There are many scholarship opportunities available to high school students and it is the student's responsibility to keep track of deadlines and ensure all additional documents/recommendations are submitted.

Dell Scholars Program- A scholarship program that provides more than scholarship money, the organization also provide resources and training to help students complete their undergraduate degree. 

Gates Millennium Scholars-GMS will select 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. GMS provides Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.

QuestBridge- QuestBridge is a non profit organization that connects high-achieveing students from low-income backgrounds with scholarship opportunities at some of the nations's best colleges and universities.

A scholarship is an award of financial aid for a student to further education. Scholarships are awarded on various criteria usually reflecting the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award.

The most common scholarships may be classified as:


These awards are based on a student's academic, artistic, athletic or other abilities, and often factor in an applicant's extracurricular activities and community service record. The most common merit-based scholarships, awarded by either private organizations or directly by a student's intended college, recognize academic achievement or high scores on standardized tests.


In the United States, these awards are based on the student and family's financial record and will require applicants to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)to qualify if the scholarship is a federal award. Private need-based scholarships will also often require the results of a FAFSA, which calculates a student's financial need through a 


These are scholarships where applicants must initially qualify by gender, race, religion, family and medical history, or many other student-specific factors.

MALDEF - Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund

Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights  organization.  Often described as the "law firm of the Latino Community", MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communication, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights and political access.  MALDEF strives to implement programs that are structured to bring Latinos into the mainstream of American political and socio-economic life; provid-ing better educational opportunities; encouraging participation in all aspects of society; and offering a positive vision for the future.  Unique to MALDEF is an approach that combines advocacy, educational outreach and litigation strategies to achieve socio-economic change.


Minority scholarships are the most common awards in this category. For example, students in Canada may qualify for a number of aboriginal scholarships, whether they study at home or abroad. The Gates Millennium Scholars program is another minority scholarship funded by Bill and Melinda Gates for excellent African American, American Indian, Asian Pacific Islander American and Latino students who will be enrolling in college.




These are scholarships awarded by a college or university to students planning to pursue a specific field of study. Often the most generous awards are given to students pursuing careers in high-need areas such as education or nursing. Nursing students are in high demand and many schools in the United States will give future nurses full scholarships to enter the field, especially if the student intends to work in a high-need community.


College-specific scholarships are offered by individual colleges and universities to highly qualified applicants. These scholarships, given on the basis of academic and personal achievement, usually result in either a full-ride to the college, or for a reduced rate of tuition. or


Some scholarships have a "bond" requirement. Recipients may be required to work for a particular employer for a specified period of time or to work in rural or remote areas; otherwise they may be required to repay the value of the support they received from the scholarship. This is particularly the case with education and nursing scholarships for people prepared to work in rural and remote areas. The programs offered by the uniformed services of the United States (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration commissioned corps, Public Health Service Commissioned Corps) sometimes resemble such scholarships.   


It is typical for persons to find scholarships in their home region. Information on these can be found by asking local persons and organizations. Typically, these are less competitive as the eligible population is smaller.  


When starting to explore scholarship opportunities, most high school students check with their guidance counselors. They can be a reliable resource for local scholarships.


Most non-profit organizations have at some point of their history founded scholarships for prospective students. The Good Schools Guide, a guide to schools in the UK, states "Charitable grant-making trusts can help in cases of genuine need," and goes on to outline several instances where this may be the case, including an "unforeseen family disaster" and a "need for special education".[1] 


Many counties and cities and regions have a local foundation dedicated to giving money in the form of grants and scholarships to people and organizations in the area.


Some music teachers offer reduced-cost or free lessons to help low-income children gain access to an arts education.[2] In addition, some local non-profits provide free music classes to youths.[3] 


Major unions often offer scholarships for members and their dependent children.[citation needed] 


The local house of worship may or may not have any scholarships for their members, but the religious organization or headquarters may have some available. Of course, theology study is highly encouraged. 


Many chambers of commerce offer (usually small) grants to students in the community, especially those planning on careers in business and public service. Even if they do not offer any themselves, one can usually get a listing of members, and many of them may offer small scholarships to local students. 


Many organizations offer scholarships or award grants to students whose background or chosen field overlaps the field of the organization. For example, local chapters of professional societies may help the studies of exceptionally distinguished students of the region. Similarly, charity organizations may offer help, especially if the late parent of the student was a member of the organization (e.g., a Masonic lodge might help the orphan of a lodge brother.) This kind of scholarship is mostly ad hoc. 


Old, well-established universities  may have funds to finance the studies of extremely talented students of little means. To be eligible, a student often must belong to some special category or be among a nation's best. However, universities have information available on scholarships and grants, possibly even internship opportunities. or 


In the United States, students are offered the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT test, usually in their junior year of high school. National Merit Scholarship programs are initially determined by the scores received on the PSAT/NMSQT test. Some private scholarship programs require applicants to take the PSAT. The test can be used as preparation for the SAT. 


Students with disabilities may be able to apply for awards intended for people with disabilities. This may be disabilities in general or in relation to a specific disability.[4] 


The list below was researched and provided by Riverside City College's Student Financial Services Department.  Please note that you can go to any college or university website to find many other potential grants and scholarships and additional scholarship websites that have been researched by those specific institutions. 

Searching for off-campus/outside scholarships can be a time-consuming process, but very rewarding if you are chosen as the recipient of a scholarship.  

There are many Scholarship Search sites on the internet. However, please be sure to use the sites that do not charge for their services. Some recommended free sites include:  


SCAM WARNING - Watch out for the following claims companies will make in an effort to scam you:  

"For a fee, we provide a comprehensive list of scholarships." Don’t spend money on a fee-based matching service. The biggest and best scholarship databases are available for free on the Web. 

Billions of dollars of award monies going unclaimed." Statements about funds going unclaimed are simply untrue. If funds are available, students will compete for them. 

"We have a money-back guarantee." Legitimate scholarships are always competitive. No one can guarantee that you will win a scholarship. 

"We need your credit card or bank account number." No legitimate scholarship should require your credit card number or bank account numbers. 

"We will do all the work." To receive a scholarship, students must complete the application and essays themselves. No one else can do the work for them




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