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. 

Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship

The Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship exists to move the tech industry in the right direction by empowering the next generation of extraordinary women leaders.
Award: $500
Apply by April 1, 2020
High School Social Leaders Bi-Annual Scholarship

The High School Social Leaders Bi-Annual Scholarship will award $1,000 every 6 months to students who are focused on solving critical social issues either in their communities or at a global scale. The scholarship is open to any high school students who plan on pursuing higher education. Award: $1,000. Apply by March 28, 2020. Click here for details.

USC Bovard Scholars

Bovard Scholars are high-achieving, resilient and place a high value on education. They show leadership and are ready to take ownership of their academic path to success. Must be a junior in high school (at time of application), currently hold a 4.0 GPA or above, enrolled in Algebra II, Trigonometry or above, demonstrate financial need and have taken Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate courses, if offered.
Apply by January 17, 2020 (5pm PT)
Willow Tree Scholarship
For graduating high school seniors in Orange County, Ca who will enter their first year of post-secondary education at any two or four year accredited institutions in the US by  Fall semester 2020 or Winter quarter 2021. Essay prompt: "What do you imagine college will look like, and how do you know you will persevere and succeed in higher education?"
Award $1,000
Apply by June 8, 2020
American Legion Oratorical Contest Announcement

American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 has for many years participated in the Legion’s Oratorical Contest and we would like to announce this year’s Oratorical scholarship program contest on Monday, January 27 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This contest is open to all high school age students under the age of 20. Award varies. Please see Mrs. Gatlin in the College & Career Center to pick up a packet.

The Geisinger Scholarship Program

Scholarships will be awarded to first-year students admitted to the 
College of Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for the 
2020-2021 academic year. Recipients must be enrolled full-time at the University of Michigan and pursuing an undergraduate degree program in engineering.

Click Here for details

Apply by January 16, 2020

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
Cambridge Summer School Essay Competition
The Immerse Education Essay Competition provides the opportunity for students aged 13-18 to submit essay responses to a pre-set question relating to their chosen subject. Overall winners will be awarded a full scholarship, covering 100% of the participation fee to study their chosen subject with Immerse
Apply by January 20, 2020
Cobell Scholarship
The highly competitive, nonrenewable, need- and merit-based Cobell Scholarship Program, administered by Indigenous Education, Inc., provides scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students who are enrolled members of U.S. federally recognized tribes, pursuing vocational, undergraduate, and graduate degrees at nonprofit institutions. 
Click here for details
Apply from December 15, 2019 - March 31, 2020
The Huggable Supermom Scholarship
For the Huggable Supermom Scholarship, the  focus is on supporting single moms, children of single moms, or people whose lives have been impacted in positive ways by single moms. Put simply, the Huggable Supermom Scholarship is a student scholarship designed to support single mothers and those who support them and benefit from their love.
Award: $1,000 (for high school winner) to cover their costs as they pursue their degrees, as well as a year of free high-quality, organic baby formula from Huggable.
Click here for details
Apply by December 31, 2019
CleverFiles Scholarship
Looking for a student who demonstrates an interest in the fields of data protection and management. Ideally, the candidate will possess some innovative ideas related to these critical aspects of our digital lives. The hope is to inspire discussion associated with these vitally important aspects of life in our digital age. 
Click here for the application and details
Apply by June 15, 2019
AXA Achievement Scholarship
The AXA Achievement Scholarship offers college scholarships of $2,500, $10,000, and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. The 2020 program will be accepting applications until 10,000 applications are submitted or 11:59 p.m. CST on December 15, 2019, whichever comes first. Your application MUST be one of the first 10,000 submitted electronically by the deadline date. Apply early! The scholarships are sponsored by the AXA Foundation, in association with U.S. News & World Report. 
Apply by December 15, 2019
Alert1 Student for Seniors Scholarship
Plan to help seniors in the future? You could be grandma’s caregiver or the next great innovator for seniors. Whether you're pursuing technology or the arts, you're committed to improve senior care. To reward your hard work, Alert1 wants to give you a helping hand. As a leader in medical alerts, we’re all about helping future leaders in senior care. Alert1 is offering a $500 scholarship to a high school or college student attending an accredited U.S. college or university in 2020. 
Apply by January 10, 2020
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APASF)
There are several various scholarships available, please see complete list online: Minimum Eligibility Criteria  Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census  Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply  Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2015. Please read the scholarships by supporter details below for specific eligibility requirements regarding the academic standing required for each scholarship.  Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED  Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  Submit one letter of recommendation online
Award Amount: $2,500 - $15,000 The application will open Sept. 14, 2019
Apply by January 22, 2020
Stay In School College Scholarship Program
Applications for this scholarship will be judged on academic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, and the supporting documentation, such as the letter of recommendation and personal essay. Award $4,000
Apply by February 23, 2020

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

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 2019-2020
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!