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General Scholarships 2017-2018

Many scholarship applications require you write at least one essay. These essays are usually shorter and take less time to write than college admissions essays. The personal essay is critical to winning a scholarship because it lets the selection committee get to know you beyond your grades, test scores, and activities listed on the application.  It is also your best opportunity to make a strong and lasting impression.  A good scholarship essay captivates readers and encourages them to care about you. Writing a good essay is not always easy.   It takes time to put words on paper and finesse each sentence to convey the correct meaning. While there is no right or wrong way to write a great essay, a good scholarship essay …… is original.… states clearly why you deserve to win.… has a main point.… avoids meaningless information.… is more than just a sob story.… is honest.  Get others to review your essay, get feedback from others, such as a parent, teacher, or friend.  Ask them to point out any unclear passages and, most important, ask them if your essay convinces them that you deserve to win the scholarship.

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Want to win a $1000 scholarship? Write a 500 word essay on cyberbullying at http://endcyberbullying.net/scholarship/ to enter. The deadline is June 30th. 

Put your twitter skills to use! The Digital Responsibility Privacy Scholarship is now available! Write a 140 character message regarding digital privacy at  http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/digital-privacy-scholarship by June 30 to win $1000.

Need money to fund a service project? Karma for Cara Foundation awards student volunteers up to $1000! Come apply on  http://karmaforcara.org/apply-for-a-microgrant/ for a microgrant by July 1. The K4C helps students execute and magnify their initiative to help repair our world! Lets lead by example! 

College is expensive and the "Because College is Expensive” Scholarship is open to all students and those planning on enrolling within 24 months. Apply here http://cedaredlending.com/scholarship/ to be considered

Summer is almost here! Write about it by July 1st to win $500. For more information check out their website. https://how2winscholarships.com/scholarships/savor-summer-college-scholarship/

Are you a videographer and want to win scholarship money and national reconition.  The ARTBA Foundation supports an annual student video contest to promote the U.S. transportation design and construction industry. Apply online at https://www.artba.org/foundation/student-video-contest/ Each winner receives a cash prize and winning entries are shown during ARTBA National Convention

The KidGuard for Education Scholarship is part of our effort to bring awareness and inspire solutions on issues such as cyberbullying, online predators, teen suicide and childhood depression in the age of technology.  ELIGIBILITY: All grades 9 - 12 High School Students DEADLINE:Every October 31st 11:59 PM (click here for application) 

HOA Scholarship

The Scholarship is open nationwide to those who will be attending college during the fall semester of 2018. Special consideration will be given to an undergraduate who is interested in pursuing a career in HOA Management, but anyone meeting the requirements who can demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the Real Estate field will be considered. Deadline:
July 31, 2018; Award Amount:$1000 Click here

Divorce Matters Scholarship

This scholarship is available high school seniors and current college students who have either had parents go through a divorce or who have gone through a divorce themselves.  Divorce Matters understands how difficult it can be to pay for college after being involved in a divorce and want to help someone afford a better education (Click here for application)

  • $2,500 (One-time award)
  • Due May 31, 2018
  • Must be attending a 4-yr college/university or 2-yr community college for Fall 2018
  • Incomplete or Late Applications will not be accepted

  • Richard Penjoyan Educational Trust "R-Pet" -1) 2.0+ GPA 2) Proof of acceptance to college 3) Proof of community involvment (ie. volunteer work, employment, sports etc) 4) 2 essays (1. Most meaningful event in your life and why 2. Why do you deserve this scholarship); Submit documents to 4 criteria to R-Pet 2016 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 by May 13, 2018 

    Cecile Stephen's Scholarship

    Earn $500-$1000 towards college! The Cecile Stephen's Scholarship Application is now open in the categories of Dance, Vocational & Technology, Orchestra, Band, and Vocal Music. Visit the College and Career Office for an application. The due date is May 16th, 2018! 

    Huntington Beach Elks’ Scholarship

    Criteria: Senior. Scholarship, leadership and financial need.

    Click Here for application and submit by 11/27/17

    Americanism Essay Contest

    Criteria: Grades 9-12, Essay- 350 words or less about “What Patriotism means to me”.

    Click here for more information

    Submit essay to: Jerry Bayless 6252 Navajo Rd. Westminster, CA 92683 by 12/01/17

    ACT Student Champion Scholarship

    Criteria: Overcame challenges and can articulate education and career actions. Composite score of 22, Min GPA 3.0

    Click here for application. Submit by 12/31/17

    JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest

    Criteria: Write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by JFK. Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917. Essay must by min of 700 words but no more than 1000 words.

