Financial Aid & Scholarships



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.


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. 

Julie Inman Courage Award
For graduating seniors who plan on furthering their education or vocational goals. This award will go 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. 
See Mrs. Gatlin in the College & Career Center to obtain an application
Apply by April 1, 2019
Assistance League of Irvine (High School Scholarship Program)
Assistance League Irvine will be awarding a total of $10,000 in needs-based scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year.  Graduating seniors from Irvine Unified School District High Schools, planning to attend Irvine Valley College full-time, are invited to apply for a scholarship. 
Click Here for details
Apply by March 29, 2019 5:00pm
VIP Women in Technology Scholarship Program

Visionary Integration Professionals (VIP), a leading performance delivery and technology consulting firm that helps organizations better align strategy to execution, is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the 12th annual Women in Technology Scholarship (WITS) program. Over the past decade, VIP has been proud to support over 100 women as they pursue a career in select technology fields. WITS offers multiple scholarships to women pursuing a career in computer science, IT, MIS or other related fields. Applicants must be enrolled at, or accepted to a two or four-year college or university in the US for the Fall 2019 semester. Pick up an application packet from Mrs. Gatlin in the College & Career Center. Apply by April 15, 2019

Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce (Colvin Memorial Scholarship)
The Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce, in coordination with the Colvin family, established the John Colvin Memorial Scholarship in honor of John Greg Colvin. Colvin was a long time-resident of Orange County, active Chamber member and chair of the Business Attraction & Retention Committee. He died in 2014 while training for an Ironman Triathlon. 
Criteria: Must be accepted or enrolled in one of the colleges or universities with a presence in Irvine, CA.  Must be engaged in the process of obtaining a bachelor’s degree ,  present documentation of involvement in organized health, fitness, or organized sports that demonstrate a commitment to a fitness lifestyle, i.e., cycling, swimming, jogging, running, aerobics, must have achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher, must be a California resident with the objective of contributing to the health and economic vitality of Irvine and California in the future.
Click Here for details
Award: $2,500
Apply by April, 19, 2019
HonorsGradU Scholarship (Design A Better Future)
For graduating seniors planning on attending an accredited college or university in the U.S. Create a design thinking project following the launch cycle.
Award: Five (5) $10,000 awards
Apply by March 23, 2019
Heritage Park  Friends of Library Scholarship (FOL)
For graduating seniors living in Irvine who are planning on attending a college or university in the following academic year.
Amount $1,000
Apply by April 1, 2019
For details, visit:
IUCPTA Scholarship
The Irvine Unified Council PTA Senior Scholarship is pleased to offer one $500 scholarship at each Irvine High School (Creekside, Irvine High, Northwood, Woodbridge and University High) to a graduating senior that will be used towards continued education after graduation. Applicant must be in good standing at one of the IUSD High Schools and be a current PTSA member.
See Mrs. Gatlin in the College and Career Center to obtain an application.
Apply by April 1, 2019
Cathay Bank Scholarship Program
For high school seniors who reside in California, Washington, Illinois, Nevada, Maryland, Massachusetts, Texas, New York, and New Jersey,  Plan to attend a U.S. Accredited 4-Year College/ University or a Community College in the state of California, Washington, Illinois, Nevada, Maryland, Massachusetts, Texas, New York, and New Jersey as a 1st  year student in the Fall of 2019 (if selected, must submit college acceptance letter for verification). Have a minimum cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 3.0. Must demonstrate financial need.
Award: $1,000 (20 awards)
Apply by March 27, 2019

FIDM National Scholarship Competition

Eligibility:  Students applying must plan to pursue a degree in one of the following Major programs: Apparel Industry Management, Beauty Marketing and Product Development, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Merchandising and Marketing, Merchandise Product Development, Social Media, and Visual Communications. 
Award: Eight (8) full one-year scholarships
Apply by March 29, 2019
Royal Business Bank Scholarship Program
For high school seniors who reside in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County and Clark County – Nevada, and New York City.  Plan to attend a U.S. accredited 4-year College/University of California/Nevada Community College/New York Community College as a 1st year full-time student in the Fall of 2019 (if selected, must submit college acceptance letter for verification). Have a minimum cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 3.0. Must demonstrate financial need.
Award: $1,000 (25 awards)
Apply by March 27, 2019

The Orange County Community Foundation Scholarships (multiple)

Irvine Unified Council PTA
This scholarship recognizes students who are PTSA members who have performed service activities inside and outside of school.
Award: $500 Apply by: April 1st, 2019  ***Please visit the College & Career Center for an application

Elks Scholarships! Click on the links below for details
Most Valuable Student
SA Elks Lenz Scholarship - Contact Wendy Bacerra 714-397-7130 or
Santa Ana Elks #794 Scholarship - Contact Wendy Bacerra 714-397-7130 or


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 
Please Click HERE for additional information and how to register

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities (
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 ForceArmyCoast GuardMarine Corps, or Navy there are a number of college scholarships and grants available for service members, veterans and their families
Click Here for details

Nursing Scholarships

Financial Aid and Grants for Nursing Students

Certified Nursing Assistant Scholarships


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Additional Sources

  • Foundations
  • Religious/community orgs
  • Local businesses
  • Civic groups
  • Professional associations
  • Ethnicity-based organizations
  • Your/your parent's employer

Financial Aid

Click here for the 2019 financial aid Night presentation
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Types of Aid

The Financial Aid Process

Finding financial aid can seem overwhelming. The infographic below provides helpful information about the financial aid process.

Financial Aid Process



FAFSA Guide 2018-2019
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
High School Seniors: File your FAFSA online between Oct 1st and Mar 2nd.

Financial Aid Websites

Reference Guide: Cal Grant & Other State Aid
College Cost Comparison
College Scorecard
Federal Aid Eligibility
Info for Parents
Types of Aid

Financial Aid Resources

FAFSA: Dependency Status
FAFSA: Who is my Parent?
Federal Aid Eligibility
Financial Aid Process
Financial Aid Workshop PPT
Loan Basics for Parents
Loan Basics for Students
Types of Aid

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!