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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Scholarship Information

Throughout the year, the College & Career Center will have available new scholarship information. To request an application, please visit  Mrs. Dielacher in the Counseling office. 

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

California Student Aid Commission

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ECHS Brag Sheet

When requesting a Letter of Recommendation from your Counselor or Teacher, please complete the ECHS brag sheet!

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Bay Area Gardeners Scholarship Foundation

The BAGSF Scholarship is open to students residing in the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara. Since 2006, BAGSF has awarded 202 scholarships to students from diverse backgrounds and economic situations. Through education, students are searching a way to better their future and their families.

 

This year BAGSF will award thirty scholarships of $2,000; two of the thirty recipients who display community involvement and who are excelling academically will receive an additional $1,000. The BAGSF scholarship is open to high schools seniors expected to graduate in spring of 2017, high school graduates, GED recipients, and students attending college. This scholarship is renewable new and past applicants can apply each year. All applicants must apply using the most current year’s scholarship application form. 2017 recipients will be awarded Saturday July 8th.

 

BAGSF 2017 Application now OPEN!

 

Click HERE for more information and to see if you qualify!!!

 

Society of Womens Engineers Scholarship

Each year, the Golden Gate Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE-GGS) awards a number of scholarships to young Bay Area women graduating from high school and going on to pursue degrees in engineering and other related degrees. Our section has one of the top SWE scholarship programs in the nation, awarding more than $18,000 last year to local students.

Applications are judged on a set of diverse criteria that seeks to find highly qualified and well-rounded individuals with serious commitment to pursuing engineering as a profession. Applications are evaluated on:

  • Scholastic achievement (G.P.A.)
  • Activities including work experience, volunteer efforts, and extracurricular activities especially with demonstrated leadership
  • An essay by student
  • Reference letters (2) from teachers, counselors, employers
  • Financial need
  • Completeness of application​

 

Application Process

 

Scholarship applications are mailed to Bay Area high school in January and/or can be downloaded below. Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 24, 2017
 
Click HERE for Application!!
Selected students are notified of a scholarship award in early May and receive recognition at the annual Golden Gate Section banquet held in May 2017.

Questions? Contact Grace O'Connell at g.oconnell@berkeley.edu or 917-940-0479.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a SWE-GGS scholarship, applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Female
  • Living or attending school in the boundaries of the Golden Gate Section (includes San Francisco, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, San Mateo counties and parts of Contra Costa and Alameda counties). See document below for eligible zip codes.
  • Graduating senior going on to pursue degree at four-year college or university in engineering or computer science. We will no longer be accepting applications for seniors pursuing mathematics or science degrees.

2017 Student-View Scholarship Program

The Student-View Scholarship is a unique opportunity for high school seniors.
It is open to all students regardless of academic achievement or financial need.

Student Insights will award the following prizes: (Select your state below to apply)

  • One (1) individual prize of a $4,000 scholarship.
  • Two (2) individual prize of a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Ten (10) individual prizes, consisting of $500 scholarships each
It is exceptionally easy to apply:

* NO minimum SAT or ACT score
* NO minimum grade point average
* NO lengthy, time-consuming paperwork
* NO essays
* NO application fees

Simply complete a 15-25 minute online survey about local colleges. You will then be automatically entered into a random drawing for a scholarship award.

 

DEADLINE: April 22, 2017

 

Click HERE to Apply!!

Attention Current Juniors: Questbridge College Prep Scholars Program

Want an advantage in the admissions process to top colleges and universities?

 

College Prep Scholars are among the nation’s brightest high school juniors who have demonstrated academic excellence despite facing economic challenges. Top colleges are looking for outstanding students like you, and the College Prep Scholars Program can give you an early advantage in the admissions process — now in your junior year.

 

The College Prep Scholars Program will provide you with everything you need to know about getting into a leading college with a full scholarship. As a College Prep Scholar, you will receive specialized guidance to develop a strong college application that shares your unique story.

 

ALL COLLEGE PREP SCHOLARS RECEIVE:

 

-An invitation to a Quest Bridge National College Admissions Conference: Learn from admissions officers at top colleges.

-The distinction of being a College Prep Scholar: Our college partners are among the nation’s best institutions, and they all identify College Prep Scholars as outstanding potential candidates to highly selective colleges.

-A head start on applying to college: Use your College Prep Scholars Program application to apply to top colleges through the National College Match in your senior year.

 

The College Prep Scholars Program is open to all high school juniors currently attending high school in the United States, regardless of their citizenship status.

 

TYPICAL COLLEGE PREP SCHOLARS:

 

-Earn mostly A’s in the most challenging courses available

-Come from families earning less than $65,000 annually (for a typical family of four) with minimal assets

-Are in the top 5-10% of their class

-Typically score greater than 1270 on the PSAT or SAT, or greater than 26 on the ACT

-May be eligible for free or reduced-price lunch

-May be among the 1st generation in their family to attend a four-year college

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

 

-Academic and financial information

-An essay and short answers

-Current high school transcript

-Letter of recommendation from a high school teacher

 

APPLY AT WWW.QUESTBRIDGE.ORG

South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

The South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce it's sponsorship of college scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to assist students to continue their academic and/or career pursuits. The award will be paid directly to the student.

 

Student Applicants must:

1. Be residents of South San Francisco

2. Be able to offer proof of registration in a college or institution of higher learning, including trade school

 

Candidates will be judged in the following areas:

1. Community Service or Involvement

2. Extra-curricular activities, including sports

3. Academic (GPA) and Career goals

4. Resume

5. Overcoming obstacles

6. An essay not more than 300 words (topics listed on application)

7. Copy of Transcript

 

Please submit completed application package no later than Monday, March 27th 2017 by 4pm to:

South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

213 Linden Ave

SSF, CA 94080

 

Please see Mrs. Dielacher in the Counseling office for application. 

 

2017 Al Teglia Jobs for Youth Scholarship

Scholarship Information

The Al Teglia Jobs for Youth Endowment Fund is a component of the Jobs for Youth program, which provides vocational and college scholarships. Each year, the program awards scholarships to deserving youth who would like to pursue their college/vocational education. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the annual Jobs for Youth Fundraising Breakfast on Thursday, May 25th at 7:30am at Foster City Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1221 Chess Drive.

*If awarded, scholarship recipients must submit additional documentation at time of scholarship offer and attend the event in order to receive their scholarship. No exceptions will be allowed.

Applicant eligibility

Applicants must be:

a) A San Mateo County resident

b) A current or past Jobs for Youth participant (between the ages 16- 21)

c) At least a current high school junior (11thgrade)

d) Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

Scholarship Application:

Submit application packet via email:

1. Cover page with name, phone number, address, birth date, school, graduation date, and email address.

2. Typed Essay that clearly addresses:

a) A clear vocational or educational focus

b) Accomplishments (school, job/volunteer, etc)

c) Hardships faced

d) Planned use of scholarship

e) Need for financial assistance

f) Two Letters of Recommendation

 

Essay requirements:

• 12-point font on Word document

• Minimum 500words.

•Double-spaced and typed.

 •Maximum 750 words.

 

*Scholarship essays will be evaluated based on the criteria above, 5 pts each section. Submitting a similar essay from previous years will not be accepted.

*Students with Individual Educational Plans (IEP) have the option of submitting a 2 ½ minute video application essay on a USB flash drive. IEP’s and reference letters must be emailed by the deadline date.

3. Two current professional reference letters (see back for details)

Note: Incomplete application packets will not be accepted.

Please email your completed essay and reference letters to one of the following offices:

PeninsulaWorks-Daly City/San Mateo

Marilou Macario Email:mmacario@smcgov.org

650-301-8434

PeninsulaWorks-Belmont/Redwood City

Bill Toth Email: Wtoth@smcgov.org

650-802-6534

 

Attention all Students: The Princeton Prize in Race Relations

What is the Princeton Prize in Race Relations?
Each year, Princeton University sponsors an awards program for high school students committed to advancing the cause of race relations within their communities. Winners receive a prize of $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Princeton University to attend the Princeton Prize Symposium on Race.

