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Scholarships & Contests

Big Sun Athletics Scholarship

Deadline: June 19th
All student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in or the capacity in which they participate. The student must be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute.

The Pearls of Excellence Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: May 25, 2022
1. Be a female African American high school senior residing in Orange, Riverside, Inland Empire or Los Angeles County
2. Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
3. Acceptance to an accredited 4-year college or university for the fall of 2022
4. Demonstrated exceptional leadership through community service and/or involvement in
extracurricular activities

Pat Hadley Memorial Scholarships

Deadline: May 20, 2022
The Pat Hadley Scholarships were established in memory of Patricia Hadley (1958-2013). Pat taught ceramics for 18 years at Valencia High School in Placentia, California, and was also head coach for boys cross-country and distance coach for track and field. Under Coach Hadley’s guidance, Valencia enjoyed more than a decade of preeminence in League, Section and State level competition. Mrs. Hadley was described in the student newspaper El Tigre as a teacher with wholehearted dedication to her students. “She was loved by countless students, athletes, coaches, and teachers.”

PB&J Scholarship

Deadline: May 31, 2022

-Seniors who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed.
Examples of personal challenges include, but are not limited to:
-medical issues
-peer issues: bullying, change of school, minority status, etc.
-family issues: divorce, death, lack of income, homelessness, foster care, abuse, etc.

Santiago Canyon College Guardian Scholars

In order to qualify for the Guardian Scholars Program, students must apply and meet
the following criteria:
 Complete an SCC application for admission
 Be a current or former foster youth
 Provide documentation of foster care status to verify Ward of the Court
 Fully participate in all aspects of the program
 Be receptive to staff monitoring academic performance and college records

John Tynes Scholarship

Deadline: May 13, 2022
They are looking for someone that has:
1. worked with courage to overcome some sort of obstacle in his/her life
2. been accepted into a community college or four-year college

Van Buren Elementary Alumni Scholarship

Deadline: May 1st, 2022
-Scholarship recipients must have completed 6th grade at VBE
-Complete the scholarship form by May 1st, 2022
-2 recipients will be selected
-$250 scholarship for each recipient

Joyce Jones Memorial Scholarship

Deadline April 30th 2022 - Turn in to College and Career Center

Students who are interested in applying for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

One complete year of participation in a school-sponsored extracurricular activity
Enrollment in the AVID Program and/or categorized as a student who would be eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch
A student who is in good academic standing
A student who has good attendance
A student who exemplifies the standard of conduct at Valencia High School
Completion of an essay in response to the following prompt
Completion of the application for the scholarship

PTSA Senior Scholarship

Deadline: April 29, 2022

-This is a $100-$500 scholarship for a current graduating senior

-Must be current PTSA Student member (link to join available in the doc)

Zaveri Family Scholarship

Deadline: April 29, 2022
This is a $1000 scholarship for a senior who has overcome a significant hardship or challenge
No GPA Requirement

Scholarships are an important part of making your college career a success!



Get Organized: Keep a binder or folder of all your applications. Try to keep applications in order of when they are due and give yourself at least 5 extra days prior to the deadline.

Recycle: Keep copies (hard & electronic) of ALL your essays, recommendations, transcripts, resume etc.  Chances are you will be able to use and reuse most of what you write.

Be Professional: Type or write neatly in blue or black ink. Capitalize and use correct grammar.  Create a professional email.  Do not leave any sections blank!  If it does not apply to you, write N/A or not applicable.  Otherwise always try to answer every question.

Be Compelling: Yes you need to be an open book! Tell a compelling story.  Be descriptive and explain everything!



Big Future Scholarship 


The Scholarship Program is open to seniors in high school who meet the eligibility requirements. If you are an eligible student, by completing a college planning step using your College Board account, you will automatically earn a chance to win a $500 scholarship and an additional chance to win a $40,000 scholarship.



Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship 2023


Each year, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards 150 college scholarships worth $20,000 to high school students across the United States through the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Students need a 3.0 GPA and to fill out an online application that requires no essays, no recommendations, and no transcripts by October 31, 2022, at 5 p.m. Eastern.




Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards Scholarships


The Youth Awards was founded in 1998 by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Now entering its 24th year, the Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in various categories including: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Engineering, Green Sustainability, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, Public Service & Social Justice, and Technology.
  • Be currently enrolled in high school and graduating in the spring of 2023
  • Must have a minimum unweighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or 7.5 on a 10.0 scale
  • Must enroll at an accredited higher education institution in 2023-2024
  • Be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines)
  • If selected, attendance to virtual regional awards ceremony is mandatory




The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Learn more and how to apply by clicking on the link. 




Burger King Scholars Program 
Created in memory of Burger King Co-founder James “Jim” W. McLamore, the Burger King Scholars program has awarded nearly $55 million in scholarships to over 45,000 high school students, BK® employees and their families across North America since 2000. In 2022 alone, the Foundation awarded over $4.6 million in scholarships to nearly 4,000 students. Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service.The application period for the 2022-2023 cycle begins on Oct. 15, 2022 and closes Dec. 15, 2022.




The California Jaycees Foundation Scholarship program provides scholastic funding to eligible High School Seniors who will continue their education at any accredited college or vocational school in the United States.  In 2023, four Scholarship awards will be given in increments of $1,000. Three recipients of the California Jaycee Foundation scholarships will be forwarded to the United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship Program Review Committee for participation in that program as well, two (2) for secondary scholarships and one (1) for vocational/industrial.



Full list of scholarship opportunities can be found by clicking HERE!
Visit these websites  for more scholarships opportunities:


Scholarship search engines for every student:



College Board

Orange County Community Foundation


Student Scholarship Search

Computer Science Scholarship Search Engine



Athletic Scholarships:



Orange County Youth Sports Foundation 


African-American Scholarships




Asian American Scholarships:


Joyce Jones Memorial Scholarship

Borrow Smart (for information on low interest federal loans and strategies for smart borrowing)


Federal/State Aid:


Foster Youth Grants:

Santiago Canyon Guardian Scholars


Gender Specific


Latino/Hispanic Scholarships:

Hispanic Heritage Foundation


Low Income Scholarships

The Daniel S. Coelho Memorial Scholarship


Military Scholarships:

Army ROTC Scholarship


Native American Scholarships:


PTA Scholarships:


Scholarship Scams:


Students with Disabilities:


STEM Majors:

Edison 40k Scholarship

Teach For America:


Undocumented Students:

Davis Putter Scholarship Fund 

Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders 

Golden Doors Scholars

MaLDEF - Law School Scholarship

Mexican American Dream Scholarship 

Princeton Prize in Race Relations 


La Unidad Latina

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

Google Lime Scholarship

Scholarship for Prospective Educators

New Leader Scholarship


Veteran Education Benefits:                                                   





Non-Discrimination Statement

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11
Compliance Officer for Complaints. Employee complaint: Rick Lopez, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources (714) 985-8408. Title IX Sexual Harassment and any other discrimination complaints: Gina Aguilar, Director, High School Education (714) 985-8656. Americans with Disabilities Act complaints: Richard McAlindin, Assistant Superintendent, Executive Services (714) 985-8727. Bullying, intimidation complaints: Melissa Samson, Administrator, Student Services (714) 985-8671
Procedure for Complaints. Uniform Complaint Policy Form 1312.3 (English), 1312.3 (Spanish). Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures Form 1312.4 (English) and 1312.4 (Spanish)
El Distrito Escolar Unificado Placentia-Yorba Linda, prohíbe la discriminación, acoso, intimidación, hostigamiento en todas las actividades, programas y empleo del distrito en base a género real o percibido, identificación de género, expresión de género, raza, etnia, color, religión ascendencia, nacionalidad, origen nacional, identificación de grupo étnico, estado de inmigración, sexo, orientación sexual, estatus marital o parental, embarazo, edad discapacidad física o mental o en base a la asociación de la persona con una persona o grupo, con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. Referencia: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11.
Quejas de empleados: Rick Lopez, Asistente de Superintendente, Recursos Humanos (714) 985-8408. Titulo IX Acoso Sexual y cualquier otra queja de discriminación: Gina Aguilar, Directora, Educación Secundaria (714) 985-8656. Americanos con Discapacidades Acta de quejas: Richard McAlindin, Asistente de Superintendente, Servicios Ejecutivos (714) 985-8727. Quejas de acoso, intimidación: Melissa Samson, Administrador, Servicios Estudiantiles (714) 985-8671

Employee/Student Non-Fraternization Policy: BP 4101