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Scholarships for the 2023-2024 Academic Year
Scholarships for the 2023-2024 Academic Year
There are a few national scholarships that you might be interested in as a junior. Keep in mind national scholarships are VERY competitive to get, make sure that you match the criteria for these opportunities. And while they are a lot of work, it's great practice for applying to scholarships your senior year.
Horatio Alger National Scholarship: Deadline March 15, 2023. $25,000. Minimum 2.0 GPA. US Citizens only. Be involved in volunteering/community service. Have a family adjusted gross income less than $55,000 a year. Application linked HERE.
Questbridge–Deadline, September 27, 2023: Click HERE for eligibility criteria and the application process. And yes, you will be a senior by the time you apply but this is an extensive application that you should know of in advance.
Please keep in mind the FAFSA and the California Dream Act application are used to award Cal Grants,
State Grants, work study funds, and loans. To supplement your financial aid, please remember to check
your Naviance account for a complete list of scholarships. For additional scholarship information, please
visit the following websites:
PLEASE READ: For all self-nomination scholarships, email Ms. Lowe at email@example.com. Please list all of the self-nomination scholarships you would like to be considered for. For every self-nomination scholarship, you need to have an updated resume available in Naviance. If you have a resume that is a Google doc, you can simply link the resume into Naviance. For particular scholarships, there may be additional steps to self-nominate, so pay attention to your email for further instructions. And lastly, if you are nominated there will be more application steps in the future, so please be aware of the possible future commitment that you are making.
DAR Good Citizens Scholarship--Deadline October 6: $500-5000. Merit-based. For male or female high school seniors. U.S. citizenship not required. $500 for district winner, and up to $5000 for national winner. For students who exemplify the qualities of a good citizen: dependability, service, leadership, patriotism. Finalists will write a proctored essay with a two-hour time limit (no studying or preparation needed whatsoever). The essay topic is usually related to an aspect of good citizenship, and you are asked to draw examples from personal experience, your observations of society, and/or any academic knowledge you may have gained.
Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team (BAASST)—Deadline January 12: $5000. Need-aware. For students who display leadership qualities in and outside the classroom, demonstrate the value of education, good work ethic, community outreach and extracurricular activities. Minimum GPA 3.0. Only two male and two female nominees from each high school can be nominated.
Northern California Scholarship--Deadline January 12: $8000. Renewable for 4 years. Merit and Need-based. US Citizens and Permanent resident only. For students who have taken a rigorous course load, have excelled academically, are significantly involved in their community, and demonstrate financial need to afford college.
University Club of Palo Alto--Deadline January 12: Up to $5,000. Renewable for 4 years. Need-based. No citizenship requirements. Strong GPA of A-/B+ average. Students with work experience strongly preferred. Student should also have extracurriculars and volunteering experience.
Silicon Valley Realtors Scholarship--Deadline January 12: $1,500. Must be attending a four-year college in the fall of 2023. U.S. Citizens and permanent residents only. Students need extensive commitment to community service. It is recommended that students have a GPA of 3.7 and above.
PLEASE READ: For the scholarships below, the applications either are open or will soon be open for you to apply independently--no nominations needed, you get to complete the application on your own. Of course if you have questions about the applications, please do ask us in the College and Career Center.
Pavan Reddy Scholarship--Deadline April 4th, 2023: $2,000. For seniors admitted to and attending Cal Poly SLO. Merit-Based and Need-Aware. Future science or engineering majors given special consideration. Application linked HERE.
Mountain View Sister City--Deadline March 31, 2023: $500. Merit-Based. Student should be involved in extracurriculars and community service. Application linked HERE.
Kiwanis Club of Mountain View--Deadline April 6, 2023: Up to $2,000. Need-based. Recommended be 3.0 GPA or above. Student committed to community service. Students involved in Key Club and Girl or Boy Scouts given special consideration. Application linked HERE.
