Financial Aid & Scholarships

Scholarships

UHS SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE

The UHS Scholarship Committee selects students for multiple community scholarships and awards. This committee consists of teachers, counselors, and administrators. Recipients are recognized at our annual awards event. 

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More scholarships will be added throughout the school year, so keep checking back!

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Irvine Unified Council PTA’s annual Senior Scholarship  For this year ONLY, we will be awarding up to TWO $750 scholarships to the top Nominees at each of your IUSD High Schools! This scholarship recognizes students who are PTSA members and whom have performed service activities inside and outside of school. Deadline is April 11, 2021 Click here (Links to an external site.) for the application.

ITA Scholarships The Irvine Teachers Association (ITA) is pleased to announce scholarships to be awarded
to this year’s high school graduates; funding is earned by Site Reps, who distribute ads
paid for by ITA-approved vendors. Apply by March 12, 2021 2021-ITA-scholarship-application-announcement (1).pdf  

Julie Inman Courage Award This award, to be used to further educational or vocational goals, is given to a student who shows courage by going forward in the face of adversity and/or life-changing or extraordinary obstacle. It recognizes courage and determination over physical and/or learning disabilities, illness of self or family member, the death of a loved one and unusually difficult circumstances at home Please write an essay of 1500 words or less, describing your courageous situation being specific and giving details pertaining to your own story. You may nominate yourself. Application due by April 1, 2021 Julie Inman.doc  

College Board Opportunity Scholarships Class of 2022: Complete these six college planning steps for six separate chances at $500. When you finish all six, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $40,000 scholarship, but you can still earn money even if you don’t complete them all. Class of 2021: https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/ (Links to an external site.)

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) Scholar Program is designed to empower courageous young leaders of Hispanic heritage. The program helps ensure students achieve their higher education and career goals. Every year, 10,000 outstanding students are selected as HSF Scholars. While only some will receive HSF scholarships, due to funding limitations, all Scholars have access to HSF’s full range of invaluable Scholar Support Services. HSF Scholar Support Services include mentorship, leadership development, career services, knowledge building, and wellness training. Career services include, but aren't limited to, access to internships and job opportunities with HSF corporate partners. Scholarship awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected. To learn more about this scholarship opportunity, please visit hsf.net (Links to an external site.). This application closes February 15.

LPA Interdisciplinary Diversity Scholarship Program This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, or disability. Apply by January 29, 2021. Click here for details. (Links to an external site.)

WiseGeek Disability Scholarship To support those with disabilities, the WiseGeek Disability Scholarship will be awarded to one student at any grade level or field of study who has a disability and large ambitions for their life. Award amount is $500. The application only takes 2 minutes to apply. Click here for details. (Links to an external site.)

Hearthstone Housing Foundation Scholarship Fund Many students struggle to obtain a college degree due to the rising costs of education. To address this need, the Hearthstone Scholarship Fund was established in 2009. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $5,000 and are available to students who reside in a Hearthstone property or in the surrounding community. Apply by March 31, 2021Click here for details. 

Global Perspectives Scholarship Rustic Pathways empowers students to positively impact lives and communities around the world through its innovative and responsible travel experiences. Rustic Pathways is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a high school or college student attending an accredited U.S. college or university in 2020. $1,000 will also be granted to the school that referred the winning student. Apply by August 1, 2021Click her for details. 

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) AISES is a national, nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations, and other Indigenous peoples of North America in STEM studies and careers. One of the ways AISES strives to meet their mission is through the numerous scholarships that are provided for AISES members (membership is free to all pre-college and college students). AISES scholarships are all merit-based and range from $1,000 to $10,000 an academic year and are available at the college and graduate level. The applications open on December 15 of each year and close on March 31 of the following year.  Click here for details. 

Cobell Scholarship, Administered by Indigenous Education, Inc. The Cobell Scholarship program provides elevated opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native college students by empowering them with an engaging scholarship experience designed to support their success in higher education. Vocational, undergraduate, and graduate-level students are encouraged to apply. Eligible applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. federally recognized tribe and be attending a nonprofit institution. The applications open on December 15 of each year and close on March 31 of the following year. For more information, please visit cobellscholar.org 

The Dream US Scholarships For highly motivated DREAMERS who want nothing more than to get a college education but are unable to afford the cost. They have no access to federal aid, limited access to state aid, and they sometimes face paying out-of-state tuition. TheDream.US has adopted new immigration eligibility criteria! You are now eligible to apply if you came to the country before November 1, 2015. We offer two scholarships. The National Scholarship is for high school or community college graduates. The Opportunity Scholarship is for students who live in targeted, locked-out states where they cannot get in-state tuition. Your eligibility for both is based upon where you live. Click here  for deadlines and details.

Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) The online application for the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is available starting on November 1, 2020, at jackierobinson.org . Through the JRF application, more than 4,000 talented young minority high school students apply to become JRF Scholars and carry on the civic-minded legacy of the foundation's namesake, Jackie Robinson. The deadline to submit the application for a JRF Scholarship is February 1, 2021, 5 p.m. ET.

