Financial Aid, Scholarships, & Student Opportunities

Visit FAFSA or California Dream Act to apply for financial aid. These sites will contain updates, applications, and more information. Click one of the photos below for help with your FAFSA application!


FAFSA Events

What: Join Erica Lehman for these two online FAFSA events. These workshops are designed to offer support and guidance to students and parents looking to fill out the 2024-2025 FAFSA and OCCADA. If you have questions or special circumstances and need individual 1:1 support, please join to request and individual session. There will be an opportunity to fill out the form and ask questions during this time. Click here to join!

When: (CLOSED)

  • Friday, March 1st at 4:00PM via Zoom
  • Friday, April 25th at 4:00PM via Zoom

Scholarships that have closed will still be included below for future reference. When they open again, they will be updated!


(Formerly Cappex) is a website that matches students up with potential scholarships and also helps them discover and learn about different colleges.


Fair Opportunity Project

The Fair Opportunity Project works a little differently than the other sites, as it doesn’t match students to scholarships. Instead, it offers a comprehensive 129-page guide, available in multiple languages, for high school students that includes information about letters of recommendation, how to compile a college list and examples of college essays that worked. 



Fastweb is a free scholarship search platform that connects students to college scholarships, trade school scholarships, and financial aid tools. Their goal is to help you find scholarships to make college or vocational school more affordable.



Students can download the app for free and create a profile by taking short quizzes that ask questions about things like desired majors, GPAs, interests and background. The app then matches students with scholarships that align with their profiles and students can swipe right to save their favorites.


Orange County Community

Orange County Community is a site that gives access to six specific scholarships to choose which works best for you.



Road2College is dedicated to helping families navigate the ever-changing world of college admissions and financing. Their community, tools, and services can help you find colleges that you can afford.



At Scholaroo, you’ve got a team of scholarship professionals working around the clock and around the globe to help you pay for college. They realize your time is precious so they do the leg work for you. Their team will identify the best scholarships for you from around the world based on your own unique profile and give you the behind-the-scenes tips, tricks, and tactics you need to realize scholarship opportunities.


Scholarship America

Scholarship America’s mission is to eliminate barriers to educational success so that any student can pursue their dream. Their organization works directly with students, parents, colleges, businesses and communities to help students fulfill their college dreams.



Scholarships is a free college scholarship search platform that matches you to college scholarships you qualify for.



Another free mobile app that matches students with scholarships based on their interests, background and accomplishments.

AVID Scholarship

Deadline: December 8, 2023 (CLOSED)

Amount: Up to $6,000


  • Enrolled in the AVID program for a minimum of three years
  • Demonstrates a commitment to higher education despite personal and/or financial obstacles
  • Accepted to and will attend an accredited four-year college or university
  • Earned a minimum GPA of 2.8
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the community

Dell Scholars Program

Deadline: December 10, 2023 (CLOSED)

Amount: Not Disclosed


  • AVID Elective 12th Graders
  • Be on track to graduate from an accredited high school in the current academic year
  • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance
  • Be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant in first year of college
  • Plan to enroll full time at an accredited higher education institution
  • Earn a minimum of a 2.4 GPA

Senior Standout Scholarship

Deadline: February 15, 2024 (CLOSED)

Amount: Not Disclosed


  • A student chosen by each AVID high school in Orange County
  • Teacher must complete the Teacher Survey

AVID 8th Grade Standout

Deadline: February 23, 2024 (CLOSED)

Amount: $10,000


  • Orange County AVID Elective 8th Graders
  • Four-year university potential

AVID 7th Grade - Young Scholars Program

Deadline: May 9, 2024 (CLOSED)

Amount: Not Disclosed


  • Grade level: Currently in 7th grade and/or entering 8th grade in the fall of 2024.
  • Academics: Earned all As and Bs in core academic subjects since the beginning of 6th grade.
  • Financial Need – Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with a family income of up to $95,000. During the selection process, the Foundation will conduct a full financial review which will take into account all income and assets of the student and the student’s parents. The median family income of last year’s entering cohort of Cooke Young Scholars was approximately $25,000.
  • Currently attending middle school in the U.S. and planning to attend high school in the U.S.

*The scholarships below have all CLOSED, but will remain on this page for future reference. They will be updated when they re-open.*

The Gates Scholarship

Deadline: September 15, 2023 (CLOSED)

Amount: Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the methodology used by a Scholar’s college or university.

*Cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, room, board, books, and transportation, and may include other personal costs


  • A high school senior
  • From at least one of the following ethnicities: 
    • African-American
    • American Indian/Alaska Native*
    • Asian & Pacific Islander American
    • Hispanic American
  • Pell-eligible
  • A U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • In good academic standing with minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a U.S. accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university
  • *For American Indian/Alaska Native, proof of tribal enrollment will be required

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

Deadline: (CLOSED)

Amount: $20,000


  • Currently enrolled high school/home-schooled students attending school in one of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or select DoD schools who will graduate high school during the 2023-2024 academic school year (students graduating from an American or expat school abroad are not eligible for this award; individuals who have already graduated from high school are not eligible)
  • U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees - based on the guidelines utilized by U.S. Department of Education for Federal Financial Aid eligibility
  • Expecting to receive high school diploma during current academic year
  • Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
  • Able to verify a minimum overall B/3.0 GPA in high school coursework

Heisman High School Scholarship

Deadline: October 17, 2023 (CLOSED)

Amount: $1,000-$10,000


  • High school senior
  • High school grade point average (GPA) 3.0 or better
  • Participate or have participated in grades 9, 10, or 11 in at least one of the sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games, or the National Federation of State High School Association
  • Be a leader in school and in the community and serve as a role model for underclassmen

Elk National Foundation Scholarship Programs

Deadline: November 13, 2023 (CLOSED)

Amount: $1,000-$7,500 per year


  • Current high school seniors
  • Citizens of the U.S.
  • Do NOT need to be related to a member of the Elks

Cooke College Scholarship Program

Deadline: November 16, 2023 (CLOSED)

Amount: Up to $55,000


  • Senior standing
  • Fall college enrollment
  • GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need

Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

Deadline: December 21, 2023 (CLOSED)

Amount: Up to $40,000


  • Plan to pursue a computer science or engineering degree in college
  • High school senior with a 2.3 cumulative GPA
  • Work eligible in the U.S. for at least two years
  • Got a financial gap to fill
  • Tried computer science/hardware engineering and want to learn more

*The scholarships below have all CLOSED, but will remain on this page for future reference. They will be updated when they re-open.*

APIA Scholars

Deadline: January 9, 2024 (CLOSED)

Amount: $2,500 one-year awards to $20,000 multi-year awards


  • Be able to describe your ethnicity, heritage, or ancestry to the countries, or lands in Asia or the Pacific Islands
  • Be a citizen, national, or legal resident of the U.S.
  • Be enrolling or continuing as a degree-seeking undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in Fall 2024
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or equivalent, or have earned a GED
  • Must apply for federal financial aid for the 2024-2025 academic year using the FASFA by early April 2024

Mensa Scholarship Essay Competition

Deadline: January 15, 2024 (CLOSED)

Amount: $2,000 to $3,000


  • Applicant must be enrolled in a degree program in an accredited American institute of post-secondary education (or intend to enroll for the following academic year)
  • While some of the scholarships are for specific areas of study, most are for students in any major
  • Applicant need not be a member of Mensa nor qualified for Mensa
  • However, there may be additional awards for Mensa members and/or their dependents
  • All general awards are unrestricted as to age, race, gender, level of post-secondary education or financial need.
  • To be eligible for the Art Mattson Memorial Scholarship or the Larry Grannis Memorial Scholarship, applicants must reside in a zip code assigned to Orange County Mensa.
  • More information is on the Mensa Education and Research Foundation website.

ISN Skilled Trade and Technology Scholarship

Deadline: January 15, 2024 (CLOSED)

Amount: $2,000


  • Must be 18 years or over
  • Must be currently enrolled as a high school senior
  • Must have a minimum 3.4 GPA
  • Must pursue a degree that enables you or others in your community to learn a new trade, develop skills, and technology, or start a small business related to home services

The Coolidge: A Scholarship for America

Deadline: January 18, 2024 (CLOSED)

Amount: Student's full tuition, room and board, required fees for four years of undergraduate study, and an annual stipend for books and supplies.


  • Must intend to enroll full-time at an accredited U.S. college/university as an undergraduate for the first time in the fall 2025
  • Students in their Junior year of high school, or the equivalent if home-schooled
  • Citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States of America by the 2023-2024 scholarship deadline
  • Cannot be the immediate family member of any current employee or trustee of the Coolidge Scholars Program or the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation


Deadline: January 23, 2024 (CLOSED)

Amount: $50,000 to 30 high school seniors


  • Must be a high school senior with at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA, plan to pursue studies in the STEM fields at a four-year accredited college or university and show financial need.
  • Eligible STEM majors include computer and information systems, engineering, engineering technology, management information systems, mathematics, natural resources and conservation and physical sciences.
  • Applicants must live in Southern California Edison’s service area
  • The top 50 finalists will be required to submit a short video and potentially participate in a final interview. Don’t stress, these are just ways to get to know you better.
  • Dependents of Edison International and SCE employees and retirees are not eligible.


