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. 

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 32nd class in 2020 (Links to an external site.), the Foundation has provided over 6,300 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $72 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. Our application is open! High school seniors can apply here. (Links to an external site.)  VIEW ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS (Links to an external site.) Apply by October 31, 2020

Cooke College Scholarship

The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. The College Scholarship Program application is now available in the Common App. The application closes on October 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm in your local time zone. Questions about the Common App:  (Links to an external site.)Questions about the program and eligibility 

Horatio Alger National and State Scholarship Programs

Eligibility criteria: Involvement in co-curricular and community activities; minimum GPA 2.0; US Citizen; critical financial need. See for more information and to apply. Apply by October 25, 2020

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

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
Apply by May, 1, 2021
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
Apply by June 30, 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

The Orange County Community Foundation Scholarships (multiple)

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

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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

    Important Information

    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 2020-2021
    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!