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Scholarships & Contests

Willow Tree Scholarship

Deadline: January 25, 2019

-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.
- Must submit a personal essay answering the given year’s writing prompt (not to exceed 750 words):
“Describe a situation when you’ve experienced or witnessed adversity, and how did it affect your decision or goal of pursuing higher education?”
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Christermon Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: February 15, 2019

-Scholarship will be awarded to children, grandchildren or legal guardians of persons who currently hold full-time employment with, or are a proprietor of, a company holding a valid California liquor, beer or wine license. This includes restaurants, hotels, retail & wholesale establishments, airlines, breweries, wineries, etc.
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2019 My Dream Career Photo Contest

Deadline: February 15, 2019 (5:00pm)

-You must be 12 - 25 years old to enter (age subject to verification)
-Photo must be of "YOU" demonstrating your "Dream Career".
-Please explain what inspired you to choose this career and why you wish to pursue this career in the future in no less that 200 words and no more than 300.
-Complete this form to submit photo entry.
-Deadline - 5:00 pm February 15, 2019 - no photos submitted after the deadline will be considered for judging.
-All entries MUST INCLUDE photo, essay, contact information and photo release. If any of these elements are missing, photo will not be eligible for judging.
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Pat Hadley Memorial Scholarships

-Visual Arts and Athletic Scholarships available
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 Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2019

-Must currently be 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)
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The Daniel S. Coelho Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2019

-Must be a high school senior
-Students should be looking to enroll full-time at an accredited two or four-year college, university, or vocation/trade school
-Students need to demonstrate outstanding scholastic ability and/or leadership, financial need and determination to graduate from college
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Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2019

-Must achieve a total cumulative GPA (3½ years) of at least 3.2
-Must meet one of the following:

1) 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,
2) 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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Leon Owens Foundation

Deadline: March 22, 2019

-Any student who lives or attends school in the surrounding metropolitan area within a 50 miles radius of Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino is eligible to apply for a scholarship.
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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:


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: 1/21/2019
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Date: 1/24/2019
Don't Forget to complete your FAFSA or California Dream Act
Date: 1/28/2019

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