**last updated December 3rd, 2019**
The Scholarship Notebook Program allows a variety of local donors to review your notebooks and award scholarships. Criteria for the scholarships varies from financial need, merit achievement, community service, and interest in certain areas of study. Award recipients are invited to attend the Senior Recognition Ceremony in the MCHS auditorium on June 8th.
If you are interested in participating in the Scholarship Notebook Program it is mandatory for you to attend an instructional meeting offered in January. Please sign-up for ONE of the five meetings on Naviance.
Please remember to bring $7 to purchase your notebooks.
Scholarship Notebook meetings: 1/8 during PM Office Hours, 1/9, 1/14, 1/16, 1/23 during lunch.
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.
Application will be available in the CCC
Deadline to apply: Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2020.
Please mail application to:
27920 Longhill Dr.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
The Woman’s Club of Hermosa Beach is looking for students to submit art/photography/writing in our contest on March 9th, 2020. A lucky graduating senior will be entered at the State level with a chance to win an award of $500. Deadline to submit is February 2020.
Visit www.womansclubofhermosabeach.org for more info,
and/or contact email@example.com.
AYSO Volunteer Scholarship
AYSO Region 18 is proud to offer college scholarships to graduating high school seniors that have been active volunteers for AYSO as youth referees, youth assistant coaches, or other significant volunteer positions within AYSO. Playing experience and academic achievements are NOT prerequisites or requirements to obtain these scholarships.
Please see attached AYSO document for more information & scholarship application.
Deadline to apply: April 15th
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, 2020
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.
Click here for more information or
contact Valerie Fleming-Goings at RHPVACDST@yahoo.com
Deadline to apply is not yet posted for 2020.
Distinguished Young Women of Los Angeles County Scholarship - FOR JUNIORS!
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 2021 will be held on March 21, 2020. Please note the deadline to apply is February 7th, 2020 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.
Edison Scholars – College Scholarship
The 2019 Edison Scholars application is for 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.
Who Can Apply:
Application deadline: 6pm, Dec. 16, 2019
Learn more at edisonscholars.com
Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
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 2020 competition. The 2020 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. 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.
Who will qualify:
Applications for the 2020 contest will be available online starting August 15, 2019: http://enf.elks.org/mvs
The 2020 MVS application deadline was November 15, 2019
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. Each applicant must submit request form, application form, and an essay on a separate sheet.
Copies of the Request form and Application form will be available in the CCC.
Application must be postmarked on or before May 15, 2019
For further information, please contact Layne Sakamoto at 310-897-0398.
Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship
Applications are received from students in public as well as Catholic high schools in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Illinois. To apply, students must achieve a total cumulative GPA (3½ years) of at least 3.2 and meet one of the following:
Click here for more information.
Application deadline is March 15, 2020
Kinecta Federal Credit Union Scholarships
Kinecta is offering scholarships for high school seniors planning on attending an accredited college.
Full details and application can be found online:
Los Angeles Federal Credit Union (LAFCU) Scholarship
LAFCU is offering seven scholarships, five at $2,000 each for high school seniors who plan to attend college or vocational school in the fall of 2020. Click here for more information. You must be a member of LAFCU to apply.
Please see application online: https://www.lafcu.org/pdf/scholarship_app.pdf
Deadline to apply: April 30, 2020
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.
Nursing Specific Financial Aid:
Optimist International Essay Contest
Topic: “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams You iMagine?”
When: Club Deadline January 31, 2020
Who: Youth under age 19 as of 10/1/2019 located in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean. There is no minimum age.
Our club winner will receive a $200 stipend and will advance to the District contest. District winners are awarded a plaque and a $2500 scholarship which will be presented at an awards luncheon at the District's 3rd Quarterly Meeting in May 2020. All scholarships are administered by Optimist International and funded by the Optimist International Foundation.
Contact us at: email@example.com for contest application/entry form.
Sandpipers Scholarship 2020
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:
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.
Online Application: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/55505-Sandpipers.
Deadline to Apply: Not yet posted for 2020.
SKECHERS Foundation Scholarship
The SKECHERS Foundation will be giving $100,000 in scholarship funds to qualifying students across the county in 2019. Scholarships are available to any students who meet the eligibility requirements cited below:
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.
More information will be posted in March 2020.
Students may access the application and apply online by visiting: https://www.scholarsapply.org/skechers
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.
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).
Applications and transcripts
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, 2020
Send Application to:
South Bay JACL
P.O. Box 4135
Torrance, CA 90510
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)
Deadline has not yet been posted for 2020.
"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!
Click here to find contest details.
Woman’s Club of Hermosa Beach Scholarships-Young Musician Scholarship
The Woman’s Club of Hermosa Beach is looking for a Hermosa Beach student to award a $500 music scholarship, and a chance to win an additional $500 at the state level. Must be under 22 years of age. Deadline is February 2020.
Visit www.womansclubofhermosabeach.org for more info,
and/or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Scholarship Buddy California focuses on providing scholarship information to high school and college students in the state of California.