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



DEADLINE EXTENDED: April 30th, 2023
  • Be a graduating senior who attends a High School within the Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District.
  • Awards up tp $750 per student
  • No GPA requirement. All deserving students will be considered.
Pick up an application from Ms. Escobedo in the College and Career Center.
The Abrego Education Scholars Foundation Project shall empower Hispanic students to pursue higher education and graduate from a college/university by providing financial scholarships and student mentoring. Their greater vision is to mentor Hispanic students and inspire them to continue with their education and attain graduate degrees, with the hope and with proper support, that we can prepare young professionals to serve in leadership positions in our communities.
DEADLINE: April 28th, 2023
  • Graduating from a California High School or Community College
  • Must have 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Enroll as a full time college student in the Fall 2023
  • Completed the FAFSA form or California Dream 
  • Demonstrate evidence of engagement with community/school activities during high school or community college 
  • Must be of Hispanic Heritage
DEADLINE: April 30th, 2023
  • Currently a first-year college student or graduating high school senior attending school in Orange County, California.
  • Must have a minimum of 2.5 overall GPA

  • Attending or will attend a college in pursuit of a two or four-year degree in any major
  • Must submit a personal essay answering the given year’s writing prompt (not to exceed 3 double-spaced pages)
    • 2023 Writing Prompt: What does “academic pressure” mean to you?  What role does academic pressure play in your life and in achieving your aspirational goals?
DEADLINE: April 30th, 2023
  • Be a senior at Valencia, Yorba Linda, Esperanza, and El Dorado High School
  • Plan to attend an accredited 2-year community college
  • Hope to study philosophy or law
DEADLINE: May 1st, 2023
  • Be a graduating senior.
  • Have successfully completed at least 3 years of Little League baseball in either East Hills Yorba Linda Little League, East Yorba Linda Little League, or Yorba Hills Little League.
  • Have participated in extracurricular and/or community activities during high school.
  • Plan to attend an accredited college or university.
DEADLINE: May 8th, 2023
Rosemary Langenwalter was a Placentia-Yorba Linda School District Wrestling Mom and Grandma for 25 years. Starting in 1976, she held her breath in the stands watching her five sons and then grandsons in victory and defeat. A $500 scholarship has been set up in her memory. This Scholarship Program encourages wrestlers to pursue higher education following high school. It is open to graduating seniors in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District who will be attending a vocational/technical school or two-or four-year college or university.
  • Applicants must be graduating seniors of either Esperanza, El Dorado, Valencia, or Yorba Linda High School.
  • They must plan to enter an accredited vocational/technical school or an accredited two or four year college or university and enroll full-time beginning in the Fall academic term following their senior year.
  • Applicants must have an academic non-weighted 2.5 grade point average or better verified by their School Counselor.
  • Applicants must have been on the wrestling team 3 years and a Varsity Letterman for one year.
  • Applicant must have qualified to go to the CIF tournament.
  • Applicant must have a recommendation from their head wrestling coach (submitted through this form).
  • Applicant must complete all portions of the scholarship application, which includes a statement about how wrestling has affected their life.
2023 Pat Hadley Memorial Scholarships 
DEADLINE: May 12th, 2023, turn in to Ms. Escobedo in the College and Career Center by May 12th.
Pat Hadley Scholarships were Established in memory of Patricia Hadley (1958-2013). Pat taught ceramics for 18 years at Valencia High School, 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 whole hearted dedication to her students. "She was loved by countless students, athletes, coaches, and teachers."
  • Pat Hadley Athletic Scholarship: Awarded to a graduating senior who has participated in cross-country or track (distance events) for a minimum of two years (distance=800m and above). The student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and accepted to an accredited two or four year college or university. The award committee will consider nominees on the basis of athletic excellence, enthusiasm for life, regard for teammates, work ethic, integrity and leadership. Financial need shall also be considered.
  • Pat Hadley Art Scholarship: Awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding artistic achievement. The student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and accepted to an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university. The award committee will consider nominees on the basis of artistic excellence, enthusiasm for life, work ethic, integrity and leadership. Financial need shall also be considered. 
  • Click on the links about to access the scholarship application and full description. Students are welcome to print out applications with Ms. Escobedo in the College and Career Center.
DEADLINE: April 30th, 2023
  • Open to Students in ANY type of public or private k-12 school instrumental  or vocal program… orchestra, symphony, jazz band, mariachi, wind band, marching band, concert band, modern band, choir, show choir, performing arts choral programs, musical theater performer (instrumental or vocal performance required) and literally any kind of “instrumental” or “vocal” program in your K-12 public or private school.
DEADLINE: May 31st, 2023
  • Current high school senior in one of the 50 states or Washington DC
  • Plan on attending a 2 or 4 year college
  • Students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed.
DEADLINE: June 1st, 2023
Scholarship Requirements:
  • Open to college-bound poets who are currently in the 12th grade and self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color.
  • Must be able to provide proof of acceptance to a college or university, and must intend to enroll in Fall 2023. (Students accepted to community colleges are eligible to apply).
  • Must currently live in California.
  • Three scholarship winners will receive $3,000 each
Poetry Contest Requirements:
  • Open to poets currently in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade, and who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color.
  • Must currently live in California.
  • Winners of the Poetry Contest will receive the following cash prizes:
    • 1st Place: $500
    • 2nd Place: $250
    • 3rd Place: $150
    • Honorable Mention: $50
DEADLINE: June 15th, 2023
  • Have completed high school (or earned a high school equivalency credential) by July 1
  • Be enrolled in an associate’s degree, certificate, or diploma program by September that will lead to employment
  • May not be enrolled in pre-requisite courses
  • Attend a not-for-profit post-secondary institution
  • Demonstrate financial need; applicants must either show family income of $55,000 or less OR prove Pell Grant eligibility
  • Be under the age of 35
  • Be a United States citizen
Deadline: (Ongoing)
  • $2,000 awarded on a yearly basis (x4 years)
  • $8,000 total award 
  • New applications will be made available on May 28, 2022
  • Seniors that will attend a CSU or UC
  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree in computer science, science, technology, engineering, or medicine.
  • Student or parent immigrated to the United States
  • Annual household income of less than $75,000
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher
Deadline: (Ongoing)
  • $2,500 awarded on a monthly basis
  • $2,500 awarded quarterly for the Minority Scholarship Prize
  • $15,000 awarded once per year
  • Legal US resident who is 16 years of age or older
  • Plans to enroll, at least half-time, in an accredited post-secondary institution within one year of winning the prize
  • Students and parents of students can apply
More scholarship opportunities can be found by clicking HERE!

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