Deadline: January 31, 2024 (CLOSED)

Amount: $5,000 that can be renewed each year to 5 high school seniors


  • High school senior in CA or Texas
  • Accepted in a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited 4-5 year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • The following degrees are eligible:
    • Architecture
    • Landscape Architecture
    • Interior Architecture/Design
    • Architectural Engineering
    • Structural Engineering
    • Building Science
    • Civil Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Related Fields


Deadline: January 31, 2024 (CLOSED)

Amount: National Scholarship $2,000 and California Scholarship $1,000


  • Full-time graduating high school seniors in good academic standing (minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.40 on 4-point scale), of any ethnic or cultural background who plans to attend an accredited college or university (2-year and 4-year) in Fall 2024
  • Citizens or permanent residents of the United States
  • Residents of one of the following states or metropolitan area: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area (Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia)

California Teacher Association (CTA) Scholarship

Deadline: February 9, 2024 (CLOSED)

Amount: Not Disclosed


  • Dependent children of an active, retired, deceased CTA member
  • Enrolled in an accredited school of higher education
  • Full-time student

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Deadline: February 15, 2024 (CLOSED)

Amount: Ranging from $500-$5,000 based on merit and relative need


  • Must be of Hispanic heritage
  • U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA 
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students; minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college and graduate students
  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public or not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, in the US, for the 2024-2025 academic year
  • Submit the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms (if applicable)

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program

Deadline: February 23, 2024 (CLOSED)

Amount: Up to $6,000


  • Persuing a degree, credential, or certification for a teaching-related career in public education in an accredited institution of higher education
  • A member of a defined BIPOC group (African American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander or Hispanic)
  • Enrolled for summer or fall semester of 2024
  • A dependent child of an active CTA/NEA-Retired or deceased CTA member

John Colvin Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: End of March (CLOSED)

Amount: TBD


  • Enrolled in a 4-year degree program at an accredited university or college in Southern California
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrated commitment to a fitness lifestyle
  • Objective of contributing to the health and economic vitality of Irvine and California

Irvine Forward Foundation Community Scholarship

Deadline: End of March (CLOSED)

Amount: TBD


  • Be a resident of or attend school in the City of Irvine
  • Graduating high school senior
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Demonstrate high moral character
  • The applicants must demonstrate leadership and service to the community
  • Scholarships are awarded without regard to race, religion, or creed

Irvine Forward Foundation STEAM Scholarship

Deadline: End of March (CLOSED)

Amount: TBD


  • Be a resident of or attend school in the City of Irvine
  • Graduating high school senior
  • Intended major in an academic field of science, technology, engineering, arts, or math
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Demonstrate high moral character
  • Engaged in curiosity and creativity beyond the classroom
  • Able to demonstrate their ability to inspire others to engage in and pursue STEAM
  • Scholarships are awarded without regard to race, religion, or creed

Crinkled In "No Sweat" Scholarship

Deadline: March 31, 2024 (CLOSED)

Amount: $2,500


  • 13 years and up
  • U.S. resident
  • Enrolled in a school/home-school

Bio-Rad Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2024 (CLOSED)

Amount: 5 Scholarships of $2,000


  • Be a graduating, college-bound senior from Irvine Unified School District in Irvine, CA., Santa Ana Unified School District in Santa Ana, CA., or whose close relative or legal guardian is a Bio-Rad employee.
  • Have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Letter of recommendation, to be submitted directly by the referrer. (Please provide this same survey link to your referrer).
  • Have read and understood the application information document (PDF link)

Vaping: Know the Truth Art Challenge

Deadline: April 17, 2024 (CLOSED)

Amount: $5,500 for the winner and $1,125 for 4 runner ups


  • Students ages 13-19

College Raptor

Deadline: All in April

Amount: Varies

On this site, there are 8 different scholarship options available. Click the link above to visit the site and find out which is best for you!


Deadline: All in April or May

Amount: Varies

On this site, there are 10 different scholarship options available. Click the link above to visit the site and find out which is best for you!