 

Why recognize race relations leadership
at the high school level?

There is perhaps no greater challenge facing our country than increasing understanding and cooperation among people of diverse racial backgrounds. We believe that high school students have a particularly important role to play in shaping the perspectives and conversations for an entire generation, and for making immediate, lasting, positive changes within their communities.

 

Who should apply for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations?
Any current 9th-12th grade student who in the past 12 months has been actively involved in a volunteer effort that has positively impacted race relations in his or her school or community is encouraged to apply. Students from participating geographic regions are eligible to win the Princeton Prize: students from other regions will be considered for a Certificate of Accomplishment.

 

What is the application process?
Students must complete and submit (online or by mail) Part I of a two-part application form available at www.princeton.edu/PPrize. Part II of the application must be submitted by the student’s supporter. Any adult (not related to the candidate) who is familiar with the activity may provide a supporting statement on behalf of the student. This includes teachers, advisers, community leaders, or religious leaders. Applications must be received by January 31.

The Upwind Foundation Scholarship * ATTENTION JUNIORS

Upwind Summer Scholarship Program Overview – Airplane and Helicopter

Our Goal

Provide ground and flight training to the successful candidate to become a Private Pilot during the summer between their junior and senior year.

Objectives

  1. Promote piloting and general aviation.
  2. Cultivate interest in aviation as a career

Candidate Requirements

Scholarship Candidates must:

  • Be a US citizen or legal resident
  • Be a high school student, at least 17 years of age at the time of the checkride (late August)
  • Have no criminal record prior to or during the program
  • Maintain good grades and academic standing throughout the period
  • Attend ground school classes
  • Obtain a third class medical examination prior to completing ground school
  • Participate in Upwind activities
  • Author short stories detailing progress throughout the program
  • Participate in the selection and mentoring of the next year’s candidate

Outline of Program

The entire program is provided free of charge to successful candidates. This includes:

  • Ground school instruction with all necessary materials, books, charts, and basic flight planning tools
  • Scheduling and completing the FAA written knowledge test
  • Scheduling and completing a third class medical examination
  • Flight instruction with certified instructors
  • Mentoring and guidance from other instructors and pilots
  • Phase checks at appropriate training milestones
  • Check ride with FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE)

How to Apply

To download the 2017 application, please visit the Applications section of this website and follow the submission instructions.

San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association Scholarship Program

Each year the SMCTLA sponsors three scholarships in the total amount of $5,000.00 (a $3,000.00 scholarship and two $1,000.00 scholarships) to high school seniors interested in careers in civil law or criminal justice. Notices about our scholarship program are distributed to all high schools in San Mateo County, and at each Mock Trial Competition, in January each year, with essays due in March. Scholarship recipients are presented with their scholarships at the Annual Law Day Luncheon.

 

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship please see Mrs. Dielacher for a paper application.

 

If you have any questions, or if you would like more information on the scholarship program, please contact the Scholarship Committee Chair, Jerry Robert Manos, at jmanos@manoscurl.com.

2017 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Scholarship

The 2017 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is please to announce the 30th year of their annual Scholarship program for graduation seniors of Japanese descent in Northern California. Please provide the following application to those graduating seniors that qualify for our consideration as. Recipient of the Cherry Blossom Festival Scholarship.

 

ELIGIBILITY:

Applicant must be a graduating senior of Japanese American descent at an accredited high school with a grade point average minimum of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0. Applicant should be actively involved in her or his local community.

 

AWARDS:

Students will be awarded scholarships on the basis of commitment to their community, written essays, academic achievement and personal character. Two winners will each receive $2,000 cash. Winners will participate in various Cherry Blossom Festival activities, including the Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony on Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1:00 pm, at the Peace Plaza Stage, Japantown, San Francisco.

 

DEADLINE:

 

Postmarked no later than Saturday, March 11, 2017, and sent to the Cherry Blossom Festival Scholarship Committee, 2441 Farrol Avenue, Union City CA 94587-5258. Applicants may also hand deliver the application package to the National Japanese American Historical Society, 1684 Post Street, San Francisco, 415-921-5007, no later than Friday, March 10, 2017

 

For further information, please call Steven Hirabayashi, 510-471-7324 or email at yshiraba@gmail.com.

 

The Nikkei Lions Club of San Francisco administers the Cherry Blossom Festival Scholarship Program for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Scholarships winners will be asked to provide a photograph to be used for the 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival booklet and the media.

 

Click HERE to APPLY!!!

Youth on Course 2017 College Scholarships

TWENTY $4,000-$20,000 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

 

About Youth on Course:

 

The core purpose of Youth on Course is to provide youth with access t olife changing opportunities through golf. We do this by providing golf for $5 or less at hundreds of courses, offering meaningful employment through our internship program and Caddie Academy, and providing access to college scholarships.

 

To be Considered for a Scholarship:

 

- you must be a high school senior, enrolled as a full time student in an accredited Northern California high school with a minimum GPA of 3.0

- Scholarships are both need and merit based.

- You must be accepted for enrollment at a four-year college/university the same year the scholarship is awarded. 

- You do not need to be a member of Youth on Course, but Youth on Course members and/or golfers will be given first priority during selection. You can join at youthoncourse.org/join

 

To Apply:

 

Visit youthoncourse.org/scholarships and hit APPLY NOW follwing the form steps

 

You will need:

 

- A digital copy of your official rtanscript

- Digital copies of your SAT/ACT scores

- A personal reference ( you must not be related to them) who you feel would be willing to speak positively on your behalf. AS well as full name and email address where we can reach them.

 

ALL MATERIALS MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED BY FEBRUARY 28TH, 2017

Asian Pacific Fund Scholarship Programs

Asian Pacific Fund administers 13 scholarship programs, each with unique eligibility criteria. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $20,000 and many are renewable.

 

WHO CAN APPLY

 

-Incoming or current college students of any ethnic background.

-Must plan to be enrolled full time in the fall.

-Minimum of a 3.0 GPA

-Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident unless otherwise stated.

 

Application Deadline is February 24th 2107

 

Please click HERE to see which scholarship programs you are eligible for and to apply!!!

Japanese American Citizens League Scholarship

The JACL began its National Scholarship and Awards Program in 1946.  The program currently offers over 30 scholarships to qualified students nationwide.The National Scholarship and Awards Program offers scholarships for entering freshman, undergraduate, graduate, law, creative & performing arts students, and those with financial need.  All scholarships are one-time awards.  

 

Eligibility

1. Every applicant must be an active National JACL member at either an Individual or Student/Youth Level.Couple/Family membership by a parent will not meet this requirement.  Membership applications are available on our website www.jacl.org/join.html.  For more information about membership categories, please contact the JACL Membership Department by calling (415) 921-5225 or emailing Membership Assistant Tomiko Ismail at tismail@jacl.org.

 

2.Applicants must be planning to attend fulltime at a college, university, trade school, business school, or any other institution of higher learning within the United States at the undergraduate or graduate school level in the Fall of 2017.Students deferring enrollment will not qualify for the 2017 scholarship program.

 

3.  Applicants may apply under only one scholarship category.  The exception to this rule is that applicants may apply for consideration for the Student Aid Awards in addition to another category.  However, a successful applicant will only receive the higher of the two awards applied for.   

 

4. Entering Freshman applicants must be high school seniors.Creative & Performing Arts applicants cannot be professional artists.

 

5. Past recipients of JACL National Scholarships or awards are limited to a total of two national awards.

 

Application Materials

1. Only one application need be submitted to qualify for any of the awards listed in that same grade level category. Applications will be reviewed for award preferences noted in the brochure.

