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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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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship

 

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2018 competition.

  • Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
  • High school graduates are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
  • Male and female students compete separately

For more information and to apply click HERE

 

Application deadline is November 27, 2017

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.

Be the Whale Scholarship for High School Art students

This is a nationwide 2D art project focusing on a wide range of endangered animal species for High School art students around the United States.

 

Subject:San Joaquin Kit Fox

2D artwork (Dimensions of original: min = 8x10, max = 18x24)
***NO 3D or digital artwork  ***Adhere to ALL copyright rules!)
     The winner will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
     Deadline for all entries is November 1st, 2017
     For more information Click HERE!!
 

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.

 

Deadline

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:

-CLARKSON UNIVERSITY
-DREXEL UNIVERSITY
-MERRIMACK COLLEGE
-ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
-STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK OSWEGO
-THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO

-UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
-UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL
-WENTWORTH INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

 

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
 
QUALIFICATIONS:

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
 

INSTRUCTIONS:

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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Eligibility:

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:

https://www.sixt.com/sixt-scholars/

2017 Good Tidings Community Service Scholarship

The Good Tidings Foundation is a non-profit, 501-(c)-3 public benefit charity that shares the spirit of giving with youth from communities of need in the Bay Area to empower them to reach their dreams. We feel that every girl and boy deserves to have the means to achieve their dreams regardless of financial status, ethnic background, religion, gender, or region of living. We created this scholarship award in 1999 for High School Seniors who recognize the benefits of serving their community. Scholarships are awarded to high school Seniors in the graduating class of 2018 based on greatest service and financial need.

 

Instructions:

 

Please be advised that the Letter of Recommendation is due at the same date and time as the application. Your recommender will not receive a notification until you either: (1) submit your finished application, or (2) complete and save the Letter of Recommendation section of the application (page 3). To ensure that your recommender completes the letter in time, we advise that you fill out and save the Letter of Recommendation section of the application (page 3) first.

 

Requirements

 

- High School Senior graduating in 2018
- Resident of one of the following California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Yolo

 

There will be ten awards given out at $10,000 each.

 

DEADLINE to Apply is October 26th!

 

If you are interested in learning more and applying Click HERE!

Horatio Alger Scholarship

As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.

 

About Our Scholarship Programs

The Association will administer more than $18 million in scholarship aid in 2017.  We offer scholarships in the following categories:

  • National Scholarships
  • State Scholarships
  • Targeted Scholarships (college and major specific)
  • Career & Technical Scholarships

NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

 

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2018 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen

The application will be available August 1 – October 25.

 

STATE SCHOLARSHIPS

 

To be eligible to apply for a Horatio Alger State Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2018 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen

The application will be available August 1 – October 25.

 

CAREER AND TECHNICAL SCHOLARSHIPS

 

To be eligible to apply for a Horatio Alger Career and Technical Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed high school (or earned a high school equivalency credential)
  • Will be enrolled in eligible program in Fall 2017
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program (up to 2 years) at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Be a United States citizen

Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies.  All scholarship funds are paid directly to the institution on behalf of the recipient.

 

The scholarship program is open until August 31st to fill its remaining slots.

 

TARGETED SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Santa Clara University – Schott Family Scholarship (4 awards at $50,000 each – amount matched by school)

The Santa Clara University – Schott Family Scholarship Program was established in 2016 and is funded by Association Member Stephen Schott, Owner and CEO of S.C.S Development Co. / Award Homes.

  • High school senior planning to attend Santa Clara University
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.4

If you are interested in learning more about these scholarships and want to apply please Click HERE!