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Spring 2017 Scholarships


Hana Uno Shepard Memorial Scholarship

The JACL Greater Los Angeles Chapter is offering this $1,000 scholarship for a graduating high school senior, residing in LA or Orange County. Must be a member of a single parent family and be of Japanese descent. Application is attached on the right.

For further information, please contact Layne Sakamoto at 310-897-0398.

Application must be postmarked on or before May 15, 2017



Vietnam Veterans of America – 22nd Annual Scholarship Essay Program

The Vietnam Veterans of America South Bay Chapter will award scholarships of $1,000 to college or technical school bound seniors in the South Bay. You must submit an essay of at least 500 words. More information can be found on the flyer (attached to the right)

Entries must be received before 11:59pm on Sunday, April 16, 2017 



SKECHERS Foundation Scholarship

The SKECHERS Foundation will be giving $100,000 in scholarship funds to qualifying students across the county in 2017. Scholarships are available to any students who meet the eligibility requirements cited below:



Applicants to the SKECHERS Foundation Scholarship must:

  • Be high school seniors in good standing with their current high school.
  • Be planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two - four-year college, university, or vocational/technical school or nursing school in the upcoming academic year.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) at the end of their junior year of high school.
  • Be United States citizens.


Awards are made in consideration of financial need, in addition to academic performance and personal character. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 per available scholarship and only the first 300 applications received online will be accepted and reviewed.

Students may only apply for one scholarship.  

Students may access the application and apply online by visiting: https://www.scholarsapply.org/skechers


Applications must be submitted by midnight on April 18, 2017 or within the first 300 applications submitted, whichever occurs first.

Award recipients will be notified via email on or before June 5. Those that are selected to receive a scholarship will receive payment directly to their university. 



Los Angeles Federal Credit Union (LAFCU) Scholarship

LAFCU is offering nine scholarships of $1,000 each for high school seniors who plan to attend college or vocational school in the fall of 2017. You must be a member of LAFCU to apply


Please see application (attached)

Deadline to apply: April 30, 2017




CJ Pony Parts Scholarship

CJ Pony Parts is  one of the nation’s largest Ford Mustang parts retailers, and they are offering two  $500 scholarships to seniors enrolling in post-secondary education in their next semester. These scholarships are open to any field of study and are not exclusive to just automotive or related degrees. 


To qualify for the scholarship, you must submit a short video (under 3 minutes) - video topics can be found in the link below.


Scholarship Link: http://www.cjponyparts.com/cj-pony-parts-scholarship-video-contest

Deadline to submit video entry: April 15th 




Armenian Relief Society Scholarship

The “Arax” Chapter of the Armenian Relief Society is sponsoring a $500 Academic Merit Scholarship for a senior of Armenian descent. To be eligible for the scholarship you must have a 3.5 + GPA, be active in school and community, and have plans to attend college/university.

Deadline to apply: All applications must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2017.

Please mail all correspondence to:

Mayda Yedikian

27920 Longhill Dr.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

*Application is attached on the right*




2017 Student-View Scholarship Program

The Student-View Scholarship Program is offering $11,000 worth of scholarships to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college, community/junior college or career school.


There is no minimum GPA or test scores, no essay, and no application fee.


To apply: complete a 15 minute survey on www.student-view.com. The scholarship will be awarded via a random drawing of all completed applications.


Deadline to apply: April 22, 2017




Nursing Schools Almanac: 3rd Annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship

Nursing Schools Almanac will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates:
 + A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics
 + A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare 
This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. 
Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2017. 
Interested students may visit www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage for detailed scholarship information and the official application form.



LA Tutors 123 – Monthly Innovation Scholarship

This $500 Innovation Scholarship is awarded each month to high school and college students who showcase their creativity in a new exciting way to make a positive impact - whether it’s setting a world record to raise money for cancer research or becoming an activist for a worthy cause.


How to apply: Currently enrolled students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 should submit an essay describing their innovative project and provide supporting documentation (e.g. website, news article, letter of recommendation, etc.).

All submissions are due by 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month.


The link to our scholarship page is http://www.latutors123.com/scholarship/.

Please contact Tina Le (Outreach Coordinator) if you have any questions: (310) 739-8438




The Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities 2016 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


StudySoup $2,000 Future Innovators Scholarship
Equal access to education is one of the main pillars of StudySoup's values. To further propagate access to education for all, StudySoup recently announced a $2,000 scholarship for outstanding students enrolling in or continuing to pursue education opportunities. https://studysoup.com/scholarship
Who is eligible:
Any legal U.S. resident at least eighteen (18) years old who meets one of the following criteria:

Currently attending high school
Currently attending an accredited university or college (undergraduate and graduate students are both eligible)

How to apply:
Follow this link to the application form: https://studysoup.com/scholarship
You'll need to submit 3 short writing segments to be considered for this scholarship.




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:

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.