Scholarships & Financial Aid

2021-22 Scholarships

Each scholarship has it's own application process, deadline, and criteria. Please read carefully.

Class of 2023 - Juniors 

California public high schools are required to submit a Cal Grant high school Grade Point Average (GPA) for all graduating seniors, unless the student or parent has opted out of the submission process. If you would like to opt out, please complete the Cal Grant GPA Opt Out Form and submit it to the CCC. More information about the Cal Grant is available on the California Student Aid Commission Website.

 



APWA - Southern California Chapter 2022 Scholarship Program
-Will be awarding scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to a limited number of graduating high school seniors and undergraduate college or trade/technical school students majoring in a Public Works related field.
Important Dates:5/13/22 - Applications Due5/27/22 - Recipients Announced6/10/22 - Bio/Headshot Due7/28/22 - Award Luncheon
For more information go to: http://southernca.apwa.net/PageDetails/11655Apply now at: https://forms.gle/4eWUTg3Dyi3pbdNC6


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: Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2022.
Please mail application to:
Mayda Yedikian
27920 Longhill Dr.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Complete Armenian Student Scholarship Guide HERE


Asian Pacific Community Fund Scholarships
APCF has multiple scholarship awards to give to eligible high school seniors.  All applications are due by11:59pm, April 1, 2022.  For more information and to access applications, go to:
https://www.apcf.org/currently-open-student-scholarships 


 

AYSO Volunteer Scholarship - 2022
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. Volunteerism and community service is!
AYSO Region 18 College Scholarship Program Purpose
Each year, upon continuing approval by our board of Directors, AYSO Region 18 will award college scholarships to one or more applicants totaling up to $2500 to high school seniors who have given back to the region as volunteers.
Who May Apply -Any college-bound high school senior who:
● Has given demonstrable service to Region 18 in the form of refereeing, coaching, assistant coaching, support on Opening or Closing Day, or volunteering in other capacity;
● Has applied to a 2- or 4-year college or university, enrollment to commence in the Fall following high school graduation.

How to Apply:
● Download & Complete Application - (Attached to right side of this page).
● Complete the Application, including the required essay.
● E-mail the completed Application to [email protected] by April 30, 2022.
Selection Process: The Scholarship Committee will review all applications. All applicants will be considered and judged without regard to race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or financial need


California PTA Scholarship 
California State PTA has two $500 scholarships available for graduating seniors. Deadline to enter is February 1, 2022. These scholarships are different from those offered by our Mira Costa PTSA, however applicants must be Costa PTSA members to apply.  Click on the link below for more information and to apply:
https://capta.org/programs-events/scholarships/graduating-high-school-seniors/

 

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 2022.  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, 2022

National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution - Chapter Scholarship
The members of El Redondo Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, invite your seniors to apply for our annual chapter scholarship. The chapter has been actively involved in the community since 1947 with special projects that help students and veterans. Last year the chapter awarded three $1,000 chapter scholarships to local seniors in our community. We encourage your seniors to apply using the attached application form which can be mailed (either electronically or via USPS) to the Scholarship Co-Chair. All applicants will be notified of the chapter’s selection sometime in May. For more information, email Emily Wood at:  [email protected]  Deadline is April 15th, 2022. 
For more DAR Scholarship opportunities go to:https://elredondo.californiadar.org/chapter-activities-and-projects/contests-and-awards


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 see 2022 application attached on the right side of this page.  Application deadline is March 31st, 2022.
If you have any questions, please email us or refer to our website at www.rhpvacdst.com

 

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 2023 will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2022. Please note the deadline to apply is Friday, March 4, 2022 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 2022. All local participants are eligible for scholarships from participating universities, just by participating in the program! 

Interested young women can fill out the application on our website: http://la.ca.distinguishedyw.org/
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact [email protected]


Edison Scholars
 
The 2022 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:

  • 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

 Application deadline: 6pm, Dec. 14, 2021
Learn more at edisonscholars.com
Or contact [email protected] for more information


The Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship

The 2022 MVS application is now open. Applications can be found online at enf.elks.org/MVS. The application deadline is November 15th, 2021. The Elks National Foundation (ENF) awards 500 four-year scholarships based on academics, leadership, and financial need. National awards range from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year. The national awards will announced in April 2022. MVS scholarship applicants will also be eligible to receive a scholarship from our Lodge, District and/or State.
MVS scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), at a U.S. college or university next school year. Some important applicant details include:
*Current high school seniors (or equivalent) who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.
* Applicants do not have to be related to a member of the Elks.
*Male and female students compete separately. 

Applicants select from a list of the Lodges closest to their home address zip code. Please have your students choose Redondo Beach Elks Lodge #1378 as their sponsoring Lodge. Complete details can be found at enf.elks.org/MVS.

 

 

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 are attached to the upper right side of this page.    
Application must be postmarked on or before May 15, 2022
For further information, please contact Layne Sakamoto email: [email protected]
*SEE MORE JACL SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION AND APPLICATION ATTACHED TO THE UPPER RIGHT SIDE OF THIS PAGE.



