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Scholarship Information


Be sure to check the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office for any of the colleges to which you are applying. Typically each institution will have its own scholarship application(s), even Community Colleges like MJC!

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  • Fee-based scholarship searches. Bad deal. Commercial financial aid advice services may cost more than $1,000, but you should never have to pay for this information.   Here are sources that offer information FREE:
    • The Federal Student Aid Information Center. Call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243); TTY users can call 1-800-730-8913
    • Your State Website
    • A college or career school financial aid office
    • Your high school counselor
    • Your library's reference section
    • FREE online scholarship searches
    • Foundations and religious or community organizations
    • Ethnicity-based organizations
    • Your employer or your parents' employer
  • Fee-based FAFSA assistance. Bad deal. Lots of free help is available to help you fill out the FAFSA. Web sites that offer FAFSA help for a fee are NOT affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education. If you are asked for your credit card information, you are NOT at the official FAFSA Web site.
    Get assistance from these FREE resources:
    • The official FAFSA site
    • The financial aid administrator at your school
    • The Federal Student Aid Information Center. Call 1-800-4-FED-AID
      (1-800-433-3243); TTY users can call 1-800-730-8913
  • Protect your identity. Avoid scams. Be safe as you go through the financial aid application process to protect your identity. To reduce risk:
    • After completing your FAFSA online, exit the application and close the browser.
    • Don't tell anyone your Federal Student Aid PIN, even the person helping you fill out the application.
    • Review your financial aid documents and keep track of the amounts you applied for and received.
    • Never give personal information over the phone or Internet unless you made the contact. For questions about a solicitation or your student loan account, call 1-800-4-FED-AID.
    • Shred receipts and documents with personal information when you are done with them.
    • Immediately report lost or stolen identification to the issuer and to the police, if appropriate.
  • Report fraud and identity theft. For more information about financial aid fraud or to report fraud, visit the Federal Trade Commission's scholarship scams page. If you suspect that your student information has been stolen, contact one of these resources immediately:
    • U.S. Department of Education, 1-800-MIS-USED (1-800-647-8733)
    • Federal Trade Commission, 1-800-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338)

Free scholarship search services - Look for scholarships by type, name, location or field of study at FastwebFinAidBig FutureFederal Student AidCAPPEXChegg,  High FiveScholarshipsIEFAACT Student,ACT Profile,  College Week LiveScholarships UNC, MALDEFCollege NetScholarships.comToday’s GI BillHSF, for free scholarship matching services and college and career planning tips.  Also, Connecting Waters has purchased BRIDGES for you!  It has many nice features including a Scholarship Search.  Email for your login.  Never pay for a scholarship search service!

WARNING – If you receive an invitation in the mail to attend a financial aid seminar or personal interview to “maximize your eligibility to receive financial assistance” for college, please contact the Guidance Office at or before attending. There are several companies in our area who are selling this service, which can cost you over $1,000. The information being sold can be obtained for free.

Please use the search services recommended above and here are more tips and links to some of the more popular scholarships:

Want an idea of how much federal financial aid you might be eligible for? Use FAFSA4caster to get an estimate (just an informal calculation) of how much financial aid you possibly could receive. Then, learn what types of aid are available.

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QuestBridge is a non-profit program that links bright, motivated low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation's best colleges. Check out this amazing opportunity. 

$11 Billion in merit-based scholarships is available from colleges.  The problem is, it’s never been easy to find…until now.  Go to Merit Aid and see what your college has to offer!

$2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship

NEXT DEADLINE: October 31st at 11:00 p.m. EST
Winner notified by October 15th  Be sure to apply every month! Super easy. Anyone can win.

Scholarships don't get any easier than this. Simply login or register for a free account using the
form to the right and you could be the next winner!

How it works  The $2,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students and those planning on enrolling within 12 months. The monthly winner will be determined by random drawing and then contacted directly and announced on our Facebook page. One entry per person, but you can come back each month to try again. 

The following scholarships are being offered by Scholarship Experts for students 13 and older who must submit a written response.  Check it out.

Are you left-handed?  Are you tall?  Check out this site for some unusual scholarships! Deadlines vary.

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Students who are residents of WICHE states may enroll at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state at a reduced tuition rate. WICHE states include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. For more information, visit

Veterans Fee Waiver ProgramChildren of disabled veterans may be eligible for the College Fee Waiver Program. Waiver only applies to California State Universities, University of CA campuses, and CA community colleges. 

Discover Colleges has a $2,500 scholarship drawing and this is available to any student who

Apply Online is planning to attend a private college anywhere throughout the United States. Simply log onto Discover Colleges to request information and automatically be entered in the scholarship drawing.

