Scholarships

FINANCIAL AID

What is Financial Aid?

"Financial Aid is any grant or scholarship, loan, or paid employment offered to help a student meet his/her college expenses. Such aid is usually provided by various sources such as federal and state agencies, colleges, high schools, foundations, and corporations. The amount of financial aid that a student receives is determined through federal, state and institutional guidelines. Grants include aid the student receives that need not be repaid; loans must be repaid. Interest rates and repayment terms vary by program. Employment is aid based on an hourly rate for work performed."

The most common forms of financial aid are:

  • Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Loans
  • Work Study (employment programs)

"What is Financial Aid?" The New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association, Inc. 2014. NYSFAAA & ATAC Corporation. Web. 9 Oct 2014. http://www.nysfaaa.org/docs/student_family/what_is_finaid.html

FASTWEB SCHOLARSHIP MATCHING SERVICE

Fastweb is the premier online resource when it comes to paying for and preparing for school. The service matches students to scholarships based on the profile and interests they create.

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SPIE EDUCATION AND TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS

SPIE offers Optics and Photonics Education Scholarships and Travel Scholarships for students located anywhere in the world, from high school (pre-university/secondary) through graduate school and PhD programs, who are studying or planning to study optics, photonics or related field.Students are not eligible to receive multiple SPIE scholarships for the same academic level. For example, if you received a scholarship during your undergraduate studies and have not completed your undergraduate studies, you are not eligible to re-apply. However, if you have completed your undergraduate studies and you are now pursuing a master's degree, you are eligible to re-apply for another scholarship.

Students are not eligible to receive two scholarships in the same year.

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SPE FOUNDATION

The SPE Foundation offers numerous scholarships to students who have demonstrated or expressed an interest in the plastics industry. They must be majoring in or taking courses that would be beneficial to a career in the plastics industry. This would include, but is not limited to, plastics engineering, polymer science, chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and industrial engineering. All applicants must be in good standing with their colleges. Financial need is considered for most scholarships.

GOLDEN DOOR SCHOLARS

Golden Door Scholars provides scholarships for DACA students and scholarships for undocumented students. Students may be high school seniors or recent graduates. Preference will be given to high school graduates from states that require undocumented students to pay out-of-state tuition. Scholarship recipients will receive funding to cover full tuition, room and board for a four-year degree at Golden Door partner schools. Students who have applied to or are interested in other colleges should also apply. We will support students at other schools on a case-by-case basis. Please review the important information below prior to submitting your Golden Door Scholars application.

Deadline: October 3, 2016

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HORATIO ALGER STATE SCHOLARSHIP

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 2017 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

Deadline: October 25, 2016

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THE COCA-COLA SCHOLARS PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP

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. With the 28th class in 2016, the Foundation has provided over 5,700 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $60 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.

Deadline: October 31, 2016.

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VOICE OF DEMOCRACY

Create and record an original 3-5 minute (+ or – 5 seconds max.) essay on this year’s theme “MY RESPONSIBILITY TO AMERICA.” The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each (state) VFW Department wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Deadline: November 1, 2016

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PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARDS

The Prudential Spirit Community Awards programs in the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. To be eligible, you must:

  • be in grades 5-12 as of November 8
  • be a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C.
  • have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during the 12 months prior to the date of the application
  • submit a completed application to a school or the head of an official designated local organization by November 8.

Deadline November 8, 2016

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JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, up to 40 students will become Jack Kent Cooke Scholars and have access to funding for up to four years for undergraduate studies.

Application Opens September 30, 2016

Deadline: November 25, 2016.

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THE ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2017 competition. The 2017 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Applications for the 2017 contest will be available online starting September 1, 2016.

Deadline: November 30, 2016

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BMW OF FREEPORT SCHOLARSHIP

BMW of Freeport values higher education and is proud to announce the start of our biannual scholarship worth $500. In 1,000 to 1,500 words, write about where you believe the automobile industry is headed to in ten years.

Deadline: December 1, 2016

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BURGER KING SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The Burger King Scholars program awards generous scholarships to high school seniors across the country. Recipients often demonstrate integrity, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for education.

Due: December 15, 2016 at 11:59pm

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AXA ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP

The AXA Achievement Scholarship offers college scholarships of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. Scholarship winners are known as AXA Achievers. They are ethnically and economically diverse, but they share these qualities: ambition and drive; determination to set and reach goals; respect for self, family and community; ability to succeed in college. The scholarship is sponsored by the AXA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AXA US.The 2017 program will be accepting applications from September 1, 2016 until 10,000 applications are submitted or December 15, 2016, whichever comes first. Your application MUST be one of the first 10,000 submitted electronically by the deadline date. Apply early!

Deadline: December 15, 2016

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PROMISES TREATMENT CENTERS SCHOLARSHIP

At Promises Treatment Centers®, we’re dedicated to providing young people and adults with the highest quality treatment for addiction and mental health disorders in some of the nation’s most desirable settings. We help people fulfill their potential and create extraordinary lives, and we want to do the same for you. Students of all majors are invited to submit an essay answering this question:

"How has addiction or mental illness affected you or someone you love?"