 

2. The following is a condensed list of supporting documents required to complete a JACL Scholarship Application: JACL Membership, Personal Statement, Letter of Recommendation, Official Transcripts including SAT and/or ACT test score verification, Work Experience, and JACL and Community Involvement.

To obtain an application, students can download the appropriate application at the JACL website- www.jacl.org.    Click on “Youth” on the menu bar.

Deadline for this scholarship is March 1, 2017

Paper Application also available in the counseling office. Please see Mrs. Dielacher

Attention Seniors living in San Bruno! Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarship is available

The Scholarship Program’s goal is to help outstanding San Bruno students, who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the San Bruno community, obtain a college degree. Scholarship Recipients must demonstrate, as the top criteria, deep engagement and involvement in the San Bruno community. Other factors that will be considered during the selection process include, in no particular order, an applicant’s financial need, extracurricular activities, academic record, and examples of leadership, teamwork, and collaboration. The Foundation may also consider whether an applicant has overcome significant challenges or obstacles and how those circumstances may have affected the applicant’s school activities, other community involvement, or achievement in school.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

Applicants must:

• Live in San Bruno or attend a high school located in San Bruno at the time of application

• Plan to enroll, during the fall of 2017, as a first-year student at an accredited four-year college or university or an accredited community college

• Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for AB 540 students, the California Dream Act Application

 

2017 AWARDS

 

Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarships are available on a competitive basis as follows: Scholarship awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, required supplies, room and board, and transportation. Scholarship renewals will be contingent upon proof of enrollment for the following academic year and proof of status as a student in good standing at the college. (The Foundation also offers Crestmoor Scholarships to community college students transferring to four-year colleges and universities.)

 

For graduating high school seniors who will enroll at a four-year college or university:

$20,000 ($5,000 per year for up to four years)

 

For graduating high school seniors who will enroll at a community college:

$5,000 ($2,500 per year for up to two years)

 

Deadline for this Scholarship is March 15th 2017

 

For more information and to apply to this scholarship click HERE!

Genentech/ Futurelab Scholarship

Genentech supports the next generation of innovators through Futurelab, their commitment to science education in South San Francisco. Scholarships will be awarded in Spring 2017 to students pursuing a STEM field of study.

 

Please click HERE to explore STEM majors!!

 

What are the eligibility requirements for the scholarship?

- 3.0 GPA (weighted)

- Intended STEM major: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

- Graduating seniors who have attended 9th-12th grade at El Camino or SSF High School.

- Acceptance into a four-year university (or two-year college for one-time awards only)

- Demonstrated financial need, passion for science, strong academic performance, extra curricular activities

 

What is included in a complete application? In addition to the general application, you will be required to submit by March 1, 2017:

- Two letters of recommendation

- Official transcript

- A copy of your Student Aid Report if you completed the FAFSA or a copy of the California Aid Report if you completed the California Dream Act Application

 

Can I apply to this scholarship if I am currently undeclared?

- Yes, as long as you enroll in a college/university that offers STEM and select a STEM discipline when it's time to declare your major.

 

What are the award amounts for the 2017 scholarships?

- 1 four-year scholarship ( up to $50,000 per year) The final scholarship award amount will be determined by the college.university's projected full-cost of attendance, minus any other scholarships or aid a student received each year.

- 1 one-time $7,500 scholarship

- 1 one-time $5,000 scholarship

 

What dates are important to know?

- March 1, 2017 = Application deadline

- April 24-28 2017 = Finalist interviews

- May 1, 2017 = Winners notified

 

If I am awarded the four-year scholarship, do I have to maintain a specific GPA or STEM major each year to keep my scholarship?

- You must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to continue to receive your scholarship. We would like you to keep a STEM major for four years, but we will review changes to your major on a case-by-case basis.

 

If I transfer schools, will I still receive my four-year scholarship?

- As long as you transfer to a four-year institution, continue your STEM major, and maintain your GPA, your award will be adjusted to the full cost of attendance of your new school (minus any other scholarships or aid) and will not exceed $50,000/year.

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY TODAY!!! DEADLINE IS MARCH 1ST, 2017

 

 

 

Italian Catholic Federation 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. To apply, students must achieve a total cumulative GPA (3½ years) of at least 3.2 and meet one of the following:

  1. 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,
  2. 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.”

First year scholarships in the amount of $400 will be awarded to approximately 200 applicants. First year scholarship winners are eligible for second, third, and fourth year awards of $500, $600, and $1,000 respectively.

Applications will be judged and evaluated on:

  • Scholastic Achievement – TOTAL CUMULATIVE GPA (3½ years) and CLASS RANK
  • Financial Need
  • Leadership Role
  • Faculty Recommendation and Character Reference
  • Extracurricular Activities and Charitable Efforts
  • Family Membership/Activities in the I.C.F. (if applicable)

In addition, the Mario Cugia Scholarship has been established to encourage and support majors in Italian studies. The program offers two scholarships: (1) a $600 award to a 3rd year university student declaring a major in Italian, and (2) a $1,000 award to a 4th year university student continuing his or her studies in Italian.

 

Please click HERE for more information and to apply!!

 

Scholarship DEADLINE is March 15, 2017

San Mateo OCA Scholarship

Applicants need to complete only one application to compete for all scholarships in this program.  Last year we awarded ten scholarships and this coming year, we anticipate awarding at least 6 scholarships of $1,000 each.

 

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

 

  • Identify as Asian Pacific American;
  • Intend to enroll in a college or university in the fall of 2017;
  • Attend the Scholarship Awards Ceremony on April 29, 2017.

 

If any of these conditions are not met, or if any part of the application is incomplete or any required documents are not submitted by the deadline, the application will be disqualified.  Applicants not attending college in the fall 2017 will also be disqualified and the award will be withdrawn.  Scholarships will be deposited with the Registrar of the selected college or university.

 

The following criteria will be utilized in selecting the successful applicants:

 

  • Financial need;*
  • Community service and volunteerism;
  • Leadership and creativity;
  • SAT scores and/or GPA.

 

*While financial need is a consideration for most scholarships, at least 1 scholarship will be awarded without any consideration of financial need.  One will be awarded strictly on the basis of overall merit (e.g., SAT scores, GPA, honors, leadership, activities and achievements); and one will be awarded strictly on the basis of community service (e.g., volunteer activities, activism, and leadership in community service activities).

 

Paper applications (only) available at the counseling office. Please see Mrs. Dielacher if interested.

California School Personnel Commissioners Association Presidents Scholarship Award

The President’s Scholarship is an annual award from the California School Personnel Commissioners Association (CSPCA) to a deserving high school senior student enrolling in an accredited institution of higher learning / or technical school who will be graduating high school with a minimal Grade Point Average(GPA) of 3.0.Proof of graduating GPA will be requested before the award is released. 

 

This award will provide $1,000.00 directly to the student for the purposes of supplementing tuition or living expenses, and will not be disbursed directly to a designated technical school, college or university.The purpose of this scholarship is to help defray some of the costs necessary to put advanced education more within the grasp of the hard working parents and family of our classified staff members throughout the Merit System School Districts of California.

 

The  primary subject matter will be centered around merit and/ or ethics and its impact on our lives, society, job, school etc.The contest will open no later than February 1st by announcement of the specific essay subject matter in the CSPCA  newsletter  and / or website with the deadline  for  submission to be postmarked no later than the 31stof March in the same year. All submissions will be sent to the CSPCA Board of Directors Secretary at the email address:  cnsoper@gmail.com

 

Grammar, vocabulary, adherence to format, adherence to submission deadline, and attention to detail does count and will be subject to the grading criteria. Literacy is essential in today’s business as well as social communications and the essay should reflect that. The essay should also be consistent with the ethical values held and endorsed by CSPCA members and the Merit System.

