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General Scholarship Resources

Local Scholarship Resources

  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation Scholarships  Silicon Valley Community Foundation administers a variety of scholarship programs that grant up to $40,000 to high school, community college and university students. The majority of these scholarships are designated for current or former residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The online application will open in January of 2017. The deadline for many of these scholarships is in February 2017.



***The scholarships listed below are outside scholarships provided to the guidance office.  This list is not all inclusive.  Students are advised to research each scholarship opportunity carefully.  As always, students should exercise caution when applying for third party scholarships to verify authenticity of these and all scholarships***


Scholarships Due in September 2016


Organization:  QuestBridge

Geared toward: High school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite facing economic challenges; top 5% of one’s class; students who take the most challenging courses available at their high schools; SAT scores of 1200+; financial need (households earning less than $60,000 for family of 4); additional personal circumstances

Award: Full 4-year scholarship to several highly competitive QuestBridge partner colleges


Deadline: Sept. 27, 2016


Scholarships Due in October 2016


Organization: Wendy's High School Heisman

Geared toward: Senior athletes that also excel in the classroom. Must have a "B" average and show commitment to education and community.

Award: Up to $10,000


Deadline: October 3, 2016


Organization: Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

Geared toward: Rising Seniors (Students graduating in the Spring of 2017); planning to enroll in college in the Fall 2017; of Hispanic/Latino descent (If you or one of your parents can directly trace your ancestry to Latin America, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, the Spanish speaking Caribbean or the Philippines, then you qualify for this award); minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or 7.5 (on a 10.0 scale); willing to travel at own cost to the regional awards ceremony in your selected region. Regional ceremony attendance is mandatory for students who are selected

Award: $1,000 to $3,000 educational grant to use for college education or to fund a community service effort


Deadline: October 2, 2016


Organization: National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts)

Geared toward:  Students ages 15-18 OR Grades 10-12 who are interested in acting, dancing, film making, music, photography, singing, visual arts, or writing

Award: Up to $10,000 per student


Deadline: October 14, 2016


Organization: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Xi Nu Chapter

Geared toward:  College bound high school seniors

Award: One awards for $400


Deadline: October 18, 2016


Organization: Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.

Geared toward: Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States ; U.S. Citizens; exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete bachelor's degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution ( 2-yr. or 4-yr school), demonstrate critical financial need, involvement in co-curricular and community service activities, display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0

Award: Several awards ranging from $7,000 to $25,000


Deadline: October 25, 2016


Organization: Good Tidings Foundation

Geared toward: Low-income high school seniors who have committed themselves to community service (High School Senior graduating in 2017 & Resident of one of the following California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Yolo)

Award: 10 scholarships for $10,000 each


Deadline: October 26, 2016


Organization: Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Geared toward: Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States ; U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees; anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application; planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution; carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.

Award: Several recipients are chosen and awards can range from $1,000 to $1,500


Deadline: October 31, 2016


Organization: National Security Agency Stokes Educational Scholarship Program

Geared toward: High school seniors, particularly minority students, planning to major in computer science or computer/electrical engineering; U.S. Citizen; SAT of 1600 or ACT of 25; 3.0 GPA or higher

Award: Tuition and fees up to $30,000 per year, year-round salary while attending college, housing and travel entitlements during summer employment, etc.


Deadline: October 31, 2016


Scholarships Due in November 2016


Organization: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Geared toward: Seniors graduating in 2017; earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above; must have standardized test scores in the top 15%, and demonstrate financial need

Award: Up to $30,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school


Deadline: November 2016


Organization: Elks National Foundation, Inc. (Most Valuable Student Scholarship)

Geared toward: Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply; applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.

Award: Two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.


Deadline: November 30, 2016


Organization: Heroes De La Communidad

Geared toward: High school junior and senior students 

Award: $1,000 Per Each Student Selected


Deadline: November 30, 2016


Scholarships Due in December 2016


Organization: Boston University Trustee Scholarship Competition

Geared toward: Seniors who are interested in attending Boston University and have had perfect 4.0 grade point averages in high school, and typically rank in the top 5–10% of their class. In addition to exceptional academic credentials, Trustee Scholars are intellectually and creatively adventurous and demonstrate viewpoints, experiences or achievements beyond the usual. They are, in other words, not just top students, but extraordinary people.

