Senior Scholarship Opportunities

Free Online Scholarship Searches
Seniors:  If you missed our scholarship portfolio workshops, go to the Sea Hawk Scholarship File Cabinet to view and download:
Student Handout, Portfolio Presentation
Portfolio Example, Resume Template
Student Information Page, All Required Documents
PTSA Scholarship Nomination Form
(must be a current PTSA member to apply)
Questions?  Please see Mrs. Clausen in the Nest
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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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.
LA Military Charitable Fund
Application due date:  February 28, 2020
Click here to download scholarship applications
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
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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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Kinecta Scholarship Program

We can help fund your aspirations along your journey to a higher education with a $2,000 scholarship.

Kinecta is dedicated to helping young adults reach their academic goals. We are proud to offer eight $2,000 scholarships to assist deserving full-time students to help make higher education a reality.


Application due date:  March 1, 2020
Click here to download scholarship application
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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 
Click Here to apply.
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
Click here to apply.
Asian Pacific Fund
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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!
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Application due date:  March 6, 2020
Click here to download scholarship applications
The Panhellenic Alumnae South Bay Association (PASBA) is pleased to announce it will begin accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Scholarship Program.  Scholarships shall be awarded annually to female graduates of high schools in the South Bay area who plan to attend a four-year institution where National Panhellenic Conference sororities (NPC) are established. The scholarship award shall be for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Qualifications: The applicant must be a resident of the South Bay and meet the minimum scholarship requirement of a 3.5 grade point average, based on the 4.0 system. The applicant will be judged on the basis of academic excellence, character, participation in school and community/cultural activities, and financial need.

The Panhellenic Alumnae South Bay Association is composed of delegates from each of the sixteen active sorority alumnae organizations in the area, representing more than 600 college and university educated women. Our members are engaged in successful careers and volunteer their time to public service in our community and support of major philanthropies. We have been awarding scholarships to outstanding female graduating seniors since 1967.
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Gardena Evening Optimists Club
Oratorical Scholarship Contest
Topic: “Just iMagine a World without Boundaries”
Application Deadline:  March 8, 2020
Click here for application.
Click here for information brochure.
The Gardena Evening Optimists Oratorical Contest Committee is now seeking entries for the Optimist International 2019-2020 Oratorical Contest. The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives students the chance to speak to the world. More than $150,000 in college scholarships are awarded annually from this program. The first through third place winners at the Club level each receive medallions to be presented at a special awards banquet. Zone and Area contestants receive certificates and the District first place winner receives a $2500 scholarship, second place winner a $1500 scholarship, and third place winner a $1000 scholarship. 
Interested students should prepare a 4- to 5-minute speech on the assigned topic to be presented at their local Optimist Club’s contest. The speeches are judged at the Club level, Zone level, Regional level (if needed) and then at the District level.
Questions?  Contact Jim Carroll, Oratorical Chair, at (310) 415-0196 for more information.
Entry forms may be scanned and emailed to:
Or mailed via USPS to:
Gardena Evening Optimist Club
P.O. Box 2132, Gardena, CA 90247
Attn: Oratorical Chair
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Application due date:  March 13, 2020
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Rolling Hills/Palos Verdes Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is offering scholarships to graduating seniors of African American ancestry. The scholarship will be awarded to selected high achieving students who will be graduating from high school by June of this academic year.
Scholarship Applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Must be a graduating high school senior and accepted by an accredited four-year college or university.
• Must have a demonstrated willingness to make a positive contribution to your community.
• Must meet submission deadline of March 13, 2020 (postmarked if sent by mail.) Hand submissions will not be accepted).
• Must be available for personal interview week of March 29, 2020 (TBD).
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California-Hawaii Elks Undergraduate Scholarship Program
for Students with Disabilities
Redondo Beach Elks Lodge #1378
Linda Redgrift, Scholarship Chair
Application due date:  March 15, 2020
Click here to download scholarship application
Since 1981 the Elks have provided financial assistance to students with disabilities wishing to further their education. Utilized by dozens of qualified candidates, this program serves a dual purpose: 1) the students are aided in pursuing their goals in higher education; and 2) the students are aided in becoming part of the mainstream working community.

