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."


Brad Fowler Memorial Scholarship


No GPA requirement, but academic growth will be considered.

Nominee must have demonstrated an ability to overcome personal obstacles associated with drugs or alcohol, a strong commitment to athletics and a desire to continue personal growth and development through higher education

Application and info at

Deadline: February 28, 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: March 31, June 30, September 30

Sons of Italy Western Foundation


Must be wholly or partially of Italian decent

Must be going to trade school, college, university or community college in Fall 2020

3 different categories: Academic, Italian Language Study Grants, and Athletic Awards for senior pursuing a career in sports or sports related field

Application and info at

Deadline: March 1, 2020 (postmark)

Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of Oceanside HS Senior Scholarship


Will be attending College or Trade School in Fall 2020

Essay min 500 words and 2 recommendations

Application and info at

Deadline: March 1, 2020

San Diego County Citizen’s Scholarship



Must complete FAFSA or Dream Act and must be able to demonstrate financial need

Application and info at

Deadline: March 2, 2020

Martin Luthers King Jr. Community Choir San Diego Scholarship

Senior who will be majoring in areas of visual and performing arts

$1,500- $3,500

Essay min 500 words and 2 recommendations

Application and info at

Deadline: March 5, 2020

Raymond A. Tice Scholarship

Senior who can demonstrate financial need and will be attending full time community college or 4-year

Min 2.25 gpa on a 4.0 scale

Application and info at

Deadline: March 5, 2020

Future Construction Leaders Foundation Collegiate Scholarship (2 scholarships)


2 Scholarships:

Male or Female who has a parent currently employed in the SD construction industry


Female student pursuing a college degree in construction related profession (Architecture, Engineering or Construction Management)


Application and info at

Deadline: March 6, 2020

California Retired Teacher Scholarship

Senior with 3.2 or higher GPA

Demonstrate leadership qualities, participation in extracurricular activities, volunteer and/or work experience

Application and info at

Deadline: March 20, 2020 postmarked

San Diego Chinese Women Assocation Scholarship


Open to both males and females at least ¼ Chinese descent

Application and info at

Deadline: March 20, 2020 postmarked

Don Diego Scholarship


Participated in the San Diego County Fair

Scholarship info and application at:

Deadline: March 23, 2020

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc San Diego Alumnae Chapter

Senior: African American Female

2.75 GPA on 4.0 scale

Leadership ability as demonstrated by participation in extracurricular activities, community service or holding positions in various organizations/clubs

Application and info at

Deadline: Received by March 31, 2020

Brian Graves Memorial Bass Tournament and Scholarship

Senior: pursuing an education in Marine Biology at a 4 year college

2 letter of recommendation

Amount of award is determined each year at the hosted fishing tournament.

Application and info at

Deadline: April 1, 2020 (postmarked)

Jewish Family Services David Rubenstein Memorial Scholarship


Up to $5,000

This scholarship seeks to encourage students to treasure their Jewish heritage, reflect on their Jewish values, and better understand their connection to community. The program awards based on financial need, academic performance, and community involvement.

Application and info at

Deadline: April 17, 2020

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: March 31, June 30, September 30,

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