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. 

TIP: If you plan to submit multiple applications, save your work in a Word document to copy and paste to your next application.

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

*Note: Uni, nor any of it's affiliates, are responsible for the legitimacy or quality of the scholarships listed. 

Scholarships 101 Flyer

June 2021 Scholarship Newsletter (PDF attached): This PDF (Links to an external site.) includes 15 scholarships that California students are eligible to apply for with deadlines ranging from June 12-July 31st. Links to specific scholarship applications are included in the PDF (Links to an external site.)

Hispanic Empowerment No-Essay Scholarship: Eligibility for current high school senior Hispanic students. Must be a U.S citizen or permanent legal resident. All GPAs and majors are encouraged to apply. Amount of $750 will be awarded. Application Deadline: August 1st, 2021. Here is the link to apply: Hispanic Empowerment No-Essay Scholarship (Links to an external site.)

National Charity League (NCL): Irvine's Chapter of National Charity League has voted to offer three $500 scholarships this year to be awarded to a graduating senior. Applications must be postmarked by May 28 and mailed to Carolyn Canning-White at 79 Sarabande, Irvine, CA 92620 or emailed to carolyncanningwhite@gmail.com by May 29, 2021. Click here (Links to an external site.) for the flyer.

Better Business Bureau Ethical Torch Essay Scholarship: This essay prompts students to describe resolution tactics for their unique encounters with “The Importance of Ethics and Integrity in our Community.” Essays should not exceed 400 words. Opportunity is open to students in grades 9 - 12. Click here (Links to an external site.) for the scholarship details. Orange County applications due: September 1, 2021 @ 11:59 PM. Winners will be recognized and receive their scholarships at the Torch Awards for Ethics awards virtual ceremony, which takes place late October 2021.

JuJu Foundation Scholarship-  a new $10,000 scholarship in partnership with NFL Star JuJu Smith-Schuster, for any students facing economic hardship and who want to leave their mark on the world through their education and pending career. You can find more information about the award here: https://bold.org/scholarships/juju-scholarship/ (Links to an external site.) Application Deadline- June 30th, 2021. Winner announced July 15th, 2021. 

Trotter Project Scholarships - $10,000 – 10 Awards (Deadline: May 15, 2021)
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be a high school senior who is planning on studying in one of the following disciplines: Culinary Arts, Baking/Pastry, Hospitality Management or Agriculture. Applications can be found by going to: https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/14886/trotter_project_scholarships_scholarship.php (Links to an external site.)

NSE Scholarships - $2,000 - 60 Awards (Deadline: May 15, 2021)
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be a 2021 graduating senior that has scored at or above the 75th percentile on the 2020 NSE - Level III or above B) Have scored at or above the 75th percentile on the 2021 NSE - Level IV or above Applications can be found by going to: https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/9428/national_spanish_examination_scholarships_scholarship.php (Links to an external site.)

You Deserve It Scholarship - $2,222 – 1 Award (Deadline: May 29, 2021)
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be a resident of any of the 50 United States, District of Columbia or US Territories. B) Be 16 years of age or older and be enrolled in college or registered in a high school.
Applications can be found by going to: 
https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/15589/no_essay_ydi_scholarship_scholarship.php (Links to an external site.)

Carpe Diem Scholarship - $1,000 - 1 Award (Deadline: May 31, 2021)
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be at least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the US. B) You must be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico. Applications can be found by going to:
https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/15372/1_000_carpe_diem_scholarship_scholarship.php (Links to an external site.)

LM Scholarship - $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: May 31, 2021)
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:
A) Be currently enrolled or expects to be enrolled in a degree program (2 years of length or greater) by
September 2021. B) Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and submit an answer to the essay question prior to the submission deadline. Applications can be found by going to:
https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/10416/lm_scholarship_program_scholarship.php (Links to an external site.)

Crown and Caliber Scholarship - $2,500 - 1 Award (Deadline: May 31, 2021)
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:
A) Be a high school or university student. B) Be active in the community and focused on environmental stewardship.
Applications can be found by going to: https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/13309/crown_and_caliber_scholarship_scholarship.php (Links to an external site.)

Cyberbullying Awareness Scholarship - $1,000 – 1 Award (Deadline: May 31, 2021)
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be a high school senior planning to attend college, or anyone currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or law program at a college or university in the United States. B) Be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher. Applications can be found by going to:
https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/15210/cyberbullying_awareness_scholarship_scholarship.php (Links to an external site.)

Triumph Over Adversity Scholarship - $1,000 - 1 Award (Deadline: May 31, 2021)
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be a high school senior planning to attend college in the fall.
B) Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applications can be found by going to:
https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/16631/triumph_over_adversity_scholarship_scholarship.php (Links to an external site.)

