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2019 Scholarships


**last updated January 28, 2019**


Vietnam Veterans of America – 24th 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 reporting on a Vietnam Veteran of at 500-1000 words. If you do not know a Vietnam vet, please contact Mike Welch, who can connect you to one– 310-944-8089

More information can be found on the flyer (attached to the right)

Entries must be received before 11:59pm on Wednesday, April 17, 2019


"We The Students" Scholarship Essay Contest

The annual scholarship essay contest by the Bill of Rights Institute is now open! Write an essay about what citizenship means to you to qualify for various scholarships, between $500 - $5,000!


More informationhttps://billofrightsinstitute.org/engage/students-programs-events/scholarship/





Sandpipers has been providing financial assistance to college-bound students since 1941 and is the oldest continuing aid program in the South Bay. Supporting more than 40 students per year, the program is unique in funding our qualified recipients throughout the four continuous years of their undergraduate studies. In recent years, we have achieved an astounding graduation rate of 98%, suggesting that Sandpipers’ scholarship money is well invested. 

In 2018, Sandpipers awarded more than $260,000 to 52 students (freshman – senior). High school seniors living in the South Bay (both citizens and eligible non-citizens as defined by the US Department of Education) are eligible to apply for a Sandpipers Scholarship.



Any high school senior student meeting all eligibility requirements below is eligible to apply for a Sandpipers Scholarship:

• U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education ) 

• Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher 

• Permanent resident of the South Bay area of Southern California (roughly bounded by the 105 and 110 freeways) 

• Students residing outside the South Bay area are not eligible 

• Attend a South Bay high school 

• Demonstrate a financial need. Because Sandpipers Scholarships are awarded to students in need of financial aid, financial information about your family is required to determine your specific needs.


• Online applications with all supporting materials uploaded need to be complete by midnight on Wednesday, February 7


Once all the applications have been received, the Scholarship Committee conducts a rigorous review, screening all applications. Select candidates have the opportunity to meet with the Sandpipers Scholarship Committee for in-person interviews. 


Our selection of the new students in our program is based on the following: 
• students’ community and school involvement 
• academic achievement, 
• leadership, 
• financial need, 
• and personal commitment to financially contribute to their own education. 
• Note: children and grandchildren of Sandpipers members are not eligible.


Online Application:  https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/55505-Sandpipers.   

Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, February 7th


Distinguished Young Women of Los Angeles County Scholarship
Founded in 1958, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls, making available over $1 Billion in scholarships every year. Distinguished Young Women strives to give every young woman the opportunity to further her education and prepare for a successful future.
The Distinguished Young Women of Los Angeles County Scholarship Program for the Class of 2020 will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019Please note the deadline to apply is Friday, January 18, 2019 and there is absolutely NO COST to participate in Distinguished Young Women.

The young women selected to represent Los Angeles County will receive a cash scholarship and the opportunity to compete for $40,000 in cash scholarships at the Distinguished Young Women of California program in the summer of 2019.

 All local participants are eligible for scholarships from many outstanding universities, just by participating in the program

Fill out the application on this website: www.distinguishedyw.org.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact losangeles@distinguishedyw.org

South Bay Business Women’s Association Scholarship

The SBBWA offers financial help to women through its scholarship program in addition to providing support, encouragement and inspiration through the association’s activities. In 2019 the 7 scholarship awards will be $2,000 each.

Who May Apply: Women who are graduating high school seniors. Candidates must be planning to enroll full-time for the upcoming academic year in a college or a specialized education program.


Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (a weighted average is used).


Applicants must reside in the Greater South Bay area.  Specific cities include San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor City, Carson, Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance, Lomita, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hawthorne, Gardena, Lawndale, El Segundo and Westchester.

Deadline: Applications and transcripts must be received by February 24, 2019. 

Apply online: http://sbbwa.com/scholarships



South Bay Japanese American Citizen League  Scholarships

All qualified high school seniors are encouraged to apply for the 2019 Scholarships offered by the South Bay Japanese American Citizen League (SBJACL).

Scholarships are open to all students of Japanese American ancestry residing in the South Bay JACL Chapter area and a member of the JACL. Scholarship applicants must be planning or currently attending a college or university

Please visit the South Bay JACL website for more information, membership and the scholarship applications: www.southbayjacl.org.


Applications must be postmark and mailed to SBJACL Chapter by March 1, 2019

Send Application to:

South Bay JACL

Att: Scholarship

P.O. Box 4135

Torrance,  CA   90510



The 2019 Playa Vista Optimist Club - Essay Contest/Scholarship

Win $2,500 from Optimist International! This Essay Contest is open to students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2018. The essay topic this year is "When All the World's Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?". For more details, please see the flyer and application form (attached on the right)

Entry Deadline: January 31, 2019


2019 Edison Scholars – College Scholarship

The 2019 Edison Scholars application window is now open through December 14th. High school seniors who want to make a difference in the world by studying science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) can apply for a $40,000 college scholarship to help reach their goals.

From reducing greenhouse gas emissions to increasing access to solar power in disadvantaged communities, real issues need bright ideas to create change. This is a chance for students to stand up, advance their education, and be part of the solution.

Application period: Oct. 1 – Dec. 14, 2018


Who Can Apply:

  • Live in Southern California Edison’s service territory
  • Be a high school senior with at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Plan to pursue studies in eligible STEM fields at a four-year accredited college or university
  • Show financial need
  • Major in computer and information systems, engineering, engineering technology, management information systems, mathematics, natural resources and conservation, or physical sciences

Learn more at edisonscholars.com.



2018-2019 We the Students Essay Contest: 

Winners of this year’s contest will receive a total of $20,000 in scholarship funds including a $5,000 award and a scholarship to 2019 Constitutional Academy to the grand prize winner. This year we are asking students to personalize their essays while encouraging them to expand their understanding of citizenship beyond an abstract concept, envisioning it as knowledge and actions inspired by America’s founding principles.

The specific essay prompt this year is: “What are essential qualities of a citizen in your community in 21st century America?”
Students can find contest details, including rules and instructions on how to submit an essay on the website.

The Christermon Foundation - Beverage Industry College Scholarship

Scholarship for graduating high school seniors who plan on attending a four year college/university in the U.S. in the Fall of 2019.


Requirements to apply: Must be affiliated with the California licensed beverage industry through a parent or grandparent's current employment with a company holding a valid liquor, beer, or wine license. Examples include retailers, airlines, restaurants, hotels, suppliers, distributors, breweries, wineries, etc.


Visit www.christermon.com for more information.

Applications must be postmarked on or before FEBRUARY 15, 2019




The Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship


The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2019 competition. The 2019 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 2019 contest will be available online starting August 15, 2018: http://enf.elks.org/mvs


The 2019 MVS application deadline is November 15, 2018


Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university.

All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university.



Navy ROTC Scholarship


The purpose of the Navy ROTC Program is to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the Navy's unrestricted line, the Navy Nurse Corps and the Marine Corps. As the largest single source of Navy and Marine Corps officers, the Navy ROTC Scholarship Program plays an important role in preparing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.


Selected applicants for the Navy ROTC Scholarship Program are awarded scholarships through a highly competitive national selection process, and receive full tuition, books stipend, educational fees and other financial benefits at many of the country's leading colleges and universities. Upon graduation, midshipmen are commissioned as officers in the Navy or Marine Corps.


Full information concerning the Navy ROTC Scholarship Program is available from Staff Sergeant Ryan L. Lunsford at 949-378-1294. 

The application process for school year 2018-2019 begins on April 1, 2018.



Financial Aid for Nursing:


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.

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.