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. 

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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. 

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
 
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
 
Support-Ability Four-year College Scholarship
For graduating seniors who will be attending a four-year college (and graduate). Student must be a U.S. citizen who shows courage by going forward in the face of adversity. It is given to a student with a permanent physical disability. Please Write an essay of 1500 words or less, describing your courageous situation being specific and giving details pertaining to your own story. Two recommendation letters should be included with your application.
See Mrs. Gatlin in the College & Career Center to obtain an application
Apply by March 1, 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: www.heritageFOL.com
 
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
 

Alexander Hamilton Scholars

For juniors in high school, be high-achieving and service-focused possess grit and perseverance, have demonstrated need, be college-bound, be committed to participating in a five-year curriculum. Would need to be able to attend the New York Leader Week from July 13-18, 2019.
Award: $500
Apply by January 30, 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
 
Asian Pacific Fund Scholarship Programs
The Bay Area foundation provides college scholarships to more than 60 students on an annual basis. Eligibility requirements vary for each scholarship. and can range from $1,000-$20,000
Apply by: February 26, 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 Geisinger Scholarship Program

Scholarships will be awarded to first year students entering the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,  prospective students should plan to submit their application for admission to the University of Michigan as early as possible (Applications for admission take 10-12 weeks to process).  Recipients must be enrolling at the University of Michigan and pursuing an undergraduate degree program in engineering. Scholarship support is for four years of undergraduate support or through graduation, whichever is less. Annual renewal is contingent on satisfactory academic progress and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0.  Apply by: January 18, 2019 5pm EST at: Geisinger Scholarship Program

Willow Tree Scholarship (The Wall Pov Project)

The mission of the Willow Tree Scholarship is to monetarily assist and improve the academic retention of first year college students. For graduating high school seniors residing in Orange County, Ca who will be entering their first year of post-secondary education at any two or four year accredited institution in the U.S.Winners of the scholarship will be selected on their ability to express critical ideas that can generate a thought provoking connection with readers. Award - $1,000 to be used toward their first year of college. Click Here for details and application Apply by: January 25, 2019

USC Bovard Scholars

Bovard Scholars are high achieving juniors in high school with financial need applying to selective universities and seeking admission counseling. The application deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm PST. To learn more, visit our website at scholars.usc.edu.

Junior League of Orange County

Currently a graduating high school senior with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, citizen or permanent resident of the USA,
pending acceptance to a post-secondary institution (required for receipt of scholarship)
Apply by March 1, 2019 to scholarships@jlocc.org
 

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

National CO-OP Scholarship Program
To qualify for this scholarship, students must:
Have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
Apply for admission for the 2019-2020 academic year at institution(s) you select on the scholarship application
Meet other merit scholarship criteria as established by the institution(s) selected on the application
Apply by: February 15, 2019 (note - some of the schools listed have different application deadlines)
 
Elks Scholarships! Click on the links below for details
Most Valuable Student
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
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 
Expedition/Exploration.
Please Click HERE for additional information and how to register

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities (Disability.gov)
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 https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/nursing-programs/scholarships/

Financial Aid and Grants for Nursing Studentshttps://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/nursing-schools/scholarships-and-financial-aid/

Certified Nursing Assistant Scholarships https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/medical-and-health/cna-classes/financial-aid-scholarships/

 

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  • Civic groups
  • Professional associations
  • Ethnicity-based organizations
  • Your/your parent's employer

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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.

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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!