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Scholarships

Scholarships are an important part of making your college career a success! Here are some tips and places to look for scholarships. If you need any help, see Ms. Blanchard in the Counseling Office.

Scholarship Scams: Beware!

Not all scholarship services and scholarship providers are out to help students. Warning: Financial aid/scholarships should be a free process. No sponsor can guarantee that you will win an award! Scam artists will ask for a credit card or bank account information and then drain your account or run up charges on your credit card. If in doubt, ask a counselor!

Other Suggestions

The best source of scholarships, aside form the opportunities through the federal government (FAFSA), continues to be financial aid from colleges themselves and the local community (Elks Club, Rotary, etc.) Parents should also contact the Human Resources office at their job site to inquire about scholarships available to children of employees.

University andCollege Scholarships

Each college has their own scholarship fund. Information on this can be found on their websites. For example, go to the San Diego State University site and search for the "President's Diversity Scholarship."

AB 540

If you qualify for AB 540, select the following links to search for scholarships for which you may qualify:

http://www.maldef.org/leadership/scholarships/index.html

http://www.razaeducators.org/about_projects_scholarfund.html

Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship

  • Senior
  • 2 options to qualify: are Roman Catholic AND of Italian descent OR are Roman Catholic but are not of Italian descent if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian, or grandparent is a member of the "Italian Catholic Federation (ICF)
  • If either Roman Catholic parent/grandparent is an ICF member, applicant must be Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian descent or live where Branches are established to qualify
  • Will enroll full-time at an accredited university, college, community college, or technical school in the Fall of 2018
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Transcript
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate leadership
  • Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities and community service
  • Letter of recommendation
  • 150 word personal statement; see application for specific information to include in essay
  • Multiple $400 scholarships awarded-can be renewed annually for a four year total of $2,500
  • Application and info at: http://www.icf.org/
  • Deadline: March 15, 2018
State Council Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California, Inc. Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Of Portuguese descent
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • 3.5 total weighted GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Meets all of the requirements of the accredited community college, college, trade school, or university the applicant plans to attend
  • Must have participated in three extracurricular activities while in high school
  • 250 word essay discussing plans for the future
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Multiple $500 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: http://www.cabrillocivicclubs.org/scholarship.asp
  • Deadline: Postmarked March 15, 2018
California Association of Wine Grape Growers Foundation Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Child or parent or legal guardian employed by a California wine grape grower during the 2017-18 wine grape growing season
  • Official transcript
  • SAT or ACT scores if applying for a four-year scholarship
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate community involvement and/or leadership and/or work employment-can be considered in broad terms
  • Letter of recommendation
  • 500 word essay "that tells the committee about you, your financial need, your career goals, and how you plan to help your community"
  • At least two four-year scholarships awarded valued at $8,000 each
  • Four two-year scholarships awarded valued at $2,000
  • Application and info at: http://cawgfoundation.org/
  • Deadline: Postmarked no later than March 16, 2018
Don Diego Scholarship Foundation
  • Grade level depends on the scholarship for which the applicant applies
  • Have participated in the San Diego County Fair and/or other activities associated with the Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • Multiple scholarships awarded in varying amounts from $1,000-$5,000
  • Application and info at: http://dondiegoscholarship.org/scholarships/
  • Deadline: March 19, 2018
California Retired Teachers' Association Division 4 Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
  • Senior
  • Will attend an accredited four-year college or university in the Fall of 2018
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities, participation in leadership activities, and volunteer and/or work experience
  • 2 letters of recommendation from academic teachers, and 1 letter from someone in the community who can attest to your character, ability, and competence
  • $2,000 scholarship
  • Preferred to have application "word processed" and not hand written; the link below allows you type directly onto the application
  • Application and info at: https://div4.calrta.org/scholarships-and-grants/
  • Deadline: Postmarked by March 21, 2018
Lighthouse Guild Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend an accredited college or university
  • Legally blind-must be able to provide proof
  • US citizen
  • Transcript
  • SAT and/or ACT scores
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • 2 500 word personal statements; 1 relating to educational and personal goals; 1 addressing the influence of an outstanding teacher on your education
  • 20 scholarships awarded up to $20,000
  • Application and info at: http://www.lighthouseguild.org/programs-services/scholarships/
  • Deadline: March 31, 2018
Skin Care Ox: Beauty + Welness Scholarship for Women
  • Senior
  • Female
  • Will attend college in the Fall of 2018
  • Striving to lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Short responses relating to your short and long term goals
  • 500 maximum essay relating to your commitment to live a healthy lifestyle
  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://www.skincareox.com/scholarship/#scholarship-application
  • Deadline: March 31, June 30, September 30, and January 1

