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."


Heisman High School Scholarship



Minimum 3.0 GPA

Demonstrate leadership within the school and community

Multiple scholarships awarded

Application and info at:

Deadline: October 20, 2020 at 3pm

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship


US citizen

Min 2.0 GPA

Demonstrate financial need, academic promise and overcome personal adversity.

Multiple scholarships

Application and info at:

Deadline: October 25, 2020

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Program


•Intend to enroll full time in an accredited four-year college beginning in Fall 2021

•Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above

•Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000

Application and info at:

Deadline: October 30, 2020

Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy Audio-Essay Scholarship

Grades 9-12

US citizen, US permanent resident, or have applied for permanent residence

Theme: Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?

Multiple scholarships awarded

Each department's winner receives an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC

Application and info at:

Deadline: October 31, 2020

Coke Cola Scholars Program Scholarship


US Citizen or permanent resident

Application and info at

Deadline: October 31, 2020 (5pm EST)

2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Students in grades 5-12 who have volunteered in the past year - virtually or in person - can apply for local, state and national honors, including scholarships of up to $6,000.

Application and info at

Deadline: November 10, 2020

Dell Scholars Scholarship


Going to attend 2 or 4 year college after high school

Must have overcome obstacles to pursue education.

Must have been participating in a Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approved college readiness program for a minimum of two years (see list on website).

Minimum 2.4 GPA.

Application and info at

Deadline: December 1, 2020