Most scholarships have on-line applications, so follow the web links below. They also require letters of recommendation, so ask your teachers and counselors ahead of time and make sure you provide them with a copy of your Senior Profile. Deadlines come quickly, so don’t delay.
- Helpful websites:
- CSU System www.csumentor.edu
- UC System www.ucop.edu/pathways
- Common application for 200+ private colleges/Univ.: www.commonapp.org
- Search & Links to Historically Black colleges and Univ.: www.hbcu-central.com
- Public & private 2 & 4 year college & univ. throughout CA: www.californiacolleges.edu
- Register for SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests: www.collegeboard.com
- Register for ACT exam: www.actstudent.com
- FAFSA (Financial Aid) Application & information: www.fafsa.ed.gov
- Cal Grant website – info on state grants: www.calgrant.org
- Scholarship Search Sites:
- Fast Web: Free Search of over 1.3 million scholarships and over 4,000 colleges at www.fastweb.com
- MeritAid: A comprehensive directory of merit scholarships and academic scholarships from colleges across the country at http://www.meritaid.com
- CollegeBoard: Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion at https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search
- Scholarships.com: We can help you find money for school, even as colleges discover and recruit you. FREE! Find money for college. Get found by colleges at http://www.scholarships.com/
- Scholarship America: where you'll be able to search local Dollars for Scholars awards and scholarships from partners like Fastweb http://scholarshipamerica.org/students.php
- FinAid: http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/
- How do I find out more about scholarships: http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships
- Scholarship Scams!
- Fees: You shouldn’t have to pay to search for or apply for scholarships. Check out the free scholarship search at FastWeb.com.
- Credit card or bank account information needed: You should never have to give credit card or bank account information to award providers.
- Scholarship guarantee: No one can guarantee that you’ll win a scholarship because no one can control scholarship judges’ decisions. Also, be wary of “high success rates”—they usually do not refer to actual award winners.
- No work involved: You can’t avoid putting in time to fill out a scholarship application.
- No contact information: Legitimate sponsors should provide contact information upon request. If the sponsor does not supply a valid e-mail address, phone number and mailing address (not a PO box) after you’ve asked for one, that could the sign of a scam.
- Unsolicited scholarships: If you are called to receive an award for which you never applied, be alert—it’s most likely a scam.
- Pressure tactics: Don’t allow yourself to be pressured into applying for a scholarship, especially if the sponsor is asking for money up front.
- Claims of “exclusive” scholarships: Sponsors don’t make their scholarships available through only one service.
- Sponsor goes out of their way to sound “official”: Scammers sometimes use official-sounding words like “national,” “education” or “federal” or they display an official-looking seal to fool you into thinking they are legit. Check with your school if you question a scholarship provider’s legitimacy.
- Your questions aren’t answered directly: If you can’t get a straight answer from a sponsor regarding their application, what will be done with your information or other questions, proceed with caution.
1. Coca Cola Scholars Foundation (October 31, 2013): https://connect.coca-colascholars.org/scholarships/application-2014/login. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports over 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.45 million, through two nationally recognized programs. The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. Applicants must be carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.
2. Voice of Democracy (November 1): http://www.vfw.org/Community/Voice-of-Democracy/
YOU TOO CAN WIN $30,000! The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12 (on the Nov. 1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. The deadline for submissions for the 2013-2014 program is November 1, 2013. The theme for 2013-2014 is: “Why I'm Optimistic About our Nation’s Future”
3. Good Tidings foundation: Community Service Scholarship $5,000 (November 12, 2013): http://www.goodtidings.org/index.php?id=23. Applicants must have extraordinary community service accomplishments (far exceeding "minimum service hours" required by schools - not necessarily with hours but in depth of involvement)
*Undocumented residents are eligible for the scholarship as long as they are accepted into an American school.
4. CA Association of Collectors Educational Scholarship (January 15th): http://www.cacesf.org/
All graduating California High School Seniors are eligible to apply for this scholarship; $2,500 First Award,
$2,000 Second Award, $1,500 Third Award. The Essay subject is: “Importance of Establishing and Maintaining Good Financial Credit During Your College Years.” Entries must be typed, 12 point font, double spaced, and be between 700 and 1,000 words (include word count at the top of your essay).
5. Hispanic Scholarship Fund/ Haz La U (January 20, 2014): Applications available at http://www.hsf.net/en/scholarships/programs/hsf-haz-la-u-scholarship-program
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month and in partnership with The Hispanic Scholarship Fund, there will be 21 educational grants awarded to Hispanic students nationwide (1- Grand Prize — $15,000 Educational Grant and 20- Second Place Prizes — $2,500 Educational Grant each) Applying is easy! Applications are being accepted from September 1st, 2013 through January 20th, 2014. For more information on the grant, please call: 877-473-4636
6. Meritus Scholar (January 24): http://meritus.org/scholars/how-to-apply
Applicants must have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 - 3.7 , have financial need , attend a four-year accredited college in Fall 2014
7. Maisin Scholars (March 7): http://maisinscholars.org/future-scholars/apply-now/
Maisin Scholars are awarded as much as $2000 annually for up to four years of scholarship support. Applicant must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, Personal recommendations, Financial need, Demonstrated commitment to educational & career goals. Attempts are made to award at least one eligible student from each SFUSD high school.