Nitro Scholarships - $2,000 - 12 Awards (Deadline: May 31, 2021)
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be currently enrolled as a high school senior or a student enrolled at an accredited college or university located within the United States. B) Have a GPA of at least 2.5. Applications can be found by going to: https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/18358/nc_scholarship_scholarship.php (Links to an external site.)

Healthy Communities Scholarship - $1,000 - 1 Award (Deadline: May 31, 2021)
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be able to demonstrate their strong commitment to helping others and be able to describe personal examples of a time they have encouraged sustainable and local health-initiatives in their own community. B) Be in good academic standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
Applications can be found by going to: https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/18132/healthy_communities_scholarship_scholarship.php (Links to an external site.)

Exceptional Nurse Scholarships - $500 - 8 Awards (Deadline: June 1, 2021)
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be students with a documented disability who have applied to, or already been admitted to, a college or university program on a full-time basis. B) Demonstrate a serious commitment to the academic study of nursing and career excellence. Applications can be found by going to:
https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/12577/exceptional_nurse_scholarships_scholarship.php (Links to an external site.)

10x Digital Marketing Scholarship - $2,000 - 1 Award (Deadline: June 1, 2021)
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be a high school senior or college undergraduate who plans to major in a field related to digital marketing. B) Plan to take at least 10 credit hours during the fall semester.
Applications can be found by going to:
https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/18100/10x_digital_marketing_scholarship_scholarship.php (Links to an external site.)

There’s Space for Everyone Scholarship - $2,500 - 4 Awards (Deadline: June 15, 2021)
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be legal residents of the United States and at least 16 years old.
B) Answer the essay question prior to the deadline. Applications can be found by going to:
https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/18585/there_s_space_for_everyone_scholarship_scholarship.php (Links to an external site.)

Sterling Law Offices Annual College Scholarship - $1,000 – 1 Award (Deadline: June 30, 2021)
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be a resident of the United States. B) Be enrolled full-time at an accredited four or two-year college or trade school during the fall semester. Applications can be found by going to:
https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/11012/sterling_law_offices_annual_college_scholarship_scholarship.php (Links to an external site.)

Scholarship Guidance - $2,500 - 8 Awards (Deadline: July 31, 2021)
To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be a current senior in High School and a legal resident of the United States. B) Be enrolled or expected to be enrolled by the Fall of 2021. Applications can be found by going to:
https://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarships (Links to an external site.)

 

RushOrderTees Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship 

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation - Dear High School upcoming Seniors, class of 2022 (JUNIORS)  – The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is thrilled to invite you to participate in this one of a kind science program: the Orange County Beckman Legacy Award Program. (100% remote program available). 

In this program you will:

·       Build your very own lego spectrophotometer (scientific measuring instrument)*

·       Conduct your own experiments

·       Attend virtual lab hours

·       Be mentored by a science teacher

·       Have a chance to win up to $16,000 in college scholarships!

Please sign up by emailing Mr. Brighton NicholasBrighton@iusd.org before May 18thSpots are limited and admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis for eligible students.

*At NO COST to the student; instrument-build materials will be mailed directly to participants by the Foundation.

See the attached flyer for more information. 

www.beckman-foundation.org/programs/legacy-scholarship (Links to an external site.)

 

City Property Management HOA service scholarship- This scholarship is available to any High School senior nationwide, and we would like to invite your students to apply. Deadline: August 31, 2021. Award Amount: $1,000. Click here (Links to an external site.) to be taken to the application (scroll to bottom) click apply. 

2021 Patricia Lynn Vermeulen-Tomocik (PLV) Scholarship- The PLV Scholarship will be awarded to an academically outstanding high school senior who has demonstrated a commitment to improving the lives of others and who has endured personal hardship or adversity. Difficult circumstances could include (but are not limited to) mental or physical health challenges, the loss of a close family member, socioeconomic disadvantage, prejudice/discrimination, or the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. $1,000 will be awarded to applicants for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please submit all of the above items via e-mail to plvscholarship@gmail.com by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2021. Questions regarding the scholarship may be directed to the above mentioned e-mail address. The scholarship recipient will be notified in writing on or before Monday, June 7, 2021  For more information click here. (Links to an external site.)

Clyde Dodge 2021 Bonita Canyon PTA Scholarship- The value of the Scholarship Award is $1,000.00. To be eligible for consideration, a student must be a graduating high school senior in good academic standing, who attended Bonita Canyon Elementary School in Irvine for at least one full academic year. Completed applications must be received in the Bonita Canyon Elementary School office by 3:00 p.m., Monday, May 3, 2021 or emailed to candace.novell@gmail.com by the same deadline. Click here (Links to an external site.) for the application. 