Cal Coast Cares Foundation James L. McPheters Scholarship

  • Senior
  • Be a California Coast Credit Union, or the child, grandchild or legal ward of a member in good standing
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Been accepted or have applied to attend an accredited college or university on a full-time basis
  • List extracurricular activities, community service, and/or work experience
  • 500 word essay: "California Coast Credit Union, like all credit unions, was founded on the principle of people helping people. Please tell us about an experience where you used your time and talents to help an individual, a group or the community"
  • 2 $2,500 and eight $2,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: https://www.calcoastcu.org/cal-coast-cares-foundation.htm
  • Deadline: Postmarked March 31, 2018
Cal Coast Cares Foundation Foster Student Program
  • Senior
  • Provide documentation that you have been in the foster care program
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Be accepted by an accredited college or university on a full-time basis
  • List extracurricular activities, community service, and/or work experience
  • 500 word essay: "California Coast Credit Union, like all credit unions, was founded on the principle of people helping people. Please tell us about an experience where you used your time and talents to help an individual, a group or the community"
  • Application and info at: https://www.calcoastcu.org/cal-coast-cares-foundation.htm
  • Deadline: Postmarked March 31, 2018
San Diego Indian American Society Gandhi Memorial Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Of any race or ethnicity
  • SAT/ACT score
  • Two page maximum essay relating to Non-Violence
  • One page maximum personal statement about past achievements, future plans, etc
  • List community servie and honors
  • Two teacher/counselor recommendations
  • 15-20 scholarships from $1,000 and above
  • Application and info at: http://sdias.info/gandhi-memorial-scholarship-form/
  • Deadline: Postmarked no later than March 31, 2018
Jessie Klicka Foundation Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend a four-year college or university
  • Medium to outstanding grades
  • Transcript
  • Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Multiple scholarships awarded ranging from $1,000-$2,000
  • Essay relating to your college choice and course of study
  • Application and info at: http://www.jessieklickafoundation.org/
  • Deadline: MMHS can only submit two students' applications; the first two students who get their completed application packets to Mrs. Blanchard by 1 PM March 23 will be submitted by the March 31 postmarked deadline; NOTE March 31 is during our Spring Break; March 23 is a minimum day
Mike Weston Memorial Scholarship
Brian Graves Memorial Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will pursue an education in marine biology at a four-year college or university
  • Transcript
  • List extracurricular activities
  • Short responses relating to your future goals, why you should be awarded a scholarship, and past experiences with science as it relates to marine biology
  • Scholarship will be paid directly to the college/university you attend
  • 2 letters of recommendation-1 from a counselor and 1 from a teacher in the science field
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/April 2018.pdf
  • Deadline: April 1, 2018
2018 Ninth Circuit Civics Essay and Video Contest
  • Juniors
  • Qualify for free/reduced lunch
  • First generation college students-your parents/guardians did not receive a degree from a granting four-year college or university
  • Minority-identify as: Hispanic/Latino/a, Black/African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and/or Indian or Alaska Native
  • Transcript
  • Optional letter of recommendation
  • Three 250 word essays; see application for specific prompts
  • Those selected will work with Stanford undergraduate students to get assistance with college essay and personal statement writing
  • Application and info at: http://www.phoenixscholars.org/apply1.html
  • Deadline: Application closes April 1, 2018
Patricia Ann Eckelman Nursing Scholarship
San Diego Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Female
  • Will attend a four-year college or university in the US or Canada which has National Panhellenic Conference sororities/women's fraternities on campus
  • Transcript
  • List school activities, community activities, honors/awards, interests/hobbies
  • Statement about how this scholarship would benefit you
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Multiple scholarships awarded ranging from $500-$1,000
  • Application and info at: http://sdaph.weebly.com/scholarships.html
  • Deadline: April 2, 2018
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. North San Diego County Alumnae Chapter Scholarship
  • Senior
  • African American
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities in leadership and community service
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • One page essay: "Once you obtain your degree, how will you give back and make a difference in your family, communities, profession, and the world?"
  • Multiple $1,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/Scholarship App Online_2018 V4.pdf
  • Deadline: April 9, 2018
Pacific Islander Student Association at SDSU Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Pacific Islander
  • Essay addressing "How does being a Pacific Islander student influence your decision on education?"
  • Resume-can be a 1 page photo collage or a 2-3 minute introductive video that portrays your extracurricular activities
  • Letter of recommendations from boath a teacher and counselor
  • Application and info at: https://pisasdsu.weebly.com/scholarships.html
  • Deadline: April 12, 2018
National Naval Officers Association Camp Pendleton/Miramar Chapter Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend an accredited four-year college or university in the Fall of 2018
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • List extracurricular activities at school and/or community, awards/honors, and/or work experience
  • 500-1,000 word essay relating to cultural awareness and diversity
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 50% of total applicants selected for the chapter scholarship will be military dependents of enlisted US Marines or US Naval Sailors
  • Application and info at: http://www.nnoa-camppendleton.org/SCHOLARSHIPS.html
  • Deadline: April 15, 2018

