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  • Review this site weekly, especially during the Spring Semester. Although the majority of the scholarship opportunities listed below are for graduating seniors only, some do not have grade level restrictions. 
  • The scholarship listings in the chart below have either a direct link to the donor's website or an application that you may download and complete and send to the organization. 
  • Begin your search early and start collecting the pieces of information you will need for your applications:  essay about yourself, high school transcript, recommendation letters from teachers, community members, employers, etc., resume of honors and activities and awards. Update your information as needed.

Scholarships from local community members

  • Follow application instructions carefully and apply directly to the scholarship organization. 

  • Send your completed application to the address listed on the application and be sure to adhere to the organization's deadline.  

  • If the organization requires an official transcript you need to order it through and have it sent to you.

  •  Be sure to give yourself time to have the official transcript sent to you.  Keep the official transcript sealed and attach to your scholarship application. 




Due Date

You must adhere to scholarship deadlines!



Name of Scholarship   


Scholarship Information

Submit applications directly to the scholarship organization.                           

October 25, 2020

Horatio Alger Association - multiple Application:
September 30, 2020 Be Bold Scholarship


September 30, 2020 Nitro Scholarship


September 30, 2020 Good Fortune Scholarship


October 15, 2020 NACME


October 15, 2020 Women's Ministries Scholarship Program


October 15, 2020 NSHSS STEM


October 25, 2020 Horatio Alger 



ELKS National Foundation Scholarships:

Most Valuable Student: Due November 15th, 2020

Legacy Awards: Due February 5th, 2021

Emergency Educational Grants: November 2nd, 2020


October 30, 2020 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation


October 31, 2020 SP High School
October 31, 2020 Voice of Democracy 


October 31, 2020 Coca-Cola Scholars


October 31, 2020 SP Scholarship
November 15, 2020 Elks Most Valuable Student
November 15, 2020 Overachievers Student Grant
November 15, 2020 James Cox Student Photography
November 29, 2020 You Deserve It 


November 30, 2020 Real World Design Challenge



November 30, 2020 Dr. Juan Andrade Jr.
November 30, 2020 10 Words of Less


November 30, 2020 Driver Education Initiative
December 1, 2020 Innovation Scholarship


December 1, 2020 Barbara Lotze for Future Teachers
December 1, 2020 Lamber-Goodnow 


December 2, 2020 National Space Club 


December 6, 2020 Make the U 


December 31st, 2020 Free Speech Essay Contest
December 31, 2020 Wealth Wise
December 31, 2020 Easton/NFAA
December 31, 2020 Knight Essay
December 31, 2020 Thiel High School Fellowship

December 16, 2020

Edison Scholars Program Application:
February 1, 2021 California PTA Scholarship Application:
February 12, 2021 San Clemente Garden Club Application:
Sept 30th, 2021 Better Business Bureau : Ethical Essay  Application:
March 2, 2021 Asian Pacific Fund  Application:
March 6, 2020 Coral Thrift Shop Application: 
March 13, 2020 San Clemente Historical Society

Application: SC Historical Application Scholarship (002)(1).docx (DOCX)

SCHistorialSocietyGuidelines (DOCX)

Send completed applications to:

March 15, 2021 Cabrillo Civic Club Scholarship Application:
March 15, 2020 Italian Catholic Federation Application:
March 15, 2021 Mission Viejo Activities Committee Application:
March 20, 2021 SCHS PTSA Scholarship

Application: SCHS PTSA Senior Award application 20192020 (PDF)

SCHS PTSA Guidelines 20192020. (PDF)

March 31, 2021 OC Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship Application:
March 31, 2021 San Clemente Junior Women's Club - Teen Citizen Scholarship Application: SCJuniorWomen'sClub.TeenCitizen2020 (PDF)
March 31, 2020 San Clemente Junior Women's Club - Fine Arts Scholarship Application: SCJuniorWomen'sClub.Fine Arts Scholarship2020 (PDF)
April 1, 2020 Echelberger Group Scholarship 

EchelbergerScholarshipApplication2020 (PDF)

EchelbergerScholarshipGuidelines2020 (PDF)

April 1, 2020 Beta Sigma Phi  Application: 
Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship 2020 (PDF)
April 4, 2020 San Onofre Parks Foundation  Application: SanOnofre2020 (PDF)
April 9, 2020 San Clemente Woman's Club  Application:
April 15, 2020 San Clemente NOONTIME Rotary Club Application:
Rotary Scholarship Application 2020 (PDF)
April 17, 2020 San Clemente Kiwanis Club

KiwanisClubApplication2020 (DOCX)

Return applications to: 

Kiwanis of San Clemente

P.O. Box 32

San Clemente, CA 92674

April 24, 2020


Dana Point Historical Society

DanaPointHistoricalSociety2020 (PDF)

Return application to:

*** CANCELLED FOR 2020 *** San Clemente Area Republican Women, Federated *** CANCELLED FOR 2020 ***
April 20, 2020 Assistance League, Capistrano Valley

AssistanceLeagueApp2020 (PDF)

AssistanceLeagueFlyer2020 (PDF)

April 27, 2020 Wealth by Health - Steps for Change Foundation Application:
May 10, 2020 Democratic Women of South Orange County


Recommendation Form: DWSOC 2020 Recommendation Survey - Scholarship Program PDF)

May 10, 2020

Deadline Extended!

San Clemente Art Association

Application: SCAA Scholarship Application2020lwd (002)  (DOCX)

Photo Release Form: SCAA Photo Release Forms (DOCX)

Return applications to:

May 13, 2020 San Clemente Ocean Festival

Application: OceanFestivalScholarship2020  (DOCX)

Return application to:

May 26, 2020 OC Community Foundation - SCHS Math, Sciences, & Arts Scholarship


More info: OCCFScholarship2020 (PDF)

May 26, 2020 Edwards Lifesciences Foundation - STEM fields Application:
June 8, 2020 The Wall POV Project - Willow Tree Scholarship Application:


Orange County Community Foundation

Application: OC Community Foundation scholarships Application

Scholarship Resources:

General Types of Financial Aid

Federal Aid: Aid that comes from the U.S. federal government.  Usually distributed through the college. 

Gift Aid: Financial aid that does not need to be paid back:

  • Grants - Typically based on financial need
  • Scholarships - Typically based on achievement or talent.

Loans: Funds that must be paid back later, with interest.  Federally-guaranteed loans can be from a private lender (e.g. a bank) or form the federal government (administered by the college).  Private loans are offered by private lenders with terms set by the lender, not the government.

Private Aid: Financial aid from non-government sources.

Federal & State Aid Programs

Pell Grant:  Gift aid that is given based on financial need.  How much aid you will be eligible to receive is based on your EFC (Expected Family Contribution), which is determined when you complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Cal Grants are awarded by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need and academic achievement which is measured by GPA's and scoring criteria.  visit for information.

Federal Work-Study:  Provides part-time employment for students who have financial need.  Jobs are usually available both on or off campus.  Work study is also determined by FAFSA.

Perkins Loan:  Fixed low interest loan through your college.  You must demonstrate financial need.

Stafford Loan:  Currently a variable interest rate loan.  You can receive this loan from a private lender or your college.  They can be subsidized (no interest accrues while enrolled full-time in school) or unsubsidized (interest accrues while in school.)

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) are awarded to student who demonstrate exceptional financial need and are Pell Grant recipients.

California Community College Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOG) waives per-unit enrollment fees for financially qualified California residents.

The California Chafee Grant Program gives money to current or former foster youth to use for career and technical training or college courses.  Visit for more information.