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Fall 2017 Scholarships



The Elks National Foundation 2018 "Most Valuable Student Scholarship"

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2018 competition. Please see the blurb below for details on how to apply:


The 2018 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

  • Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
  • Male and female students compete separately.

Applications for the 2018 contest will be available online starting September 1, 2017: http://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm


The 2017 MVS application deadline is November 27, 2017 at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time.




The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship


Students selected as Cooke Scholars receive up to $40,000 per year for four years of study, as well as opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding.


Cooke Scholarships are available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend a four-year college or university. The foundation selects approximately 70 recipients based on their exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others, and leadership.


Cooke Scholarships are designed to cover a significant share of students’ educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, books, and required fees. In addition to the funding, Cooke Scholars receive robust support from a team of educational advisers who provide guidance on academic planning, supplemental learning opportunities, and postsecondary pathways.


Requirements to apply:


1. Cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above

2. SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 or above and/or an ACT composite score of 26 or above. 

3. Students must be currently attending a U.S. high school at the time they submit their applications.


Deadline to apply: November 14, 2017


Online application: https://outreach.jkcf.org/cs-apply/?utm_campaign=2018_CS_Outreach&utm_source=all&utm_medium=Press_Release


The Horatio Alger Association Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Association invites you to apply online for their scholarship, to receive up to $25,000. Online application will require a Transcript be submitted by Counselor, a Support Form be completed by teacher or counselor, and a Certification Form be completed by Counselor (all online).


Who Can Apply?

High school senior on track to graduate by June 2018

Must plan to pursue a 4 year bachelors degree or 2 year Community College then transfer.

Minimum GPA of 2.0

Overcome adversity, be involved in extra-curricular and community service.

Demonstrated Financial Need (family income of $55,000 or below)

U.S. Citizen


Deadline to submit: 

October 25, 2018


Apply online:





The Elks National Foundation: Most Valuable Student Scholarship

The Elks National Foundation (ENF) invites you to apply online to their Most Valuable Student Scholarship, for a chance to win one of 500 four-year scholarships, ranging between $4,000 and $50,000. By submitting one application, you have the chance to win scholarships at a local, state, and national level.


Looking for students who have demonstrated academic success, leadership, and extra-curricular commitment and involvement in the community.


Who Can Apply?

High school seniors who are U.S. Citizens


Deadline to submit: 

November 27, 2017


Apply online:



If you have any questions about the scholarship, please email Paul Redgrift, Scholarship Chair, at predgrift@yahoo.com


Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Scholarship

The VFW invites you to enter the Voice of Democracy Audio-Essay Competition, for a chance to win various scholarships that range from $1,000 - $30,000, and an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C.


2017 Essay Theme: “American History: Our Hope for the Future”


Students record their 3-5 minute reading of the draft to a CD. They then submit their typed essay, CD Audio Recording, and Voice of Democracy Entry Form (attached) by October 31.


Who Can Apply?

Open to all students 9-12 enrolled in a public, private, or parochial school or home study program in the U.S.


Deadline to submit: 

October 31, 2017


For more information on how to submit essay, please contact Romey L. Hagen, Scholarship Chairman of VFW Auxiliary 2967: Text: 310-988-5296 / Email: romicles@pacbell.net


Please refer to two page Entry Form (attached) and two page info sheet (attached) for all rules and information.


Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars Program

This scholarship program helps support promising high school seniors who intend to pursue a career in an approved engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics program and who live in communities where Northrop Grumman Mission Systems has a major presence. Through this scholarship effort, we hope to motivate some of the brightest and best students – with a background and interest in math and science – to consider the engineering professions. Northrop Grumman will award multiple $8,000* scholarships to qualified high school seniors in the South Bay. 


As part of your application, you will be required to mail the following documents to Scholarship Management Services:

1. A current, complete official transcript of grades and
the completed Academic Record Form (provided in the online application)

2. Three letters of recommendation: One from a principal or head of math or science department and two from a teacher, employer or community leader


Within the online application, please prepare a 400-word essay that answers the questions below:

1. Why do you want to become an engineer?

2. Why do you want to be a Northrop Grumman Scholar?



Apply Online:

http://www.northropgrumman.com/CorporateResponsibility/ Community/Pages/engineeringscholars.aspx


Deadline to apply:

February 4, 2018


More information can be found on Scholarship Flyer:






The Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities 2017 Scholarships

The Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities is offering two new scholarships for students with disabilities who are pursuing higher education:

The Bernard Siegal & Bill Tainter Memorial Scholarship

The Ruben Anthony Rios Creative Arts & Design Memorial Scholarship. 

Criteria to apply:

Students must reside in the County of Los Angeles, be diagnosed with a learning or physical disability, and have a 2.0 + GPA.


Applications are available at www.laccod.org

If you have any questions, please call 213-974-1053



South Bay Republican Women's Group Scholarship

Graduates must have a B+ average, must be active in school activities, community involvement, and some Republican political activities. Recipient must be a registered Republican voter, or if underage, one of his/her parents must be.  They must also write an essay “What the U.S. Constitution Means to Me”.


Link to the application: http://www.southbayrwf.org/index.cfm/scholarships.htm



Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Billion dollar grant from the pockets of Bill and Melinda Gates supports the higher educational needs of high-achieving minorities.


When applying to Colleges, consider those who give merit based scholarships, awards based on merit rather than need. Information is found on the College website or by contacting their Office of Financial Aid. Be aware of any early application deadlines in order to be eligible for merit scholarship consideration.

Below is a list of online resources and search engines for scholarships:
You can search for scholarships under the "College" tab on your Naviance account

Fast Web –very large database of free scholarships
MyScholly (app and website)
$2.99 membership to access this search engine. User friendly search engine and mobile friendly (download the Scholly app).
Cappex - a scholarship search engine and comprehensive database of MERIT based aid available at each college. Create an account to find merit money at colleges and universities across the U.S.
College Data - This free scholarship search allows students to save results in a “data locker”.
This website includes financial aid information and over $500k dollars in featured & segmented scholarships for those pursuing a career in the computer science field.

Unigo (formerly Scholarship Experts). Comprehensive, free online scholarship search available to students, parents, and educators.

The College Board’s free scholarship search utilizes a database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding totaling almost $3 billion in scholarships and aid.

Website with financial aid resources, free scholarship searches, and personalized scholarship application letters.

College Tool Kit -search for scholarships by geography, heritage, religion, extra curriculars, family affiliation, high school, or scholarship name.

This free scholarship search engine lists scholarships worth $1.45 billion and matches scholarships to you.

Scholarship search engine.  “The World's largest and oldest private sector scholarship database”.

A scholarship database of 3,0000 sources worth up to $3 billion.

GoodCall is a free scholarship data base and search engine

International Education Financial Aid. The IEFA website was created to be a resource for financial aid,college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad.