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2018 Scholarships


**last updated April 19, 2018**


2018 Optimist Essay Scholarship ($500)
This scholarship is open to ONLY HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS who have been accepted by a college or educational institution.


 A copy of your overall transcripts with a minimum GPA of 2.80.
 Two (2) recommendations from either teachers or administrators.
 Name and address of the college/educational institution you will be attending, including a copy of your letter of acceptance.
 A complete list of the community service that you have done and when.
 A short essay (200-400 words) telling us why you deserve/need this scholarship and how it will help you achieve your educational goals.

The form (attached on the right) must be submitted no later than June 5, 2018, in order to be considered.


Please either mail or email the form with attachments to Playa Vista Optimists Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 10553, Marina del Rey, CA 90295 or playavistaoptimists@gmail.com For more information or questions call Samia Boctor at 310-210-3716.


The Great Minds in STEM™
2018-19 HENAAC Scholarship


DEADLINE11:59 PM PST, April 30, 2018

Graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students, who intend to or are currently pursuing a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) degree at an accredited college/university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, are encouraged to apply for these merit-based scholarships.

Students must have an overall minimum 3.0 GPA and must be of Hispanic descent or demonstrate strong leadership or service within the Hispanic community.

Scholarship awards range from $500 - $10,000

Scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the 30th HENAAC Conference, from October 18 – 21, 2018, in Pasadena, CA. Great Minds in STEM subsidizes over $850 in registration, travel and housing for the Scholars to attend this conference, where they will meet their sponsors, be awarded their scholarship and formally recognized as new members of the GMiS Scholars Society.


Types of scholarships:

Corporate / Government Sponsored Scholarships – These scholarships are made possible thanks to our dedicated scholarship sponsors from corporate America, federal agencies and affinity groups.

Special Recognition Scholarships



Intel Scholarship – These highly-competitive $10,000 scholarships are awarded to qualified graduate students pursuing a computer science, IT or related software development degree. Recipients may also have the opportunity to receive a Letter of Intent from Intel. 



U.S. Navy STEM Scholarship - These highly-competitive $10,000 scholarships are awarded to qualified graduating high school seniors, who have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and will be pursuing a STEM degree at a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). During their first semester in college, these scholars have the opportunity to apply for the Student Employment Program, which provides them a summer internship and continued funding through their undergraduate career, so long as the student maintains a competitive GPA.



In Memoriam and Personal Scholarships - Great Minds in STEM awards some very special scholarships, which have been established in the loving memory of an endeared supporter of GMiS or have been established by long-time supporters and dear friends of GMiS.  Scholarships begin at $500.




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.



The Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Education Scholarship

For students who will complete high school by Spring of 2018 and plan on being enrolled in a 2 year or less career or technical degree/certificate program in the Fall of 2018. Must be a U.S. Citizen and under the age of 30.


The Horatio Alger Association invites you to apply online for their scholarship, to receive up to $25,000.


Deadline to apply: June 15, 2018 

Apply online: application.horatioalger.org


Society of Women Engineers’ Scholarship

Apply for the Society of Women Engineers' scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year! High school seniors who will be university freshmen can apply online now through May 1, 2018.


The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women studying baccalaureate or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. In 2017, SWE disbursed 220 new and renewed scholarships valued at over $715,000.


Applicants complete one application and are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. The online application is entirely electronic — including submittal of reference recommendations and transcripts.


For more detailed information about eligibility, requirements and a link to the application, go to SWE Scholarships.


Please contact scholarships@swe.org if you have any questions. 




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.

How to Apply:

Each applicant must submit request form, application form, and an essay on a separate sheet. For further information, please contact Layne Sakamoto at 310-897-0398.

Copies of the Request form and Application form are available in the CCC.  

Application must be postmarked on or before May 15, 2018



Vietnam Veterans of America – 23rd 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 Sunday, April 15, 2018


The CAA/ESA Youth Scholarship Program

$25,000 in grants are available for children of law enforcement and fire service personnel who are high school seniors in CA. Looking for students who have excelled academically and are active in community service and extra-curricular activities in their school.


One aspect of the application is to submit an essay about how their parent or guardian helps secure the community. Essay will be judged on grammar and content.


Application and information: www.caaonline.org

Application must be submitted by March 30, 2018




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.

Please mail application to:

Mayda Yedikian

27920 Longhill Dr.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


*Applications available in the CCC*

Deadline to apply: Applications must be postmarked by April 27, 2018.



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, 2018


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/scholarships.htm



SKECHERS Foundation Scholarship

The SKECHERS Foundation will be giving $100,000 in scholarship funds to qualifying students across the county in 2018. 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: http://www.skechersfriendshipwalk.com/site/PageServer?pagename=Scholarship_Program


Applications must be submitted by midnight on April 18, 2018 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. 

F3 Scholarships: for all grade levels



The Cluff Law Car Accident Scholarship 

Criteria: Applicant must be attending college by Fall 2018 and have at least a 3.0 GPA. They must be interested pursuing a law-related degree.

Deadline to apply: May 31, 2018 

Online application can be found here: https://clufflaw.com/#scholarship-application




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 2018 the scholarship awards will be $2,500 each. 

Who May Apply:
Graduating female high school seniors and college students who have completed at least one year of study, or students continuing with post-graduate work may apply. Applicants must be planning to enroll full-time for the upcoming academic year in a college or specialized education program. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for High School applicants.
Application Deadline: February 28, 2018. 
To Apply: Please go to www.sbbwa.com/scholarships for an application, or email at info@sbbwa.com.

The Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) Scholarship

Scholarship given by the Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) for college bound seniors.

Who can apply: 

Seniors who have 3.2+ Cumulative GPA and meet the requirements in either of the following two categories:

A.    Be Roman Catholic and of Italian descent, and live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada, where branches of the ICF are established


B.    If either Roman Catholic parent, guardian, or grandparent is a member of ICF, the student must be Roman Catholic but does NOT need to be of Italian descent or live where the ICF branches are established.

Online application: www.icf.org

Deadline to apply: March 15, 2018



Asian Pacific Fund Scholarship

APF administers 13 scholarship programs, each with unique eligibility criteria. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $20,000 and many are renewable.

Who Can Apply?

Incoming or current college students of ANY ethnic background. Must plan to be enrolled full time in the Fall. Minimum 3.0 GPA and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.

Application Deadline: February 23, 2018

Apply online: www.asianpacificfund.org/scholarships

If you have questions, please call 415-395-9985 ex. 300 or email scholarship@asianpacificfund.org





Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Scholarship- Rolling Hills Palos Verdes Alumnae Chapter

This scholarship is for graduating female or male senior of African American ancestry.  The scholarship will be awarded to selected high achieving students who will be graduating from high school by June of this academic year. 


Please refer to the scholarship application attached to the right.

Deadline to apply: Monday, March 19, 2018.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Valerie Fleming-Goings at RHPVACDST@yahoo.com








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.