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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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ECHS Brag Sheet

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


Genentech Futurelab Scholarship

The Genentech Futurelab Scholarship will support diverse and talented students pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The program will award up to 10 scholarships to high school seniors graduating from El Camino High School or South San Francisco High School who plan to enroll full-time in a STEM course of study.


The program is open for applications from December 1, 2017 through March 1, 2018.

2018 Genentech Futurelab Scholarship Information:

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants to the Genentech Futurelab Scholarship Program must be:

  • High school seniors attending El Camino High School or South San Francisco High School, in South San Francisco, CA, since 9th grade.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year. Students planning to attend two-year schools are eligible only for the one-time, nonrenewable awards.
  • Intended major in a STEM field (to view eligible majors, visit http://stemdegreelist.com).
  • Have a minimum weighted grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

Available Scholarships:

  • Two (2) four-year scholarships (up to $50,000 per year).
    • Awards may be renewed up to three additional years or until a bachelor's degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and continued enrollment in a STEM course of study.
  • Two (2) one-time scholarships up to $6,500 each.
  • Six (6) one-time scholarships up to $2,000 each.

Please visit the Futurelab Scholarship website HERE for more information and to apply.

Princeton Prize in Race RelationsĀ 

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations recognizes and rewards high school students who have had a significant positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities through their volunteer efforts.


Prize recipients receive a cash prize of $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid weekend to a national symposium on race at Princeton University.


Prize recipients are recognized at ceremonies in their local regions by Princeton alumni as well.


For more information and to apply click HERE.


Deadline is January 31, 2018

81st Annual Student Speakers Contest

The Lions Clubs of California will hold speech contest(s) beginning in February of 2018. Over $ 103,500.00 will be paid out in scholarships to the winning students. Participating students must write their own speech on this year’s topic:


“Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today’s Society?”


15 District winners receive a scholarship of $ 4,500 each

4 Area winners receive a total scholarship of $ 11,000 each

1 Final winner receives a total scholarship of $ 21,000

Additional cash awards to Region, Zone and Club winners



We are currently in search of students to participate and represent ECHS. Please see Ms. Dielacher in the Career Center for more information. Students of all grade levels are eligible to participate.

eQuality Scholarship Collaborative

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

Additionally, applications must:

  • be a resident of northern or central California but may study elsewhere (see map of specific counties);
  • have completed or expect to complete high school or equivalent between 1 Jul 2013 and 30 Jun 2018; and
  • plan to attend or began attending an accredited post-secondary institution (college, university, or vocational/trade school) for the first time in 2018.

For more information and to apply click HERE


Deadline to apply is February 1, 2018

The Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program

This scholarship opportunity is for graduating Seniors who plan to enroll at College of San Mateo, Skyline College, or Cañada College. The objective of the Kruttschnitt Aspire Scholarship Program (“KASP Program”) is to identify, select and support transfer orientated, committed and academically promising students with the highest financial need. The KASP Program seeks to provide these selected students with the opportunity (i) to expedite their studies at the District while minimizing their Student Loans, and (ii) to help successfully transfer to four-year institutions. The KASP Program will focus on traditionally undeserved and underrepresented students, including students who have access to state financial aid through the California Dream Act (“Dreamers”) but who are not eligible for federal financial aid. The students in the KASP Program will be provided the financial means to help maintain full-time enrollment, which is a proven factor in accomplishing completion and transfer.


KASP Scholars receive financial support, and wrap around services including connection with on-campus programs and services. KASP Scholars are required to attend KASP meetings and workshops to support their academic success and enrich their student experience. KASP Scholars who maintain good academic standing are eligible to receive funding the following year.


To be eligible, applicants must:


Be a graduating high school student and:

  • Enroll in at least 12 units, and
  • Resident of San Mateo County, and
  • Demonstrate financial need* (students must apply for FAFSA), and
  • Plan to transfer to a 4-year college or university, and
  • Be a high school student entering an SMCCCD College with a 2.5 GPA or better in a-g courses completed in grades 9-12.


*Per the District’s Financial Aid Office, Scholar currently demonstrates financial need for the Subject Semester by:

               1. Receiving a full or partial Pell

or            2. Receiving a Cal Grant for Dream Act Students.

or            3. In the case of Dreamers without Cal Grant awards, an Expected Family contribution (“EFC”) considered to be “Pell Eligible” under Federal methodology for the aid year of the Subject Semester as determined by filing the California Dream Application.


For more information about the program and to apply, click HERE.

Al Teglia Scholarship

The Al Teglia Jobs for Youth Scholarship Fund provides college and vocational scholarships to Jobs for Youth participants. Each year, the program awards scholarships to deserving youth who would like to pursue their college/vocational education. In 2018, recipients of an Al Teglia Scholarship will receive $1,500 to go towards their educational goals. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the 36th Annual Jobs for Youth Breakfast on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at 7:30 AM at the Foster City Crowne Plaza Hotel.


To be eligible applicants must be:
1. A San Mateo County resident
2. A current or past Jobs for Youth participant (between the ages 16-21)
3. At least a current high school Junior (11th grade)
4. Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA


Click here for the application and for more information!


