Skip to main content

Scholarships

Financial Aid written in white over dollar bills and a graduation cap

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! 

Scholarship Workshop Presentation

2020 Local Scholarship Opportunities (Organized by due date)

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 date extended to April 30, 2020 to Ms. Reyes

Complete the scholarship application and submit to mmreyes@nmusd.us

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 date extended to April 13, 2020 at 2 PM to Ms. Reyes

Complete the scholarship application and submit to mmreyes@nmusd.us

Beauty Through Diversity Scholarship

Each winner shall receive a $500 scholarship (Three scholarships will be given)

  • Must be a Female or someone who identifies as Female
  • Must be a high school senior at time of application
  • Must be attending a 4 year university
  • Must reside in California or Arizona
  • Must have a 2.8 GPA at the time of application submission

Due by March 27, 2020 to beautythroughdiversity.lsg@gmail.com 

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.

2020 CMHS PTSA Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student at CMHS
  • must be PTSA on or before January 31st.

Due April 1st, 2020 to mmreyes@nmusd.us

The Isidore and Penny Myers Memorial Scholarship

$10,000 per year / renewable for 4 years

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Immigrant or child of an immigrant (does not require legal documentation)
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Only MALE students for 2020 (alternates annually)
  • High School Senior in NMUSD
  • Admitted to or pending admission to a 4-year college/university
  • Demonstrates superior character, personal achievement, academic excellence and involvement, participation in community service, a drive to attain continued higher education, and compelling financial need.

Due date EXTENDED to April 24th, 2020. Due to Save Our Youth office.

May be walked in or mailed to "Save Our Youth, Attn: Myers Scholarship, 2045 E. Meyer Place, Bldg.E, Costa Mesa CA 92627"

Important documents: Program Brochure | Applicant Guidelines | Application Form

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 date extended to May 1, 2020 at 5 PM

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 date extended to April 13, 2020 at 2 PM. 

Complete the scholarship application and submit to mmreyes@nmusd.us

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

The Roger Yamanaka Scholarship

$2,000-$3,500

Eligibility Requirements:

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

Due by April 30, 2020 at 2 PM.

Complete the scholarship application and submit to mmreyes@nmusd.us

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 date extended to May 1, 2020 at 5 PM

The Dr. Sheila Horman Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently a Costa Mesa High School graduating senior who will be attending college next year
  • Minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Completed a minimum of 40 community service hours
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Student must have strong motivation, drive to learn, and potential for growth
  • If awarded must provide proof of enrollment (statement of intent, schedule of classes, etc.)

Due Tuesday, May 5, 2020 to mmreyes@nmusd.us

The Brad Evans Foundation Scholarship (Future UC Berkeley students ONLY)

$10,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • An Orange County high school senior from NMUSD
  • A student who has been accepted to an accredited program at the University of California, Berkeley and enrolls as a full time student
  • Preference may be given to students who have shown an outstanding record in their chosen field
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.5
  • An outstanding student in their chosen field with a demonstrated record of community service and leadership.

Due May 26th, 2020

Program Website: The Brad Evans Foundation | Scholarship Application: Apply online

Newport Mesa Administrators Association (NMAA)

John W. Nicholl Memorial Scholarship

This $5000 award is disbursed in five annual allotments of one thousand dollars. The initial payment is granted upon proof of registration as a freshman for the Fall term following high school graduation. The second, third and fourth payments are disbursed upon receipt of transcripts that reflect completion of sufficient units to advance the recipient to the status of sophomore, junior and senior. The final allotment is disbursed when the recipient begins training for a teaching credential following completion of Bachelor degree requirements. 

Scholarship Flyer | Application

Due by May 27, 2020 by email to pdagostino@nmusd.us

Robert C. Francy Memorial Scholarship

This $1000 award is awarded to an individual who is highly motivated to become a professional in the field of science, has demonstrated the temperament and ability needed to succeed, and is determined to be in need of financial assistance by the N-MAA Scholarship Committee. 

Scholarship Flyer | Application

Due by May 27, 2020 by email to pdagostino@nmusd.us

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

RICHARD PENJOYAN EDUCATIONAL TRUST - RPET

Renewable scholarship award

To qualify for this scholarship, the following four criteria must be met:

  • G.P.A. of 2.0 or better
  • Desire to attend an institution of higher education & acceptance
  • Community involvement through volunteer work, employment, participation in sports, etc.

Due by May 30, 2020

Mail to:

Richard Penjoyan Educational Trust

2016 Newport Blvd.

Costa Mesa, CA 92627

The 2019 El Dabe Ritter Scholarship

$1500

El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers passionately believes in and supports the importance of a proper education. They believe that without an education, many doors will remain closed. Going to school is an uphill battle – and if you don’t have the proper aid in place – you may end up never going to school. This scholarship is their way of providing support to those who want a higher education.

To qualify for the scholarship:

  • Applicants should be enrolled in an accredited university, in the U.S.A.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Plan to pursue a higher education 

Note: This scholarship will be awarded in the 2020 Fall Semester.

Due no later than June 30th, 2020.

RED FLAGS- Be Cautious

Tips & Tricks

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