Deadline December 31, 2016

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THE NRA CIVIL RIGHTS DEFENSE FUND

The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund continues its yearly Youth Essay Contest celebrating the Second Amendment as an integral part of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Write an essay centered on the theme: "What does the Second Amendment mean to you?” Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and Junior (grades 8 and below), with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners in each category. First place cash prizes are $1,000, $600 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for fourth place.

Deadline: December 31, 2016

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RMHC SCHOLARSHIP

U.S. Chapters, along with the global office of RMHC, offer scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement.

Due: January 20th

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LA CLIPPERS STAY IN SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP

Six $4,000 scholarships will be awarded. Must be a senior planning to attend a 4 year university in the fall 2016.

Deadline: Mailed and postmarked by January 29, 2016

Applications available in the College Center

EDISON SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship given to graduating seniors who qualify and are seeking a career in the STEM field. Amount: $10,000 each year(4yrs).

Deadline: February 1, 2016

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THE JACKIE ROBINSON FOUNDATION

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.

Application opens November 1, 2016

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2017

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ASIAN PACIFIC FUNDS SCHOLARSHIP

12 scholarships ranging from $1,000-$20,000 will be awarded. Incoming or current college students can apply, from any ethnic background. Must Plan to enroll full time in the fall. Minimum 3.0 GPA and a US citizen or permanent resident.

Deadline: February 19, 2016

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DISCOVER SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

Throughout the year, 40 lucky students will be randomly selected to win $2,500 each to help with college expenses! See Official Rules for details.

Enter now through February 28, 2017

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ACS SCHOLARS PROGRAM

ACS awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students who want to enter the fields of chemistry or chemistry-related fields. Awards of up to $5,000* are given to qualified students. African American, Hispanic, or American Indian high school seniors or college freshman, sophomores, or juniors pursuing a college degree in the chemical sciences or chemical technology are eligible to apply.

*Please note that students intending to enter Pre-Med programs or pursuing a degree in Pharmacy are not eligible for this scholarship.

Application Opens: November 1, 2016

Deadline: March 1, 2017

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THEDREAM.US NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP

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.

*DACA and TPS students are eligible

Application Opens: November 15, 2016

Deadline March 8, 2017

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LOS ANGELES COUNCIL OF SCHOOL NURSES

Scholarship winners received $500. Must attend an accredited post secondary institution(2yr or 4yr college) and plan to become a Registered Nurse.

Deadline: Mailed and postmarked by March 31st, 2016

Application Available in the College Center

HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND

SF General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage. Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.

Deadline extended: April 11, 2016

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PROSPECTIVE EDUCATORS SCHOLARSHIP

The PDK Educational Foundation awards more than 30 scholarships each year to prospective educators who have a connection to PDK by having a family member or teacher who is a PDK member, or through membership in Educators Rising. All scholarships are available under a single application.

Deadline: April 1, 2016

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ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP

The Rotary Scholarship program is an acclaimed cornerstone of the club. Scholarship winners are exceptional students who often are the first in their families to attend college and come from households that earn less than $20,000 per year. Last year, LA5 received over 150 applications from some of the best and brightest minds in Southern California.

Deadline: February 19th, 2016

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STATE FARM INSURANCE SCHOLARSHIP $2,500

Applicants to the State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship Program must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be a high school senior who will graduate at the end of the 2015-16 school year*
  • Plan to enroll in full time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2016-2017 academic year
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 to 3.20 on a 4.00 scale (or its equivalent)
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Demonstrate financial need

Deadline: March 2, 2016

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HEENAC SCHOLARSHIP

Basic Scholarship Requirements:

  • Applicants must demonstrate merit through academic achievements, leadership and campus/community activities
  • Applicants must be pursuing a science, technology, engineering or math degree
  • Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Applicants must be of Hispanic origin and/or must significantly demonstrate leadership or service within the Hispanic community
  • Recipients must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program for the preceding fall semester, at an accredited 2-yr or 4-yr college/university in the U.S. or its territories.

Deadline: April 30, 2016

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MARIA CECILIA MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

Must be a a resident of Southern CA.

Must be a graduating senior

must be admitted to an accredited college, university, trade school

Deadline: Postmarked by April 8, 2016

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LOS HERMANOS DE STANFORD SCHOLARSHIP

Los Hermanos de Stanford raise money throughout the year in order to fund the Los Hermanos de Stanford high School Scholarship fund. The scholarship is awarded to high school seniors in order to help fund their college finances. We believe that cost should not be a factor in whether or not a student should attend college.

This year our brotherhood will award several scholarships to outstanding Latino students graduating from high school with plans to attend any 2-year or 4-year institution of higher learning. Applicants will be judged on their contributions to the aforementioned guiding principles of our organization: academic excellence, community service, and cultural awareness. Financial need will be taken into account, along with many other important factors. The scholarship will not be disbursed until Los Hermanos de Stanford receives proof of enrollment. Attending Stanford University is NOT a requirement.

Amount: $500-$1000

DUE: May 8, 2016

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MORE TO COME ...

If you are aware of any scholarships available to students please submit them to Mrs Saavedra at maricela.saavedra2@lausd.net