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    Due Date: 9/1

    Scholarship: Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club - Youth Scholarships

    Details: Must be planning on completing a bachelor's degree or associate's degree. Based on merit and financial need. Provide a high school transcript, essay, and two letters of recommendation.

    Amount: $700-$1,000


    Due Date: 9/29

    Scholarship: QuestBridge 2020 National College Match

    Details: College Match Scholarship Recipients are granted admission to one of QuestBridge's college partners with a full, four-year scholarship worth over $200,000 each. Our college partners use a combination of their own funds as well as state and federal aid to fund the scholarship. This scholarship is offered as part of a generous financial aid package provided by the QuestBridge college partner that covers the cost of attendance, including: Tuition and fees, Room and board, Books and supplies, Travel expenses.

    Amount: $200,000


    Due Date: 9/30

    Scholarship: Bonsai Finance Veteran's Scholarship

    Details: Applicants must: Be a veteran or active duty member of the U.S. Military service, or a direct dependent (i.e., son, daughter, spouse).
    Be a high school senior, high school graduate, or registered as an undergraduate student at an accredited college or post high school vocational/technical institution.
    Be a U.S. citizen.
    Not have previously earned a bachelor’s degree from a college or university.

    Amount: $1,000



    Due Date: 10/5

    Scholarship: AES Engineers Scholarship

    Criteria: This is a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, not GPA. Must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or eligible non-U.S.citizen.

    Description: Students must submit an essay between 500 and 1,000 words (prompts on their website). Submit essay to

    Amount: $500


    Due Date: 10/15 at 9am PST

    Scholarship: AmericanMuscle Scholarship

    Criteria: High school seniors planning to attend a college or post-secondary institution pursuing an automotive or related degree.

    Amount: 2 a year at $2,500 each / Second round due June 15, 2021


    Due Date: 10/15 at 9am PST

    Scholarship: AmericanTrucks Student Scholarship

    Details: Currently attending high school and will be attending an accredited school in the next academic year to an automotive school program.

    Amount: 2 a year at $2,500 each / Second round due June 15, 2021


    Due Date: 10/15 at 9am PST

    Scholarship: ExtremeTerrain Scholarship

    Criteria: High school seniors who are pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Research, Land Use, Earth & Atmosphere Studies, Sustainable Land Management, Parks and Recreation, Sustainable Agriculture Systems.

    Amount: 2 a year at $2,500 each / Second round due June 15, 2021


    Due Date: 10/17 at Midnight

    Scholarship: College Jump Start Scholarship

    Criteria: (1) Must be a high school 10th-12th grader (2) Be a U.S.Citizen or legal resident (3) plan to attend an accredited 2-year, 4-year vocational/trade school in the U.S. (4) Be committed to using education to better your life and that of your family and/or community.

    Amount: Varies


    Due Date: 10/31

    Scholarship: VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Scholarship

    Criteria: Open to students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in a high school, home study program, or an overseas U.S. military/civilian dependent school.
    Description: This scholarship is a "Voice of Democracy Audio Essay" competition- students record a 3-5 minute essay on cassette tape or CD. This year's theme is"Is This The Country the Founders Envisioned?"

    Amount: Winners can win an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. and up to $30,000 in scholarships.


    Due Date: 10/31

    Scholarship: Zombie Apocalypse 

    1) Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application.
    2) Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or DC.
    3) Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2024) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education.

    Description: "Imagine that your high school or college has been overrun with zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies, and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Flesh out a plan to avoid the zombies, including where you’d hide and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive." (250 words or less)

    Amount: $2,000


    Due Date: 10/31 at 2pm PST

    Scholarship: Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship

    Criteria: Available to current seniors carrying a minimum of 3.00 GPA (must show 3.00 GPA at end of junior year) who plan to attend an accredited post-secondary institution.

    Description: Coca-Cola is awarding $3,000,000 in scholarships to 250 dedicated, motivated and involved seniors.

    Amount: $10,000 - $20,000



    Due Date: 11/1

    Scholarship: The Create and Go Design Your Future Scholarship

    Criteria: Please write a 1,000-word essay answering the following questions:
    What would be your subject of choice for your blog, if you were to start one?
    What resources and tools would you utilize to enhance your blog readership?
    Why do you think it is important for people to design their own future?
    Please provide proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university. A transcript, tuition receipt, or acceptance letter will be accepted.
    Please submit the scholarship form below.

    Please provide proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university. A transcript, tuition receipt, or acceptance letter will be accepted.

    Amount: $2,000


    Due Date: 11/6 at Noon PST

    Scholarship: Good Tidings Foundation Scholarship

    Criteria: Low-income high school seniors who have committed themselves to community service. 