Chafee Grant Program for Foster Youth gives money (up to $5,000) to current or former foster youth to use for career training, college courses and living expenses. Chafee Grants can be used at community colleges, vocational schools, public and private colleges. To qualify, you must be eligible, or have been eligible, for Independent Living Program (ILP) services between your 16th and 18th birthdays. To apply, submit a FAFSA online and complete the Chafee Grant Program application

Susan Steelman Bragato College Scholarship


The California Charter Schools Association will award five $1,500 scholarships to high school graduates of Association member schools.  Scholarship awards will be payable to the recipient upon proof of his/her enrollment into an accredited four-year or two-year public or private university or college.  Selection Criteria:  Scholastic record must reflect a proven ability to succeed at a college or university level;  Student must be a graduating senior from a charter high school that is a member of the California Charter Schools Association; Student must demonstrate need for financial aid

The application deadline is early October, you can google the scholarship by name.

2012 Horatio Alger Scholarship Application

In order to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria;

 Intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution

 Financial need, preferably $50,000 or lower adjusted gross income

 Minimum GPA of 2.0

 US citizenship

 Involvement in extracurricular and community service activities

Deadline to apply is October 25.

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will award over $3 million this year to 250 high-achieving

high school seniors. Minimum 3.0 GPA. These awards are achievement-based (merit awards).

Apply online. Our school CEEB code is 053706.

Deadline to submit applications is October 31.

The Ron Brown Scholar Program awards $40,000 scholarships to African-American high

school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel

academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need.  Apply online by November 1

Bennington Young Writers Award Competition – students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades are

invited to submit one of the following: poetry, fiction (short story or play), or nonfiction (personal or

academic essay). First place winner receives $500; 2nd place receives $250. Enter online by November 1

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program's goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Over the past 17 years, more than 345,000 young Americans have participated in the program, and more than 100,000 of them have been officially recognized for their volunteer efforts.  Who is eligible?  Any young person who: is in grades 5-12 as of November 6, is a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C., has engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least partly during the 12 months prior to the date of application, and submits a completed application to a school principal or the head of an officially designated local organization by November 5.

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program offers the opportunity to gain valuable experience

in your field while attending college. High school seniors with these qualifications are eligible: 1)

intend to major in computer science or computer/electrical engineering, 2) U.S. citizen, 3) SAT

minimum 1600 or ACT of 25. Apply online by November 15

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE– awards up to a $10,000

scholarship to juniors or seniors who write winning essays of 800 – 1000 words. Topic is “Why is free speech important at our nation’s colleges and universities?”. Enter online. Entry deadline is January 1

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship applications are now available. Seniors who have strong academic records, demonstrated leadership qualities, involvement in community and school, and some financial need should apply. Points are given for each section, so don't count yourself out by not applying! Winners at the local level can advance in the competition to state, district and national levels with the same application. 500 four-year scholarships, ranging from $1,000 per year to $15,000 per year, for graduating high school seniors based on financial need, leadership and scholarship online deadline December 6. Follow all instructions exactly and make sure you include all signatures and required items

Elks Legacy Award for Elk Families  $4,000 ($1,000 year for four years) merit-based scholarships for children and grandchildren of Elks who are members in good standing. Applicants must be high school seniors with plans to enroll in college, and exhibit the values of the Elks National Foundation: Integrity, Knowledge, Community and Charity. Applications are available online.  Check website for deadline, usually Early January.

Good Tidings Community Service Scholarship – 20 scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded to high school seniors who know the value of helping others. Selection is based on financial need and community service. Download the application. 

Postmark deadline is November 12.

Do you have a Passion for Fashion? Enter The Art Institutes competition, which challenges high school seniors to create the best original design in two categories: fashion design and fashion marketing, merchandising or retail management. The grand prize winner will earn a half-tuition scholarship to study at an Art Institutes school plus a VIP trip to NYC.

Check website for deadline.

VIOLET RICHARDSON AWARD – This monetary award is determined from a 750 word essay about where you volunteer and why.  It is a service (volunteer) award.  Applicants must be young women, currently between the ages of 14 and 17.  Local winners can become eligible for one of 29 $1,000 awards.  Pick up applications from your local Soroptomist Club.  Deadlines vary, most are due to your local Soroptomist Club by December 1.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for graduating high school seniors with plans to attend a two-year or four-yearcollege full time in the Fall. Students enrolling at a two-year college must have plans to transfer to a four-year institution. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $2,500. Postmark deadlines vary, so please check the website.  General eligibility requirements are:

·  Hispanic heritage: Persons descended from Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Central, South American or other Spanish Cultures

·  U.S. Citizen OR legal permanent resident

·  Must submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) - FAFSA filing period begins January 1

·  Minimum 3.0 GPA

The General Scholarship Fund deadline is usually December 15, but other deadlines vary. Please check the eligibility requirements for each program and download applications. 

SAE Engineering Scholarships: In recognition of the important contributions made by engineers in improving the quality of our lives, particularly those related to mobility, SAE is proud to be able to offer a number of scholarships to qualified seniors who are interested in thestudy of engineering and related sciences. These scholarships are made possible by the support of the corporate and academic community. The program includes undesignated and university sponsored scholarships. SAT or ACT scores are required. Postmark applications are usually due by January 15. There is a processing fee. You can find eligibility requirements and complete the application on your computer by using the Word format at:

NFIB YEF ( Young Entrepreneur Foundation) Awards is offering 400 scholarships ranging in value of $1,000 to $10,000. This is for high school seniors who will be recognized for their entrepreneurial spirit. Must be applying to a 2 or 4 year college, university, or vocational institute to attend in the fall. This is for a student who demonstrates entrepreneurial spirit through examples such as: Starting his or her own business;; participating in organizations such as DECA, Junior Achievement, Future business Leaders of America (FBLA), Future Farmers of America.  An officially established business is not a requirement. Apply online usually due by December 18.