 

 

Tzu Chi USA Scholars

Tzu Chi USA Scholars is a scholarship program funded by Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation to recognize and provide financial assistance to outstanding college-bound high school graduates and continuing undergraduate students in selected areas of the United States. Tzu Chi USA Scholars are selected on the basis of their financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement. Each Scholar will receive an award of US$1,000.

 

 

Eligibility

  1. Applicant demonstrates financial need for college tuition and related expenses.

  2. Applicant is a U.S. high school graduating senior or equivalent.

  3. Applicant has a minimum 3.0 GPA.

  4. Applicant will enroll in an accredited U.S. college full-time for the academic year 2017-2018.

Requirements

  • 1. A completed Tzu Chi USA Scholarship application form for High School students.
  • 2. A copy of one of the three following documents demonstrating financial need and showing the name of the applicant:
    • Family's complete 2016 1040 U.S. Income Tax Return including all schedules, or
    • Family’s complete 2015 1040 U.S. Income Tax Return including all schedules and most recent 2016 W-2 and 1099, or
    • Any official documentation which serves as proof of financial hardship

Personal Writing (submit online)

  • 3. An autobiography (2 to 5 pages) which explains why you should be awarded a scholarship. Please include all of the following:
    • Reason for your financial need and how you intend to use this educational scholarship
    • Your personal and academic achievements with specific examples
    • Your academic and career plans with specific goals
    • Your past and current involvement, as well as future plans, towards making a difference in your community
  • 4. A two-page essay about Tzu Chi, based on the information you’ve gathered from websites, publications, news articles, etc. Please explain what you've learned about Tzu Chi that inspires you and why. Express your thoughts openly and honestly.

Additional Supporting Documents (to be mailed in)

  • 5. An official high school transcript
  • 6. Two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, and/or other advisors

 

Please Click HERE for more information and to apply!!

 

 

PG&E Employee Resource Group Scholarship

ERG Eligibility Requirements

Who can Apply?

  • Student or parent/guardian must reside in PG&E territory, established by uploading PG&E bill, driver's license, or phone bill from within past six months.
  • PG&E dependents are eligible to apply for all scholarships.  For PSEA, applicants must be a dependent.
  • If a student does not meet all egibility criteria for a scholarship, they will not be considered for an award.

What do we need from you?

  • Documentation: upload unofficial transcripts.
  • References: Provide the names and current emails of two references.
  • Interview: An interview may be requested by an ERG, as a follow-up to receiving the application.
  • NuEnergy ERG requires a resume be sumbitted with the application.
  • Asian ERG requests a copy of SAT/ACT scores.

The application is due February 3rd, 2017

 

How do you apply?

  • Students must fill out the application.  No parental assistance provided, please.
  • Pride Network ERG applies elsewhere.
  • You are also required to complete the supplemental applications for the specific Emplyee Resource groups you are applying to.

What if you are selected?

  • Scholarship awards are mailed directly to school financial aid office.  We do not distribute awards to student or family.  If you win a scholarshipi, you will be asked to provide your student ID in order to receive the award.

For more information and to APPLY click HERE!!!

eQuality Scholarship Collaborative

Eligibility

Applicants for all scholarships must have demonstrated service to the LGBTQ community. Applicants of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible.
 

 
Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors and Recent High School Graduates
Applicant must:
  • be a resident of northern or central California but may study elsewhere
  • have completed or expect to complete high school or equivalent between 1 Jul 2012 and 30 Jun 2017; and
  • plan to attend or began attending an accredited post-secondary institution (college, university, or vocational/trade school) for the first time in 2017.

Applicants for the James Ricciardelli Memorial Scholarship must intend to major in the performing arts.

In 2017, we expect to award 11 or more $6,000 scholarships to assist with post-secondary educational expenses. In 2016, we received about 75 applications for these scholarships.

 

Selection Criteria

The criteria on which scholarship recipients will be selected include:
  • Service to the LGBTQ community
  • Leadership
  • Hardship or special circumstances
  • Academic achievement

In addition to completing the application, applicants for all scholarships must be available for an interview either by phone or in person. Interviews will be on Sunday, 12 March 2017, and Saturday, 18 March 2017.

 

Please click HERE for more information and to APPLY!!!!

 

Attention Seniors planning on attending Skyline college in the fall of 2017

The Skyline College Promise Scholarship is available to high school graduates and students who recently completed their GED or Adult Education program after December 1, 2015 and who enroll at Skyline College full-time and plan to earn a certificate or degree.

The Scholarship supports the College's Promise to help students "Get in, Get through, and Get out...on time!" by making college more affordable and ensuring that higher education is achievable for all members of our community. Recipients receive a waiver covering all enrollment fees for any gap left after applying your financial aid award.

 

How Do I Apply?

Applicants for the 2017-18 Skyline College Scholarship must complete the following steps by August 1, 2017:

  • Submit your Skyline College Fall 2016 admissions application (enroll at Skyline College)
  • Submit your Promise Scholarship Application
    • Note: Click "Sign up" or "Sign in" to access the application. 
  • Apply for Financial Aid (Submit 2016/17 FAFSA or CA Dream Act)
  • Complete the Skyline College New Student Orientation
  • Complete the Skyline College Assessment Process
  • Meet with Counselor and develop your Student Educational Plan (SEP)
  • Register for your classes (full time; minimum 12 units)

What Fees Does the Promise Scholarship Cover?

The Promise Scholarship will cover all student fees for the first year that a student is enrolled (Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018). 

Fees Include:

  • Enrollment Fees
  • Health Fee
  • Student Rep Fee
  • Student Union Fee
  • Student Body Fee

Note: Fees are covered for Skyline College fees only.

 

What Are My Responsibilities as a Recipient?

Recipients of the Promise Scholarship must agree to:

  • Enroll full time (minimum 12 units) for fall and spring terms only.
  • Maintain academic progress, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, and a completion rate of above 50%.
  • Declare a major by the start of the spring 2017 semester.
  • Complete a comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP) by start of the spring 2017 semester.

Attention Seniors planning on attending college in Connecticut or New York City

The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

 

This scholarship is not a traditional scholarship focused on rewarding academic achievement and financial need. Its specific goal is to reward and encourage innovative and creative problem solving. The scholarship aims to honor students who excel as creative problem-solvers and to help make their higher education goals more accessible.

 

Eligible applicants to the Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity must satisfy these two conditions:

 

1. Applicant must be (a) a high school junior, or (b) a high school senior, or (c) any person entering an undergraduate degree program* in the fall after the application deadline or the following spring, or (d) a student in the first year of an undergraduate degree program*.

2. Applicant must be (a) a Connecticut or New York City metropolitan area resident planning to attend or attending an institution of higher education anywhere in the United States, or (b) a resident of any part of the U.S. planning to attend or attending an institution of higher education in CT or NYC.

 

Application deadline is April 30, 2017.

 

Please Click HERE for application and more information!

Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation Scholarships

The ESA Foundation awards numerous scholarships annually, you do not have to be an ESA member to apply for a scholarship, and our application process is online.  The application deadline for 2017-18 academic year scholarships is February 1, 2017. Check out the different scholarships to see if you are eligible to apply.

  • Scholarship applications for the 2017-18 academic season are available now!
  • More info about our scholarships and to apply, CLICK HERE
  • The ESA Foundation also awards grants, CLICK HERE to view currently available grants.