JFS-David Rubenstein Memorial Scholarship

  • Senior
  • Will attend an approved college, university, technical or vocation school full-time in the US in the Fall of 2018
  • Jewish
  • US citizen or documented legal permanent US resident
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Transcript
  • Demonstrated financial contribution towards education (i.e. part time work)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • 500-1,000 word essay; see application for specific prompt
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Up to 20 scholarships awarded up to $2,500
  • Application and info at: http://www.jfssd.org/site/PageServer?pagename=programs_youth_rubenstein_scholarship
  • Deadline: April 20, 2018
RB Chorale, Inc., Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Have musical talent in voice, piano, string, wind, brass, percussion, or any other solo instrument
  • Plan to continue your education in musical performing arts
  • Transcript
  • Auditions May 5th in Rancho Bernardo
  • 6 candidates receiving highest combined points perform either June 9th or 10th
  • Six scholarship awards totaling at least $10,000
  • 300 word essay describing your general and musical qualities and your scholastic plans
  • Letter from parent or guardian presenting your family's financial situation
  • Letter of recommendation from your music teacher and a friend or school official
  • Application and info at: http://rbchorale.org/scholarship-application/
  • Deadline: April 21, 2018
The Brown Family Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend a college or university in the Fall of 2018
  • Must have performed at least 20 hours of community service within the last two years
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Held a leadership position or demonstrated leadership either with an organization or activity at MMHS or within the Mira Mesa Community
  • 500 words essay relating to community service
  • Two $1,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/Brown Family Scholarship 2018.docx
  • Deadline: Submit completed application and all accompanying documents to Mrs. Blanchard in the Counseling Office by 3 PM April 27, 2018
MMHS Farmer's Market Scholarship
Mira Mesa High School Foundation Scholarship
Mira Mesa Women's Club Scholarship
Society of Women Engineers Scholarship
San Diego-Edinburgh Sister City Society Schooish Ancestry Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Of Scottish ancestry
  • Will attend a two- or four-year college or university in the Fall of 2018
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • Letter of recommendation
  • List involvement in extracurricular activities, community service, and leadership positions
  • Demonstrate involvement in Scottish activities
  • 250-500 word essay: "Describe, from the above, your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to y our Scottish roots and future goals
  • $750 scholarship
  • Application and info at: /schools/sites/default/files_link/schools/files//schools/mira_mesa/Scottish Ancestry 2018 Scholarship Application.pdf
  • Deadline: May 1, 2018
San Diego Education Association Dependent Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Dependent of a current member of either the San Diego Education Association, California Teacher's Association, or National Education Association
  • Demonstrate involvement in the school and/or community
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Transcript
  • 200 word maximum statement discussing "how continuing your studies will help you in the classroom and/or in your personal life"
  • Multiple scholarships awarded in varying amounts
  • Application and info at: http://www.sdea.net/membership/scholarships/
  • Deadline: Submit completed application and all accompanying materials to the SDEA office by May 4, 2018 by 5 PM
Mira Mesa Town Council/Verne Goodwin Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Mira Mesa resident
  • Will attend a college, university, or trade school in the fall
  • 400 word maximum essay relating to your community service
