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Scholarships & Contests

Yorba Linda Alumni Scholarship

The Yorba Linda Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association is offering a cash scholarship to Valencia graduates who attended YLMS for at least two years. This application is due Thursday May 28th at 3pm. *Student must be a member of the VHS PSTA.
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Golden Elementary Scholarship

Golden elementary school Parent Teacher Student Association is offering a cash scholarship to Valencia graduates who attended Golden Elementary for at least two years. This application is due Thursday, May 28th
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Pat Hadley Memorial Scholarships

Deadline: May 1, 2020 (email to

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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NROTC Scholarship

-Must be a U.S. citizen and 17 years of age by September 1st.
-Must be physically qualified for the Marine Corps standards.
-Achieve qualifying scores on the ACT (1000) or ACT (22).
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LA Tutors Scholarship

Deadline: New recipient each month, applications are due by 20th of every month and then reopen on the 1st of the next month

-Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or the equivalent).
-Must be a citizen of, permanent resident of, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada.
-Must have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others (This could be a website, series of blogs, an app, fundraising event, etc.)
-Must submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation.
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El Dabe Ritter Scholarship

Deadline: June 30, 2020

-Applicants must plan to attend an accredited university in the USA.
-Must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
-Will be required to write a 500+ word essay on why having a higher education is important.
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Willow Tree Scholarship

Deadline: June 8, 2020
-Must have a minimum of 3.0 overall GPA.
-Currently a graduating high school senior attending school in Orange County, California.
-Will attend a college in pursuit of a two or four year degree in any major.
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Edwards Lifesciences Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 26, 2020 (5pm)

-Must like in Orange County and a U.S. citizen or legal resident
-Must plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field
-Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
-Must demonstrate Financial Need
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CSEA Scholarship

Deadline: May 8, 2020

-For dependents of a CSEA Chapter 293 member (PYLUSD).
-Evaluated based on: community service, leadership, school involvement, and grade point average.
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Richard L. Leverett Visual Arts Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2020 (final postmark date)

-Must be a VHS senior with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
-Must plan to major in a field of visual arts and enrolled in college within six months after graduation from high school.
-Will need to submit two work samples that reveal your quality and merit as a visual artist.
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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


Student Scholarship Search



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:

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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ACT- Test Day June 13, 2020
Date: 6/13/2020
SAT- Test Day June 6, 2020
Date: 6/6/2020

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: Cary Johnson, Director, Educational Services (714) 985-8656. Americans with Disabilities Act complaints: Richard McAlindin, Executive Director, Instructional Support (714) 985-8727. Bullying, intimidation complaints: Rick Riegel, 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: Cary Johnson, Director, Servicios Educativos (714) 985-8656. Americanos con Discapacidades Acta de quejas: Richard McAlindin, Director Ejecutivo, Apoyo Educativo (714) 985-8727. Quejas de acoso, intimidación: Rick Riegel, Administrador, Servicios Estudiantiles (714) 985-8671

Employee/Student Non-Fraternization Policy: BP 4101