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Pat Hadley Memorial Scholarships

Deadline: Every year late April/early May (Exact date TBD)

Pat Hadley Scholarships
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.”
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Junior League of Orange County California, Inc. Educational Scholarship

Deadline: February 28, 2018

-Must currently a graduating high school senior or a post-secondary student
-Must have a high school or post-secondary grade point average of 3.0 or above
-Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
-Pending acceptance to a post-secondary institution (required for receipt of scholarship)
-If registering as a part-time student, proof of 20 or more hours of work per week
-Agreement to attend the JLOCC June 2018 meeting to accept any award or send an appropriate designee (parent, executive director of the project/program, foster parent, etc.)
-Scholars should be willing to update the JLOCC about their academic experience by May 2018
-May not be an immediate relative of a JLOCC member (i.e. sibling, daughter, son)
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Change A Life Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2018 @ 5:00pm

- Must be a 12th grade student enrolling in a four-year college or university.
-Must have a minimum weighted GPA of 3.5 from 9th grade to the first semester of 12th grade.
-Must have a minimum SAT score of 1500 or minimum ACT score of 21.
-Must be enrolled in and/or have passed AP courses.
-Must be at or below HUD Income Guidelines.
-Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident.
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Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2018

-Must achieve a total cumulative GPA (3½ years) of at least 3.2
-Must meet one of the following:
-Are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent and live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada, only where Branches of the Federation are established; or,
-Are Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian Descent or live where Branches of the Federation are established if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is a member of the “Italian Catholic Federation.”
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Asian Pacific Fund Scholarship Programs

Deadline: February 23, 2018

-Multiple scholarships are available with various criteria.
-Grade level: Incoming freshman enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college or university in 2018-19
-Minimum GPA: 3.0
-Financial need
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Daniel S. Coelho Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2018

-Must be a high school senior
-Must be enrolling full-time at an accredited two or four-year college, university, or vocation/trade school
-Must demonstrate outstanding scholastic ability and/or leadership, financial need and determination to graduate from college
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Mark P. Tiner Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2018

-Must be a PYLUSD graduating high school senior
-Plan to enroll in a 4-year accredited college or university
-Have a minimum GPA of at least 3.75
-Demonstrate financial need
-Have completed 300+ hours of community service over the course of 4 consecutive years
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Leon Owens Foundation

Deadline: March 23, 2018

- Must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 units the Fall 2018 semester.
- Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
- Two letters of recommendation are required.
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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 CompellingYes you need to be an open book! Tell a compelling story.  Be descriptive and explain everything!


Visit these websites  for more scholarships opportunities:


Scholarship search engines for every student:



College Board

Orange County Community Foundation 


Athletic Scholarships:

Orange County Youth Sports Foundation 


African-American Scholarships




Asian American Scholarships:


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


Federal/State Aid:


Foster Youth Grants:


Latino/Hispanic Scholarships:


Military Scholarships:


Native American Scholarships:


Scholarship Scams:


Students with Disabilities:


Teach For America:


Undocumented Students:


Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 

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


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Don't Forget to complete your FAFSA or California Dream Act
Date: 2/24/2018
Don't Forget to complete your FAFSA or California Dream Act
Date: 2/26/2018
Tiger University: Financial Aid Assistance
Date: 2/26/2018, 3 PM 4 PM
Location: VHS College and Career Center