Financial Aid/Scholarships

1. The Orestimba Scholarship Community Association (TOSCA Scholarship)
TOSCA scholarships is now available to Orestimba High School Students and Graduates. TOSCA scholarships provide opportunities for continued education through academic excellence. Individual scholarships range from $250 to $3,000 per academic year. Scholarships are based on a combination of academic achievement and involvement within the community and school. Volunteer work and employment are also considered. For more information, please visit: http://www.toscascholarships.org/apps.php The TOSCA Scholarship application can be found here.

2. Hilmar Cheese Company Scholarship 
In support of higher education, our annual scholarship program provides college or trade school tuition scholarships for children of our employees, children of the dairy farm families that ship milk to us and local students residing in Stanislaus or Merced counties in California or Dallam and Hartley counties in Texas who are pursuing agricultural degrees.  Apply Online Today!

3. Central Valley Opportunity Center Scholarship
Central Valley Opportunity Center (CVOC) strongly believes that higher education is the most effective tool for breaking the cycle of poverty and increasing the quality of life in our community. To that end, each year for the past 39 years, CVOC has donated scholarships to academically deserving, low-income high school students in its tri-county service area of Madera, Merced, and Stanislaus counties.Applicant must be from a farmworker or verifiable low-income family.Applicant must be planning to pursue education at a vocational, junior college, state college or university on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 units) beginning Fall semester.  $1,500 (up to 6 winners)

4. Tri Counties Bank: Income Based Award Scholarship
Graduating senior from Stanislaus County with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and an EFC of $5,920 or less.  $1,500 (one)

5. Tri Counties Bank: Merit Award Scholarship 
Graduating senior from Stanislaus County with a 3.0 minimum GPA and outstanding achievements in academics, community service or entrepreneurship. $1,000 (ten)

6. Richard & Dolla Squires Memorial Music Scholarship
Open to graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in music and demonstrating financial need. Preference given to students with a strong background in music. $1,000 (one)

7. Trinitas Farming Community Scholarship
Established to help fund higher education for farmers and agriculture workers within Stanislaus County, as well as their children and grandchildren.  $1,000 (one)

8. Martella Family Scholarship
Open to children and grandchildren of current Martella Family Farms employees with a 2.5 GPA or higher. Employee must have three-plus years of employment. $500-$1,000 (multiple)

9. Health Careers Scholarship
Open to graduating high school seniors planning to attend CSU-Stanislaus and pursue a career in a health-related field. Scholarship is specific to first-generation students demonstrating need.  $2,000 (multiple)

10. Dr. Grant E. & Colleen Bare Scholarship
Open to current Modesto Junior College students planning to transfer to a four-year college and pursue a degree in the fields of sciences, medical sciences and/or mathematics.  Up to $3,000 (two or three)

11. Ron Brown Scholars Program
African American seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement, exhibit leadership ability, participate in community service and demonstrate financial need.  Application available online Deadline: Jan 9. 2019

12. Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Available to high school, college, and community college transfer students. Offers a variety of scholarships. Check website for details and deadlines about each scholarship https://hsf.net/ Deadline: March 1, 2019

13. CANERS Scholarship 
The CANERS Foundation 2019 scholarship applications are for the benefit of students who are interested in pursuing an educations and career in horticulture or other majors (Plant Sciences, Ornamental Horticulture). High School Seniors that are entering college in a horticulture-related field in fall 2019 are eligible for CANERS Scholarship. Application deadline March 15, 2019. Applications available online or in the counseling center

14. Blue Diamond Growers Foundation
The Blue Diamond Growers Scholarship has been established for promising young students from California who plan to attend, or are attending, a college offering a four-year degree. The students must be from an almond producing area of California and must have the intent to be a full-time student in a four-year college and have a major in the selected fields of agriculture. Application deadline is March 31, 2019. Apply Now!

