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

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."


UCHS Kiwanis Club of La Jolla Scholarship Application

UCHS Scholarship to multiple seniors $500 each

Awards will be based on merit and need.

Participation in community service activities is a factor in deciding upon eligible candidates. Key Club membership and participation will be viewed favorably in selecting candidates but is not mandatory.

Application and info

Deadline: May 5, 2020 by 3pm

GracedbyGrit Foundation Scholarship Fund

Senior-female pursuing sports in college

Scholarship to honor female student-athletes who have demonstrated GRIT by overcoming obstacles and adversity in their personal lives.

Min 3.0, US Citizen

Application and info at

Deadline: May 15, 2020

B. Davis Scholarship

12th or 11th grade students $1.000

To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic below:

Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.

Application and info at

Deadline: May 22, 2020

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship

Juniors and seniors

500-1,000 word essay: "Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals."


Application and info at:

Deadline: June 12, 2020

OppU Achievers Scholarship

Be enrolled full-time in high school

Minimum 3.0 GPA

500 maximum word essay relating to being an achiever

$2,500 scholarship

Application and info at:

Deadline:June 30, September 30

Skin Care Ox: Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women



Will attend college in the Fall of 2020

Striving to lead a healthy lifestyle

Short responses relating to your short and long term goals

500 maximum essay relating to your commitment to live a healthy lifestyle

$500 scholarship

Application and info at:

Deadline: June 30, September 30