Award: Four-year, full-tuition scholarship to BU


Deadline: December 1, 2016


Organization: San Francisco State University (Students Committed to Engineering Excellence Scholarship Awards)

Geared toward: High school seniors earning great academic achievement in Science and Mathematics who's future interest in college studies will be in engineering and demonstrate leadership. 

Award: If selected, one candidate from PHHS could win from $2,500 to $9,000

Apply: (See your science teacher for more details regarding nomination ASAP)

Deadline: December 2, 2016


Organization: Burger King McLamore Foundation

Geared toward: High school seniors (U.S. and Puerto Rico) who have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent; plan to enroll full-time, without interruption, for the entire 2017-18 academic year at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico

Award: $1,000 to $50,000 in scholarship awards for the 2017-18 school year


Deadline: December 15, 2016


Organization: NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation

Geared toward: Any senior graduating in 2017 who owns/operates his/her own small business

Award: Range from $2,000 to $15,000


Deadline: December 18, 2016


Scholarships Due in January 2017


Organization: Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund 

Geared toward: Scholarship opportunities Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander college students for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Award: Awards Vary


Deadline: January 11, 2017


Organization: California Association of Collectors, Inc.

Geared toward: All Graduating California High School Seniors are eligible - Check back for details on 2017 scholarship 

Award: 1st Award = $2,500, 2nd Award = $2,000, 3rd Award = $1,500


Deadline: January 20, 2017


Organization: Ronald McDonald House Charities 

Geared toward: Graduating high school seniors; under 21 years old; must be eligible to attend a two-or four-year college or university with a full course of study; legal U.S. resident; residing in a participating local RMHC Chapter's geographic area

Award: Varying amounts to be decided by RMHC


Deadline: January 18, 2017


Organization: The Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Geared toward: Young leaders who are helping make our country more tolerant and inclusive day by day, school by school, and community by community. (The online application portal for the 2017 Princeton Prize will open in October. Contact (609) 258-7780 for assistance.)

Award: $1,000


Deadline: January 31, 2017


Organization: Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement (APCA) 

Geared toward: All full-time graduating high school seniors in good academic standing (minimum unweighted GPA 3.40 on 4-point scale), of any ethnic or cultural background, who plan to attend an accredited college or university (2-year and 4-year) in Fall 2017; applicants who are United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States; applicants who are residents of one of the following states or metropolitan area where we currently have APCA chapters: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area (Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia)


**2017 APCA Scholarship Program will open for application towards the end of 2016**


Award: Twenty-eight (28) $2,000 APCA National Scholarships will be awarded for the 2016 academic year AND fourteen (14) $1,000 state scholarships to Northern California and Nevada students




Deadline: January 31, 2017


Scholarships Due in February 2017


Organization: Santa Clara County Federal Credit Union 


Geared toward: Graduating high school senior or post-secondary student (ages 17 – 25) enrolled in an accredited university or community/technical college full or part-time; GPA of 2.5 or higher, letter of Acceptance and Verification of Enrollment must be provided by July 30, 2016 and  be a member in good standing with Santa Clara County Federal Credit Union,

must be in good standing with their high school/college; may not be on disciplinary or academic probation


Award: Twelve one-year educational scholarships to graduating high school seniors and post-secondary students enrolled in an accredited university or community/technical college full or part-time. Awards range from $500 for community/technical colleges to $1,500 for four-year colleges

(Next year’s scholarship program and details on how apply will be posted on our website in January 2017.)


Apply: see


Deadline: Application available starting January 2017


Organization: eQuality Scholarship Collaborative 


Geared toward: Graduating high school seniors who reside in  northern or central California, but may study elsewhere; have completed or expect to complete high school or equivalent between 1 Jul 2011 and 30 Jun 2016; and plan to attend or began attending an accredited post-secondary institution (college, university, or vocational/trade school) for the first time in 2016. Students will be selected based on the following criteria: Service to the LGBTQ community; leadership; hardship or special circumstances; academic achievement


Award: One $12,000 and 10 or more $6,000 scholarships to assist with post-secondary educational expenses




Deadline: February 1, 2017


Organization: PG&E Employee Resource Groups


Geared toward: College-bound high school seniors; GPA minimum requirements vary; student or parent/guardian must reside in PG&E territory, established by uploading PG&E bill, driver’s license or phone bill from within past six months. 


