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

  • CFF Foundation Education Award ($1,500 one-time)
    Deadline: applications accepted year-round, 1 student awarded each quarter
    • Cocodrie Fly Fishing (CFF) aims to give advice and tips on how you can have the ultimate fly fishing experience. Whether you are a beginner or pro, our courses and tips can help you hone your skills. CFF is proud to offer quarterly awards to university and college students!
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • be currently enrolled in a college or university.
      • students of all majors are encouraged to apply!
      • submit an essay and submit application on the website.
    • For more detailed information, please visit the scholarship link.
  • ISN Skilled Trade & Technology Scholarship ($2,000 one-time)
    Deadline: applications accepted year-round, 1 student awarded each quarter
    • Growing demand and lack of qualified workers in skilled trades and technology means it’s a great time to go back to school and enter these lucrative and fast-growing industries. To help keep up with demand and assist the next generation of professionals, ISN will award a $2,000 scholarship four times a year to eligible students.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • be 18 years or over and currently be enrolled as a high school senior, or in a community college, undergraduate, graduate, technical college, or vocational program, or be planning to enroll in a high school, community college, undergraduate, graduate, technical college, or vocational program during the 2021-2022 academic program in the United States.
      • have a minimum 3.4 GPA.
      • be pursuing a degree that enables you or others in your community to learn a new trade, develop skills and technology, or start a small business related to home services offered by ISN.
    • For more detailed information, please visit the scholarship link.
  • 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:
      • be enrolled as a high school or college/university student.
      • have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or the equivalent).
      • 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.)
      • submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation.
  • Niche.com “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:
      • Currently attend, or within the next 12 months plan to enroll in, a high school or college listed on niche.com, or be the parent of a student who falls into one of those categories.
      • Apply online at the link provided above.

