Scholarships

(under construction!)

* There are thousands of private scholarship foundations - some are listed below - while there are also a number of trusted, centralized search engines, including

* FastWeb

* scholarships.com

* College Board  

* Niche

* Unigo

* SallieMae

* UC Berkeley BRRC (Black Recruitment & Retention Center). Dozens of scholarships primarily for Black students, though many others too.

* Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Note, you should never pay a fee to apply for scholarships, or to be part of a scholarship search engine/ company!

Also, always double-check deadlines, especially if it requires a hard copy to be mailed: is the deadline the received-by date, or the sent/submitted-by date?

Lastly, know that scholarships are not just free money given out to any student who asks.  They will have certain requirements, such evidence of substantial community service and volunteering; hardships overcome; leadership; excellence in an academic subject; a proven track record of academic success which demonstrates your potential to succeed in college; letters of recommendation from teachers or adult supervisors that testify to your personal qualities and strengths; or one or more essays.  Many also have minimum GPA's.  As such, prepare for this as early as 9th grade, so that when you apply for scholarships as a senior, you have those factors in hand and are a strong applicant!


Scholarships: with a brief description/keywords; amount; who is eligible; what's required; and the application deadline

Heisman ScholarshipMaximum: $10,000Who: high school seniors.  Factorsrequires a weighted GPA of 3.0 or better, participation in at least one sport, and demonstrated leadership at school and in the community.  Deadline: October 18, 2022.  


Coca-Cola ScholarshipMaximum: $20,000.  Who: high school seniors.  Factors: students who are actively involved in their school, passionate and service-oriented, and demonstrate a sustained commitment to bettering their community; minimum 3.0 cumulative unweighted GPA.  Deadline: October 31, 2022.

Good Tidings ScholarshipMaximum: $10,000Who: high school seniors, low-income.  Factors: students who have been extensively involved in community service.  Agree to volunteer minimum 1 shift (2-4 hrs) at Winter Wonderland Toy Giveaway Program in December. Requires 2-page essay describing student's community service.  Deadline: ~November 12, 2022


Soroptimist Club/Live Your Dreams ScholarshipMaximum: $16,000Who: senior girls.  Factors: write an essay of up to 750 words, about how you have faced obstacles on the path to living your dreams, and how you think this scholarship could help you live your dream.  Deadline: ~November 15, 2022


Soroptimist Club/Violet Richardson AwardMaximum: variesWho: girls between 14-18, who have demonstrated initiative in both identifying a problem and trying to solve it, and/or who have had significant and noteworthy accomplishments as volunteers.  Examples: fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning up the environment and working to end discrimination and poverty, especially actions that benefit girls or women.  Factors: Write an essay of up to 750 words: "Tell us where you volunteer and why.  Describe the goals of the organization and its impact on the problem(s)it addresses.  What is your role in the organization?  What have you accomplished as a volunteer?"  Deadline: ~November 15, 2022


Prudential Spirit of Community AwardMaximum: $1,000+Who: seniors, juniors, sophomores, 9th graders who have excelled at volunteering.  Factors: requires nomination by SSF Principal, or head of a Girl Scout Council, 4-H, American Red Cross, YMCA, or Points of Light Global Network member.  Deadline: ~November 20, 2022


Dell ScholarsMaximum: $20,000Who: Seniors with financial need, eligible for a Pell Grant, and having participated in a college-prep program such as AVID for both 11th and 12th grades.  Factors: minimum GPA: 2.4.  Deadline: ~December 1, 2022

Chuck Geerhart Law OfficeMaximum: $1,000Who: high school seniors.  Factors: requires a two-part essay, maximum 500 words: “Do you agree with the following statement: Jury Service is a fundamental right and civic responsibility that is essential to our democracy. Why or why not?"  "What does the Seventh Amendment mean to you, and how could it affect your life?"  Deadline: ~December 1, 2022


NHS/National Honor SocietyMaximum: $25,000Who: high school seniors who are active NHS members.  Deadline: ~December 1, 2022
Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award.  Maximum: $36,000.  Who:
Teens who self-identify as Jewish, who have demonstrated remarkable leadership and initiative in projects that embody the values of tikkun olam , “repairing the world."  Deadline: January 5, 2023
(more to be added in the weeks ahead!)