Award: Various awards that range from $1,000 to $8,000




Deadline: February 1, 2017


Organization: CTA Scholarship for Dependent Children


Geared toward: Applicants must be claimed as dependent status on the current year’s IRS forms, applicants must be the dependent child of an active,or retired California Teachers Association member. Applicants are also eligible if they are claimed as dependents and are the child of a deceased CTA member.


Award: $5,000




Deadline: February 5, 2017


Organization: Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship


Geared toward: High school graduating, minority seniors who plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the U.S., show leadership potential, demonstrate a dedication to community service, present evidence of financial need, be a U.S. citizen, have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21, and NOT possess a degree from a 2 or 4 year college when applying for the scholarship.


Award: "JRS Scholars" can receive grants of up to $28,000 over four years to complement the financial aid they receive from their colleges or universities. In addition, Scholars are financially sponsored to attend JRF's annual four-day "Mentoring & Leadership Conference" in New York City as well as other regional events throughout the year. 




Deadline: February 15, 2017 by 5:00 pm ET


Organization: San Jose Scottish Rite Foundation


Geared toward: Graduating high school seniors in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, or San Luis Obispo counties, 3.5 GPA or higher, demonstrate financial need, completed application before deadline, participation in school, community, religious, or social activities, demonstrate leadership responsibility, U.S. citizen.


Award: $2,500 for first year and recipients can qualify for up to three additional years, they are enrolled in a four year college and are successfully advancing to graduation.


Apply: See counselor for application or


Deadline: Now until February 17, 2017


Organization: Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award


Geared toward: High school seniors 16 years of age or older who are planning to attend an accredited, non-profit, four-year college or university 


Award:  Ten random drawings each in the amount of $2,500 




Deadline: Now until February 28, 2017


Scholarships Due in March 2017


Organization: Star One Credit Union


Geared toward: High school seniors, be enrolled as a full-time college student pursuing an Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in the fall of 2017, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, be a member of Star One Credit Union, be in good standing with the last educational institution they attended and cannot be on disciplinary or academic probation, be involved in community service and extracurricular activities


Award: Six $2,000 Scholarships to be awarded in 2017




Deadline: March 1, 2017


Organization: Chi Am Circle Club


Geared toward: High school seniors of Asian descent in the Class of 2017; have a minimum 3.3 GPA during high school; be a U.S. citizen or legal resident; reside in Santa Clara County, California or be the child or grandchild of a Chi Am member; be college-bound and be able to show proof of acceptance to an accredited junior or four-year college (Exception: If you are a special needs student, as defined by Section 504 of the Education Code, you may attend vocational training.);and be of Asian descent as defined by CA Dept of Education


Award: $1,000 to $5,000




Deadline: To be announced (Last year deadline was March 15, 2016)


Organization: Italian Catholic Federation


Geared toward: Graduating senior students of Italian descent with a cumulative GPA (3.5 years) of at least 3.2 and 1. Are of  Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent and live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois, and Nevada, only where branches of the Federations are established. or 2. Have a Roman Catholic Parent, guardian or grandparent who is a member of the Italian Descent or live where branches of the Federation are established (membership of a Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is mandatory for #2)


Award: $400.00




Deadline: March 15, 2017


Scholarships Due in April 2017


Organization: Student-View Scholarship Program


Geared toward:  High school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college, community/junior college or career school


Award: One (1) $4,000 scholarship; Two (2) $1,000 scholarships; Ten (10) $500 scholarships




Deadline: To be announced (Last year deadline was April 22, 2016)


Scholarships Due in May 2017


Organization: Italian American Heritage Foundation


Geared toward: Graduating students of Santa Clara County schools and of some Italian descent


Award: Four types of scholarships (Last year ranging from $500 to $2,500)




Deadline: To be announced (Last year deadline was May 17, 2016)


Organization: B. Davis Scholarship


Geared toward: High School Juniors and Seniors- No age restriction. (They want to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are)


Award: $1,000




Deadline: May 22, 2017




Scholarships Due in June 2017


Scholarships Due in July 2017


Scholarships Due in August 2017


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