AXA ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP – The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship in association with U.S. News & World Report   provides $670,000 in annual scholarships to young people throughout the nation.  Students must be well-rounded, determined to do their personal best, and have demonstrated achievement at a job, sport, or extra-curricular activity.  For more information and an application, online . Deadline is December 15, but if 10,000 applications are received before that date, the program will automatically closed.

The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 award given to two high school seniors with an identified learning disability (LD) who is pursuing an undergraduate degree.  The ideal candidate is a high school senior who has faced the challenges of having a learning disability; is committed to completing a college degree and setting career goals; has demonstrated perseverance; embraces new opportunities; has a well-rounded perspective shaped by experiences in school, in the community, and with family and friends; understands how LD affects his/her life and recognizes the importance of self-advocacy; believes in contributing to society in a way that increases the opportunities for individuals with learning disabilities; and will feel comfortable serving as a role model for others who struggle with LD.  Apply online usually by December.

JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest – The JFK Library Foundation invites high school students to write an original essay on the political courage of a U.S. elected official. Top prize is $10,000, 2nd place receives $1,000, five finalists win $500 each. For rules and to submit your essay online . Usual deadline for submission is January 6.

Gates Millenium Scholars Program provides substantial scholarship awards to exceptional high school seniors of Hispanic, African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian Pacific Islander ancestry.

Eligible applicants must have a 3.3 GPA, demonstrated leadership skills, and significant financial need. More information and applications are online.

The application is extensive, so don’t wait until the last minute to begin. Deadline is usually January 14

California Association of Collectors Educational Scholarship Foundation provides three finalists with either a $2,500 First Award, a $2,000 Second Award, or a $1,500 Third Award for all California High School seniors for their use at any accredited college, university or vocational school.  The scholarship is based upon a simple one page application and a 700-1,000 word essay on the “Importance of Establishing and Maintaining Good Credit during Your College Years”.  Connecting Waters Charter School 2012 Graduate Chloe Waldrep won this scholarship!  You can too! Visit website for scholarship information, Postmark deadline January 5

Christermon Foundation Beverage Industry College Scholarship Program has awarded 3.1 million dollars in college scholarships since 1987. Scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 will be awarded to seniors whose parent, grandparent or legal guardian currently hold full time employment with, or who are owners of, a company holding a valid California liquor, beer or wine license. This includes restaurants, hotels, retail & wholesale grocery establishments, airlines, breweries, wineries, distributors, etc. Must be planning to attend a 4-year college in Fall 2006, show evidence of community service and a strong academic record. Deadline to submit application is usually February 1.

Oh…the places you’ll go! Earn a $5,000 reward for the college of your choice!  Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! College Scholarship recognizes high school seniors who understand and value the limitless possibilities that education can offer with a scholarship award.  Send your personal essay and application usually by February 15th. NOTE: this scholarship is not offered for the 2013-14 year, but may be back in 2014-15.

U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship Program U.S. Bank knows paying for college can be challenging, especially with the cost of college tuition increasing and student financial aid sources decreasing. Here's your opportunity to apply for one of 40 $1,000 scholarships.  Deadline to submit application is in March, check website for details.

The "Aspiring Animation Professional" Scholarship Program ACR is proud to announce our second annual "Aspiring Animation Professional" Scholarship Program. Our goal for this program is twofold: 1. To promote animation and its related fields as a career path for young people, 2. To encourage aspiring animation professionals to research and understand what a career in animation requires. Our program offers a scholarship opportunity to high school seniors in the US.  Scholarships will be awarded to a high school senior who:1.  Intends to pursue an animation related field at an accredited post-secondary school or college, 2. Has a demonstrable record of academic success, 3. Has a passion and drive for an animation and/or design related career.  Deadline June 1. A single $1,000 scholarship will be awarded

Sports is more than wins and losses and while we are committed to helping athletes find opportunities to play sports at the college level, we believe the most important thing is getting a college education. As an organization we are proud to award a $1,000 scholarship to a college student who best represents a true leader in sports and life. We encourage all current or future college students who competed in a sport at the high school level to apply for the College Sports Recruiting Scholarship. The winner will be selected by the CSS Recruiting Scholarship Committee. Deadline is in July 1st.

Seniors: Be sure you are checking for scholarships offered at each college to which you apply. Nearly every college (including 2-year colleges and vocational schools) offers a scholarship program. This information is usually found on the school website under Financial Aid, Scholarships, or their Career Center. Some application deadlines may occur before you even know you’ve been admitted. Don’t miss out on free money!