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Scholarships

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?

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 common goals! 

2020/21 Scholarship Opportunities

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

Earliest Scholarship Due by February 26, 2021 

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 unweighted GPA of 3.0 or have earned a GED

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

Due by February 28, 2021 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

Scholarships Due March 12 & March 26, 2021 

MLG's Annual "Never Stop Learning" Scholarship

$250-$1,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior residing in Orange County, CA
  • Planning on attending an accredited university or community college in the U.S.

Submit a 750-word essay answering the following question:

If you could change one thing with the justice system, what would it be and how would you change it?

Due March 31, 2021

Send completed essay to scholarship@mlgaplc.com

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, 2021 by mail to the Scholarship Committee, Orange County (CA) Alumnae Chapter

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 on or before April 1, 2021 at 2pm

Complete the scholarship application and submit to

Assistance League of Newport-Mesa                                                                                                  2220 Fairview Road                                                                                                                               Costa Mesa, CA 92627                                                                                                                           (949) 645-6929                                                                                                                                       Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

2021 CMHS PTSA Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student at CMHS
  • must be member of PTSA on or before January 1st.

Due April 1, 2021

Complete the scholarship application and submit to arnagy@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 April 2, 2021

Important documents: Program Brochure | Applicant Guidelines | Application Form

Hazel Cubbon Greenleaf Scholarship

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

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduating from high school in Spring 2021
  • Attending a school in NMUSD
  • Intending to enroll in Fall 2021 in a transfer or career education program at a community college OR 4-year college of your choice

Due April 2, 2021 by 5:00pm

Important documents: Program Brochure | Application Form

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 April 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Golden West College High School Scholarships

         8 scholarship programs

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Member of the graduating class of 2021
  • Enroll in at least 12 units for Fall 2021 at GWC
  • Minimum of cumulative 2.5 GPA
  • Submit FAFSA or Dream Act Application

Due April 9, 2021 at 5:00pm

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

Scholarships Due April 9 & April 30, 2021 

Colonel William Cabell Chapter, NSDAR Scholarship

          $1,500

Requirements:

  • Graduating senior from a Newport Beach or Costa Mesa HS
  • Intention to attend a College, University, Community College or Trade School
  • Completed application form with required essay and resume

Essay Info:

  • Topic: How will you apply what you learned from American History to your future life?
  • 300-500 Words
  • DO NOT include name on essay document
  • Typed in Times New Roman, 12 pt font, double spaced
  • Submit in .doc, .docx. or .pdf format

Resume Info:

  • Include: HS GPA; Honors and Awards; Extracurricular and Sports; Volunteer Service and Community Involvement; Employment; etc.
  • Submit in .doc, .docx. or .pdf format

Due April 15, 2021 at 11:59pm PT

Applications are to be submitted via the google form. The form requires you to sign in via a google account, if you do not have one, please email colonelwilliamcabell@gmail.com

Newport Harbor Republican Women Scholarship

          $1,000

Due April 15, 2021

Complete the scholarship application and submit to Ms. Susan Kinkade, NHRW Scholarship Chair, Newport Harbor Republican Women, P.O. Box 5561, Newport Beach, CA 92662-5561 OR email: contact@nhrw.org

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 23, 2021 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 April 23, 2021

The Roger Yamanaka Scholarship

$2,000-$5,000

Eligibility Requirements:

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

Due April 30, 2021 

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

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
  • 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 April 30, 2021 

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

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

$1,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Seniors attending a public school in Orange County
  • Graduate in Spring 2021
  • Enroll in college for Fall 2021

Due TBD

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 May 21, 2021

Submit application 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 May 7, 2021

Submit application to pdagostino@nmusd.us

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

Last Scholarship Due May 17, 2021 

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 26, 2021

Program Website: The Brad Evans Foundation |

Scholarship Application: Apply online

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 May 28, 2021 by 5:00pm

Complete the scholarship application and submit to OCC Scholarship Office

RICHARD PENJOYAN EDUCATIONAL TRUST (RPET) - TBD

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 TBD

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, 2021.

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