47th Annual Teen Chinatown Scholarship and Charity Gala

The San Francisco Chinatown Lions Club is proud to present our 47th Annual Teen Chinatown Scholarship Charity Gala on April 29th, 2017 at the Far East Café in San Francisco. The theme will be “We Serve”.
For almost 50 years, this community based charitable event has showcased the leadership excellence, extraordinary skills and academic achievements of our young Chinese-American youth from all the surrounding Bay Area high schools. You will strive for the title of 2017 Teen Chinatown. There will be additional distinguishing titles, scholarships, and prizes given to all of the participants.
The many dollars raised from this event will go toward providing needed services offered in the Chinatown community. In its five decades’ history, this worthwhile event has been highly publicized throughout the media and on the web, noting the generous participation from young men and women like yourself that have given back to our community.


Here are some of the highlights that you and your parents can expect from this noteworthy event:


o A rich tradition of over 50 years.
o Meeting business and community leaders.
o A chance to give back to your community.
o Making lifetime friends.
o Seeking new self-awareness
o Improving speaking and social skills.
o Building self-confidence.
o Finding new interest.
o A son/daughter and parent adventure.
o Having fun from a once in a lifetime adventure.

 

Eligibility Guidelines and Basic Criteria:


1) Your age must be at least 13 and not over 18 on the date of event, April 29, 2017.
2) Be a full-time student from an accredited high school.
3) Have a G.P.A. above 3.0 from prior school semester. Attach a copy of your last report card.
4) Be of Chinese heritage, any percentage.
5) Write a resume about yourself using no more than 500 words.
6) Participant must perform in the talent portion of the program.
7) Charity fund raising for community non-profits will be a requirement.
8) Attach a copy of your recent photo.
9) Attach a copy of your official school transcript.
10) Must participate in all training sessions, rehearsals and other required events.
11) Return completed application form with all required attachments no later than December 15, 2016.

 

Paper application available at the Career Center.

 

 

Attention Seniors planning on attending San Francisco State University!!! Scholarship Opportunity

Classes of the 1960s Endowed Scholarship Fund

This is a $1,000 scholarship endowed by an alumna who attended SF State in the mid-1960s and is deeply sensitive to the hardships caused by escalating tuition costs for current SF State students. It will be awarded to an SF State student with full-time undergraduate status (12 units or more) and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Applicants must have at least one semester remaining before graduation.

Due Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Amount Awarded: $1,000

Who's Eligible: A full-time undergraduate student, including international and incoming freshman, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5

Number of Awards: 1

Apply for the Classes of the 1960s Endowed Scholarship at https://sfsu.academicworks.com/

 

Dr. Leslie and Phyllis Wong Scholarship Endowment

This is a $1,500 scholarship endowed by Dr. Leslie and Phyllis Wong who know well the importance of an urban university and have a special understanding of the way in which state budgets impact the lives of those students who rely on financial assistance to pay tuition and complete their studies. This scholarship will be awarded to SF State students with full-time status as undergraduate or graduate students, including international and incoming freshmen students.

Due Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Amount Awarded: $1,500

Who's Eligible: Full-time undergraduate students, including international, incoming freshmen, and a graduate students

Number of Awards: 2-10

Apply for the Dr. Leslie and Phyllis Wong Scholarship Endowment at https://sfsu.academicworks.com/

 

 

E4FC New American Scholars Program

SCHOLARS PROGRAM
OVERVIEW AND ELIGIBILITY


E4FC's New American Scholars Program provides financial awards to low-income undocumented college and graduate students who live or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area. We provide scholarships of up to $7,000 to cover tuition and other expenses. Scholars are selected for their academic excellence, financial need, and community impact; they are also expected to maintain a minimum GPA (2.8 for college students and 3.0 for graduate students), and participate in ongoing E4FC programming, events, and activities throughout the year.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Foreign-born

  • Financial need

  • Do not have a visa, permanent residency (green card) or citizenship in the U.S.

  • Current or intended enrollment in an accredited college or graduate program for 2016-2017

  • Minimum GPA requirement:

    • For high school students: 3.3 cumulative high school GPA

    • For college/graduate students: 3.0 cumulative college GPA

  • Demonstrated academic preparation and community/extracurricular involvement

  • San Francisco Bay Area residency requirements:

    • You must fulfill at least one of the following:

      • previous or intended graduation from a San Francisco Bay Area high school, or

      • current or expected enrollment in a San Francisco Bay Area college or university

    • We define the San Francisco Bay Area as the following 11 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo.



ELIGIBILITY PRIORITIES:

In response to the additional challenges faced by certain undocumented students, we are prioritizing applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria (in addition to the eligibility requirements above):

  • Not eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
.
  • Not eligible for AB540 status
.

Application will be available HERE!!!

Deadline in Early March

The Dream.US Scholarship

TheDream.US is a new multimillion dollar National Scholarship Fund for DREAMers, created to help immigrant youth who’ve received DACA achieve their American Dream through the completion of a college education.

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Many DREAMers2 came to the United States as minors, have graduated from U.S. high schools or earned a U.S. high school equivalency but lack a legal status. This prevents them from accessing any federal aid to help pay for their college education.  In order to apply for TheDream.US Scholarship, DREAMers must be DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or TPS (Temporary Protected Status) eligible and have applied for or received DACA or TPS approval.

They share the dream of obtaining a college education which can help them lift their families, communities and themselves out of poverty. On average, people with a college education earn nearly twice as much as those with only a high school diploma. Unfortunately, these DREAMers are unable to achieve this dream because they cannot access any federal financial aid and otherwise lack the financial resources to go to college.  We want to change that.

TheDream.US Scholarship Program awards scholarships to DREAMers who have DACA or TPS status and who have demonstrated significant unmet financial need and the determination to succeed in college and in life. We recognize that, given life circumstances, a DREAMer’s academic record may not fully reflect the student’s ability to succeed.  For this reason, we place greater emphasis on a student’s demonstrated determination to succeed than on a student’s grades and test scores.

We are committed to helping our Scholars complete college. To do so, we have selected Partner Colleges and College Success Program in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington D.C. that are committed to providing our Scholars with the support they need to complete college. 

 

Our Scholars must be accepted to and eligible for in-state tuition (if applicable) at one of our Partner Colleges in order to receive the Scholarship.


SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FIRST-TIME COLLEGE STUDENTS

This scholarship is available to high school seniors or high school graduates with demonstrated financial need who are first-time college students and seek to earn a career-ready associate’s or bachelor’s degree at one of our Partner Colleges.  Students who are currently enrolled in college are not eligible. Scholars are selected from a nationwide pool of applicants.

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Graduate from high school or earn your GED diploma by the end of the 2016-2017 academic year or have already graduated or earned your GED diploma;
  • Have earned a high school un-weighted GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or an equivalent GED score);
  • Not be enrolled in college in the 2016-2017 academic year (except in a high school pre-college or dual enrollment program);
  • Intend to enroll full-time in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program at one of TheDream.US Partner Colleges within one year of receiving the Scholarship;
  • Be eligible for in-state tuition if seeking to attend a Partner College that is a public institution;
  • Have come to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  • Be DACA or TPS eligible and have applied for or received DACA or TPS approval; and
  • Demonstrate significant unmet financial need.

SELECTING OUR SCHOLARS

TheDream.US Scholarship Program awards scholarships to DREAMers who have demonstrated significant unmet financial need and the determination to succeed in college and in life. We recognize that, given life circumstances, a DREAMer’s academic record may not fully reflect the student’s ability to succeed.  For this reason, we place greater emphasis on a student’s demonstrated determination to succeed than on grades and test scores.  Our scholars have demonstrated:

  • Significant Financial Need

Our scholarships are for students who do not have the resources to finance their education without substantial financial support.  We expect our Scholars to apply for all other forms of financial aid for which they may be eligible.

  • Academic Promise

While we consider grades and test scores, we are looking for college–ready students who have demonstrated a commitment to learning and have clear education and career goals and a plan to achieve them.  Applicants should be able to clearly communicate their goals, how they will achieve them, and how achieving their goals will impact their lives and the lives of others.