Deadline: Sunday, January 28th, 2018 @ 8:00 PM

Speak and Lead with Pride Program

The San Mateo County Chapter of OCA is accepting applications for its premier "Speak and Lead with Pride" program, a hands-on course designed to teach the art of public speaking and leadership skills to high school students. During the 6 week course, participants will gain self-confidence with enhanced public speaking and leadership abilities. The course concludes with a recognition ceremony and speech contest for a $500 cash prize.


When: 6 Saturdays, 10AM-12PM January 20 & 27, February 3, 10 & 24, and March 3

Where: Foster City Recreation Center

Cost: Free to students


Applicants to the program should be high school students who identify as Asian Pacific Americans and who must commit to attend all 6 Saturday classes plus the Recognition Ceremony and Speech Contest tentatively scheduled for March 8 from 6-7:30 PM. Applicants must submit an letter from their school counselor or teacher and their latest school transcript. Apply HERE or pick up a paper application with Ms. Dielacher in the Career Center.


Deadline to Apply: December 14, 2017

Sons of Italy Western Foundation Scholarships

The Grand Lodge of California, Order Sons of Italy in America, announces the availability of scholarships for graduating seniors in the Class of 2018.


Scholarships are available in the following categories:

  • Academic Awards for high school seniors
  • Italian Language Study Grants for high school seniors for summer of 2018
  • Athletic Award for high school seniors pursuing a career in sports or a sports related field

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be wholly or partially of Italian descent
  • Enrolled in an accredited Trade School, College, University, or Community College for the fall of 2018

Paper applications are available with Ms. Dielacher in the Career Center and must be postmarked by March 1, 2018.

Free Speech Essay Contest for Juniors and Seniors

The mission of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience—the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. In addition to defending the rights of students and faculty, FIRE works to educate students and the general public on the necessity of free speech and its importance to a thriving democratic society.


Open to juniors and seniors in U.S. high schools, including home-schooled students, as well as U.S. citizens    attending schools overseas. Additional questions regarding eligibility may be emailed to essaycontest@thefire.org.


             Word Length

Students must submit an essay between 800 and 1,000 words on the provided topic below.



FIRE must receive all entries by December 31, 2017. Winners will be announced by January 31, 2018


Scholarship Prizes

One $10,000 first prize, one $5,000 second prize, and three $1,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded for the best essays. Four $500 winners will be chosen from the remaining entrants in a drawing.


The Prompt

The freedom of speech, enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution, is a foundational American right. Nowhere is that right more important than on our college campuses, where the free flow of ideas and the clash of opposing views advance knowledge and promote human progress. It is on our college campuses, however, where some of the most serious violations of free speech occur, and where students are regularly censored simply because their expression might offend others.


Please Click HERE for more information and to learn more about the contest and scholarship!!



National Co-op Scholarship Program

Are you planning on applying to one of these colleges:




WACE, on behalf of the nine WACE Partner Institutions, is pleased to announce and sponsor its Sixteenth Annual National Co-op Scholarship Program. As the largest independently sponsored merit co-op scholarship program in the United States, WACE will award up to 160 merit co-op scholarships for a total value of $4,200,000. These merit co-op scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors and transfer students who plan to participate in college cooperative education at one of our Partner Institutions listed on the Scholarship Partners tab.
Application Deadline: FEBRUARY 15, 2018* (postmarked)
* Please note deadline exceptions for Clarkson University, Drexel University,
Merrimack College, SUNY Oswego and University of Massachusetts Lowell

To qualify for this scholarship, students must: • Have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. • Apply for the 2018-2019 academic year at one of the WACE Partner Institutions listed.
Applicants must be current high school seniors or transfer students


Please complete the National Co-op Scholarship Program Application including a typed one-page essay (200-words) describing why you have chosen to pursue a college cooperative education program and mail it to: WACE 600 Suffolk Street, Suite 503 Lowell, MA 01854

For General Questions, please contact: Marty Ford at marty_ford@uml.edu

We do not require transcripts or recommendations. (Please do not send.)

Early applications are highly encouraged.

WACE encourages minority and female students as well as students interested in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM) to apply for this merit co-op scholarship.

Please note the selection of scholarship recipients is decided by each partner institution.


For more information and to apply click HERE!!


Sixt Scholars Program

Are you a high school student who plan to continue their education in college, Sixt Scholars Program is perfect for you as it offers full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice. The scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship. The purpose of scholarship program is to contribute higher education and support the development of exceptional students. Five awards each of $5,000 amount will be given to the winning candidates.

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Applicants to the Sixt Scholars Program must:

  • Be graduating high school seniors within the United States
  • Plan to enroll in the full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the entire 2017-2018 academic year
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)

How to Apply:

The candidates must register themselves by the given link: https://www.scholarsapply.org/sixt/register.php?


Supporting Documents:

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  • A completed Applicant Appraisal Form. The link is: https://www.scholarsapply.org/uploads/sixt/AA.pdf
  • A copy of the first two pages of the most recently filed IRS Form 1040 used for the Financial Information Page.

Financial Aid and Award Money:

Up to five (5) awards will be granted each year. The student will receive a $5,000 award.

Application Deadline:

Your application must be submitted by November 30, 2016, by 11:59 p.m. Only the first 500 submitted applications will be accepted.

Link for More Information: