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2020-21 Scholarships


**Last Updated February 2021**


Scholarship Notebook - Seniors

The Scholarship Notebook Program allows a variety of local donors to review your notebook 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 recognized at the end of the school year.  

If you are interested in participating in the Scholarship Notebook Program it is mandatory for you to attend one 30 minute instructional meeting via Zoom.  Meetings take place in January.



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, 2021.

Please mail application to:

Mayda Yedikian

27920 Longhill Dr.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


Complete Armenian Student Scholarship Guide HERE


Artwork Contest

The Women’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.  2021 details/deadline TBA.


Visit www.womansclubofhermosabeach.org for more info,

and/or contact kay.doodle@verizon.net.


Asian Pacific Community Fund Scholarships

APCF has multiple scholarship awards to give to eligible high school seniors.  All applications are due by11:59pm, April 2, 2021.  For more information and to access applications, go to:



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.

2021 Scholarship TBA - Click HERE for updates.


California PTA Scholarship 

California State PTA has two $500 scholarships available for graduating seniors. Deadline to enter is February 1, 2021. 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:


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 2021.  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, 2021

Faith Hope and Love Jesus 2021 College Scholarship - $500

Faith Hope and Love Jesus, Inc. is excited to offan annual $500 college scholarship to childhood cancer and blood disorder survivors.  To apply you need to write an essay of 500 words or more on any topic - what you want to write about.  Deadline to apply is May 5, 2021.  Apply at bit.ly/faithlovescholar



National Aids Memorial Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship - $5,000

High school seniors and college students who demonstrate an active commitment to mitigating the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and taking on roles of public service and leadership.  Deadline to apply is July 15th, 2021.  Apply at bit.ly/pedroscholar



National Aids Memorial Mary Bowman Arts in Activism Award - $5,000

This $5,000 award is intended to support one young artivist each year who exemplifies Mary's passion for the arts as the vehicle for their own HIV/AIDS community activism and expression.  Deadline to apply is July 15th, 2021.  Apply at bit.ly/bowmanscholar



National Stop the Bleed Scholarship - $3,000/$1,500/$500 Scholarships

Open to students who are currently attending high schools in the U.S.Deadline to apply is May 8th, 2021.  Apply at bit.ly/nationalscholar



National Stop the Bleed Frontline Families Scholarship - $1,000

Open to high school students who have a parent or guardian who have been on the frontline this past year.  Frontline workers are food delivery and supply chain workers, paramedics, EMT/EMS, firefighters, police, teachers, nurses, doctors, and those serving in our military.  Deadline to apply is May 8, 2021.  Apply at bit.ly/frontlinefamilies



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 February 15th, 2021 

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 attached application on the right side of this page.

Questions - contact Cecilia Alexander at RHPVACDST@yahoo.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 2022 will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021Please note the deadline to apply is Friday, March 5, 2021 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 2021. 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: www.distinguishedyw.org.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact losangeles@distinguishedyw.org


Edison Scholars  - The 2021 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, 2020

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, 2021
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 are attached to the upper right side of this page.    

Application must be postmarked on or before May 15, 2021

For further information, please contact Layne Sakamoto at 310-897-0398 or email: laynesakamoto@live.com 



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, 2021


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 February 1, 2021.


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:



Latino Equality Alliance (LEA) 2022 LGBTQ+ Youth College Scholarship Application is now live.  

Deadline to apply April 9, 2021. 

Link to application:  bit.ly/LEAScholarship2021



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

*2021 Scholarship Information and deadline to apply TBA


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 December 1st, 2020. You can find all the details about this scholarship program here: https://www.nextiva.com/scholarship/


Nursing Specific Financial Aid:



Playa Optimist Essay Contest

For graduating seniors already accepted into a college , technical school or an institution of higher learning,  The award for the winning essay is a $500 scholarship. The essay and application are due on May 25, 2021. Further details of the requirements are contained in the application attached on the right side of this page. 

Contact us at: playavistaoptimists@gmail.com 



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 2021

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 2021-22 school year.  

For the 2020-2021 school year, Sandpipers awarded more than $305,000 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.  

Application Requirements and Process

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 2021-22. 

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/68222-Sandpipers

All applications are due on Thursday, February 11 at 11:59 PM (1 minute before midnight), no exceptions.  Students are advised to submit their applications early.


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 2021 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).

Deadline: Applications and transcripts must be received by February 21st, 2021.

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 postmarked and mailed to SBJACL Chapter All materials must be submitted no later than: April 1, 2021
Send the completed application to: scholarships@southbayjacl.org

All information and supporting documents MUST BE COMPLETE in order for your application to be considered. Materials submitted separately are not accepted, everything must be in one packet.

Due to COVID-19, official paper transcripts may not be available but an official E-transcript will be acceptable. 


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, 1961 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 18, 2021.
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!


Click here to find contest details.


Women’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. *2021 details/deadlines TBA.


Visit www.womansclubofhermosabeach.org for more info,

and/or contact tocarole@earthlink.net.


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 2021, 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 2021 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 link 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:



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.


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.