Edwards Life Sciences-STEM- Scholarship- Through this program, Edwards Life Sciences will award 12 four-year scholarships of $2,500 per year ($10,000 in total) to high school SENIORS from Orange County, California or Salt Lake County, Utah or Puerto Rico who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. Important Dates: April 20, 2021 at 3:00 PM CT – Application deadline, June 2021 – Scholarship recipients announced, August 2021 – Scholarship checks mailed to schools. Click here (Links to an external site.) to learn more and to access the application.

TACL-OC Scholarship - The Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL) was established on July 13, 1985.  "The mission of TACL is to enhance the quality of life to Taiwanese Americans. Our work is largely devoted to Leadership, Identity, Networking and Citizenship." To inspire and encourage the next generation of leaders in our communities, the TACL Orange County Chapter (TACL-OC) has established a scholarship fund for ten Irvine public high school seniors planning to attend colleges or universities in the U.S. in the Fall of 2021.  Two high school seniors will be selected from each of the five Irvine public schools.  Each student will be awarded $1,000 as recognition of the student's academic achievements, leadership qualities, and extracurricular activities. Scholarship applications will be accepted March 8, 2021 through May 1, 2021.  Applications must be submitted online at our web site: www.tap-oc.org/scholarship (Links to an external site.).  Eligibility requirements and the application deadline are listed on the attached TACL-OC Scholarship Announcement. The Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP) is a nonprofit organization under the TACL, its parent organization.  Most of the TAP members are second-generation Taiwanese professionals.  The TAP Orange County Chapter (TAP-OC) is overseeing the scholarship selection process.

2021 HonorsGradU Scholarship: Design A Better Future  Design & work on a community improvement project, using our checklist (Links to an external site.) as a guide. Watch our webinar here (Links to an external site.) for answers to some recent questions. OPTIONAL: Share your work for some checkpoint feedback before the final deadline to increase your chance at winning. Submit your working strategy plan (Links to an external site.) early (from the Navigate Ideas phase of design thinking), with any other work for which you would like feedback. Work must be submitted by May 28 2021 for feedback. Depending on volume, we will get back to you within 2 weeks. Submit your design thinking project work by June 28, 2021 11:59 MST (see FAQ’s & Details page (Links to an external site.) for link and details on submission requirements). We select 5 winners to receive $10,000 tuition scholarships to their colleges, with the top one receiving $5,000 funding to launch their project into the design thinking cycle once more during the summer of 2021 to maximize impact. We select applications based on their completion, seriousness, and viability.

Custom Envy $1000 Scholarship We are proud to announce the launching of our first scholarship with the purpose of supporting undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited university within the United States; as well as high school seniors who have been accepted into a university program for the spring of 2021. The Custom Envy scholarship provides a one-time reward of $1000 to pay for tuition, books, computers, accommodation, and any other educational expenses. We're looking for a student dedicated to academic excellence, no matter what field of study they’re enrolled in. This is our way of giving back - supporting individuals who want to pursue their dreams through education. Scholarship Name: Custom Envy $1000 Scholarship. Deadline: May 5, 2021. Scholarship Value: $1000. Available scholarship slots: 1. Click here for details. (Links to an external site.)

The Asian Pacific Fund helps talented and disadvantaged youth pursue their goals. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 - $20,000, with eligibility criteria varying for each scholarship program. The Asian Pacific Fund is pleased to manage 10 scholarships programs. All are made possible through contributions from individual donors who start programs to fulfill personal charitable goals. Each program has unique eligibility and selection criteria based on the donor’s priorities. Deadlines vary per scholarship Feb. 26-April 30, 2021 http://www.asianpacificfund.org/scholarships (Links to an external site.)

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.)

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.)

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. (Links to an external site.)

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. (Links to an external site.)

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 (Links to an external site.)

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 (Links to an external site.) for deadlines and details.

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-$5,000

Click here for details (Links to an external site.)

Apply by May, 1, 2021

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (Links to an external site.)

 

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: $1,500

Click her for details (Links to an external site.)

Apply by June 30, 2021

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  (Links to an external site.) 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

Click Here for details (Links to an external site.)

Apply by 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month

 

Scholarship Partners & Programs (College Board) (Links to an external site.)

The Orange County Community Foundation Scholarships (multiple) (Links to an external site.)

Elks Scholarships! Click on the links below for details
Most Valuable Student (Links to an external site.)

Legacy Award (Links to an external site.)

Emergency Educational Grant  (Links to an external site.)

CHEA Students with Disabilities (Links to an external site.)

CHEA Vocational Grant (Links to an external site.)

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 (Links to an external site.)
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 (Links to an external site.) 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 (Links to an external site.)
For information on scholarships offered Click Here (Links to an external site.)

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 (Links to an external site.)

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 (Links to an external site.) for additional information and how to register

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities (Disability.gov)
Multiple scholarships to review!
Please Click HERE (Links to an external site.) 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
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