15. 2019 Rotary North-South Football Scholarship
The 2019 North/South Rotary Football All-Star Committee will provide (45) or more 1,000.00 Scholarships to graduating seniors (boys or girls) to use an accredited college or university. Applicants will be judged on the essay content, academic achievements, and scholarship requirements. Deadline for submission is May 6, 2019 at 11:59PM. Apply Now!  View PDF View DOC

16. 2019 Stanislaus Health Foundation Scholarships - Deadline for submission is April 1, 2019
Our scholarship applications are now listed on www.GoingMerry.com. This scholarship is for students who are pursuing a career in health care may be eligible for the following:

  • Teddie Hartman Memorial Health Care
  • Dottie Stevens Memorial Health Care
  • Dr. Amanda Crews Memorial Health Care
  • Empowering Futures
  • Grace M. Davis High School Health Careers Academy

17. Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship 
Lockheed Martin has launched a new scholarship program to provide opportunities to students who want to build their talents and change the world! Beginning in 2019, we are awarding 200 scholarships of $10,000 per student – renewable each year. The program will continue to add up to 200 new recipients each year, and will be open to individuals studying engineering or computer science that demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities. The scholarship program doesn’t end with a check. Mentoring opportunities will be a key component of the program, and recipients will also be eligible for Lockheed Martin internship opportunities following their freshman year in college. For more information and to apply, visit https://lockheedmartin.com/scholarship. The 2019 program will be accepting application through 3:00pm Central Time on March 12, 2019.

18. Modesto Garden Club Inc Est. 1924 Scholarship
Modesto Garden Club will award six scholarships of $1,500 each to students majoring in the study of: Agronomy, Agriculture Education, Floriculture, Horticulture, Landscape Design, Botany, Forestry, Wildlife Science, Plant Pathology, City (Rural and Urban) Planning, Habitat or Forest Systems Ecology, Environmental Concerns, Environmental Conservations, Land Management, or allied subjects. For more information and an application contact the Scholarship Chairperson at: gardenscholarship@gmail.com. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2019

19. Tom Mellis Memorial Scholarship Award Application
A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to one or more high school seniors who actively participate in varsity sports, show outstanding leadership in community service and school activities, and demonstrate scholastic achievement. Here is the active link for the Tom Mellis Memorial Scholarship Award:
https://www.goingmerry.com/scholarships/tom-mellis-memorial-scholarship-award/awards/march-2019. Application deadline is March 1, 2019 at 9:00pm PST. 

20. Debra"Sam" Haack Memorial Scholarship
Are you a High School Senior graduating in 2019? Are you planning to pursue an education in a trade that relates to Caltrans Maintenance and Operations (for example: Diesel Equipment Technician, Electrical Technology, Heavy Equipment Operator, Welding Technology, Landscaping, etc.)? Then you should apply for the $1,000 Debra “Sam” Haack Memorial Scholarship. Go to http://transportationfoundation.org/scholarships/ for more information and forms. Application forms are due April 1, 2019.  

21.  Caltrans District 10 and the California Transportation Foundation Scholarship
Application deadline is March 1, 2019. To apply visit: https://5il.co/69j3

22.  California Teacher Association Scholarships
CTA offers several different educational scholarships, grants and awards to members and their dependents throughout the academic year. Listed below are the major CTA scholarships, grants and awards. Apply online for the following scholarships: 1. LGBTQ+ Safety in Schools Grant & Scholarship Program in Honor of Guy DeRosa 2.CTA Scholarships 3.Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program. To view more information or apply visit: https://www.cta.org/scholarships

23. Farmland Working Group Scholarship
Farmland Working Group has an annual competitive scholarship for graduating high school seniors in Stanislaus and Merced Counties. The deadline for submission is the third Friday in February. The scholarship amount is $500. To apply for the scholarship visit: https://www.farmlandworkinggroup.org/high-school-s...

24.  FFA Scholarship
FFA has implemented an improved scholarship application platform! Students can now easily create, edit and submit an application utilizing any web platform and FFA Advisors can easily validate a student’s application with one click. Both FFA members and non-FFA members are eligible for scholarships. Check out all of the possibilities in the FFA Scholarship Catalog. For Morning Information visit: National FFA Organization website.

25. eQuality Scholarship Collaborative
eQuality Scholarship Collaborative has fostered student leadership for more than a quarter century. In 2018, our cumulative scholarship awards surpassed $1,300,000. eQuality Scholarship Collaborative awards scholarships to honor and encourage California students for their service to the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community.

In general, eligible students fall into one of these categories:

  • Resident of northern or central California who completed or expects to complete high school or equivalent between 1 Jul 2014 and 30 Jun 2019;
  • Resident of northern or central California who completed or expects to complete community college between 1 Jul 2014 and 30 Jun 2019;
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited ADN or BSN RN program in California; or
  • Pursuing a graduate degree in another health care field at an accredited graduate school in California or as a California resident attending an accredited graduate school elsewhere in the United States

For complete eligibility requirements, see the Apply page. Deadline to apply is Jan 31, 2019 

26. SCOE & Community Scholarships
Scholarships are updated each January and due in March. Click on the selected SCOE scholarship and community scholarships listed below. The scholarships have been posted in PDF format. Please check the deadlines for each application and submit by the deadline for consideration. 