The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc Scholarship - JUNIORS
If integrity, determination, and courage describe you - you have what it takes to be a Horatio Alger Scholar.  To qualify you must have at least a 2.0 GPA and require financial assistance to attend college.  To learn more and apply, visit:  scholars.horatioalger.org.  The application is open December 1, 2021 - March 15, 2022.


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:
*Are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent and live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada, only where Branches of the Federation are established; or,

*Are Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian Descent or live where Branches of the Federation are established if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is a member of the “Italian Catholic Federation.
Click here for more information.
Application deadline is March 15, 2022

 

The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides four-year scholarships of $30,000 and extensive support services, including career guidance and internship placement, to highly motivated African American students who are currently high school seniors. Please click HERE for more information.  The application closes at 5:00pm ET on January 12, 2022



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:  https://www.kinecta.org/youth-scholarships/


LA Military Charitable Fund (LAMCF) Scholarship program

The 2022 LAMCF Scholarship program for graduating high school seniors who are dependents of an Armed Forces member or Department of Defense civilian is accepting applications from Dec 1, 2021 through Feb 28, 2022.  Eligible students can download the eligibility requirements and an application at https://lamcf.weebly.com.  Last year, LAMCF awarded $29,500 in scholarships.

 

The Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship Program 

The Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship Program is awarding 150 scholarships of $5,000 each for students pursuing associate degrees, credit-bearing certificates, or industry certifications in specified fields of study. 
To apply, students must be: 
U.S. Citizens 
*High school graduates (or GED equivalent) with less than a bachelor’s degree OR high school seniors  
*Planning to enroll part-time or full-time at an accredited vocational technical school, trade school, two-year     community or state college for the 2022-2023 academic year 
 Pursuing an associate degree, credit-bearing certificate or an industry-recognized credential in one of the specified   fields of study.  Please see flyer attached on the right side of this page.
  
To learn more, visit https://lockheedmartin.com/vocational 
Deadline to apply: April 1, 2022 12:00 pm PT


 
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 First Lieutenant Duran J.A.
[email protected]; Work:949-261-0326 Cell:  949-734-9727 




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Optimist Club of Playa Vista Scholarship
Our mission is to assist young, motivated students in their quest to obtain a higher
education by awarding one student with a one-time scholarship award of $1000. This
scholarship is open to HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS who have been accepted by a
college or educational institution.
REQUIREMENTS:
• A copy of your transcript 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 volunteer 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 application is attached on the right side of this page.  It must be submitted no later than May 23, 2022, in order to be considered.
Please either email scanned copies of the completed application and attachments to
[email protected] or mail the form with attachments to Playa Vista
Optimists Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 10553, Marina del Rey, CA 90295. For more
information or questions call Samia Boctor at 310-210-3716.
 



South Bay Panhellenic Association Scholarships
Scholarships shall be awarded annually to female graduates of high schools in the South Bay area who plan to attend a four-year institution where National Panhellenic Conference sororities (NPC) are established. The Panhellenic Alumnae South Bay Association (PASBA) is a 501C3 non-profit corporation and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its scholarship program. The PASBA scholarship is to encourage sorority membership among entering freshman women,
however joining a sorority is not a requirement of this scholarship award. The scholarship award
shall be for the 2022-2023 academic year. Scholarship Awards will be paid directly to Universities
per NPC guidelinesThe applicant must be a resident of the South Bay. The applicant must meet the minimum scholarship requirement of a 3.5 unweighted grade point average, based on the 4.0 system. The applicant will be judged on the basis of academic excellence, character, participation in school and community/cultural activities, and financial need.Completed applications must be postmarked no later than April 3, 2022.More information and application is attached to the right side of this page - or access the electronic application at:  www.southbaypanhellenic.comQuestions – email [email protected]
 


PB&J Scholarship
This annual scholarship is for students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed.  There is no GPA requirement.  Must be a current high school senior and plan on attending a 2 or 4 year college next school year.  Up to $1,000 awarded.  Apply at:  bit.ly//pbjscholarship2022.  Deadline to apply is May 31, 2022.



Playa Optimist Essay Contest

For graduating seniors planning to attend a college, technical school or an institution of higher learning. Our Club winner will receive $300 and will advance to the District contest.  District winners are awarded a plaque and a $2500 scholarship. This year we will have second and third place winners that will be awarded $100 each. The essay and application are due on January 31, 2022. Further details of the requirements are contained in the application attached on the right side of this page.  Questions - please contact co-chairs Anita Melnic at 

310-488-6380 or Samia Boctor at 310-210-3716 or email us at [email protected].

