for additional Application Guidelines.
  • FAQs

 

Italian Catholic Federation

  • https://www.icf.org/scholarships/
  • Award Amount: Up to $400
  • Deadline: March 15, 2019
  • About the Scholarship
    • Since 1964, the Italian Catholic Federation has awarded over $2,000,000.00 in scholarships to more than 6,000 high school students, of the Catholic faith, attending college.

      Each spring, the Italian Catholic Federation receives nearly 400 applications for its yearly scholarship awards. Applications are received from students in public as well as Catholic high schools in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Illinois.

  • Eligibility Requirements
    • Students must achieve a total cumulative GPA (3½ years) of at least 3.2 and meet one of the following:
    • Are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent and live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada, only where Branches of the Federation are established; or,
    • Are Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian Descent or live where Branches of the Federation are established if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is a member of the “Italian Catholic Federation.”
  • Applications will be judge and evaluated on the following:
    • Scholastic Achievement – TOTAL CUMULATIVE GPA (3½ years) and CLASS RANK
    • Financial Need
    • Leadership Role
    • Extracurricular Activities and Charitable Efforts
    • Family Membership/Activities in the I.C.F. (if applicable)
    • Letter of recommendation from a counselor, teacher, or academic advisor
    • Letter of recommendation from someone not related to you
  • For the application details and to submit your application go to https://www.icf.org/scholarships/

KEYVAN SAMINI SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

  • https://keyvansaminischolarship.com/keyvan-samini-scholarship-information
  • Award Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: February 15th, 2019
  • About the Scholarship
    • The Keyvan Samini Scholarship Program awards two $1,000 merit-based scholarships. Students are
      recognized for their capacity to achieve academically, as well as to lead and serve. High school
      seniors who will be attending college in the fall of 2019 are eligible for the scholarship.
  • Eligibility Requirements
    • You must be a United States citizen, national, or permanent legal resident.
    • You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.
    • You must not have received any final grade of “C-“ or less in any course in which you have
      been enrolled on or January 1, 2012.
    • You must be enrolled as either an undergraduate or a graduate student at an accredited
      college or university in the United States for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Cathay Bank Foundation Scholarship Program

http://apcf.org/2019-cathay-bank-scholarship-program

Scholarship Information:
Cathay Bank Foundation is committed to supporting youth residing in its business service territories to fulfill their
dreams of obtaining a higher education.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Eligibility:
▪ High school seniors residing in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey,
New York, Texas, and Washington
▪ Plan to attend a U.S. Accredited 4-Year College/University or a Community College in the state of
California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, or Washington as a
1st year student in the Fall of 2019 (if selected, must provide college acceptance letter for verification)
▪ A minimum cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 3.0
▪ A household income at or below the Low Income Level (if selected, must provide 2017 or 2018 tax return
for verfication)
▪ Open to ALL MAJORS and there is no ethnicity requirement
▪ Employees of Cathay Bank and their immediate family members are NOT eligible
Application Requirements:
▪ Application Form
▪ Recommender Form from a Community Service Advisor
▪ Official High School Transcript
The scholarship awards will only be used to cover the cost of tuition for attending a
college/university, as defined by the institution attended.
For more information and to apply, please visit:
http://apcf.org/2019-cathay-bank-scholarship-program
All materials must be RECEIVED by 11:59 p.m. PST, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Anything
received (whether mailed, emailed, or faxed) past that date and time will not be considered,
regardless of postmark.

Questions or inquiries?
Contact by phone: (213) 624-6400, ext. 6 or by email: scholarships@apcf.org

TASF Scholarship Fund

www.TAScholarshipFund.org

Scholarship Information:
The Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund is focused on helping economically-challenged Taiwanese American
youth fulfill their dreams of obtaining higher education. The scholarship is open to high school seniors planning to
attend college in the Fall of 2019 and 1st year college students continuing their education in the Fall of 2019.