    Amount: 10 scholarships at $10,000 each


    Due Date: 11/15 at 11:59pm PST

    Scholarship: Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship

    Criteria: High school seniors who demonstrate leadership and financial need are eligible.
    Description: The Most Valuable Student Scholarship program has helped thousands of students who need financial assistance to fulfill their dreams of attending college. These scholars are at or near the top of their class, active in school and community activities and recognized as leaders by their peers.

    Amount: $800 - $50,000


    Due Date: 11/30

    Scholarship: United Caring Association’s Scholarship For High School Juniors and Seniors

    Entering is easy: Choose one category: Children, Animals, Reforestation or Elderly.
    Write a 500 or more word essay addressing the caring actions you would take to make change for the better in your chosen category.
    Submit your entry and signed release forms.

    Amount: 10 first place essays will be selected to receive scholarship awards of $550, 10 honorable mention essays will be selected to receive scholarship awards of $250


    Due Date: 11/30

    Scholarship: Education Matters Scholarship

    1) Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application.
    2) Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or DC.
    3) Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2024) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education.

    Description: "What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn't matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?" (250 words or less)

    Amount: $5,000



    Due Date: 12/6

    Scholarship: Hispanic Heritage Foundation - Youth Awards

    Details: The Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in various categories including: Business & Finances, Entrepreneurship, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, Sports and Technology.

    Be currently enrolled in high school and graduating in the spring of 2021
    Must have a minimum unweighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or 7.5 on a 10.0 scale
    Must enroll at an accredited higher education institution in 2021-2022
    Be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines)
    If selected, attendance to regional awards ceremony is mandatory and travel is at the recipient’s expense
    Be a U.S. permanent resident, U.S. citizen, or qualify under the DACA

    Amount: Up to $3,500


    Due Date: 12/15

    Scholarship: Equitable Excellence Scholarship Program

    Details: Equitable Foundation has established the Equitable Excellence℠ Scholarship Program to assist high school seniors who are planning to continue their education at a two- or four-year college in the United States by Fall 2021.

    This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. In compliance with Federal law, this program will not discriminate in the terms, conditions or privileges of participation on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation.

    Only the first 10,000 will be accepted & site will close, students are encouraged to apply early! All winners will be announced at the same time, mid-April.


    • Be United States citizens or legal residents living or claiming residency in one of the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.
    • Be current high school seniors who reside and attend high school in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or Washington D.C.
    • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States** by Fall 2021.
      **Enrollment at an accredited postsecondary institution outside of the United States may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Be willing to provide a release to publicize their identities and information about their achievements along with photographs for use in program promotion and information.

    Amount: $1,000



    Due Date: 1/9/2021

    Scholarship: Ron Brown Scholarship

    Criteria: The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship – the four pillars of the late Ronald H. Brown’s mission to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our disadvantaged youth.

    Recipients may use the renewable scholarships to attend an accredited four-year college or university of their choice within the United States. Ron Brown scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline. Since the Program’s inception in 1996, more than 300 students have been designated as Ron Brown Scholars.

    Applicants for the Ron Brown Scholarship MUST be graduating high school seniors at the time of their application.

    Students may apply at any time prior to the January 9th deadline. Guidance counselors may submit their letters of recommendation by email at prior to January 9, 2021.

    Amount: $40,000



    Due Date: 2/3/2021

    Scholarship: McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship

    Eligibility Requirements are as follows:

    • High school senior
    • Legal U.S. resident
    • Younger than 21 years old
    • Carry a minimum 2.8 GPA
    • Eligible to attend a two- or four-year college or university with a full-time course of study
    • Student will disclose other scholarship programs that they've applied for
    • Student will enroll and attend an accredited institution in the academic year after selection (verification needed, as scholarship funds are paid directly to the schools)
    • H at least one parent of Hispanic heritage




    Due Date: 3/1/2021

    Scholarship: Cardinal Club Athletic Scholarship

    Details: Each year, the Cardinal Club will award one female and one male a $1,000 educational scholarship.
    ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible an applicant must be a graduating Senior Varsity athlete at Santa Cruz High School. Intend to enroll full-time, the graduated school year, at a university, college or trade school. Graduate with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Embody the Cardinal spirit of Santa Cruz High School Athletics. 

    Amount: $1,000


    Due Date: 3/31/2021

    Scholarship: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu

    Details: New Applications will be available February 1, 2021
    Student must be currently enrolled at Aptos, Harbor, Santa Cruz, Soquel, San Lorenzo Valley, and Scotts Valley High School, must be in need of financial assistance, must have an overall GPA of a 3.2 and/or college potential as recommended by a counselor, must be plan to enroll full time at a public California State College or University, must submit a short biography, letters of recommendation, personal and financial information along with a photograph.

    Amount: $500 - $3,000