 

Sandpipers Scholarship 2022
High school seniors living in the South Bay (both citizens and eligible non-citizens as defined by the U.S. Department of Education) are eligible to apply for a Sandpipers Scholarship for the 2022-23 school year.  
For the 2021-2022 school year, Sandpipers awarded more than $300,000 to 55 college students (Freshmen – Senior years). Each student received a minimum of $500 with some receiving as much as $10,000 for the school year. This amount is based on their outstanding financial need from their FAFSA report. Detailed eligibility requirements are stated below.  

High school seniors meeting all eligibility requirements below may apply for a Sandpipers Scholarship.
-U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education in The Student Guide)
-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 eligible if they attend a high school in the defined South Bay area
-Demonstrate a financial need
This year, applicants need to provide their FAFSA that lists their Estimated Family Contribution (EFC.)  If they did not do the FAFSA, then they will need to upload their parent/guardian(s) tax return, with all social security numbers crossed off.  
The Sandpipers Scholarship Committee conducts a rigorous review of ALL applications.  Sandpipers will select up to 20 candidates to meet with the Sandpipers Scholarship Committee for virtual interviews. From those 20 students interviewed, the Committee will select between 12-14 students as Sandpipers Scholarship recipients for 2022-23.
We base our selection of our scholarship recipients on the following:
-Students’ community and school involvement
-Academic achievement
-Leadership
-Financial need
-Personal commitment to financially contribute to their own education via work-study, part-time employment, etc.
*Note: children and grandchildren of Sandpipers’ members are not eligible.

The entire Sandpipers Scholarship Application is online.  The application is now available and can be accessed at this link: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/78786-Sandpipers

All applications are due on Monday, January 31, 2022 at 5 PM, no exceptions.  Students are advised to submit their applications early.

 

South Bay Japanese American Citizen League Scholarships
All qualified high school seniors are encouraged to apply for the 2022 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 (www.southbayjacl.org or see brochure attached to this page for more information.
Applications must be postmarked and mailed to SBJACL Chapter All materials must be submitted no later than: April 1, 2022
Send the completed application to: [email protected]

 

Vietnam Veterans of America – Annual Scholarship Essay Program
Vietnam Veterans of America South Bay Chapter 53 is proud to announce our Annual Scholarship Program for graduating high school students.  Since 1995 we have been awarding scholarships to graduating seniors from local South Bay area high schools.  In addition to encouraging and supporting continued education, we are trying to heighten awareness of the Vietnam War, the men and women who served during that period, and the huge impact it has made on the United States, both then and now.  This year Chapter 53 will again award scholarships of $1,000 to selected college- or technical-school- bound South Bay area high school seniors.

Applicants must submit an essay on a Vietnam Era Veteran, defined as any Veteran who served in the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty, for other than training purposes, either 1) in the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1955 and May 7, 1975 or 2) in any duty location between August 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975.

Essays must be received before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2022.
An information flyer is attached on the side bar of this page, and is also available for download from the website at www.vva53.org

 

"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! Deadline is April 15, 2022.
Click here to find contest details.


Women's Leadership Scholarship from KPMG
The KPMG Future Leaders Program is a charitable initiative focused on developing future generations of women leaders. Funded by proceeds from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, the KPMG Future Leaders Program annually awards twenty-two top female high school seniors the opportunity to enhance their personal growth through college scholarships, a leadership development retreat, mentorship, and an introduction to golf. The program’s main purpose is to help these young women continue to build a strong foundation and instill the confidence and leadership ability they need to succeed in college and ultimately in their long-term careers.
Selected KPMG Future Leader Recipients receive:

  • An annual scholarship of $10,000 per year for 4 years of college
  • A KPMG Future Leaders Retreat that will focus on leadership training, career development, and the college transition. *Please note, we are hoping to plan for an in-person retreat in Summer 2022, however the health and safety of our participants is top priority. We will continue to assess the situation and will consider a virtual model if necessary.
  • A pairing with a mentor for one year; the mentor being a female executive that attended the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit.  

Applicant criteria includes:

  • High school female senior planning to enroll in a 4-year undergraduate program for the upcoming 2022 fall semester
  • Proven track record of academic excellence and leadership potential
  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Interest in a business or STEM academic track
  • Demonstrates a significant financial need
  • Letter of recommendation from a nonprofit/community organization
 
Click HERE for more information and to apply.

 



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:

 

Naviance

You can search for scholarships under the "College" tab on your Naviance account

 

FastWeb

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

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.

 

CollegeData Scholarship Search

College Data - This free scholarship search allows students to save results in a “data locker”.

 

Computer Science Scholarships

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 Scholarship Search

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

 

Big Future: CollegeBoard's Scholarship Search Engine

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.

 

CollegeScholarships.com

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

 

CollegeToolkit Scholarship Search

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

 

FastAid.com

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

 

Scholarships.com

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

 

Scholarship Buddy California

Scholarship Buddy California focuses on providing scholarship information to high school and college students in the state of California.

 

The MBUSD Governing Board desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district's academic, extracurricular, and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The Board prohibits, at any district school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying, targeted at any student by anyone, based on the student's actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, immigration status, nationality, ethnic group identification, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.