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.
  • “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, or be the parent of a student who falls into one of those categories.
      • Apply online at the link provided above.

October 2021

  • Infotracer Scholarship ($1,000 one-time)
    Deadline: 10/31/2021
    • 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 2021-2022 school year.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • be a high school graduate
      • be enrolled in college full-time (12 units)
      • maintain 2.0 GPA or higher
      • submit a 1,000 word essay and apply using the scholarship application form at the link above
  1. IvyPanda Scholarship ($1,500 one-time)
    Deadline: 10/31/2021
    • Each year IvyPanda awards creative and talented in movie making students with scholarships $1,500 total. Scholarships are given to two winners: the winner receives a $1,000 scholarship; the runner-up prize is $500.
    • To participate, applicants should:
      • submit a video and apply using the scholarship application criteria at the link above

Ongoing (through April 30, 2022)

  • Real Estate Education Scholarship ($1,200: $600 per semester)
    Deadline: 4/30/2022
    • The Real Estate Education Scholarship Program is a scholarship program for eligible, economically disadvantaged students. Awards are for students who are in need of financial assistance to meet the cost of attendance at a California Community College and who have demonstrated interest in a real estate career through their enrollment in real estate related courses.
    • To participate, applicants should:

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.