  • Determination to Succeed

Our Scholars have demonstrated significant determination and perseverance in the face of significant challenges and have managed to set and remain focused on goals and to put in the effort needed to meet those goals in the face of obstacles.  Our Scholars are able to clearly articulate what they have learned in overcoming adversity and how they will use that learning to help themselves and others.

OUR SELECTION PROCESS

We have a rigorous application review process that includes analysis and scoring of:your grades, standardized test scores, participation in advanced courses,

  • Your grades, standardized test scores, participation in advanced courses,
  • Your responsibilities including volunteer work and community service, and
  • Your essays.

ISTS reviews and scores all complete and eligible applications.  An independent Scholarship Selection Committee made up of national education leaders, leaders of immigration support services organizations, and DREAMers, reviews, and scores the essays of all finalists. Scholarships are allocated across our Partner Colleges and are awarded to the highest scoring applicants to that college.  All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


OUR APPLICATION

Application Deadline: March 8th, 2017, 11:59 P.M. Central Standard Time

Your application and supporting documents must be submitted by March 8th, 2017, by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time. You can apply for the Scholarship by clicking here: http://www.thedream.us/nationalscholarship.

 Essays

As part of the application, you will be asked to write two short essays on your educational and career goals and a challenging circumstance that you faced and how you overcame it.  The essay prompts are:  

  1. Your Educational and Career Goals – 750 words max:
  • Describe your educational and career goals and explain what or who has inspired or helped shape these goals.
  • Excluding financial needs, what are the most significant challenges you expect to face in successfully completing college in a state outside of your home state? How will you overcome these challenges?
  1. Overcoming Adversity – 750 words max:
  • Describe a challenging family or personal circumstance that has affected your achievement or participation in school, work, or community activities.
  • How did you overcome this challenge and what did you learn from the experience above?

Reference Information

You are required to provide the contact information from someone who knows you well and has served in one of these roles for you: a teacher, counselor, mentor, coach, employer, community leader, or religious leader. Your reference must be at least 21 years of age and must not be related to you. Should we contact him/her, they should be able to describe the context in which they know you, your potential for success in college and in life, and how you demonstrate one or more of these qualities: hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance in the face of adversity, academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to one’s community.

Required Supplemental Documents – Due March 8th, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time

As part of your application, you must also upload the following documents by March 8th, 2017 2016 by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time:

  1. DACA or TPS application or approval: A copy of your DACA or TPS approval letter or the receipt of your submission of your DACA or TPS application or your EAD card;
  2. Financial Documents (if available): 
    • A copy of the first two pages of your parents’ most recently filed IRS Form 1040, if available; OR
    • If you are financially independent, provide a copy of the first two pages of your most recently filed IRS Form 1040, if available; OR
    • Other financial documents that will verify your income. 
  1. Transcripts:
    • For first-time college students, a copy of your official high school transcript or GED diploma and test scores and information detailing your previously earned college credits (if applicable).

 

Note:  Your application is not complete until all required documents are uploaded.

WE WILL NOT CONSIDER INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS.


NOTIFICATION

ISTS will notify you by the end of April 2017 whether or not you have received a scholarship. If you do not receive a scholarship, you may reapply in future scholarship rounds if you meet the eligibility requirements for that round.

THE AWARD

The Scholarship is intended to cover a significant portion of your tuition and fees up to a maximum of $12,500 for an associate’s degree and $25,000 for a bachelor’s degree.

The amount of each award will be based on the current tuition and fees charged by the Partner College and your financial need after the application of any available federal, state, or institutional aid or outside grants or scholarships.

Attention Seniors planning to attend San Francisco State University!! Scholarship Opportunity

To apply for any of the campus scholarships, click the “Sign In” button to begin. You must have a SF State ID number to be able to sign in and begin your scholarship application. Once you complete the General Application, scholarships that are currently “open” will be recommended to you if you meet the basic criteria (e.g., gpa or class level or major), but read the scholarship eligibility requirements and questions carefully to determine if you are qualified BEFORE applying. If a scholarship is not yet available, check with the college/department/office administering the scholarship regarding the date the scholarship will be available to apply to.

There are some scholarship opportunities you do not have to apply to, but will be automatically matched to after you complete your General Application.

The General Application you completed will be kept until July of each year. You must complete and sign another General Application at the beginning of the Fall semester.

When you are viewing the scholarship opportunity, if “Financial Need” states “Not a Requirement” this means you do not have to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Application to determine financial need. If it states, “Yes” it means you must file a FAFSA or CA Dream Application and have financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Check the “Criteria” to see if you must demonstrate financial need another way. Also, if the “Citizenship” states “Any” this means that any citizenship status may be eligible, including international students and AB540/undocumented students.

If you have any questions regarding a specific scholarship, be sure to contact the person or department listed on the scholarship opportunity page.

Read the scholarship eligibility requirements (e.g., major, gpa, enrollment requirement to receive the scholarship, other requirements as stated) and questions carefully to determine if you are qualified BEFORE applying.

Our Opportunities

Name Questions Deadline Award Actions
Graduate Student/Associated Students Inc Scholarship
Associated Student Inc. Awarding Department: Associated Students Project Connect Recruitment and Retention Resource Center Scholarship Intent:...
3 Ended $1,000 None
International Student/Associated Students Inc Scholarship
Associated Student Inc. Awarding Department: Associated Students Project Connect Recruitment and Retention Resource Center Scholarship Intent:...
3 Ended $1,000 None
College of Business/Associated Students Inc Scholarship
Associated Student Inc. This scholarship will be awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year. The ($1,000.00) scholarship award will be disbursed all...
4   $1,000 None
College of Education/Associated Students Inc Scholarship
Associated Student Inc. This scholarship will be awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year. The ($1,000.00) scholarship award will be disbursed all...
4   $1,000 None
College of Liberal and Creative Arts/Associated Students Inc Scholarship
Associated Student Inc. Awarding Department: Associated Student Business Office Scholarship Intent: To provide assistance and support to the...
2   $1,000.00 None
College of Science and Engineering/Associated Students Inc Scholarship
Associated Student Inc. Awarding Department: Associated Students Project Connect Recruitment and Retention Resource Center Scholarship Intent:...
2   $1,000 None
Dr. John irwin/Associated Students Memorial Scholarship
Associated Student Inc. This scholarship will be awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year. The ($1,000.00) scholarship award will be disbursed all...
5   $1,000 None

Sons of Italy Western Foundation Scholarship

The Sons of Italy Western Foundation and the Grand Lodge of California, Order Sons of Italy in America, are proud to provide college scholarships to eligible students. These scholarships range from $500.00 to $5,000.00. Additionally, Italian Language Study Grants are available for a one-month complete immersion course in Italian language at an Italian College.

Eligibility
Scholarships will be awarded to students graduating from public or private high schools in California, Nevada, and Klamath Falls, Oregon. 

Applicants must be wholly or partly of Italian ancestry. For the Italian Language Study Grant, applicants must also have completed a foreign language course in high school. Selection will be based on scholastic record, activities evidencing leadership, financial need, written personal goals statement, Essay of Italian Origin, and letters of recommendation.

Applications for the Italian Language Study Grant must be submitted separately, including being placed in a separate envelope, from any application for a college scholarship.

 

DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS IS MARCH 1, 2016 (Postmark)

 

Please see Mrs. Dielacher in the career center for appliction!!

 

 

American Legion Oratorical Speech Contest

The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

 

Young orators earn some of the most generous college scholarships available to high school students. Over $138,000 in scholarships can be awarded each year. The overall national contest winner gets an $18,000 scholarship. Second place takes home $16,000, and third gets $14,000. Each department (state) winner who is certified into and participates in the national contest’s first round receives a $1,500 scholarship. Those who advance past the first round receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. The American Legion’s National Organization awards the scholarships, which can be used at any college or university in the United States.

