Financial Aid Scholarships

Welcome to the electronic version of the Scholarship Wall we have in our Financial Aid Office!

As we come across new scholarships, we’ll post them here for students to review and choose what they may qualify for. Reoccurring/monthly scholarships will be posted at the top, and month-specific annual deadlines will be posted at the bottom.

Some scholarships listed below on this page may require proof or citizenship or legal residency. Get a specific list of scholarships that don’t require proof of U.S. Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency.

Please note that we are not affiliated with any of the scholarships below and are providing this information as a courtesy to our students. Information provided below comes directly from each scholarship provider. Please click the links provided for each scholarship for full details.

Reoccurring-Monthly Deadline

  1. LA Tutors 123 Innovation in Education Scholarship($500 one-time)
    Deadline: 20th of each month
    • We at LA Tutors are passionate about sparking the creative genius in students and would love to commend those outstanding students who have a made a difference in the lives of others in some innovative or technological fashion. In order to achieve this, we have established a scholarship for students who meet certain criteria.
    • The application opens the 1st of each month, and closes at 11:59 p.m. on the 20th of each month.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      1. be enrolled as a high school or college/university student.
      2. have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or the equivalent).
      3. 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.)
      4. submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation.
  2. “No Essay” College Scholarship™($2,000 one-time)
    Deadline: end of each month
    • The $2,000  “No Essay” Scholarship is an easy scholarship with no essay required! The scholarship can be used to cover tuition, housing, books, or any education-related expenses.
    • The monthly winner will be determined by random drawing and then contacted directly and announced in Niche’s e-newsletter and on the Scholarship Winners page.
    • You can apply once each month, with a new winner selected every month.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      1. Currently attend, or within the next 12 months plan to enroll in, a high school or college listed on, or be the parent of a student who falls into one of those categories.
      2. Apply online at the link provided above.

September 2020 Deadline

  1. West Coast Trial Lawyers Scholarship($1,000 one-time)
    Deadline 9/4/20
    • At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our personal injury lawyers value education and helping students in need. We recognize that school tuition can be a very significant expense. In addition to ever increasing tuition, students may be responsible for paying for housing and other school-related expenses. Attending a school can cost students hundreds of thousands of dollars. West Coast Trial Lawyers is proud to offer financial help to students and their families, in the form of $1,000 scholarships, to individuals who are currently attending a university or college in The United States.
    • Applicants must submit a three to five minute video on why they deserve the West Coast Trial Lawyers Scholarship.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      1. Applicants must be full or part-time college students in good standing with a minimum 3.5 GPA.
      2. Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume.
      3. Please email transcript and video submissions to:
      4. Video submissions will be judged on creativity and originality.
  2. Districts Make the Difference Video Contest($500-$2,000 one-time)
    Deadline 9/30/20
    • High school and college students are invited to create a fun and informative short video (under 90 seconds) highlighting the ways special districts ‘Make the Difference’ in California for a chance to win a scholarship. Additional prize money will be given to the teachers of the winning students to promote technology and support distance learning.
    • Once all entries are received, CSDA officials will select the top five finalists and feature those videos on the Districts Make the Difference website. The video entries will be scored on four criteria: accuracy and effectiveness, creativity and originality, production quality, and entertainment value. Once the finalists have been chosen, the videos will be posted on the website for the public to vote for the winners.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      1. Review the contest rules.
      2. Complete the entire contest application.
      3. Create video under 90 seconds adhering to the contest rules and submit it!
      4. Send completed application and a DropBox link for your video to no later than September 30, 2020 at 5 p.m.

October 2020 Deadline

  1. InfoTracer Scholarship($1,000 one-time)
    Deadline 10/31/20
    • InfoTracer offers a great service to consumers, but we also care about community involvement. We are offering eligible students the opportunity to win $1,000 in scholarship money for college for the 2020-2021 school year.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      1. Be a high school graduate.
      2. Be enrolled full-time (12 units).
      3. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
      4. Follow the guidelines and apply online at the link provided above.

November 2020 Deadline

  1. The Health Mania Scholarship($1,000 one-time)
    Deadline 11/15/20
    • com is excited to announce its essay writing Scholarship Program for the students of Cypress college. We are awarding a $1000 scholarship to a creative-minded student who will write a winning article on the given topic.The main notion behind the scholarship is to promote the importance of personal well-being and to encourage the students to take it seriously.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      1. Applicants must be students of a college or university during the 2020-21 academic year.
      2. Must be in good academic standing with his/her current educational institution.
      3. Follow the guidelines and apply online at the link provided above.

Scholarship General Information

It takes time and energy to conduct a successful scholarship search, but it is well worth the effort when you are awarded a scholarship to help fund your higher education.

The best ways to find scholarships:

  1. Check with your high school counselor
  2. Check with your parent’s employer or organizations with which they are affiliated
  3. Check with organizations and businesses within your community
  4. Check with your college or university financial aid and/or scholarship office
  5. Surf the web

Types of Scholarships

Merit Based Scholarships: Awards based on academic performance and personal achievement.

Merit plus Need Scholarships: Awards based on academic performance, personal achievement, and financial need.

Private Scholarships: Awards based on criteria set by a private, non-affiliated organization or individual.

Institutional Scholarships: Awards based on criteria set by the college or university. These awards can be merit based or plus need based.

Be Cautious of Scholarship Scams

The following are signs of a possible scholarship scam:

  1. If you are required to pay money to get a scholarship
  2. If you are guaranteed win a scholarship
  3. If they say, “everyone is eligible” or “free money”
  4. If you are contacted for a scholarship you never applied for
  5. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Get more information on scholarship scams.

Scholarship Application Timelines

Applying for many scholarships can be done during any time of the year. However, different awards have different deadlines. For institutional awards, the deadlines are typically early Spring. You should check with your college or university to see what their established deadline is. Regardless, if you are late applying for an award one year, you should note the award and make every effort to reapply next year.

Tips for marketing yourself for a scholarship

Develop a great personal statement or essay

The essay is your ultimate communication tool-make a great impression. Think about this question: What makes you worthy of an investment as a student? Proofread, rewrite, and seek peer reviewers (writing is a process).

Develop a great academic transcript

Consistent academic performance is a good sign. A solid GPA is desirable for most scholarships. A bad semester or year is not the end of the world—If you have overcome challenges, explain that in your personal statement. Otherwise, your application will be confusing to the evaluator.

Demonstrate evidence of leadership or service

Submit documentation of leadership, service, or character. Explain your situation and add flavor as to who you are as a person and aspiring student. Connect your personal story with your career or educational goal.