Upsolve Access to Justice Scholarship In order to be eligible for the $2,500 scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: Must be a current high school senior, a full-time college student, or a graduate student; Must apply via email and provide their name, university or college, major and expected graduation month and year; Must be in good standing with their current or prospective institution; Provide their application (a 500 to 1,000 word essay on your ideas for a more equitable legal system) by March 31, 2021. If you have any questions, please reach out to our scholarship coordinator Ivetty Estepan at ivetty@upsolve.org

American College Foundation Applicant must be currently enrolled as a high school freshman, sophomore, junior or senior (2024, 2023, 2022 or 2021) and must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Financial need is NOT considered; all income levels are encouraged to apply. Asking for a 500-word essay on "Why College is Important to Me." Award: $1,000-$5,000Click here for details  Apply by May, 1, 2021

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation 

El Dabe Ritter Scholarship To apply for this scholarship, you will need to write a 500+ word essay on why having a higher education is important. We'd like to learn more about you as a student, and how you've persevered and fought to get the education you want. Tell us about one challenge, and how it has prepared you for the challenges you face as a student. Must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Award: $1,500Click her for details Apply by June 30, 2021

Little Bundle Superdad Scholarship Giving one high school winner and one college winner help with tuition, in the form of a $1,000 high school award and a $2,000 college award. Each winner will also be entitled to a year of free organic baby formula from Little Bundle, which can be redeemed right away, deferred for later use, or donated to a friend or loved one. Apply by June 30, 2020. Click here for details. 

Law Offices of Anthony Carbone Scholarship In order to apply for this scholarship, we request you write a 500+ word essay on why having a higher education is important. We’d like to learn more about you as a student, and how you’ve persevered and fought to get the education you want. Tell us about one challenge, and how it has prepared you for the challenges you face as a student. Award:$1000 Click here for details  Apply by: July 31, 2021

Innovation In Education Scholarship Must currently be enrolled as a high school or college/university student within the United States or Canada. Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or the equivalent). Must be a citizen of, permanent resident of, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada.Must have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others (This could be a website, series of blogs, an app, fundraising event, etc.) Award: $500.  Apply by 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month

Scholarship Partners & Programs (College Board) 

The Orange County Community Foundation Scholarships (multiple) 

Elks Scholarships! Click on the links below for details
Most Valuable Student 

Legacy Award 

Emergency Educational Grant  

CHEA Students with Disabilities 

CHEA Vocational Grant 

SA Elks Lenz Scholarship - Contact Wendy Bacerra 714-397-7130 or wnuvalbacerra@gmail.com

Santa Ana Elks #794 Scholarship - Contact Wendy Bacerra 714-397-7130 or wnuvalbacerra@gmail.com

ZipRecruiter Recurring Scholarship 
Scholarship Award: $3,000
Deadlines: June 30th & December 31st every year
Eligibility Requirements: Student must be 18+ years old and enrolled in classes by deadline date
You can visit our ZipRecruiter Scholarship Page for more information. If you have any further questions or concerns, please reach me via phone or email.

National Student Leadership Conference/Scholarships
For more than 25 years, outstanding high school students have come to the NSLC to explore
a future career, develop leadership skills and experience college life.
For an overview of the programs Click Here 
For information on scholarships offered Click Here 

STEM Scholarships
Department of Defense scholarships provide cash awards to students who have demonstrated ability and aptitude for excelling in STEM fields in disciplines of importance to DoD.
Click Here for details 

Congressional Award
Open to ages 14 to 23 year-olds. 
Award: Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Award Medals.
Awards are based on four program areas: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and 
Expedition/Exploration.
Please Click HERE  for additional information and how to register

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities (Disability.gov)
Multiple scholarships to review!
Please Click HERE for the link

Military Scholarships (ROTC)
More than 1.4 million Americans have made the choice to serve their country. The brave men and women who voluntarily invest their time in the United States Military are some of the well-respected citizens of the country. Choosing to enter the military should not forfeit your dreams of receiving a college education. Whether you are a member of the Air Force (Links to an external site.)Army (Links to an external site.)Coast Guard (Links to an external site.)Marine Corps (Links to an external site.), or Navy (Links to an external site.) there are a number of college scholarships and grants available for service members, veterans and their families
Click Here for details

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    • Ethnicity-based organizations
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    Financial Aid

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    Financial Aid Process

    FAFSA

    FAFSA Guide 2020-2021
    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa
    High School Seniors: File your FAFSA online between Oct 1st and Mar 2nd.

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    Financial Aid Myths

    "My parents make too much money so I won't qualify for aid."
    There is no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid. Many factors besides income are taken into account. In addition, some schools won't even consider you for merit-based scholarships until you have submitted the FAFSA. Don't assume... fill out the FAFSA and find out.

    "Only students with good grades get aid."
    Most federal aid programs do not take grades into account. Provided you maintain satisfactory academic progress in college, you'll continue to receive aid.

    "The FAFSA is too hard to fill out."
    The FAFSA is easier than ever. There are instructions for every question, and if you need help you can ask representatives via online chat. Most students complete the FAFSA in just 23 minutes!