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. 

Student Scholarships 

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Scholarship Guidance -  You will find a list of 15 Scholarship Programs that will give out more than 85 Individual Scholarship Awards during the 2021-2022 school year. Explore the Scholarship Newsletter (Links to an external site.) for many opportunities for financial aid. 

TACL-OC Scholarship - $10,000 in Scholarships Available; 10 x $1,000 Scholarships for Public High School Seniors of Irvine Unified School District; Planning to Attend College / University in Fall of 2022 in the U.S. Two  Seniors will be
awarded scholarships of $1,000 Each per High School.  About the Scholarship:  The TACL‐OC Scholarship is dedicated to supporting youth in Irvine who are in pursuit of higher education and envision giving back to the community.
Deadline: 11:59 pm PDT ‐ March 15, 2022 TACL-OC-Scholarship-Flyer.pdf  Download TACL-OC-Scholarship-Flyer.pdf 

Joseph M. Geisinger Scholarship (University of Michigan: College of Engineering)

Scholarships will be awarded to first-year students entering the University of Michigan College of Engineering (Fall 2022) who meet one of the following geographic criteria: Residents of the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington or Wyoming. The deadline is open until **Sunday, February 5, 2022 at 11:59:59pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)**. On-time status will be determined by form timestamp. No late submissions will be accepted. Click here for application. (Links to an external site.)

Ron Brown Scholar Program (RBSP) - RBSP awards $10,000 each year to the most talented high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship, and global citizenship. Applicants must be Black/African American. Learn more and apply. (Links to an external site.) Application closes: January 9, 2022

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) - JRF Scholars receive grants of up to $30,000 over four years to complement the financial aid they receive from their colleges or universities. In addition, Scholars attend JRF’s annual four-day Mentoring and Leadership Conference in New York City and other regional events throughout the year. Learn more and apply.  (Links to an external site.) Application closes: January 12, 2022

APIA Scholars - APIA Scholars provides scholarships to qualified students of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage pursuing an undergraduate degree at a U.S.-accredited college or university. Scholarships range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards. Learn more and apply.  (Links to an external site.)Application closes: January 26, 2022

IUCPTA Senior Scholarship … Due April 22, 2022 -Availability: IUCPTA is pleased to offer one (1) $500 Scholarship for each of the 7 Irvine High Schools- Creekside, Irvine Virtual Academy at San Joaquin, Irvine High, Northwood High, Portola High, University High, and Woodbridge High. The scholarship will go to graduating seniors and will be used towards continued education after graduation. Recipients must attend an accredited college/university, community college, trade or technical school within the first year following high school graduation. 

Qualifications: This scholarship recognizes students who are PTSA members and whom have performed service activities inside and outside of school.

Applicant must: - Be a current student in good standing at one of the IUSD High Schools - Be a current PTSA member and attach a legible copy of applicant's current PTSA card or proof of membership for current school year  - Submit this scholarship application to be received no later than April 22, 2022. APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IF RECEIVED AFTER DUE DATE. Selection Process: All application forms will be reviewed by a selected group which may include 1 Principal/Administrator, 1 teacher/PTSA Executive Board member, and members of IUCPTA Executive Board. The recipients will be notified via email by May 13, 2002. Scholarship: (Links to an external site.)

CA PTA Senior Scholarships … Due Feb. 1, 2022 - Two scholarships are available for your application: $1000 Volunteer Service Scholarship — This scholarship recognizes graduating seniors for their volunteer service in schools and communities, allowing them to register for courses at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools. Applicants must be PTA members graduating from a California high school between January 1 and June 30 of the current academic year. $500 Dr. Ralph E. White Graduating Senior Scholarship – Honoring the volunteer and public-service legacy of Dr. Ralph E. White and his wife, Eleanor, this additional scholarship provides $500 each to two successful applicants of the Volunteer Service Scholarship who intend to pursue a career in a medical field. Applications, reference forms and all supporting documents must be received in the California State PTA office by February 1, 2022. All applicants are notified of their status in March. Scholarship winners receive a letter of congratulations and recognition certificate from California State PTA along with a check. Download the application for a complete list of requirements. Scholarships: (Links to an external site.)

