Financial Aid and Scholarships

Scholarships are an important part of making your college career a success! Here are some tips and places to look for scholarships. If you need any help, see your High School Counselor.


  • Be organized! Stay on top of deadlines, gather all relevant documents, and make copies of everything you submit. Use a month calendar to write down deadlines and plan the dates you are going to complete and submit your applications.

  • Follow instructions. Some scholarships may require letters of recommendation or a written essay. Proofread and review everything you submit. Typos and/or missing materials could cost you a scholarship!

  • Beware of scholarship scams. Scholarships don’t require application fees or your credit card/bank account information! Don’t believe them!! Not all scholarship services and scholarship providers are out to help students. No sponsor can guarantee that you will win an award! Scam artists will ask for a credit card or bank account information and then drain your account or run up charges on your credit card. If in doubt, ask a counselor!

Types of Scholarships:

1. Merit-based

Based on a student's academic, artistic, athletic or other abilities, and often factor in an applicant's extracurricular activities and community service record. The most common merit-based scholarships recognize academic achievement or high scores on standardized tests.

2. Need-based

Based on the student and family's financial record and will require applicants to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify if the scholarship is a federal award.

3. Student-specific

Applicants must initially qualify by gender, race, religion, family and medical history, or many other student-specific factors.

4. Community Service

Based on a student’s past involvement in his/her community.

Financial Aid Resources

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Guide To Financial Aid

Cal Grant Website

Fund Your Future booklet

Scholarships Resources (go through your school Cleaver)

Scholarship: Fast Web

Scholarship: Fast Aid


San Diego Foundation Scholarship (one application that allows you to apply for multiple scholarships)

College and University Scholarships- Each College has their own scholarship fund. Information on this can be found on their websites. For example, go to the San Diego State University site and search for the "President's Diversity Scholarship."


The Rod Calvao Memorial Scholarship Application

In memory of Mr. Rod Calvao, who lived in the UC area for 30 years, the Calvao family is offering up to five scholarships to deserving UCHS seniors (award amount starts at $500). Mr. Calvao was the first in his family to attend and graduate from a university. He is the son of Portuguese immigrant parents. The Calvao family would like to award this scholarship to students using the eligibility and criteria listed below.


● UCHS graduating senior with cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher

Attending San Diego State University or Community College in the fall of 2022.

● Good citizenship, financial need preferred

● Being first in your family to attend college will be viewed favorably but is not required


● Academic accomplishments

● Citizenship, community service, extracurricular activities

● Written responses to the questions listed below

● Interview with UCHS scholarship committee, if necessary

Application link is

Deadline: May 5, 2022 by 4:00pm.

2022 Ellevation Education Scholarship

Senior who has been enrolled as an English Language Learner (ELL) at some point between K-12th grade (Ms. Hall will provide you the required letter)

Enroll full time in Fall for CC, 4 year or vocational/tech school

$2,000 scholarship.

Application and info at

Deadline: May 12, 2022 at 1pm (remember to get letter from Mrs. Hall room 427 prior to this due date!)

Kids Chance California Educating Children of Injusred Workers

Senior who will attend 2-year, 4-year or technical trade school full time in Fall

Have a parent who has been killed or seriously injured in compensable work-related accident or occupational disease with a California employer-will need to provide proof

Demonstrate financial need-must have submitted FAFSA or Dream Act Application

Brief description of accident

Essay relating to your goals and impact of the loss or injury to your family

Multiple $1,000-$10,000 scholarships

Application and info at:

Deadline: May 15, 2022

PB&J Scholarship

Senior who will attend 2 or 4 year in Fall

Letter of recommendation

Write an essay discussing any challenges you have had that impacted your success in school and how you overcame that challenge

Application and info due:

Deadline: May 31, 2022

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Support Scholarship

Senior who will attend a college, university, vocational/trade/technical school or enlist in the military by Fall of 2022

US citizen or permanent legal resident

Letter of recommendation, community service, honors/awards, and/or extracurricular activities

1,000-word essay: "Discuss the importance of Memorial day and/or the significance of the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery and what they mean to you."

Application and info at: application

Deadline: May 31, 2022