Scholarship and Financial Aid

The FAFSA/Financial Aid meeting Powerpoint can be found at the bottom of the page.

FINANCIAL AID LINKS

LPAC Performing Arts Scholarship 2017

The flyer with eligibility and selection criteria is availabe in the resource area at the bottom of this page. Download the application at LPACF.ORG. Deadline for submission is March 31, 2017.

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2017 competition. Click the link below to download the 2017 Most Valuable Student scholarship application.http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm

  • Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
  • College students are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
  • Male and female students compete separately.

The 2017 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Applications for the 2017 contest are available to download after September 1, 2016. The 2017 MVS application deadline is November 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time.

Distinguished Young Women of Los Angeles County is an official local preliminary of Distinguished Young Women, the oldest and largest national scholarship program for high school girls. This program promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women. In addition to earning scholarships for college, those who participate in the Distinguished Young Women program develop friendships, self-confidence and other life skills that pave the way for future success. The Distinguished Young Women experience is open to young woman in their Junior Year and there is no cost to participate.

Now accepting applications for the Class of 2018!
Apply by February 2017 (exact date will be announced Fall 2016)
Participate April 2017 at Loyola Marymount University

For more information and to apply online, visit www.distinguishedyw.org Also, “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DistinguishedYoungWomenOfLosAngelesCounty and “Follow” us on Twitter @DYWofLACounty

SCHOLARSHIPS

Open an account with Fastweb and start researching scholarships online. They keep track of over 600,000 scholarships and personalize the search for you. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on one of the scholarship files for much more scholarship information. www.fastweb.com

Other Free Scholarship Search Websites:

Some of the scholarships that Paraclete counselors have been notified about:

  • Perkins Foundation Scholarship Fund

The Jean Perkins Foundation, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, created the Children’s Scholarship Fund to provide assistance to the children and step-children of full-time, sworn department members who meet the selection requirements. The Foundation awards college grants of $5,000 per year, for up to 4 years. In addition, a number of one-time grants will also be awarded to the runners-up.
Applicants must by high school seniors. All candidates must supply the following:

  • Completed application (including hard copy verification of SAT and ACT scores)
  • Official (sealed) transcript, with class rankings, if available
  • Two letters of recommendation

The deadline for receiving ALL documents is Friday, March 14, 2014. For and application please visit the College and Career Center.

  • APWA High Desert Branch

The High Desert Public Works Association is Proud to announce their 2014 scholarship program for high school seniors pursuing a career in civil engineering or related field. APWA is anticipating awarding 5-7 scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each. Applications can be found at the bottom of the page.

  • Work Ethics Scholarship Pragram

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce is soliciting applications for its Work Ethics Scholarship Program. To be eligible you must:

  • Be a senior attending a high school within the Greater Antelope Valley, scheduled to graduate by June 2015
  • Be a part-time employee of a local business or training in a paid or unpaid internship during the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Be able to describe how you are demonstrating a positive work ethic in your professional and academic careers
  • Plan to be enrolled in a college or technical school by the fall term following high school graduation.

Applications are due by Friday, February 27th. For an application, see Mrs. Ruiz.

  • CAA/California Alarm Association

The 2015 CAA/ESA Youth Scholarship Program offers $40,000 in funds to children of active duty law enforcement and fire service personnel in the State of California who are graduating from high school in 2015. There are 11 regional awards, one statewide award, and four national awards. The awards are made possible with the support of the CAA Members, Regional Chapters and Vivint. For an applicaation please visit the College and Career Center. Application most be post marked by March 27, 2015
For application information please visit www.CAAonline.org or see Mrs. Ruiz.

  • Antelope Valley Hospital

Eligibility for High School Seniors:

  • Any high school senior that has been accepted to study health-care curriculum at an accredited college, university,or technical school. The school need not be a California institution.
  • Applicants must be residents of the Antelope Valley Hospital District for at least two years.
  • In order to be competitive, a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA is required.

For an application, please visit the College and Career Center.