The Coolidge Scholarship - Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2023 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (current high school seniors are not eligible to apply). Winners may use the scholarship to pursue any academic major. Apply by January 19, 2022 5:00 PM EST. Click here for details. (Links to an external site.)

Visionary Scholarship - The American College Foundation (ACF) is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Association offers the annual Visionary Scholarship program to financially support students in every grade level of high school. The ACF awards start at $1,000 each, with a grand prize of $5,000. Apply by May 1, 2022Click here for details. (Links to an external site.)

La Jolla Mom Communications Scholarship - To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate communications or related field degree program at an accredited college in the United States OR a graduating high school senior who has plans to study communications or related fields. The scholarship recipient must be a US citizen or a permanent legal resident and will also be required to provide proof of acceptance to his or her college or university, or a college transcript. Anyone who has been awarded a La Jolla Mom scholarship is ineligible to participate in subsequent years. The deadline to apply for the Spring La Jolla Mom Communications Scholarship is April 1, 2022. The winner will be notified by email prior to April 15, 2022. Click here for details. (Links to an external site.)

The Gettysburg College - Gilder Lehrman Institute History Scholarship is a $5,000 annual award designed to recognize outstanding first-year applicants who are interested in studying history. A separate application is required. (Links to an external site.)  (Links to an external site.)Please submit the Gilder Lehrman History Scholarship Application along with the Common Application by January 15. Additionally, the application for the Eisenhower Scholarship ($40,000 annually) is now open. Here is the Eisenhower Scholarship application. (Links to an external site.) Gettysburg College recognizes students’ academic achievement in high school by awarding additional academic merit scholarships (Links to an external site.) under Early Decision and Regular Decision. Decisions on merit scholarship recipients are made as part of the admissions process. All students, including those who apply test optional, are considered.

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. ELIGIBILITY: Junior in high school (11th grader) at time of application; Currently hold a 4.0 weighted GPA or above; Enrolled in Algebra II, Trigonometry or above; Demonstrate financial need; Have taken Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate courses, if offered; Actively enrolled in a high school curriculum within the U.S. or U.S. territories. 2022 Bovard Scholars application deadline is January 14, 2022 at 5pm PT. Click here for details. (Links to an external site.)

Rita's First-Gen Scholarship - This scholarship is open to any high school senior who will be a first-generation college student. Refugees are strongly encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate is a student who has experienced obstacles or sacrifice in pursuit of their education. These obstacles or sacrifices can be in the form of time, money, being away from family, having to care for or support one's family, completing school despite social, religious, familial, or cultural pressure not to, etc. Apply by July 1, 2022. Click here for details. (Links to an external site.)

BU Trustee Scholarship - Every year, BU welcomes approximately 20 outstanding students to the Trustee Scholars Program. Many of our current Scholars had perfect 4.0 grade point averages in high school and ranked in the top of their class. Click here for details. (Links to an external site.)

The John M. Belk Scholarship - The program is built around our belief that, as a Belk Scholar, you possess unique talents that should be recognized and nurtured. The Belk Scholarship will provide you comprehensive funding (tuition, fees, room and board) plus special study stipends that allow you great flexibility in the on- and off-campus opportunities you choose to explore. Those experiences, paired with our academic programs, deepen your intellect, maturity, and global understanding. Thanks to the generosity of the John M. Belk Educational Endowment, 32 Belk Scholars are currently enrolled at Davidson (eight Belk Scholars named in each entering class). Click here for details. (Links to an external site.)

Scholarships for Women - Many organizations offer college scholarships for women, including professional organizations, private foundations, research institutions, and state governments. Students can find scholarships based on their major, state, college, or career interests. (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 (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.

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


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

Santa Ana Elks #794 Scholarship - Contact Wendy Bacerra 714-397-7130 or


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

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities (
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
Click Here for details (Links to an external site.)

Scholarship Search Engines:


  • 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 2022-2023
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!