 

High school students under age 20 are eligible. Competition begins at the post level and advances to a state competition. Legion department representatives certify one winner per state to the national contest, where department winners compete against each other in two speaking rounds. The contest caps off with a final round that decides the three top finishers.

 

Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government. Speeches are eight to 10 minutes long; three- to five-minute speeches on an assigned topic also are part of the contest.

 

For all details about the contest please visit Mrs. Dielacher in the career center.

 

 

AVID Students may be eligible for the Dell Scholars Program

AVID students check out this opportunity!!

 

To be eligible to apply for the Dell Scholars Program scholarship, you must meet the below listed criteria:

  • Participating in a Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12 ( AVID)
  • Graduating from an accredited high school this academic year
  • Earning a minimum of a 2.4 GPA
  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance
  • Eligible to receive a federal Pell grant in first year of college
  • Planning to enroll full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after your graduation from high school

Dell Scholars are students who demonstrate their desire and ability to overcome barriers and to achieve their goals. Your application will be evaluated on your:

  • Individual determination to succeed
  • Future goals and plans to achieve them
  • Ability to communicate the hardships you have overcome or currently face
  • Self motivation in completing challenging coursework
  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance
Completing the online application is the first step to becoming a Dell Scholar. Once submitted, all applications will be assessed, and a group of Dell Scholar Semifinalists will be selected. Semifinalists are asked to submit a current copy of their high school transcript, a complete Student Aid Report (SAR) from their FAFSA, and an online recommendation. After the semifinalist information is submitted, all information is reviewed by an independent selection committee.
 
The application will be available in November. If you feel you meet the criteria to apply, please click HERE!

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Through its Mentoring and Leadership Development Program, the Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $28,000/four years to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice.

To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a graduating high school senior;
  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States;
  • Show leadership potential;
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service;
  • Present evidence of financial need;
  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21;
  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4–year College when applying for the scholarship.

The required components of the Jackie Robinson Foundation application are:

  • The online application, which includes four essay questions;
  • A professional, hi-resolution digital photo (headshots only, in a JPEG format) – you may submit a high school senior graduation photo;
  • One letter of recommendation (e.g. a teacher, a mentor, a guidance counselor, an employer);
  • SAT or ACT scores: If you have taken the SAT or ACT more than once, please enter your best scores from each test. NOTE: JRF does not consider the writing scores as part of your examination.

 

  • November 1, 2016 Application Opens. Click HERE to apply!
  • February 15, 2017 Application Deadline

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Annually, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation receives thousands of applications from high school seniors and we review every one carefully. The selection process we have developed ensures that each year we award scholarships to those who are most committed to positive leadership in serving others and to academic excellence.

 

1. Apply Online
Our application is open! If you are a current high school senior, you may apply here.
Before applying, we strongly encourage you to visit our “Before You Apply” page, which will help you prepare. This initial online application requires you to list your grades, school and community activities, and employment, but no essays or additional materials are required. The deadline for submission is Monday, October 31, 2016. (Don’t forget to click the submit button!)

 

We advise reading the information below before you start your application so that you can be fully prepared.

Information to gather

  • A transcript – you will need this to report the course level and grades that you have received since your freshman year in high school.
  • A school profile – you will need this to answer several questions about your school such as your school code, the number of AP, IB and Honors classes your school provides, and the number of community service hours required for graduation.
  • The name, email address and phone number of your guidance counselor and principal.
  • A list of school and non-school related clubs and organizations in which you have participated since your freshman year and any corresponding leadership positions.
  • A list of honors and awards that you received when participating in school and non-school related clubs and organizations and the level of each award (Local, State, Regional or National) since your freshman year.
  • A list of your volunteer organizations with which you have served and the number of hours served with each, and any awards and honors that you have received for your participation since freshman year.

GOOD LUCK!!!

 

 

Silicone Valley Community Foundation Managed Scholarships

SVCF Managed Scholarships support a variety of students. While some scholarships focus on academic achievement, school and community service and specific majors, others seek to motivate students who show academic potential. All these programs consider financial need or unusual hardships.

 

These scholarships support entering freshman and current undergraduate students who plan to enroll or are enrolled on a full-time basis at a four-year college or university or vocational school, and meet the specific criteria for each scholarship.

 

To apply for SVCF’s community foundation managed scholarships, you will be required to complete an online application. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you start gathering your required documents and begin the application process at least three to four weeks before the February 2017 application deadline.

 

Please Click HERE for a list of available scholarships and see if you are eligible!

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program, established in 1999, is a 1.6 billion dollar initiative funded by grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

The Goal:

The goal of the GMS program is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential by:

  • Reducing financial barriers for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need.
  • Increasing the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences, where these groups are severely underrepresented.
  • Developing a diversified cadre of future leaders for America by facilitating successful completion of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
  • Providing seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs for students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars entering target disciplines.

To apply please visit their website HERE!

2016-2017 Ronald McDonald House Charities Sholarship

Who is eligible?
To apply for a RMHC U.S. Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be a high school senior
  • Be under 21 years old
  • Be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college or university with a full course of study
  • Be a legal U.S. resident
  • Reside in a participating local RMHC Chapter's geographic area
  • Submit a complete application and all required documentation by the deadline

How can I apply?

Eligible students can apply online by clicking here. If you have questions about how to apply and/or about your application, please contact ISTS at 615.777.3750 or toll-free number 855.670.4748.

How are scholarship recipients selected?
Participating programs select their respective scholarship recipients. Local RMHC Chapters convene committees made up of RMHC and McDonald's representatives, educators and community leaders to select winners on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Community involvement and leadership potential as demonstrated by the student's personal statement and letters of recommendation
  • Academic achievement as demonstrated through the applicant's grade point average and standardized test scores
  • Financial need as demonstrated through the student's disclosure of family income and anticipated educational expenses

Are there any other scholarship requirements?
Scholarship funds will be disbursed directly to the school designated by the recipient once the local RMHC Chapter receives verification of enrollment. RMHC scholarship funds cannot be paid to individual recipients irrespective of circumstances that may develop after their selection. Scholarship recipients must enroll and attend school during the academic year following their graduation. Local RMHC Chapters may consider and approve exceptions to this requirement at their discretion. However, the Chapters must distribute funding to students entering their freshman year. A recipient's failure to comply with any of the above requirements in a timely manner may result in forfeiture of the scholarship.

How much are the scholarships?

Scholarship amounts vary and are at the discretion of participating RMHC Chapters and Board of Directors.

CALIFORNIA-HAWAII ELKS MAJOR PROJECT, INC. Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities

This scholarship program is a financial needs-based and academic-use scholarship. It is intended for undergraduate work at an accredited community college, four-year college, university, or licensed vocational school. The funds cover academic expenses only, which includes tuition, books, lab fees, and on-campus room and board.

 

Since 1981 the Elks have provided financial assistance to students with disabilities wishing to further their education. Utilized by dozens of qualified candidates, this program serves a dual purpose: 1) the students are aided in pursuing their goals in higher education; and 2) the students are aided in becoming part of the mainstream working community.

 

During the years in which this annual scholarship assistance competition has been in existence, the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc. Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities has increased from five scholarships of $1,000 to twenty to thirty scholarships of $1,000 to $2,000 each. Scholarship recipients may reapply each year. If qualified, they can receive up to a total of four years of assistance.

 

Individuals applying must be a United States citizen and a resident of California or Hawaii; have a physical impairment, neurological impairment, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and/or speech-language disorder; and be a senior in high school, a high school graduate, or have passed the General Educational Development (GED) Examination or the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE).

 

The applicant is responsible for properly executing and forwarding the completed application to the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc.