    Click here for additional information and submission requirements. Submit by 01/04/18

    1/4/18-GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program-Scholarship program for high school seniors who demonstrate: Leadership,Drive, Integrity, Citizenship-Up to $40,000 per Scholar. Please visit-www.reaganfoundation.org/education

    Dragon Kim Foundation-Submit by 1/5/18 - - Students apply by describing their projects and with a copy of their transcripts and two recommendations. Students can apply individually or as a team of up to 3 people. For more information please visit:


    APIASF Scholarship Program

    Criteria: Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity. Low socioeconomic status; first to attend college in the family; Min GPA of 2.7. Apply for FAFSA.

    Click here for additional information and the application. Submit by 01/11/18

    Frank M. Doyle Foundation Scholarship

    Criteria: graduate of HBUHSD in Spring 2018

    www.doylefound.org. Submit by 02/01/18

    We the Students Essay Contest-Each year, our "We the Students" essay competition gives high-school students from across the U>S> a chance to share their perspectives on a trending topic. For more information please visit-www.billofrightsinstitute.org Submit by 02/05/2018

    National Co-Op Scholarship Program

    Criteria: Senior. Min GPA 3.5. Apply to one of the WACE Partner Schools

    Click here for information and application. Submit by 02/15/18

    Sons of Italy Western Foundation – applicant must be wholly or partially of Italian descent; academic awards for high school seniors; athletic award for high school seniors pursuing a career in sport or a sports related field. Submit by 3/1/18 Download application at:


    National Charity League, Inc.-Pacific Coast Chapter-Do you need assistance to pursue your college or trade school goals? NCL is awarding grants to senior women graduating from the Huntington Beach Union High School District in June 2018. Contact your Career Counselor for more information and an application. March 9th is the final deadline for applications. No exceptions.

    Italian Catholic Federation

    3/15/18  Italian Catholic Federation n- available to Roman Catholic graduating seniors of Italian descent who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 Download application at:


    California Association of Wine Grape Growers Foundation – if your parent or legal guardian employed by a wine grape grower, apply for the CAWG Foundation scholarship program. Submit by 3/16/18-Download application at: www.cawgfoundation.org 

    Orange County Legal Secretaries Association-Application deadline is Friday, March 23 2018 Seniors who will have successfully completed high school by the end of June and will be enrolled in the fall semester immediately following the school year in a college of business school offering a course of study in the legal field. All applicants must be legal residents of the State of California and must be attending school within the State of California during the scholarship year. For more information please visit 

    www.oclsa.org or www.lsi.org  to download additional fillable forms and instructions.

    Hearthstone Housing Foundation Scholarship-Application deadline 3/31/18 For eligibility requirements please visit their website-http://www.hearthstonehousing.org

    Greenleaf Scholarship

    Academic excellence is not the sole criteria for eligibility. The scholarship was established to provide funding for average deserving students who have shown promise and improvement throughout their high school experience. Submit by 04/09/18. For additional information and the application please visit-www.orangecoastcollege.edu Click on Student Services, then Scholarships

    Golden West College High School Scholarships – available to students who will attend GWC in the fall 2018. Submit by 4/13/18 Download application and information at:


    2018 Student-View Scholarship Program-The 2018 Student-View Scholarship Program is offering $11,000 worth of scholarships to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college, community/junior college of career school. Application deadline is April 22, 2018 For information on how to apply, please visit-www.student-view.com

    Positive Coach Alliance Scholarship (FOR JUNIORS)-

    Nearly 100 scholarships ranging from $1000-$2000 will be awarded to student-athletes who apply this year.  The application period runs from January 1-May 31st, 2018.  National FINALISTS will be named around August, 2018 and NATIONAL WINNERS will be announced on a chapter by chapter basis from October, 2018-March, 2019. Scholarship funds will be disbursed in 2019 after college letters of acceptance are received.

    Please visit-www.positivecoach.org

     Athnet Sports Recruiting Scholarship – available to undergraduates who were athletes at the high school level. You do not need to be an athlete at the college level. Submit by 6/1/18 For more information visit their website: www.athleticscholarships.net/scholars-contest.htm

    KidGuard Education-is offering multiple essay scholarships ranging from $500-$1000 for students at Fountain Valley High School. Within the last two years, KidGuard Education has provided $8000 in scholarships to several students and classrooms. The deadline is every year on Oct. 31st. 

    Please visit- www.kidguard.com

    Fisher & Talwar Scholarship

    Criteria: US Citizen, 3.0 GPA, Full Time College Student, proof of enrollment.

    www.fishertalwar.com/scholarship/ for application and Submit by 11/15/18

    Scholarships Search  Here is a list of websites to search for other scholarships. Remember that applying for scholarships is free.

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    Unigo Scholarship Search

    http://www.goabbeyroad.com/  "Abbey Road is a Los Angeles based Summer Study Abroad program for high school students that specializes French, Spanish, and Italian language immersion, art, history, and global citizenship in France, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, and Italy, as well as College/ SAT/ ACT prep in Boston. For more information, here is a link to our site and here is a link to our e-brochure for your review."