Barbara Emerich Memorial Scholarship-- April 7, 2023: $750. Merit-based. For US Citizens and Undocumented students. For seniors who may attend community college or 4-year universities and are current members of the PTA. Must have demonstrated community service. Application linked HERE.
Los Altos Kiwanis Scholarship--Deadline April 24: $3,200. Need-aware and Merit-Based. For seniors who plan to attend Foothill or De Anza Colleges. Application linked HERE.
Mountain View Odd Fellows Scholarship--Deadline Early May: $1,000. Need-based and merit-based. For seniors with dedicated service to their community. Application coming.
And don’t forget, fill out the FAFSA or Dream Act application before March 2! It is the best way to access need-based financial aid.
Peninsula College Fund—Deadline February 17, 2023: $3000 per year for 4 years. Need-based. Local scholarship. GPA 2.8-3.8 cumulative GPA (unweighted). No citizenship requirements. Must plan to attend a four-year accredited college/university beginning in the fall. Underrepresented minority and/or first-generation college student. Demonstrate an ability to overcome obstacles to achieve academic and personal goals. Demonstrate active involvement in the community or active engagement with others via work, school, or family responsibilities. Application linked HERE.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Scholarships—Deadlines Vary. Many February 28th, 2023 This is an AMAZING set of scholarships to check out because many are VERY local. Some are specifically for Santa Clara county residents only too! Be careful to check for their citizenship requirements as well. See the full list here: https://www.siliconvalleycf.org/scholarships
Hale/Ruppert Educational Scholarship—Deadline February 28th, 2023 to $10,000. US Citizens and AB 540 students. Need-based. Applicant is a 'late bloomer' who demonstrates academic promise and continuous grade point average improvement during high school or college; Maximum cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale; Applicant demonstrates community involvement. Application linked HERE.
Rotary Club of Los Altos--Deadline February 28th, 2023: $800-2,500. Need-based. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Student committed to community service. Application linked HERE.
Rotary Club of Mountain View--Deadline February 28th, 2023: $500-2,000. Need-based. Student with a solid academic record. Student committed to community service. Application linked HERE.
MVLA Scholars--Deadline February 28th, 2023: $2,000-6,000. Need-based. Renewable. Minimum 2.75 GPA. First-generation college students given special consideration. Students would be assigned a mentor to support them in college. Application linked HERE.
Mountain View Chamber of Commerce--Deadline February 28th, 2023. Need-based. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Student committed to community service. For students interested in community and 4-year colleges. Application linked HERE.
Science for Good Scholarship--Deadline March 1st, 2023. $1,500-7,000. Needs-based and Merit-based. Recommended above 3.0 GPA. A scholarship in memorial of R. Scott Chan, a former high school physics teacher. For seniors interested in majoring in science or engineering. Application linked HERE.
Deborah Dexter Science Scholarship--Deadline March 15: $1,000. For women only. Merit-based. Must love science and excel in science classes. Rigorous science classes suggested. Minimum 3.5 GPA for unweighted Academic 10-12 GPA. Application linked HERE.
Deborah Dexter Engineering Scholarship--Deadline March 15: $1,000. Merit-based. Must love engineering and science or simply engineering. Demonstrated excellence in science or engineering courses. Minimum 3.5 GPA for unweighted Academic 10-12 GPA. Application linked HERE.
Deborah Dexter Scholarship for New Americans--Deadline March 15: Merit and Need-Based. For undocumented, DACA, or international students. Must demonstrate high motivation and commitment to your community. Minimum 2.5 GPA for unweighted Academic 10-12 GPA. Application linked HERE.
Quota International of MVLA-- Deadline Likely End of February 2023: $1,000-2,000. Need-based. Student committed to community service. Deaf and hard of hearing students given special consideration. Application coming.
National League of American Pen Women--Deadline March 13, 2023: $1,000. Merit-Based. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Women who are pursuing fine or performing arts in college. Application linked HERE.