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2019-20 Scholarships


**Last Updated September 8th, 2020**


Scholarship Notebook

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.

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: Meeting dates/times TBA

Scholarship Notebook submissions due February 2021 in the CCC


PLEASE NOTE: The Scholarships listed below are NOT part of the Scholarship Notebook. They each have their own application process and criteria. Please read carefully.



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 Find Application Attached or in the CCC

Deadline to apply: Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2020.

Please mail application to:

Mayda Yedikian

27920 Longhill Dr.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


Artwork Contest

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 kay.doodle@verizon.net.


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


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 Linda Maxwell at scholarship.el.redondo.chapter@gmail.com

Deadline is April 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 Cecilia Alexander at RHPVACDST@yahoo.com

Deadline to apply is March 13th, 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 2020.


Fill out the application on this website: www.distinguishedyw.org.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact losangeles@distinguishedyw.org


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:

  • 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. 16, 2019

Learn more at edisonscholars.com

Or contact edisonscholars@scholarshipamerica.org for more information


El Dabe Ritter Scholarship
This scholarship is now available to any high school senior in the United States that desires to apply. More information can be found on our scholarship application below:
Deadline: June 30, 2020
Award Amount: $1,500


The Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship

The 2021 MVS application is now open. Applications can be found online at enf.elks.org/MVS. The application deadline is November 15th, 2020.         


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 2021. 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 will be available in the CCC.

Application must be postmarked on or before May 15, 2020

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:

  • 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, 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


Los Angeles Military Charity Fund

Graduating high school seniors who are dependents of an Armed Forces member or Department of Defense civilian may apply through February 28th, 2020.  


Go to https://lamcf.weebly.com/ to download the eligibility requirements and for the application.


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.  


Nextiva Scholarship Contest

In order to participate in our scholarship contest, student applicants must meet the following criteria:
Applicant must be a high school junior or senior
Applicant must plan to major in a business or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) program.
Applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
Must be located in the United States.
Scholarship recipients will receive a one-time award of $1000. The deadline of the application is May 1, 2020. You can find all the details about this scholarship program here: https://www.nextiva.com/scholarship/


Nursing Specific Financial Aid:


Optimist International Essay Contest

Topic: “Reaching Your Dreams By Choosing Optimism”

The Optimist International Essay Contest was first sponsored in 1983. 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 a Virtual Awards Presentation at the District's 3rd Quarterly Meeting in May 2021. All scholarships are administered by Optimist International and funded by the Optimist International Foundation.

Contact us at: playavistaoptimists@gmail.com for click HERE for contest application/entry form.


The South Bay Republican Women Federated (SBRWF) organization will be awarding three $500 scholarships for graduating high school seniors. The requirement is that the graduate be a registered republican.  If you are under 18 at least one of your parents must be a registered republican.

To Apply:  Go to http://www.southbayrwf.org/  -Select ACTIVITIES and select SCHOLARSHIPS. The website will have the application and instructions to apply.


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:

  • 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.

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://smr.to/p64040

Deadline to Apply: All applications are due by Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at 11:59 PM



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 2020 the 10 scholarship awards will be $1,000 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).

Deadline: Applications and transcripts must be received by February 2020.

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


South Bay Japanese American Citizen League Scholarships

All qualified high school seniors are encouraged to apply for the 2020 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

Att: Scholarship

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)

Entries must be received by Monday, April 13th, 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 tocarole@earthlink.net.


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.


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.



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.



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

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


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