April 2021 Deadline

  • Myrna Holmquist Communications Scholarship (Up to $10,000)
    Deadline 4/8/2021
    • This scholarship has been established for individuals who have a career interest in the Communications field and have a sincere desire to apply their knowledge and leadership abilities to a career within the field of Communications.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • Be a current student at an accredited college or university within the U.S.
      • Be majoring in the area of Communication.
      • Have a minimum 2.75 GPA.
      • Submit an application (found at the link above).
      • For more detailed information, please visit the scholarship link.
  • Houston Hypnosis Center Excellence in Psychology Scholarship ($1,000 one-time)
    Deadline 4/15/2021
    • The Houston Hypnosis Center Excellence in Psychology scholarship will award $1000 to an undergraduate OR graduate student majoring in psychology for the Spring Semester 2021. Only currently enrolled psychology majors are eligible to apply.
    • Each applicant will submit electronically, a completed scholarship application form, required supporting eligibility documentation, and a 1000-word essay written on one of the approved essay topics (see application).
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • have a major declared in psychology.
      • complete the scholarship application form.
      • be currently enrolled in college.
    • For more detailed information, please visit the scholarship link.
  • NOCCCD Black Faculty & Staff Scholarship ($250 one-time)
    Deadline: 4/15/2021
    • This scholarship is established to help underrepresented students continue their education. BFSA believes in higher education, transferring to the universities and Career Technical Education.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • have completed 12 or more units at Cypress College
      • be enrolled at least part time for Spring 2021
      • have a 2.5 GPA or higher
      • have a goal of transferring to a 4-year college or university and/or completion of a Certificate (CTE) program of study
  • Cypress College Foundation Scholarship (amount not specified)
    Deadline: 4/16/2021
    • The Cypress College Foundation provides financial support for students through book grants, book loans, emergency assistance, and scholarships.
    • The application for the 2021 scholarships is now open.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • have completed 9 or more units at Cypress College by the spring 2021 semester.
      • be a resident of the State of California.
      • visit the link above to apply.
      • review the Frequently Asked Questions once logged in to apply.
  • APIA Scholarship ($300 one-time)
    Deadline: 4/16/2021
    • Asian Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association (APIA) seeks to recognize outstanding students who exemplify the spirit of APIA by achieving academic excellence and demonstrating personal commitment and dedicated service to their community.
    • The Cypress College APIA scholarship of $300 will be awarded to a currently enrolled student in any field. The student must submit (1) a personal essay (maximum 500 words) of goals and accomplishments including his or her community involvement; (2) a transcript of grades (a printout of the unofficial transcript from myGateway is acceptable); (3) a letter of recommendation; (4) and the application form. Members of the APIA scholarship committee read all applications and select the winner.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • be currently enrolled at Cypress College.
      • plan to be enrolled at least half-time (6 units) at a 4-year college or university in fall 2021.
      • have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
      • demonstrate community involvement or volunteer work.
  • California Community College Chief Information Systems Officers Association (CISOA) Scholarship ($1,000 one-time)
    Deadline 4/16/2021
    • CISOA is proud to announce the establishment of our annual student scholarship program. The CISOA Scholarship Program is open to deserving students who attend any of our “Dues Paying” Member District colleges. Funds for these scholarships come from membership dues, revenue obtained through our annual Summit, and through direct donations.
    • Scholarship recipients will receive the funds directly from CISOA and can be used for any of the student’s educational or educational related needs.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • be currently enrolled in at least 6 units in college
      • have a 3.0 GPA or higher
      • have a major in an Information Technology related field of study (Computer Networking, MIS, Computer Science, Cyber Security, Electronics, etc.
      • provide a personal statement outlining their educational goals and how they plan to use the scholarship funds.
    • For more detailed information, please visit the scholarship link.
  • Enrique “Kiki” Zuniga Scholarship (Amount not specified)
    Deadline: 4/28/2021
    • Each year the LFSA awards at least three $300 or more scholarships to one Cypress College student, one Fullerton College student, and one NOCE student that are currently enrolled at our District, have the goals of transferring to a 4-year university, and demonstrate their commitment to the Latino community.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • visit the link to complete the application.
  • CCCSFAAA Scholarship ($500-$1,000 one-time)
    Deadline: 4/30/2021
    • The California Community College Student Financial Aid Administrators Association (CCCSFAAA) will sponsor student scholarships; a total of ten (10) $500 student scholarships, one (1) $500 scholarships for each of the ten (10) California Community College regions across the state.  In addition, there will be one (1) $1,000 scholarship from the “Mariana Deeken, Well it Depends” scholarship fund.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • be currently enrolled in at least 6 units for Spring 2021.
      • have submitted a financial aid application.
      • have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
      • have a remaining need of at least $1,000.
  • McCormick & Murphy Law Firm Scholarship ($500 one-time)
    Deadline 4/30/2021
    • The McCormick & Murphy Personal Injury Scholarship is available to all current college students who are planning on entering the law field. We understand how difficult it can be to pay for college and law school, and we want to help someone afford a better education.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • be currently enrolled or plan to enroll by Fall 2021 in college.
      • have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
      • submit an online scholarship application at the link provided.
    • For more detailed information, please visit the scholarship link.
  • Indoor Gardening and Sustainability Scholarship ($500 one-time)
    Deadline 4/30/2021
    • With the goal of raising public awareness for sustainability, Two Peas In A Condo is annually offering a $500 scholarship presented to college students who are growing plants or vegetables in small spaces and/or pursuing sustainability. To apply, you must write a blog post on how to grow a specific plant vegetable in a small space, or a blog post on ways to become more sustainable in college.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • Write a 1,000- to 1,500-word, double-spaced blog article on how to grow a specific plant vegetable in a small space, or a blog post on ways to become more sustainable in college.
      • Any student currently enrolled in an accredited college is eligible to enter.
    • For more detailed information, please visit the scholarship link.
  • The Kay-Grant Group Scholarship ($1,000 one-time)
    Deadline 4/30/2021
    • The Kay-Grant Group is a real estate agent group located in Scottsdale, AZ committed to bettering all generations through education.  For this reason, we issue an annual scholarship to assist those interested in real estate, technology, or entrepreneurship with obtaining a formal education.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • Create a video clip that is less than two minutes in length and share it using YouTube.  In this video clip, please include:
        • Why you believe our scholarship could help you
        • What it will help you to achieve
        • Your goal and what you wish to achieve from your education
        • Please feel free to be creative with this.  If you aren’t comfortable being on video yourself, that is not a requirement.  Feel free to make whiteboard videos, commercials, animated videos, etc.
    • For more detailed information, please visit the scholarship link.
  • Utility Bidder’s Digital Marketing Scholarship ($1,000 one-time)
    Deadline 4/30/2021
    • Utility Bidder is a leading example in bringing competitive commercial energy supply services to the market, and the digital marketing scholarship on offer is a unique step for students looking for work experience.
    • This opportunity is open to a passionate and eager student looking to join the team on a two-week internship. The unique experience will boost career prospects and offers not only financial assistance but also a recognized certification in Digital Marketing.
    • The brand new Digital Marketing Internship at Utility Bidder is a one of a kind opportunity to get experience in this exciting sector. The student will learn about marketing in the energy supply sector, but there is also the chance to implement strategies for internal communication.
    • The program invites all eligible students who are interested in furthering their knowledge and skills in the marketing sector. There are three awards on offer: a two-week internship at Utility Bidder, Digital Marketing Certification and $1,000.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • Be enrolled or accepted with plans to attend) a college or university in the United States.
      • Please write an engaging essay of 1,000 words plus on the topic:
        • How businesses can use Digital Marketing to increase sales
    • For more detailed information, please visit the scholarship link.
  • CCCSFAAA Scholarship ($500-$1,000 one-time)
    Deadline: 4/30/2021
    • The California Community College Student Financial Aid Administrators Association (CCCSFAAA) will sponsor student scholarships; a total of ten (10) $500 student scholarships, one (1) $500 scholarships for each of the ten (10) California Community College regions across the state.  In addition, there will be one (1) $1,000 scholarship from the “Mariana Deeken, Well it Depends” scholarship fund.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • be currently enrolled in at least 6 units for spring 2021.
      • have submitted a financial aid application.
      • have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
      • have a remaining need of at least $1,000.

