The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities
CalGrants, FAFSA, Loans. All part of life for a senior in high school and the family trying to send them off to college. There has been a strong push from the private colleges in the State of California to compete for students during the current budget crisis public schools are facing from Kindergarten through university levels. See what the possibilities are and explore new options.
Study this information before December 31st of your Senior year so that you and your parents’ finances are in the optimum shape to qualify for financial aid and scholarships. The sooner you apply after the first of the year, the higher priority you have for financial aid that can be disbursed. Don’t wait until the deadline. You can update tax info once your taxes are completed.
There are Entitlement and Competitive Cal Grants. For Competitive Cal Grants, you have to have an unweighted (no AP or honors bumps) GPA of 2.0, from your sophomore and junior years, including summer school, if you are from a disadvantaged or low-income family. Students from middle-income families need to have an unweighted GPA of 3.0. See website or career counselor
As of 12/6/16
Northeast Animal Hospital of St. Petersburg: Need and merit based scholarship for those interested in pursuing a degree related to veterinary science. 3.0 gpa. Award is $500. Due Jul 31, 2017 http://www.northeastanimalhospital.com/#scholarship
Bull’s Eye Pest Control: Student going into an agriculture-related field. Award is $500. Due April 14, 2017 http://bullseyepest.com/bulls-eye-scholarship/
SCW DREAMers Scholarship: Merit and need based scholarship. Must have 3.0 gpa. Award is $2500 for Fall semester. Due May 31, 2017. http://workinjuryaz.com/phoenix-workers-compensation-lawyers/
University of North Dakota: Over 800 scholarships available for students wanting to attend UND. http://und.edu/admissions/undergraduate/newsletter/november-2016/scholarship-central.cfm
Montana State University: For non-resident freshmen applicants. http://www.montana.edu/admissions/scholarships/nonres.html
Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California: Be of Portuguese descent. 3.5 gpa and at least 3 extracurricular activities. Award is $500, Due March 15, 2017 http://www.cabrillocivicclubs.org/scholarship.asp
As of 11/16:
Schwab Rosenhouse Scholarship: Students who will be attending 2 or 4 yr college, university, or vocational school. Award is $1000-$4000. www.jewishsac.org Due Feb 9, 2017
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship: Up to $40,000/year. Must have 3.5 or higher unweighted gpa, receive 1200+ critical reading and math/ 26 ACT. Demonstrate financial need. www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs. Due Nov 30, 2016 noon ET
Scholarships for Undocumented Students: Deadlines vary from Nov 2016-Jan 2017. Scroll to middle of page to see scholarship list
Quality Scholarship Collaborative: To recognize service to the LGBTQIA community. Due Feb 1, 2017. www.equalityscholarship.org
Tzu Chi Scholars: Minimum 3.0 gpa, demonstrate financial need, and enroll full time at an accredited college. Due Mar 3, 2017 http://www.tzuchi.us/scholarships/
As of September 2016:
Horatio Alger: Due Oct 25: Graduating seniors who have overcome adversity and want to pursue a college education. http://scholars.horatioalger.org. Due Oct 25 (this has been advertised since Sept!!!)
Great Clips: The Great Scholarship Program: For those who want to pursue a career in Cosmetology. Award in scholarships and professional tools are valued between $250-$1500. http://jobs.greatclips.com/page/show/schools Due Oct 31, 2016
Other Cosmetology scholarships:
scholarships will vary in value and deadline
Elks National Foundation: Most Valuable Student Scholarships: Applications will be judged on scholarship, leadership, financial need. There will be 500 4-yr awards: 2 awards each at $30,000-$50,000. 14 awards at $20,000, and 480 awards at $4,000. http://enf.elks.org/mvs Due Nov 30, 2016
AXA Achievement: For those who want to pursue 2 or 4-yr college and has outstanding achievement and community service. www.us.axa.com/achievers Due Dec 15
NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation (YEF): Graduating seniors who operate their own small business. www.NFIB.com/YEA Due Oct 1-Dec 18, 2016
Ronald Mc Donald US Scholarship Program: For graduating seniors who are exemplary role models in their communities. www.rmhc.org Due January 18, 2017
PG&E Scholarships: for college bound students within the PG&E service areas. Awards range from $1000-5000. For specific requirements, visit: http://www.pge.com/about/community/scholarships Due Nov 1, 2016-Feb 1, 2017.
Christermon Foundation: For graduating seniors who will attend a 4 yr university and whose parents/grandparent are working for the beverage industry: airlines, retailers, restaurants, hotels, suppliers, wineries, etc. For more information: www.christermon.com. Due Feb 1, 2017
Sons of Italy Western Foundation: For students who are wholly or partially of Italian descent, must be enrolling in an accredited trade school, 4 yr college/university, or community college. Visit www.osiaca.org Due March 1, 2017
Robert Miller Scholarship for Viticulture and Enology: For high school seniors who want to major in Viticulture and Enology at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or Alan Hancock College. http://cawgfoundation.org . Due Mar 24, 2017
California Association of Winegrape Growers Foundation: For high school seniors whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) are employees of a California Wine Grape Grower. 4 year scholarship for students who will attend any UC or CSU. http://cawgfoundation.org. Due March 24, 2017.
University of California Blue and Gold Plan: Tuition and fees will be waived if your total family income is less than $80,000. You must file a FAFSA/CA Dream Act application and Cal Grant gpa verification form by Mar 2. Automatic consideration, no additional application necessary. http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/paying-for-uc/glossary/blue-and-gold/index.html
University of California Middle Class Scholarship: For students with family incomes up to $100,000 and household assets of no more than $150,000: The MCS will cover 40 percent of systemwide tuition and fees
For students with family incomes up to $150,000 per year (based on a sliding scale) and household assets of no more than $150,000: The MCS will cover between 10 percent and 40 percent of systemwide tuition and fees.
Must apply for financial aid: FAFSA/Dream Act. Automatic consideration; award amounts will vary. http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/paying-for-uc/glossary/middle-class-scholarship/
California State University scholarships: visit the campus website you are interested in as scholarships may vary by campus.
Resources for Undocumented Students: https://mydocumentedlife.org/2016/09/12/scholarships-open-to-undocumented-students/