Senior Scholarship Opportunities

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Seniors:  Come to the Nest to learn about our local community and business scholarships and how to put together a Sea Hawk Scholarship Portfolio.
Workshop Dates and Times
Thursday, January 30th at lunch (12:20pm - 1pm)
Thursday, January 30th at 3pm - 3:45pm
Friday, January 31st at lunch (12:20pm - 1pm)
Independent Scholarships
Does not require the Sea Hawk Scholarship Portfolio.
Independent scholarship information is available at the listed websites and from the Nest. 
You will be responsible for submitting all required documents by the application due date. 
Please read each scholarship description carefully.
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The Engineers' Council Scholarship
Application due date:  March 6, 2020 to the Nest
Click here to download scholarship applications.
Eligibility:  Graduating high school seniors accepted by a college or university for Fall 2020 and majoring in Engineering, Mathematics, or Physical Science.
Please print and drop off scholarship application, required essay, and high school transcript to the Nest (College & Career Center) by March 6, 2020 at 3pm.  No exceptions!
LA Military Charitable Fund
Application due date:  February 28, 2020
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The 2020 LAMCF Scholarship program for graduating high school seniors who are dependents of an Armed Forces member or Department of Defense civilian is now accepting applications through Feb 28, 2020.
1) be a graduating high school senior in 2020
2) be a full-time student at an accredited post-secondary school (e.g., college, university, vocational, or technical school) in the summer or fall of 2020
3) be a dependent child of one of the following:
   a) United States Armed Forces member (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard) on active duty,
       National Guard, Reserve, retired, missing-in-action, or deceased while on active duty status
   b) current or retired Department of Defense (DoD) civilian
4) reside and attend high school in the Los Angeles (LA) area. The LA area includes Los Angeles, Orange, San
    Bernardino, Riverside, and Ventura counties
5) not be accepting service academy appointments, full ROTC, or full post-secondary school scholarships
VVA Scholarship
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Application deadline: January 17, 2020 
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The Amazon Future Engineer scholarship program assists high school seniors who have completed an advanced placement computer science course, or who have taken an advanced placement computer science test and plan to continue their education at an accredited four-year college or university majoring in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or other computer related field of study. Winners of the award receive $10,000 per year at an accredited four-year college or university as well as a paid summer internship at Amazon after their freshman year of college.
Applicants to the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program must be:
- U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
- High school seniors who are currently enrolled in or who have completed an advanced placement computer science course or who have taken an advanced placement computer science test.
- Be planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year majoring in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or other computer related field of study.
- Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
Note:  Immediate family members of Amazon employees or its subsidiaries are not eligible to apply.
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Alert1 Student for Seniors Scholarship

Scholarship Application Deadline:  January 10, 2020 11:59 PM PST.
Click here to apply.

Plan to help seniors in the future? You could be grandma’s caregiver or the next great innovator for seniors. Whether you're pursuing technology or the arts, you're committed to improve senior care.


To reward your hard work, Alert1 wants to give you a helping hand. As a leader in medical alerts, we’re all about helping future leaders in senior care.


Alert1 is offering a $500 scholarship to a high school or college student attending an accredited U.S. college or university in 2020.


To apply for this scholarship, follow the instructions below. Submit the online application form and answer the following three questions (under 300 words each):

  1. Share a time when you helped a senior citizen keep their independence.
  2. Share a time when you helped a senior in the pursuit of happiness.
  3. How will you help seniors in your chosen career?


APIA Scholars
Scholarship Opportunities for Asian & Pacific Islander Americans
Application due date:  January 22, 2020 at 5pm EST
Click here to download scholarship applications
APIA Scholars, formerly the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), is the nation's largest 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides college scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) with financial need. Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of APIA students by providing them with resources that increase their access to higher education which serves as the foundation for their future success and contributions to a more vibrant America.
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Optimist International Essay Contest
Topic: “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams You iMagine?”
Essay + Entry Form Due Date:  January 31, 2020
Click here to download essay application form.
Click here to view essay contest details.
The Gardena Evening Optimists Essay Contest Committee is now seeking entries for the Optimist International 2019-2020 Essay Contest. The contest affords young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. District winners are awarded a plaque and a $2500 scholarship and are invited to attend an awards luncheon at the District's 3rd Quarterly Meeting in May 2020.
Questions?  Please contact Essay Chair, Jim Carroll, at 310-415-0196 or at for more information. 
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Class of 2020 College Board Scholarship Opportunities
Earn scholarships ranging from $500 to $40,000!
Click here for scholarship program details.
The College Board Scholarship Program was created to celebrate and reward the effort students put into getting ready for college. The Scholarship Program seeks to motivate and reward students to prepare for college with scholarships based on their efforts and action.  Program is open to the Class of 2020 students who meet all eligibility requirements and encourages them to complete six key college planning steps during their junior and senior years of high school.
There are a total of seven scholarships to be awarded. By completing each step, students become eligible for the scholarship associated with that step..
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Application Deadline:  February 1, 2020
Click Here to Apply Online.
Your education doesn’t end once you walk across that high school graduation stage.  That’s why California State PTA has two scholarships to help you achieve your college dreams and your life goals.

$750 Volunteer Service Scholarship — This scholarship recognizes graduating seniors for their volunteer service in schools and communities, allowing them to register for courses at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools. Applicants must be PTA members graduating from a California high school between January 1 and June 30 of the current academic year.
$500 Dr. Ralph E. White Graduating Senior Scholarship – Honoring the volunteer and public-service legacy of Dr. Ralph E. White and his wife, Eleanor, this additional scholarship provides $500 each to two successful applicants of the Volunteer Service Scholarship who intend to pursue a career in a medical field.

