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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.                           

November 15, 2018  ELKS National Foundation Scholarships Application: Elks scholarships
December 14, 2018 

Edison Energy Scholarships

(not local)

Application: Edison Energy
January 1, 2019 - February 17, 2019   Better Business Bureau - Student Ambassador Program (not local) Application: BBB student-scholarship
February 1, 2019  California State PTA Scholarship Application:
February 13, 2019  San Clemente Garden Club Application:
February 15, 2019   Sonance Foundation Application: Sonance Foundation 2019 Scholarship (PDF)
February 20, 2019   Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship Application: Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship
March 1, 2019 Coral Thrift Shop, Inc.

Application: CoralThriftScholarship2019.pdf (PDF)

Return applications to: SCHS Guidance Office

March 15, 2019 San Clemente Historical Society

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

Guidelines: SC Historical Guidelines Scholarship.docx (DOCX)

March 15, 2019 Military Spouse Association of Camp Pendleton Application:
March 15, 2019 Cabrillo Civic Club of CA Application: 2019 Cabrillo Scholarship Application(Fillable Form).pdf (PDF)
March 15, 2019 Italian Catholic Federation (not local) Application:
March 22, 2019 San Clemente Junior Women's Club - Teen Citizenship  Application: 
March 22, 2019 San Clemente Junior Women's Club - Fine Arts Application:
March 22, 2019  SCHS PTSA Scholarship Application: SCHS PTSA Senior Award application 2019.docx (DOCX)
March 24, 2019  San Clemente Rotary NOONTIME Club Application: Noontime Rotary Application 2019.docx (DOCX) 
March 27, 2019 San Clemente Rotary SUNRISE Club Application: SunriseRotaryApplication2019.docx (DOCX)
March 29, 2019 San Clemente Women's Club Application:
April 8, 2019 Marbella Scholarship Foundation Application: MarbellaScholarshipApplication(1).pdf (PDF)
April 12, 2019 Dana Point/Capistrano Beach Historical Society Application: DanaPointHistoricalSocietyScholarship2019.pdf (PDF)
April 13, 2019 San Onofre Parks Foundation - Environmental Stewardship Application: SanOnofre2019.pdf (PDF)
April 14, 2019 Democratic Women of South Orange County Application:
April 15, 2019 Beta Sigma Phi Application: Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship 2019 (003).pdf (PDF)
April 25, 2019 Laguna Beach Republican Women Application:
April 26, 2019 - EXTENDED Assistance League of Capistrano Valley Application: AssistanceLeagueCVApplication2019(1).pdf (PDF)
April 26, 2019 San Clemente Kiwanis Club Application: KiwanisClubApplication2019.docx (DOCX)
April 26, 2019 CalOptima - Orange County Application: CalOptima Scholarship Essay Contest 2019.pdf (PDF)
April 29, 2019 San Clemente Ocean Festival  Application: OceanFestivalscholarship2019.docx (DOCX)
May 1, 2019 San Clemente Area Republican Women Federated  Application:
May 31, 2019 EXTENDED San Clemente Art Association Application: SCAA Scholarship Application.docx (DOCX)




Orange County Community Foundation



Application: OC Community Foundation scholarships



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.

California Dream Act

For information regarding the California Dream Act, visit Cal Dream Act

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CSS/Financial Aid Profile

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®  The fast, easy, convenient secure way to apply for financial aid.  The CSS Financial Aid Profile isa national, not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Many of the member colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, and scholarship programs use the information collected on PROFILE to help them award nonfederal student aid funds.

For more information regarding the CSS profile please visit