27. PIQE Scholarships
Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) Scholarship. A maximum of ten $500 scholarships will be awarded to Stanislaus County high school graduates. Requirements: Applicant must be a (1) graduating senior with a minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA) and (2) student of a parent who graduated from a PIQE program. Deadline: The completed application form and personal statement must be postmarked or submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2018 to the PIQE office at 1124 Eleventh Street, Modesto, CA 95354. PIQE telephone: 209-238-9496. Application material can be found here: https://5il.co/6j51.

28. Women In Mining Scholarship
WIM is once again offering scholarships for high school seniors entering college. The scholarship five- $2,500 scholarships are open to anyone majoring in mining, geology, engineering or environmental fields. The deadline to apply is March 8, 2019.  Application material and more information can be found here: https://5il.co/6j5p

29.  Rhosa Scholarship
Phi Lambda Rho Soririty, Inc. is committed to developing and empowering strong Chicana/Latina leaders who will make a positive impact in their community. To be eligible for this scholarship all applicants must meet all of the following criteria: Chicana/Latina women who will be enrolled at CSU Stanislaus full time, All candidates must have demonstrated leadership and community involvement, have at least a 3.0 grade point average. The deadline to apply is April 19, 2019. Application material can be found here: https://5il.co/6obl

30.  Italian Catholic Federation Scholarships
The Italian Catholic Federation is a National Roman Catholic Fraternal Organization of persons of Italian ancestry who are of Roman Catholic Faith.  To apply for this scholarship,  a total cumulative GPA (3.1/2 years) at least a 3.2 and meet all the requirements in #1 or #2: 1) are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent and live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois, Nevada, only where branches of the federation are established. or 2) if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is a member of the Italian Catholic Federation, the student must be Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian Descent or live where Branches of the Federation are established - membership of Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparents is mandatory for #2.  Application information can be be found here: https://5il.co/6obm

31.  Valley Builders Exchange Scholarship Program
Valley Builders Exchange has a scholarship program for the benefit of the children or employees of Exchange members to help further their education. The number of scholarships awarded will be determined by the Scholarship Committee, based upon dollars available in the Scholarship Fund. Scholarship(s) will be awarded on the following criteria: 1. Scholarships will be available to graduating high school seniors or those currently enrolled in a college or trade school. Recipients must be a son or daughter of an employee of a Valley Builders Exchange member or an employee of a Valley Builders Exchange member. Recipients major must be in a field related to the construction industry. Scholarships for those currently attending college will be limited to undergraduate studies. 2. Recipient will be selected based on criteria from such categories as student activities, scholastic achievement, and participation in school and community activities. Verified G.P.A must be a 2.0 or better. 3. The scholarship, upon confirmation of acceptance from student’s choice of school, will be sent directly to the student or presented at the high school awards ceremony at the end of the school year. The intent of the scholarship is to be used towards tuition or books. Application can be found here: https://5il.co/6obn

32.  2019 CCID Water Awareness Scholarship 
The deadline to apply to this scholarship is April 9, 2019, please apply online at: https://5il.co/6tru

33. A-Z Foundation Group Scholarship Westside Outdoorsman Application 
The A-Z Foundation Group is offering this scholarship to a high school graduate who plans to attend a four year college or university in the fall of 2019. Academic Achievement (min 3.5 GPA) and Citizenships/Character. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2019. Application can be found here: https://5il.co/7akq

34. 2019 Catholic Daughters Scholarship Application 
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Theresa #1158 is offering a one-year non-renewable scholarship in the amount of $300. This scholarship is offered each year to a graduating senior boy or girl who is in financial need of help to continue studies. Applications are to be submitted to Ms. Dola in the Counseling Center. This deadline to apply to this scholarship is April 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm, please apply online at: https://5il.co/720s

35. YLI Scholarship Application
Our Lady of Roses #221 Newman, CA Young Ladies Grand Institute will award one $500.00 scholarship annually to an average (No GPA Requirement) graduating senior student on the basis of need. This scholarship can be applied towards a vocation school of choice. The winner will be presented at OHS's Seniors Award Night. The deadline to apply is May 7, 2019 at 3:00pm. Applications are to be turned into the OHS Counseling Center. Note: at least one page biography, see application for details. Please apply online at: https://5il.co/79hg

36. Joseph Perry Rose Scholarship Application
Must have GPA of 2.5 and plan to attend either a trade/technical school or community college (ex. MJC). Examples of areas of study are auto repair, auto body work, welding, electrician, plumbing, constructions, etc. The deadline to apply is May 10, 2019 at 3:00pm. Applications are to be turned into the OHS Counseling Center. Please apply online at: https://5il.co/79fb.