Applications, reference forms and all supporting documents must be received in the California State PTA office by February 1. All applicants are notified of their status in March. Scholarship winners receive a letter of congratulations and recognition certificate from California State PTA along with a check.
Download the application for a complete list of requirements.
For questions and more information, please contact the California State PTA at
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Application deadline: February 1, 2020 
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The online application for the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is now available at The JRF application is the vehicle through which more than 4,000 talented young minority high school students apply to become JRF Scholars and carry on the civic-minded legacy of the Foundation’s namesake, Jackie Robinson. The deadline to submit the application for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is February 1, 2020 by 5:00 pm ET.
To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:
• Be a graduating, minority high school senior
• Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States
• Show leadership potential
• Demonstrate a dedication to community service
• Present evidence of financial need
• Be a United States Citizen
• Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21

For more information about this scholarship opportunity, click here.
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Stay In School Scholarship Program
The LA Clippers are pleased to offer an opportunity to assist college-bound students. Six $4,000 Stay In School Scholarships will be offered to seniors planning to attend a four-year college beginning in the Fall of 2020. Scholarships will be made available to students residing in the greater Los Angeles area. Applications can be submitted until February 15, 2020.
Click here to apply.
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SBBWA 2020-2021 Scholarships
Application + Required Documents Deadline:  February 21, 2020
Click here to apply.

The South Bay Business Women’s Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide an effective education and mutual support for working women. The SBBWA offers financial help to women through its scholarship program in addition to providing support, encouragement and inspiration through the association’s activities.
Amount of Support: Scholarship amounts and the number of scholarships awarded by the SBBWA is determined annually. Our goal is to offer seven (7) scholarship awards up to $2,000 each based on sponsorship support. The availability of scholarship funds is highly predicated upon the success of our annual Women’s Conference.
Who May Apply: Female students who are graduating high school seniors with a minimum weighted GPA of 3.0.
Use of Funds: Scholarship checks are issued to the awardee’s educational institution listed on her application. Awardee must show proof of enrollment for the upcoming term. The funds may be designated to cover the cost of tuition, fees and books.
Application Deadline: Applications and transcripts must be received by February 21, 2020. Scholarships are announced in April. Awardees will be recognized at the South Bay Women’s Conference on Friday, May 8, 2020 and scholarships will be awarded at a dinner on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
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VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship
Student Entry Deadline to Local VFW Post:  March 1, 2020
Click here to download entry form.
Annually, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States awards three individuals who are: Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, Venture Summit Award recipients and/or Sea Scout Quartermasters who have risen above their peers in exemplifying the qualities of that rank.
Awards are as follows:
$5,000 1st place National scholarship
$3,000 2nd place National scholarship
$1,000 3rd place National scholarship
Local VFW Post
VFW Post 2828 Rocky Versace Beach Cities
1000 N Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach 90277
Phone #:  310-376-1605
Commander:  Todd Taylor
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Application deadline: March 1, 2020 
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Scholarship recipients receive up to a maximum of $5,000 per year. Scholarship awards are renewable as long as Scholars maintain academic performance requirements.

To be considered for a scholarship through the ACS Scholars Program, candidates must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent U.S. resident
  • Be African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian
  • Be a graduating high school senior
  • Intend to major or already major in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology, or another chemistry-related science AND plant to pursue a career in a chemistry-related science as well 
  • Demonstrate high academic achievement in chemistry or science (Grade Point Average 3.0 or higher)
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Sons of Italy Western Foundation
Grand Lodge of California
Application due date:  March 1, 2020 (postmark)
Click here to download scholarship applications
Class of 2020 Scholarships for students who are wholly or partially of Italian descent:
Academic/Merit Scholarship, Italian Language Study grants in Italy for Summer 2020, Athletic Scholarship for seniors pursuing a career in sports or a sports-related field.
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Application due date:  March 2, 2020
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Asian Pacific Fund
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Italian Catholic Federation
Application due date:  March 15, 2020
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The Italian Catholic Federation is a National Roman Catholic Fraternal Organization composed of persons of Italian ancestry who are of the Roman Catholic Faith.  ICF is offering college scholarships to graduating high school seniors who meet the following requirements:
Total cumulative GPA of 3.2 and meet one of the following:
#1 Student is Roman Catholic and of Italian descent or
#2 Student is Roman Catholic and not of Italian descent, has a Roman Catholic parent/grandparent who is a member of ICF.
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Application due date:  March 25, 2020
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Since 2011, APCF has partnered with local companies and family foundations to offer scholarship programs annually to financially assist students in their pursuit of higher education. Through a competitive process, scholarship recipients are selected by a review committee based on academic merits, community involvement, leadership skills as well as recommendation from a mentor. Many of our scholarship programs are intended to support low-income youth, and several programs encourage students to study locally at a community college or state university.

There are 4 scholarship opportunities available for high school seniors:  Cathay Bank Foundation, Mega Bank, Royal Business Bank, Tawainese American Scholarship Fund.
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Application due date:  March 31, 2020
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Scholarships are open to all students of Japanese American ancestry residing in the South Bay and are a member of the JACL.  There are 4 scholarships available:  Kiichi Egashira Memorial, Janice Kobata Zoeger Memorial, Ernest K. Tsujimoto Memorial, and Gardena Valley Japanese American Citizens League. 
Completed applications must be postmarked and mailed to:
South Bay JACL
Attn:  Scholarship, P.O. Box 4135, Torrance, CA 90510