Deadline: 11:59pm – Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Eligibility:
• United States citizen or US Permanent Resident (holders of a Permanent Resident Card)
AND direct blood descendant of a Taiwanese citizen
• High school senior or 1st year college student residing in the United States
• Plan to attend a University or College as a 1st or 2nd year student in the Fall of 2019
(If selected, high school seniors must submit college acceptance letter for verification.)
• Have a minimum cumulative unweighted high school/college GPA of 3.0
• Have a household income at or below the Federal/State/County Low Income Level
(Must be able to show 2017 or 2018 tax return should applicant be selected for award.)
• The scholarship is open to ALL MAJORS
All awardees must submit a short YouTube video. Detailed instructions will be provided to
awardees at a later time.
Application Requirements:
• Online Application Form
• Three References
• Official Transcript
The scholarship awards will only be used to cover the cost of attending a University or College.
What is considered cost of attendance varies by institution.
For more information and to apply, please visit:
www.TAScholarshipFund.org
All materials must be RECEIVED by 11:59pm –Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Anything received (whether
mailed, emailed, or faxed) past that date and time will not be considered, regardless of postmark.

 

Questions or inquiries?
(213) 624-6400 ext. 6 or info@tascholarshipfund.org

The 2019 Royal Business Bank Scholarship Program

http://apcf.org/2019-royal-business-bank-scholarship-program/

Scholarship Information:
Royal Business Bank is committed to supporting economically-challenged youth residing in its business service territories to fulfill their dreams of obtaining a higher education.
 

Application Deadline: 11:59 pm – Wednesday, March 27, 2019
 

Eligibility:
• High school seniors who reside in the East Coast – (New York City): New York County, King County,
Queens County, and Richmond County or the West Coast – (South California and Nevada): Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, and Clark County-Nevada
• Plan to attend a U.S. Accredited 4-Year College/University or California/Nevada/New York Community College as a 1st year student in the Fall of 2019 (if selected, must submit college acceptance letter for verification)
• Have a minimum cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 3.0
• Have a household income at or below the County Low Income Level (Must be able to show 2017 or 2018 tax return should applicant be selected for award.)
• The scholarship is open to ALL MAJORS and there is NO ETHNICITY REQUIREMENT
• Employees of Royal Business Bank and their immediate family members are NOT eligible to apply
Application Requirements:
• Application Form
• Recommender Form from a Community Service Advisor
• Official High School Transcript

The scholarship awards will only be used to cover the cost of tuition for attending a college/university.

What is considered cost of tuition varies by institution.

For more information and to apply, please visit:
http://apcf.org/2019-royal-business-bank-scholarship-program/

All materials must be RECEIVED by 11:59 pm – Wednesday, March 27th. Anything received (whether mailed, emailed, or faxed) past that date and time will not be considered, regardless of postmark.

Questions or inquiries?
Contact by phone: (213) 624-6400 ext. 6
or by email: scholarships@apcf.org

META Scholarship Application for 2019-2020

https://meta-foundation.org/scholarship-program/scholarship-program/overview.html

META Scholarships are as follows:

Platinum Scholarship:  This scholarship provides up to $6,000, payable over four years, to entering college freshmen attending four-year colleges and universities.

Gold Scholarship:  This scholarship provides up to $2,000, payable over four years, to either four-year college or university students or to community college students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution in the fall.

Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a META scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

1. Must be applying, accepted or enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education as a full-time undergraduate student pursuing an academic discipline.

2. Students enrolled in community or junior colleges are also eligible to apply provided they intend to enroll in a four-year accredited institution in Fall 2019 and plan to complete a bachelor's degree.

3. Must have a 3.00 GPA and be in good academic standing.

4. Must be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident of Hispanic origin

5. Must be graduating (or have graduated) from a high school in Southern California

6.  Must have financial need

7. Preference is given to students who have demonstrated leadership or mentoring qualities through their record of involvement and participation in activities in school or in their communities.

High School Seniors:  Click here for the link to the application.

 

New Panel

You Deserve It Scholarship

DEADLINE: February 28, 2019

Amount Awarded: $1,000

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

A) Be at least 13 years old and enrolled or plan to enroll in a college or university in the US.

B) Be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico.

 

Applications can be found by going to:

https://scholarshipbuddycalifornia.com/scholarships/81763/clarion-scholarship

SP High School Scholarship

DEADLINE: March 31, 2019

Amount Awarded: $10,000

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

A) Be at least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the US.

B) Be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico.

 

Applications can be found by going to:

https://scholarshipbuddycalifornia.com/scholarships/81765/sp-high-school-scholarship

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