  • NSA-National Security Agency
    • Qualifications for High School Seniors
      • You must be a U.S. citizen
      • You must be eligible to be granted a security clearance
      • You must be a high school senior at the time of application
      • You must achieve a minimum SAT/College Board score of 1600 (1100 Critical Reading and Math, 500 Writing) or ACT of 25
      • You must be panning to major in computer science or computer/electric engineering
      • A 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale is preferred
      • You must submit your online application and hard copy documents between September 1 and November 15.
    • For the most up-to-date information about the Stokes Educational Scholarship Program and requirements, visit their Web site at www.NSA.gov/Careers
  • Order of Daedalians
    • We are looking for well-rounded college or college-bound students interested in becoming a military aviator who:

      • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (negotiable, depending on the circumstances, plus estimate for the spring ’13 semester if grades are not final),

      • are well-rounded young citizens, and

      • are currently students or are pending acceptance by an accredited college or university.

      Your counselor or a representative from our local Flight will sponsor qualified applicants into the selection process.
    • Visit the College and Career Center for more information.
  • Knights of Columbus Scholarship
  • Knights of Columbus, Council 2455 will award scholarships to high school graduates that meet the following criteria:
    • Must be a Catholic high school student
    • Transcript
    • Letter of recommendation from a school official; to include the applicant’s GPA and Class Rank.
    • Letters of recommendation from 2 additional persons
    • A personal letter of approx. 125 words
    • A copy of the applicant’s parent’s/guardian’s most recent Federal Income Tax Return
  • Deadline for this application is May 1st, 2015 and should be mailed to: Scholarship Committee, Knights of Columbus, Lancaster Council 2455, 719 W. Ave M, Palmdale, Ca. 93551-1433
  • For a copy of the application, click on the link below or visit the College and Career Center.
  • The SCPGA has five (5) different scholarships available. The due date for these is June 20th, 2015. Please click on the link below for the application and information needed for the application(s).
  • Students eligible for this scholarship must demonstrate a serious interest in or commitment to the environmental issues during the course of his/her high school education. This interest or commitment may be demonstrated through achievement in science, vocational sciences, community activities, or involvement in environmental issues.
  • Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Southern California PGA Scholarship
  • The Community Foundation

Pick up and application in the College and Career Center or go online at www.thecommunityfoundation.net. Deadline for this application is April 10th, 2014.

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
    • Eligibility for this scholarship is limited to graduating high school seniors attending high school in the Antelope Valley Community who meet the following criteria:
      • Academic achievement, Cumulative GPA of 2.75
      • Leadership through participation in community service and/or extracurricular activities
      • Must be enrolled at a 4-yr college or university for the Fall 2014-15 academic year
      • Must enroll in a program to pursue a degree in education or school counseling

Application MUST be post marked by March 15, 2014. Pick up and application in the College and Career Center.

  • Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program
    • Students must be between the ages of 6 and 18 (as of March 15, 2015) and not yet a high school graduate.
    • The student’s volunteer actions should be described in detail on the nomination form.
    • Volunteer efforts must have occurred in the last year.
    • Winners will be chosen based on the benefits and outcomes of their volunteer service.
    • Nominators must be 21 or older.

If you would like to be nominated for this scholarship, please come into the College and Career Center and speak to Mr. Landa or Mrs. Ruiz.

  • Palmdale Foundation Scholarship
    • This scholarship is for high school seniors who reside in Palmdale and have had a job or internship during their senior year. Scholarships will be a minimum of $500.

      Application deadline is March 22. A flyer with the website is located at the bottom of the page.
  • Asian Pacific Fund Scholarship Programs
  • Apply Now! The Asian Pacific Fund administers 13 scholarship programs, each with unique eligibility criteria. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $20,000, and many are renewable. Students applying must plan to be enrolled full time in the Fall, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident unless otherwise stated. See the flier down below for key criteria. Application deadline: February 24, 2017
  • Edwards AFB Officers’ Spouses’ Club 2014/14 Scholarship
  • The Edwards Officers’ Spouses’ Club Scholarship Program recognizes and rewards outstanding students graduating from high school. The Scholarship Program seeks to identify and reward military family members who have demonstrated the highest personal and intellectual qualities both through superior academic performance and through participation and leadership in extracurricular and community activities.            Complete, typewritten application packets must be postmarked no later than: Friday, March 1, 2015. (Scholarship application attached below)
  • Buick Achievers Scholarship
    Applications are now open for the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program! Are there students you know who are dedicated both in and out of the classroom? Those who drive positive change in their communities? We want to celebrate these lives by helping make college dreams a reality. Don’t miss this opportunity. Help us find and reach the Buick Achievers of 2014.