8. Gates Millennium Scholarship (January 15th): http://www.gmsp.org/
Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American, have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED
9. Burger King Scholars (Begins Nov. 15, 2013 and ends on Jan. 10, 2014): Recipients are selected based on their grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities and/or community service. Application is on-line at https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/burgerkingscholars/
10. Ronald McDonald House Charities U.S. Scholarship Program (January 21): Applications available at http://www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships?gclid=CNf0xb6F1rkCFUpBQgodvVkABg . Students may only apply to one of the four applications. Students must have a minimum 2.7 GPA .
The four applications are: RMHC – all ethnicities may apply; African American Scholarship Program – at least one parent of the student must be of African American or Black Caribbean heritage; HACER – at least one parent must be of Hispanic heritage; Asian Scholarship Program – at least one parent must be of Asian – Pacific heritage.
11. CSEA Union Plus Scholarships (January 31) – offers cash awards ranging from $500 to $4000 to students based on academic achievement, potential, character, leadership, social awareness, and financial need. Applications are at https://unionscholarship.communityforce.com/Student/Introduction.aspx
12. Sonoma State University Scholarship Program (January 15): a merit scholarship available to students applying at Sonoma State. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applications are available at www.sonoma.edu/scholarship.
The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2014 competition. Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply.
14. Professional Business Women's Scholarship(March 15th): http://www.pbwc.org/join-pbwc/scholarship-program. The PBWC Conference provides a forum for advancing the professional and personal development of women through tools, resources, training, and true inspiration. It is the largest women’s conference of its kind in Northern California. As part of the conference, PBWC will award three (3) academic scholarships to California female High School Seniors.
15. Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund : Information available at http://www.apiasf.org/scholarships.html. Looking for Money for College? APIASF has distributed more than $60 million College Scholarships to Asian American & Pacific Islander students!
Recipients are eligible to receive additional funding throughout a 4 year undergraduate program of up to $5,000/year (a maximum of $20,000 over a 4 year period) pending available funding for that year.
Applicants must be a Bay area resident (Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties represent the eligible counties), accepted to 4 year public or private institution, have demonstrated financial need (FAFSA form submission), must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
17. AXA Achievement Scholarship: Go to www.axa-achievement.com to learn about all the scholarship opportunities.
18. Grand Lodge of CA, Order Sons of Italy: Applicant must be wholly or partially of Italian Descent. Applications are available on line at http://www.sonsofitalyca.org/
19. KFC Colonel’s Scholars Program (Application available Early 2014): On-line application is available at www.kfcscholars.org
20. National Co-op Scholarship Program (February 14): applications are available at http://www.waceinc.org/scholarship/index.html 170 merit-based scholarships for $6000 each. Students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be planning to attend one of the NCEE Co-op colleges.
21. The Christermon Foundation Beverage Industry College Scholarship Program (February 1): scholarships for students with a parent or grandparent currently employed with a company holding a liquor, beer or wine license. Application is available at www.christermon.com and is due by Feb. 1
22. Mahatma Rice/Univision Radio Scholarship Program – Compete for one of 22 $2000 scholarships for
students living in the San Francisco/San Jose area. Write an essay of 150 to 250 words on the topic “What
Will My College Degree Say About Me?” For a complete application, go to http://scholarship.mahatmarice.com/default.aspx
23. DeVry University Scholarships: Do you plan to attend DeVry University? If so, check out their scholarship
24. Scholarships to Christian colleges (Deadlines Vary)– free web resource for searching for scholarships to Christian colleges at www.christianconnector.com.
25. Middle Class Scholarships
On July 1, 2013 Governor Jerry Brown signed historic legislation aimed at making higher education more affordable. Starting in the 2014-15 academic year, the Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) program would apply to undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000 and who attend a University of California or California State University campus.
Who qualifies for the Middle Class Scholarship (MCS)?
New, transfer and returning undergraduate students to California State University or University of California with a family income of up to $150,000 may be eligible for the Middle Class Scholarship.
What are the requirements to receive a MCS?
You must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have AB 540 status; not be incarcerated; not be in default on a student loan; be a California resident; maintain a 2.0 GPA; meet certain income and other financial aid standards; and attend a California State University or University of California campus.
Where do I apply?
You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov or, if you do not have a social security number, go to www.csac.ca.gov and complete a California Dream Act Application.
When is the application period for the MCS?
You may begin applying January 1, 2014 for the 2014-15 academic year. Please check with your campus for priority deadlines.
How will I know if I’m selected to receive a MCS?
Submit your FAFSA. Make sure your GPA Verification is on file with the California Student Aid Commission. You will be notified after your final Middle Class Scholarship amount is determined. Be sure your current e-mail address is listed on your FAFSA or CA Dream Act application.
How much is the MCS?
Middle Class Scholarships are based on a sliding scale according to your family income.
Scholarship amounts may vary by student and institution. The scholarship amount is limited to no more than 40% of the amount of your institution’s system-wide tuition.* Your award amount is determined after any other publicly funded, need-based student financial aid you may receive. Students whose families earn up to $100,000 per year are eligible for up to a 40% tuition/fee discount and students whose families earn up to $150,000 per year are eligible for no less than 10% tuition/fee discount.
The Middle Class Scholarship is being phased in over your years. For the 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17 academic years, the maximum amount of a student’s scholarship award shall be 35 percent, 50 percent, and 75 percent, respectively, of the total scholarship award amount that the student would otherwise be eligible to receive. The final award amount will also be based on the number of students that are eligible for the Middle Class Scholarship and the amount of funding allocated by the State Budget.
Check back with the California Student Aid Commission for more information as these FAQs will be updated as needed.
* As specified in California Education Code Section 70020 §2, Article 22.