 

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California-Hawaii Elks Association Vocational Grant

The program is open to anyone residing in California or Hawaii who is a citizen of the United States of America and planning to pursue an eligible vocational/technical (voc/tech) course resulting in a certificate or two-year degree and leading to employment opportunities.

 

The program is open to male and female applicants who will be judged on an equal basis. While graduating high school seniors may apply, it is not limited to high school students–in fact, it is open to all prospective students who require training or retraining to compete in the workplace.

 

The Vocational Grant is for one academic year, with an option to renew for one additional academic year. This grant may be used only for usual and required costs of student’s course of study; that is, for tuition and fees, room and board (if living on campus) and books & supplies. Payment will be made to the school. Awards will be between $500 and 2,000 for an academic year depending on length of course.

 

The definition of an eligible program shall be comparable to that contained in the federal vocational legislation. That is defined as a two-year or less vocational/technical program culminating in a terminal Associate degree, diploma or certificate, but less than a baccalaureate program (Bachelor’s degree). Students planning to transfer to a four year school to pursue a Bachelor’s degree are not eligible to apply.

Examples of courses approved recently are:

  • 6 month Police Academy
  • 13 month Cosmetology
  • 3 month Electrical Lineman
  • 13 month Veterinary Technology
  • 2 year Fire Science

A student must plan to attend school on a full-time basis for a minimum of sixty days. An academic year is determined to be a minimum of nine (9) months (approximately 39 weeks) of continuous full-time study. Payments may not be used to cover retroactive charges and may only be applied to expenses in the academic year.

Applications must be filed with the Scholarship Chairman, Exalted Ruler, or Secretary of the Elks Lodge having jurisdiction in the area of the student’s legal residence. An application may only be filed with one Lodge.

 

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QuestBridge Scholarship

College Match Scholarship Recipients are granted admission to one of QuestBridge's partner colleges with a full, four-year scholarship worth over $200,000 each. Our partner colleges use a combination of their own funds as well as state and federal aid to fund the scholarship. This scholarship is offered as part of a generous financial aid package provided by the QuestBridge college partner that covers the cost of attendance, including:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Room and board
  • Books and supplies
  • Travel expenses

All College Match scholarship packages:

  • Have NO parental contribution
  • Have NO student loans
  • May contain a student contribution in the form of Federal work-study, summer work, or student savings

We are looking for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges.

 

Please review eligibility below and click HERE to apply!

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to apply for the National College Match in the fall of 2016, applicants must graduate from high school during or before the summer of 2017 and plan to enroll as a freshman in college in the fall of 2017.

The QuestBridge National College Match is open to all:

  • U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents or
  • Students, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the United States.

Additional Citizenship Requirements

Important considerations for students who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents, but are attending high school in the United States: Only some of our colleges will consider non-U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents for admission and full scholarships through the College Match. 

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Academic Achievement

We seek students who have demonstrated a level of academic achievement that meets or exceeds the admissions standards of our colleges. The following is based on profiles of past Finalists, and are not strict cut-offs:

Academic Criteria

Grades and rigor of high school curriculum

Primarily A's in the most challenging courses available (usually including Honors, AP, and/or IB level courses.)

Class rank

Top 5-10% of your graduating class.

Standardized test scores

SAT (CR+M) scores > 1240
ACT composite score > 28

We also recommend submitting any AP, IB, or SAT Subject Test scores.  Review the standardized testing requirements for each college.

Additional Criteria

We also look for evidence of strong writing ability, intellectual spark, and determination through essays and teacher/counselor recommendations.

Financial Qualifications 

Finalists typically come from households earning less than $65,000 annually for a family of four, and often less. This is not a strict cut-off and we encourage students who feel they have faced significant financial hardship to review these financial details carefully to see if they may qualify. 

All sources of family income are taken into account, including:

  • Salaries, wages, and tips
  • Business and farm income
  • Rental income
  • Interest and dividend income
  • Retirement distributions
  • Alimony
  • Child support received

Students with divorced or separated parents must report the income of both biological parents, as non-custodial parent information is taken into consideration by our partners when determining financial need. The only exception is when the student has not had contact with the non-custodial parent for an extended period of time.

All assets held by the family are taken into consideration, including:

  • Home ownership
  • Business or farm ownership
  • Cash and savings
  • Investments
  • Additional properties

 Individual household circumstances are taken into consideration, including:

  • The number of people supported by the household income
  • The number of students in college (undergraduate only)
  • Unemployment or other changes to the household income
  • Eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch
  • Having been in foster care
  • Other non-discretionary financial commitments, such as high medical bills

Please note that Finalists will need to submit official documentation verifying their financial situation to the colleges to which they apply. A thorough financial review will be performed by QuestBridge and by the colleges for all students who become Finalists. 

Personal Circumstances

We also take the following factors into account when reviewing applications:

Personal Circumstances

Parents' level of education

71% of Finalists are among the first generation in their family to attend a U.S. four-year college.

Extenuating circumstances

If students have an unusual level of responsibility, such as part-time jobs to help their parents pay the bills, or caring for siblings if their parents are absent or at work.

Extracurricular achievements

Accomplishments and leadership roles in extracurricular and community activities.

 

Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship

The Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship was created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1994. Dave Thomas dropped out of high school when he was 15 years old in order to work full-time and went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history. While this nontraditional path led to his prosperity, it always worried Dave that others would follow and expect to achieve similar fame and wealth by not finishing high school or attending college.

 

Faced with this dilemma, at 61 years old, Dave enrolled at Coconut Creek High School in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and received his General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Inspired by this moment and with a desire to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth in America, he launched the Wendy’s High School Heisman in partnership with the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy.

 

Twenty-two years later, Wendy’s has awarded nearly $2 Million to support education while honoring more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school scholar-athletes who share Wendy’s values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, continuing education and excelling on the athletic field.

 

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Japanese American Citizens League Scholarship

The JACL began its National Scholarship and Awards Program in 1946.  The program currently offers over 30 scholarships to qualified students nationwide.The National Scholarship and Awards Program offers scholarships for entering freshman, undergraduate, graduate, law, creative & performing arts students, and those with financial need.  All scholarships are one-time awards.  

 

Eligibility

1. Every applicant must be an active National JACL member at either an Individual or Student/Youth Level.Couple/Family membership by a parent will not meet this requirement.  Membership applications are available on our website www.jacl.org/join.html.  For more information about membership categories, please contact the JACL Membership Department by calling (415) 921-5225 or emailing Membership Assistant Tomiko Ismail at tismail@jacl.org.

 

2.Applicants must be planning to attend fulltime at a college, university, trade school, business school, or any other institution of higher learning within the United States at the undergraduate or graduate school level in the Fall of 2017.Students deferring enrollment will not qualify for the 2017 scholarship program.

 

3.  Applicants may apply under only one scholarship category.  The exception to this rule is that applicants may apply for consideration for the Student Aid Awards in addition to another category.  However, a successful applicant will only receive the higher of the two awards applied for.   

 

4. Entering Freshman applicants must be high school seniors.Creative & Performing Arts applicants cannot be professional artists.

 

5. Past recipients of JACL National Scholarships or awards are limited to a total of two national awards.

 

Application Materials

1. Only one application need be submitted to qualify for any of the awards listed in that same grade level category. Applications will be reviewed for award preferences noted in the brochure.

 

2. The following is a condensed list of supporting documents required to complete a JACL Scholarship Application: JACL Membership, Personal Statement, Letter of Recommendation, Official Transcripts including SAT and/or ACT test score verification, Work Experience, and JACL and Community Involvement.

To obtain an application, students can download the appropriate application at the JACL website- www.jacl.org.    Click on “Youth” on the menu bar.

Deadline for this scholraship is March 1, 2017

Paper Application also available in the counseling office. Please see Mrs. Dielacher

Program Background