    Visit www.buickachievers.com for program details and the online application. Deadline: February 28, 2015 5:00 p.m. EST
  • High Desert Military Comptrollers Scholarship (obtain application below*)
    • Two scholarships are currently presented to college bound students in the amount of $500 each. The winner of the local scholarship application will be forwarded to National ASMC headquarters to compete for one of eleven national scholarships: one for $3,000, five for $2,000 and five for $1,000. The selection criteria are primarily scholastic achievement and leadership activities related to career and academic goals. The nominees must be entering a field of study directly related to financial/resource management (such as business administration, economics, public administration, accounting, finance). Applications that do not fall within these fields will not be considered. Nominees must have two letters of recommendation from: (1) high school principal, academic dean, or guidance counselor and (2) a high school teacher.
  • Society of Women Engineer’s Collegiate Scholarship – $500.
  • Open to any current high school senior from the AV who is pursuing engineering in a 4-year accredited program in the Fall (or transferring from a 2-year to a 4-year university).
  • LASDScholarship
  • The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Children’s Scholarship Fund awards college grants of $5,000 per year, for up to four years. In addition, a number of one-time grants will also be awarded to the runners-up. All children and stepchildren of full-time, sworn Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department personnel, and who are high school seniors, are eligible. These are merit scholarships. The most important factor is academic accomplishment, but the selections are also based on other criteria, including personal character, extracurricular activities, and potential for success. (You may print out website content from attachment, below.)
  • Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)
    • This is a reminder that the deadline to apply for the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) water-resources related scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year is April 1, 2014.

      Two $3,000 scholarships are available to undergraduate students majoring in a water-related field, such as biology, engineering, irrigation technology or public administration. Eligible students must be full-time juniors or seniors attending a four-year, accredited public university the year the scholarship will be awarded. Learn more about the scholarship and how to apply.

      In addition, a $7,000 scholarship is available for graduate students majoring in water law, policy or public administration. Eligible students must be attending a public or private graduate school in the U.S., carrying at least 8 units per term and planning to attend school for the complete year in which the scholarship is awarded. Learn more about the Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law & Policy Scholarship.

      Learn more about ACWA’s scholarship program and the association at www.acwa.com.
  • RAYMOND H. KRUEGER SCHOLARSHIP
    ANTELOPE VALLEY RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT
    2016 CALL FOR APPLCIATIONS
  • The Raymond H Krueger Scholarship was established by the Antelope Valley Resource conservation District (AVRCD) in 2000.

To apply for a Raymond H Krueger Scholarship, mail your completed application, photocopy of current transcripts, and letters of recommendation to the AVRCD Scholarship Committee by April 30, 2016

Scholarship amounts will range from $500 to $2,000 and are based on the number of entries and available funds. Winners will be announced by June 1, 2016.

Feel free to contact the District Office at (661) 945-2604, ext. 107 if you have any questions.

Eligibility: All Antelope Valley area high school seniors on continuing college students pursuing a collegiate course of study in an agricultural or related field, national resource management, biology or botany, and a resident of the Antelope Valley, are eligible to apply.

Deadline: Scholarship packages must be postmarked by April 30, 2016.

  • The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Scholarship Program
    • The SCAG Scholarship Program deadline for applications is approaching. All applications and materials must be postmarked by Friday, March 8, 2014 to be considered for the Summer 2014 program. If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to forward the scholarship on to your students. Applications are available on our website: www.scag.ca.gov/scholarship.