37. Horatio Alger Scholarship 
Must plan to pursue a career technical program. Must be a US Citizen and have overcome personal adversity. Over 1,000 awards are given out. Apply online at application.horatioalger.org For more information about this scholarship, view PDFDeadline: June 1, 2019

38.  Kids' Chance California Scholarship
Must have a parent that was seriously injured or in a fatal work related accident. Plan to attend any trade/technical school, community college, or university. To access a PDF of the application, please visit: https://5il.co/79xs For more information about the scholarship, please visit: www.kidschanceca.org. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2019. 

39. Stanislaus County Bar Association Scholarship
The Stanislaus County Bar Association (SCBA)  is pleased to announce that it will be awarding three (3) $1,000 scholarships to three (3) graduating Stanislaus County high school students. The scholarship applicant is required to be planning a career in LAW (i.e., attorney. law enforcement, administration of justice, or paralegal, etc.) 3.0 GPA required. If you are interested, apply online at:  https://5il.co/7akb. Deadline to submit application is May 13, 2019 

40. Turlock Masonic Lodge #236 Scholarship
The Turlock Masonic Lodge #236 is offering one $500 scholarship to a OHS graduating senior. In order to apply, students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, who will be attending an institution of higher education, demonstrates financial need and has community service experience. The award winner will be announced at the OHS Senior Awards Night event. Student who are interested can apply online at:  https://5il.co/7al1. The deadline to apply is May 10, 2019 at 3:00pm. Applications are to be turned into the OHS Counseling Center.

41. William H. Tinnin Scholarship
In memory of William H. Tinnin, given by his daughter Susan L. Lillie, two scholarships in the amount of $500 each shall go to deserving OHS students for their future education at an agriculturally oriented school such as: UC Davis, Fresno State, or Cal Poly SLO. This award is based on the intelligence, records, morals, and character of the student. Need and necessity shall not be considered. The students shall be selected by the Principal of OHS, the NCLUSD Superintendent, and one member of the NCLUSD School Board. Applicants must have a GPA of not less than 3.0. GPA used for awarding will be the Unweighted Academic GPA as verified by the Learning Director. The GPA is calculated using all classes in grades 9-12 with the exception of: TA, PE, and Weight Training. Please submit the following items to Mrs. Doerksen in the Counseling Center at Orestimba High School by 3 p.m. on Tue May 14, 2019 in a sealed envelope. To apply, please click on the following link: https://5il.co/7jrb.

41. Anthony Forakis Scholarship
The Anthony P. Forakis  Scholarship will be awarded by the Forakis Family and Modesto "500" Lions Club Scholarship Committee based on the following criteria: Stanislaus County School Senior (public, private, or charter school), Stanislaus County High School Graduate (public, private, or charter school) or attending Jr. College or College, age 17-24, music major or minor, musical accomplishments and future goals, overall academic achievement, demonstrates financial need and has community service experience. The numbers of scholarships vary each year based on the qualified applications and vary from $250 to $2,000. Student who are interested can apply online at: https://5il.co/7pig. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2019.

Helpful Web Pages 

Stanislaus County Office of Education-College Awareness
Click here to find information about colleges, training, financial aid, and more. http://www.stancoe.org/division/administrative-services/college-and-career-planning/scholarships-links

Merced College Scholarship Web Page
Please visit the link below for scholarships available to incoming Merced College students: http://www.mccd.edu/resources/financialaid/scholarships.html

CSU Stanislaus Scholarship Web Page
Please visit the link below for scholarships available to high school students who are plannong on attending CSU Stanislaus: http://www.csustan.edu/financial-aid-scholarship/scholarship-information

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.gov

Federal Student Aid https://studentaid.ed.gov/

California Student Aid Commission www.csac.ca.gov

California Student Aid Commission for Cal-Grants http://www.calgrants.org/

The DREAM ACT Application is for students that are classified as AB540/undocumented students. For more information and help, please visit the OHS Counseling Center. https://dream.csac.ca.gov

Consumer Affairs Student Loan Information 
This website features hundreds of verified consumer reviews and is available as a free resource for students; explanations of different types of loans and their benefits. $2,000 (multiple). https://www.consumeraffairs.com/

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