During the years in which this annual scholarship assistance competition has been in existence, the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc. Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities will be offering twenty to thirty scholarships of $1,000 to $2,000 each. Scholarship recipients may reapply each year. If qualified, they can receive up to a total of four years of assistance.

Individuals applying must be a United States citizen and a resident of California or Hawaii; have a physical impairment, neurological impairment, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and/or speech-language disorder.
Questions? Please contact Linda Redgrift at or at 310-779-0427.
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Italian Catholic Federation
Application due date:  March 15, 2020
Click here to download scholarship applications
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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California School Employees Association
Chapter 57
Class of 2020 Scholarship Opportunity
Application due date:  March 31, 2020
Click here to download scholarship application
The CSEA Chapter 57 will provide scholarships for high school seniors whose parent or grandparent is a classified employee of the Redondo Beach Unified School District, and who is a current member of CSEA Chapter 57 in good standing.
The following criteria must be met in order to receive this scholarship:
1. A grade point average of 2.5 or above for seven semesters. Please attach a high school unofficial transcript. (Ms. Marian Clausen will verify transcript with a signature.)
2. Satisfactory Citizenship (Ms. Marian Clausen will also verify this requirement.)
3. Community, school or church service for the past year. Please attach a letter from the agency verifying your service. (Copies are acceptable.)
4. One page double-spaced statement describing the applicant’s educational plans and expected use of the scholarship funds.
Mrs. Marian Clausen
College & Career Center Assistant (The Nest)
Scholarship Coordinator, Redondo Union High School
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Application due date:  March 25, 2020
Click here to download scholarship applications

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
Click here to download scholarship applications
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
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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Sigma Pi Omega Chapter
Application due date:  April 1, 2020
Click here to download scholarship application
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was founded January 15, 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. It is the first Greek-lettered organization established by a group of African American collegiate women one generation out of slavery.
Sigma Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was chartered on May 19, 1990. Since 1990, our chapter has provided a presence in the South Bay area with signature programs and fundraising events to continue to provide scholarships for African American students within our service area.
All eligible applicants must:
1. Must be an African- American student
2. Must be a June 2020 graduating senior and accepted by an accredited college or university for Fall
3. Must demonstrate a willingness to make a positive contribution within his or her community.
4. Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better.
5. Must show verification of financial need (college counselor's signature needed on scholarship
application for verification).
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High School Senior Scholarship Opportunity
Application due date:  April 3, 2020
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SMC Scholarship
VVA Scholarship
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Application due date:  April 30, 2020
Click here to download scholarship application
To be eligible for the scholarship, you must:
• Be a current member of Los Angeles Federal Credit Union (but not a LAFCU employee nor a family member of an employee)
• Be a high school student graduating in 2020 who will attend a college, university or trade school in Fall 2020, or be a student
currently attending a college, university or trade school.
• Have a minimum 2.50 GPA
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Redondo Beach Teachers Association
Class of 2020 Scholarship Opportunity
Application due date:  May 1, 2020
Click here to download scholarship application
Scholarship Requirements:
1. Graduating senior whose parent is a member of the Redondo Beach Teachers Association.
2. Must be enrolled in a continuing education program (college, university, vocational or trade school).
Scholarship will be sent to student upon verification of enrollment.
3. Completed Application pages 1 through 3.
Mail completed application to:
Redondo Beach Teachers Association
3551 Voyager Street #105
Torrance, CA 90503
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Application due date:  May 1, 2020
Click here to download scholarship application
The South Bay Republican Women Federated will be awarding scholarships to local graduating high school seniors who demonstrate strong academics, participate in extracurricular activities, and commitment to the Republican Party.  Scholarship Donations come from the Club SBRWF Members.  Each recipient will be awarded $500.00.
To be eligible for the scholarship:
Applicants must reside in the South Bay area we represent.
Graduating seniors must have a B+ average and be active in school activities.
Recipient must be a registered Republican voter, or if underage, at least one of the parents must be a registered Republican. Community Involvement is important.