The SCAG Scholarship is designed to provide seven high school and community college students a scholarship award of $2,000 each and a two-week externship at a local government planning agency such as SCAG. Recipients will also have an opportunity to meet with their local government representatives and practicing planners to discuss the importance of urban planning and a future career in public service.

To be eligible for the Scholarship, students must be a resident within the SCAG region (i.e. Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, or Ventura County), enrolled as a high school junior or senior, or community college student, have at least a 3.0 Grade Point Average, and be eligible to work in the United States. In addition, graduating students must be enrolled in higher education. Applicants must complete an application form and essay, provide two letters of recommendation, and a current transcript.

Completed materials should be sent to:

Southern California Association of Governments
2012 Scholarship Program
818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017-3435

For more information or to download an application, visit www.scag.ca.gov/scholarship. If you have any questions regarding the program, feel free to contact Houston Laney, Scholarship Program Coordinator, at laney@scag.ca.gov or (213) 236-1906.

Milken Scholars– This scholarship is based on a nomination only application. If your student is nominated, they will be notified and, if eligible, they will be emailed the application by January 6th, 2015. Criteria is as follow:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.6 (unweighted) or 90 in all academic high school subject areas; minimum composite SAT I Reasoning score of 1850 with results submitted for Critical Reading, Math, and Writing, or an ACT score of 28;
  • Active participation in community service activities;
  • A record of leadership;
  • Financial or Other Obstacles;
  • United States Citizenship or Permanent Residency; and
  • Admission to a four-year college or university prior to final selection.

The scholarship believes that such first-generation U.S. college students will especially benefit most from the resources provided by the Milken Scholars Program.

Recommended Books to help with your Scholarship search:

The College Blue Book, 26 Edition, Simon, Schuster Macmillan, New York, 1997, l# 378.73, C686B

Gives listings of scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans by area of study, divided into 9 broad subject areas preceded by a General section. Listings are followed by 4 comprehensive indexes: Subject, Level of Education, Sponsoring Organization, and Title of Awards

Fund Your Way Through College, Debra M. Kirby, Visible Ink Press,

Detroit, MI, 1994, l# 378.3, K631

Lists hundreds of little-known sources of private financial aid. Field of study, qualifications, and sponsoring organizations, followed by 3 indexes divides listings: geographic, special recipient, and organization and award index.

Cash for College, Cynthia Ruiz McKee and Phillip C. McKee, Jr.,

Hearst Books, New York, 1993, l# 378.3, M194

Lists scholarships and grants by State and college. Gives more than 4,000 listings with step-by-step instructions on how to apply, essential forms, schedules, and sample letters.

Peterson Scholarship for Study in the U.S. and Canada, Peterson,

Princeton, New Jersey, 1997, l# 378.34, P442

Lists sources of non-institutional money for international students, with 900 programs for graduate study and over 200,000 undergraduate scholarships. It also includes information on loans for international students and advice regarding scholarship frauds.

Winning Money for College, Peterson Guides, Princeton, New

Jersey, 1992, l# 378.34, D489

This guide, geared toward high school students applying for college money, gives listings by sponsoring organization and field of study. It also provides contest requirements, application deadlines, helpful hints, strategies, and tips from previous winners.

Free Money for College, Facts on File, New York, 1990, l# 378.3, B625

A guide to more than 1,000 grants and scholarships for undergraduate study. Gives listings by state and area of study. It also lists grants for women, ethnic minorities, and handicapped students.

*Check out the scholarship lists and applications below:


Resources

Asian Pacific Fund Scholarship Flyer 2016 17 ( 182.0 KB )

LPAC Performing Arts Scholarship 2017 ( 249.5 KB )

Ronald McDonald House Charities of So Cal Scholarship Flyer 2016 17 ( 293.3 KB )

College Scholarships A Z ( 314.5 KB )

DCCAP Scholarship Listing 2012 ( 319.3 KB )

Palmdale Foundation of Education and Business 2015 Scholarship Application ( 90.8 KB )

SCPGA information ( 70.7 KB )