May 2021 Deadline

  • The Utopia Management Scholars Fund ($1,000 one-time)
    Deadline 5/1/2021
    • In an effort to nurture healthy communities and a prosperous society, Utopia Management endeavors to support higher education through this biannual $1,000 scholarship. Utopia has been a strong supporter of higher education since 2010 through multiple scholarships and employee continuing education grants. Awarded every spring and fall, the scholarship is meant to support dedicated students in acquiring a career-oriented degree.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • Be enrolled full-time (12 units or more)
      • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5
      • Write a 500-1,000-word essay answering the following prompt:
        • How will your education contribute to a Utopian world?
    • For more detailed information, please visit the scholarship link.
  • Native Art Contest ($50-$100 one-time)
    Deadline 5/5/2021
    • The newly formed Native American Faculty & Staff Alliance (NAFSA) is looking for a logo and is opening up an art contest to get student concepts. This is open to all Fullerton College, Cypress College, and North Orange Continuing Education students.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • All files should be in PDF or EPS format and sent to NativeArtContest@nocccd.edu
      • be a current or former student of Fullerton College, Cypress College, or NOCE
      • submit original work in 2-D and fit the following requirements for contest consideration:
        • Art reflects Native American Indian heritage or culture
        • Color: Black and white version, designed to work on both a white and black background.
        • Artist can also specify a CMYK 1-color version if desired.
        • Scalable Vector (Illustrator) image submitted as high resolution PDF or EPS format (300 dpi)
        • Completely fill out one form for each entry. No submission fee for entry.
  • Wi’áaşal (Great Oak) Future Leaders Scholarship (Amount not specified)
    Deadline 5/31/2021
    • Established in 2019, The Wi’áaşal (Great Oak) Future Leaders Scholarship Fund was born out of the longstanding traditions, values, and vision of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians – who have demonstrated their commitment to education and economic development, time and time again. Today, their impact is expanded through the Wi’áaşal (Great Oak) Future Leaders Scholarship, which provides greatly needed support to Native students across the state of California.
    • The Wi’áaşal (Great Oak) Future Leaders Scholarship Fund is open to most enrolled California tribal members.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • be enrolled in a certificate, associate, or bachelor’s degree program at an accredited, non-profit college or university.
      • be enrolled full-time (12-units).
      • registered as an enrolled member of an eligible California tribe.

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:

  • Check with your high school counselor
  • Check with your parent’s employer or organizations with which they are affiliated
  • Check with organizations and businesses within your community
  • Check with your college or university financial aid and/or scholarship office
  • 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:

  • If you are required to pay money to get a scholarship
  • If you are guaranteed win a scholarship
  • If they say, “everyone is eligible” or “free money”
  • If you are contacted for a scholarship you never applied for
  • 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.