Accounting Careers Scholarships

Deadline: April 30th (CLOSED)

Amount: Eleven $5,000 scholarships


  • Complete one Accounting Careers: Limitless Opportunities course module
  • Write a 300-500 word essay in response to this question: "When you think about your future, what are three goals that are important to you and what are some ways that a career in accounting could help you reach those goals?"
  • Complete the entry form and submit

OneMain Financial Credit Worth Scholarship

Deadline: May 6th, 2024 (CLOSED)

Amount: $1,000


  • Complete Build - Credit Fundamentals or at least 3 modules of a course offered in the Credit Worthy program presented by OneMain Financial
  • Submit a short essay about what you learned and how the Credit Worthy program by OneMain Financial has made an impact on you. Limit one entry per person
  • A committee of judges will read each submission and select the scholarship recipients that will be awarded the $1,000 prize

Elevation Scholarship

Deadline: May 12, 2024 (CLOSED)

Amount: Ten English Learner (EL) students receive $2,000


  • Be a high school senior who has been enrolled as an EL at some point during their K-12 education
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-to-four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2024-2025 academic year

FutureSmart Middle School Personal Finance

Deadline: June 10th, 2024

Amount: 20 students will receive a $2,000 gift card and two grand prize winners will receive a $5,000 gift card


  • Complete at least 3 lessons from either FutureSmart or SmartEconomics, presented by the MassMutual Foundation
  • Submit a short essay about what you learned and how either FutureSmart or SmartEconomics made an impact on you. Limit on entry per person.
  • A committee of judges will read each submission and select a total of 22 student winners throughout the school year.

Everfi Scholarships

Deadline: There are multiple opportunities; please click here for deadlines.

Amount: $1,000-$5000


  • Middle School and High School
  • Recommendation for students to complete accounting careers
  • Middle School 6-8 students to complete FutureSmart

Click here for more

Big Future Scholarships

Deadline: There are multiple opportunities; please click here for deadlines.

Amount: Monthly drawings for $500 and $40,000 scholarships


  • Students in the class of 2024, 2025, and 2026 are now eligible for BigFuture Scholarships
  • Must have a College Board account and attend public or private high school or are enrolled in a home school in the United States, Puerto Rico, or any other U.S. territories, and U.S. citizens and residents attending Departent of Defense Education Acitivty (DoDEA) schools.

Digital SAT Test Prep Course

What: Help prepare for the spring administration of the Digital SAT. This webinar will teach you more about how Khan Academy's digital test prep course works alongside the College Board Bluebook app and My Practice features to ensure that all students have access to Official Digital SAT Prep resources.


  • January 25, 2024 (CLOSED)
    • 10:00 AM

USC Virtual Information Sessions for Summer Programs

What: Virtual information session to hear about USC Summer Programs and gain direct knowledge about the 2024 program. They highlight the benefits of attending USC Summer Programs, dive into their on-campus experience, and discuss application best practices and common mistakes.


  • Thursday, January 11, 2024 (CLOSED)
    • 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, February 6, 2024 (CLOSED)
    • 4:00-5:00 PM

IVC Honors Program Info Session with Dr. Emily Liu

What: Learn about the benefits and admission requirements of the IVC Honors Program from Program Director Dr. Emily Liu. Honors benefits include:

  • Special transfer agreements with UCLA, UCI, and many other colleges
  • Dramatically improved transfer success
  • Honors priority registration
  • Priority admission review at many transfer institutions, including UCLA and UCI
  • Complimentary library access at UCI and UCLA
  • Small seminar-style honors classes and enriched coursework
  • Special transcript recognition and designated honors scholarships
  • Honors study lounge
  • Honors counselors and support staff
  • Leadership positions
  • Field trips and field studies

When: February 15, 2024 at 3:00PM (CLOSED)

*The scholarships below have all CLOSED, but will remain on this page for future reference. They will be updated when they re-open.*

Safeguarding Brilliance: Protecting your Creative Capital

What: Learn how to navigate trademarks and safeguard your creative ideas and brand. This is your opportunity to gain actionable insights from our distinguished panel of experts at the forefront of intellectual property law, including Eric Jaegers, J.D., a Clinical Assistant Professor at Chapman University; Lynne Boisineau from Boisineau Law; Justin Sanders from Masterkey IP; and Stephanie Pottick, founder of Protect for Success®. Reserve your spot now for an evening that promises to strengthen your understanding of intellectual property essentials and empower your entrepreneurial journey. 


  • February 29, 2024
    • 4:30-6:30pm 


SoCal Celebrates Entrepreneurship 2024

What: SoCal Celebrates Entrepreneurship 2024 brings together entrepreneurs, students, business leaders, service providers, and investors to celebrate Southern California as a diverse hub of innovation and entrepreneurship that fosters culture and upward mobility, and delivers an enhanced quality of life.


