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Scholarships

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Why Scholarships?

Scholarships are an opportunity to fund your education! You can win these through merit and/or financial need, unlike grants (which are mostly awarded based on financial need), and there is no limit to how many you can win! 

Where do I find them?

Online or in the College & Career Center.

Create profiles on websites like Going Merry, FastWeb, or Cappex to find scholarships that fit you. We also have opportunities in the C&CC from local organizations that support Newport-Mesa graduates and Orange County students. Most of these opportunities will be available on this website!

What should I highlight in my application?

Your accomplishments, your strengths, and your commitment. Scholarship committees are looking for students who are passionate and invested in things outside of themselves.

Also, consider if your goals are in line with the goals of the organization sponsoring the scholarship. Let them know how you are committed to working toward your common goals! 

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2020 Local Scholarship Opportunities

Bank of Hope Scholarship

$2,500

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S.

  • Must be enrolled in either a 4-year institution or 2-year institution as an incoming freshman (Fall 2020)

  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or have earned a GED

  • Must demonstrate financial need and qualify based on income restrictions and limitations

Due by February 29, 2020 at 2 PM (Pacific Time)

Asian Pacific Fund Scholarship Programs

10 Scholarship programs with unique criteria

Award ranges from $1,000 - $20,000

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Incoming or current college students of any background
  • Will enroll full time in Fall
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident

Due by March 2, 2020 unless noted otherwise

The Roger Yamanaka Scholarship

$2,000-$3,500

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior
  • Demonstrated commitment to service
  • Leadership in service

Due by March 15, 2020 to Ms. Reyes

Pick up an application in the C&CC

Assistance League of Newport-Mesa Scholarship

$3,000 (multiple awards)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior in NMUSD (living within NMUSD boundaries)
  • Intending to continue education beyond high school
  • Demonstrated commitment to community service, educational promise, strength of character
  • Has overcome challenging circumstances or family circumstances require financial assistance

Due by March 24, 2020 at 2 PM to Ms. Reyes

Pick up an application in the College & Career Center

Asian Pacific Community Fund Scholarships

 (NO ETHINIC BACKGROUND REQUIREMENT)

Royal Business Bank Scholarship

4 - $2,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior in select counties (including Orange)
  • Plan to attend 4-year in Fall 2020
  • Cumulative unweighted 3.0 GPA
  • Household income at or below County Low Income level (on tax returns)
  • Open to All majors & no ethnic background

                Cathay Bank Scholarship

20 - $1,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior in select counties (including Orange)
  • Plan to attend 4-year in Fall 2020
  • Cumulative unweighted 3.0 GPA
  • Household income at or below County Low Income level (on tax returns)
  • Open to All majors & no ethnic background

                Mega Bank Scholarship

5 - $1,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior in select counties (including Orange)
  • Plan to attend 4-year in Fall 2020
  • Cumulative unweighted 3.0 GPA
  • Household income at or below County Low Income level (on tax returns)
  • Open to All majors & no ethnic background

   Preferred Bank Scholarship

5 - $1,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior in select counties (including Orange)
  • Plan to attend 4-year in Fall 2020 (or CA Community College)
  • Cumulative unweighted 3.0 GPA
  • Household income at or below County Low Income level (on tax returns)
  • Open to All majors & no ethnic background

                Due by March 25, 2020 at 11:59 PM

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority – Orange County Alumnae Chapter Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements:

  • College-bound high school senior
  • Resident of Orange County
  • Identifies as African-American
  • Service and/or leadership in school and/or community
  • Scholastic Achievement
  • Demonstrated financial need

Due by March 31, 2020 by mail to the Scholarship Committee, Orange County (CA) Alumnae Chapter

John R. Wooden 2020 Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be a graduating high school senior graduating from NMUSD
  • Plan to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited instruction as a part-time student (if employed)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Demonstrate a strong pattern of community involvement, such as volunteer work and active participation in school clubs, church, etc.

Due by March 31, 2020.

Old Courthouse Museum Society & Junior Achievement of Orange County Scholarship Essay Contest

$1,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Seniors attending a public school in Orange County
  • Graduate in Spring 2020
  • Enroll in college for Fall 2020

Due by April 3, 2020 by 5 PM to ajohnson@jasocal.org

Golden West College High School Scholarships

8 scholarship programs

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Member of the graduating class of 2020
  • Enroll in at least 12 units for Fall 2020 at GWC
  • Minimum of cumulative 2.5 GPA
  • Submit FAFSA or Dream Act Application

Due by April 3, 2020 at 5 PM by mail, fax or email to scholarships@gwc.cccd.edu

Hazel Cubbon Greenleaf Scholarship

Varies: minimum one-time $500, may be four-year scholarship 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduating from high school in Spring 2020
  • Attending a school in NMUSD
  • Intending to enroll in Fall 2020 in a transfer or career education program at a community college OR 4-year college of your choice

Due April 6, 2020 at 5 PM

PFLAG South Orange County Scholarship

Awards will range from $500 - $2500

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 2.0 Overall GPA
  • Must be a resident (or a parent must be a resident) of Orange County at the time of the application
  • Must identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer or straight ally
  • LGBTQIA high school senior continuing to higher education OR LGBTQIA full-time undergraduate OR LGBTQIA student attending or planning to attend a vocational/trade school
  • Ages 17 to 24
  • Involved in LGBTQ support, education and/or advocacy in their school or community

Due April 15, 2020 to socpflagscholarship@gmail.com

National Charity League, Inc., Newport Chapter Scholarships

Award amount varies annually depending on funds and the number of applicants: ranging from $300-$5000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Senior girl in NMUSD
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Demonstrate a financial need.
  • Be a graduating senior girl that has attended high school in the NMUSD for at least two (2) years.
  • Not be a daughter of a National Charity League member or be a Ticktocker.
  • Register as a full-time college student (12 units or more) in the fall of 2020.
  • Be a United States citizen.

Due by April 20, 2020 by midnight

Orange Coast College High School Scholarships

2 scholarship programs

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduating High School in Spring 2020
  • Graduating from an Orange County high school
  • Minimum of cumulative 2.5 GPA

Due by May 29, 2020 at 5 PM by mail, fax or email to ScholarshipOffice@occ.cccd.edu

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Other Local Opportunities

CMHS Scholarship Application Due 12/1/2019 

Visit the CMHS Naviance Page

Create an account on the Orange County Community Foundation website!

Search for Scholarships for Undocumented Students