  • Letter of reference from someone who oversaw your community service
  • Letter of recommendation from a school faculty member or a community leader 
  • Three $1,000 scholarships awarded
  • Application and info at: https://www.miramesatowncouncil.org/scholarship/
  • Deadline: May 11, 2018
B. Davis Scholarship
  • Junior or senior
  • 1,000 word maximum essay: "Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual."
  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm
  • Deadline: May 22, 2018
Athnet Sports Recruiting Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Athlete at the high school level
  • Will attend college in the Fall of 2018; you do not need to play college sports to be eligible
  • "400-500 word essay describing how the lessons you have learned through playing sports have positively impacted you as you pursue your college education"
  • Brief personal bio
  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: http://www.athleticscholarships.net/scholarship-contest.htm
  • Deadline: June 1, 2018
American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship
  • Senior
  • US citizen
  • Will enroll in a certificate, associates, or bachelors program in the Fall of 2018
  • Registered as an enrolled member of a federal or state recognized tribe, or descendant of at least one grandparent or parent who is an enrolled tribal member; Alaska native
  • 2.0 GPA
  • Transcript
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • 3 short answers relating to challenges, educational and career goals, and how your education will benefit your tribe
  • Application and info at: http://collegefund.org/student-resources/scholarships/scholarship-programs/
  • Deadline: Application open from January 1-May 31
SeniorAdvice.com Senior Caregiver Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend a two- or four-year college or university in the Fall of 2018
  • Must have involved in caregiving for a family member or friend
  • Transcript
  • In a video format submit a three minute maximum video relating to caregiving
  • $2,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: https://www.senioradvice.com/senior-caregiver-scholarship-fall-2018
  • Deadline: July 15, 2018
CardRates.com Financial Futures Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will major in business, accounting, finance, math, management, or other majors related to personal finance
  • US resident
  • 3.5 GPA
  • Official transcript
  • 500-900 word essay addressing "How do you see yourself impacting the finance industry?"
  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: http://www.cardrates.com/scholarship/
  • Deadline: July 31, 2018
ABODO Apartments Off-To-College Scholarship
  • Senior
  • Will attend an accredited college or university in the Fall of 2018
  • 1,000 word essay relating to what you are bringing from your hometown with you to college
  • Include links of up to 5 pictures you took yourself
  • $500 scholarship
  • Application and in info at:
  • Deadline: August 31, 2018
UNIGO Make Me Laugh Scholarship

California College San Diego Presidential Scholarship

California Colleges San Diego Academic Scholarship
  • Class of 2019
  • Not required to take engineering courses to be eligible for the scholarship
  • 500-1,000 word essay that addresses: "When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?"
  • $500 scholarship
  • Application and info at: http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm
  • Deadline: October 6, 2018

Fisher and Talwar General Scholarship

  • Senior
  • Will attend an accredited institution of higher learning as a full-time student in the Fall of 2017
  • US citizen
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Transcript
  • 500 word essay addressing: "Who or what is your inspiration for pursuing an education?"
  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Application and info at: http://www.fishertalwar.com/scholarship/
  • Deadline: November 15, 2017

Other Scholarship Links

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