  • March 9, 2024 at Cal State Fullerton
    • 12:00-6:00pm 


Generations in Business: Navigating Family Transition

What: This event is your guide to successfully navigating the intricate landscape of family-run enterprises. Learn from a panel of family business experts, including Ed Hart, Jenny Dinnen, and Pamela Kellogg. Gain insights on succession planning, navigating family business challenges, and resources available to support second and third generation business owners.


  • March 14, 2024
    • 4:30-6:30pm


Start-Up to Scale-Up: The Alteryx Success Story

What: Be part of an enlightening evening as Libby Duane Adams, Chief Advocacy Officer of Alteryx, shares the remarkable story of organically growing Alteryx into a global analytics leader. Gain entrepreneurial insights, explore Alteryx's impact on companies like McLaren, Coca-Cola, and Siemens Energy, and take part in an engaging Q&A session. Don't miss this opportunity to uncover the strategies behind scaling a startup into a market leader. Reserve your spot now for an evening of inspiration and valuable business insights.


  • March 28, 2024
    • 4:30-6:30pm


PitchCraft: Film, Script, and Startup Edition

What: The Dodge Film School and Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship team up to talk about personal and professional pitches. In this joint workshop, we will show you how to pitch a movie to a studio, how to pitch a screen play to a producer, and how to pitch a startup idea to an angel investor. We will give students the opportunity to role play and pitch in a safe space.


  • April 5, 2024
    • 12:00-2:00pm


Panther Cage Match

What: Attention all innovators and startup enthusiasts! Panther Cage presents an exclusive opportunity for teams or individuals to submit their applications for a chance to pitch their unique startup, product, service, or idea. The top finalists making it through the selection process will have the opportunity to present in front of a distinguished panel of expert judges at this event with cash prizes at stake. This one-day Shark Tank-style pitch competition is open to Chapman students, alumni, faculty, and staff, providing a platform to receive valuable insights from experienced entrepreneurs and investors. Don't miss the opportunity to win valuable rewards and elevate your venture – learn more about this exciting competition and FAQ’s here.


  • April 12, 2024
    • 10:00am-2:00pm


USC Summer Programs

What: USC Summer Programs extends a tradition of excellence to outstanding high school students through a diverse offering of four-week summer courses. As a “Summer Trojan,” you will balance academic and campus life as you prepare for college — and earn college credit.

USC Summer Programs’ courses are taught by USC faculty and experienced professionals of the USC academic community. Our faculty create an engaging academic experience by combining lectures, hands-on workshops and labs, and guest speakers. Each course is designed to be more interactive, engaging and challenging than accelerated high school classes or the broad introductory courses offered by other summer pre-collegiate programs.


  • June 16-July 13, 2024

Diversity in Neurology Academy

What: Their vision at DNA is to stand as a beacon of inspiration and empowerment. Celebrating diversity and ensuring every aspiring neurologist has equal opportunities to thrive. They envision a future where the DNA community serves as a model for inclusivity and mentorship. Fostering enduring connections that transcend traditional academic boundaries. Through their unwavering commitment to nurturing diverse talents, DNA aspires to reshape the landscape of neurology, ensuring it mirrors the rich tapestries of human experience and backgrounds.

Application deadline is April 15, 2024

When: June 29, 2024

Eve & Gene Black Summer Medical Career Program

What: Medical Mentor/Internship Program: Participants will EITHER apply and be accepted to attend daily online sessions with presentations/interactive sessions from a variety of general pediatricians, specialists including surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, infectious disease, ophthalmologists, radiologists, child life, therapists, (i.e., physical, speech, occupational, or cognitive) OR apply and be accepted to attend an in-person program (in-person programs subject to change). If selected to attend an in-person program, participants are responsible for their own transportation. This program is ONLY open to qualified students from Los Angeles and its adjacent counties. Applications are accepted from high school students who are currently in the 11th or 12th grade AND born on or before 7/1/08. (In-Person Facilities may have specific age requirements). No fee to participate.



  • Session 1: July 8-18, 2024
    • Monday-Thursday 10am-12:15pm
  • Session 2: July 22-August 1, 2024
    • Monday-Thursday 10am-12:15pm


  • Will vary by facility

Students will be notified if accepted or not via email by Friday, April 5, 2024.

UCI - Empowering Tomorrow's Innovators

What: These two-week camps will explore the foundations of Data Science, Cryptography & Security, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, and Software Engineering. Students can apply for admission into all four courses and list their preference order. Students will only be able to register for one course per Session.

Deadline: March 17, 2024 (CLOSED)


  • Session 1: July 8-July 19, 2024
    • Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Session 2: July 22-August 2, 2024
    • Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm