Financial Aid/Scholarships

*The Orestimba Scholarship Community Association (TOSCA Scholarship)- Postmarked by March 31, 2021
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. Eligibility for graduating high school seniors: applying to an academic scholarship to a four-year university (BA/BS degree) must have a GPA of 3.0 or above, applying to an academic scholarship to a two-year community college, or vocational/technical institution must have a GPA of 2.5 or above and the GPA used for awarding is the unweighted Academic GPA as verified and calculated by student’s Official Transcript. For more information, please visit: http://www.toscascholarships.org/apps.php

*American Heritage Scholarship Program- Postmarked by October 12, 2020 
The Stanislaus County Office of Education, Modesto City Schools, and The Modesto Bee are pleased to continue the annual American Heritage Scholarship Program for 11th and 12th-grade students. Providing an opportunity for students to delve into historical events that shaped our government and established rights for all Americans to experience freedom is the goal of the American Heritage Scholarship Program. We encourage students and the public to think about what makes the United States unique in the world as it relates to the Constitution.
It will be our honor to award up to $10,000 in academic scholarships in November to participating students who compete for various award-level scholarships. Students respond to a prompt and voice their opinion by submitting an essay in the competition. Since the inception of the American Heritage Scholarship Program, more than $180,000 has been awarded!
This year’s American Heritage lecture will be a virtual event due to COVID-19 restrictions. Beginning on September 9, 2020, the recorded lecture will air on the American Heritage website at: https://www.stancoe.org/americanheritage. Students are encouraged to watch the lecture before writing an essay in response to the prompt. This year’s guest presenters are retired Judge Marie Silveira of the Stanislaus County Superior Court and Marian Kaanon of the Stanislaus Community Foundation. The 2020 American Heritage Essay prompt is: voting is a basic component of democracy, and who gets the right to cast a ballot has been a contentious issue. Today there is debate over lowering the age for voting. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, consider the efforts made by generations of women to secure the right to vote. Use case law and statutes to support or oppose whether the voting age should be lowered. If so, to what age should it be lowered? If not, why? How do arguments surrounding the 19th Amendment apply? If interested, complete the following application: AH Application

*The Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Scholarship- Deadline October 15, 2020 at 12:00pm EDT (Noon)
The Career & Technical Scholarship Program is funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of Association Chairman Emeritus and Endowment Fund President Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarships are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States. To be eligibility students need to: have completed high school (or earned a high school equivalency credential), will be enrolled in eligible program in Fall 2020, exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program (up to 2 years) at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States, demonstrated critical financial need by showing one of the following: family income below $55,000 OR Pell Eligibility with an EFC value of 5576 or less, demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity, be under the age of 30 and be a United States citizen. The funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies. All scholarship funds are paid directly to the institution on behalf of the recipient. To apply, click on the button below to access the application: HAAS CTE Scholarship

*The Horatio Alger Association State & National Scholarship (2 scholarships, same application)- Deadline October 26, 2020 at 12:00pm EDT (noon)
As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need. To be eligible to apply for any of the Horatio Alger Undergraduate Scholarships, applicants must meet the following criteria: be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2021 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation, exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution), demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required), be involved in co-curricular and community service activities, display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and be a United States citizen. To apply, click on the button below to access the application: HAAS State/National Scholarship

*VFW's Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition-  Deadline Oct 31, 2020 at midnight. 
Do you know a high school student who could use helping paying for college?They year’s topic is “Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?” The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. Applicants do not need to be dependents of service members, anyone can apply. Over 2 million dollars in scholarships and a $30,000 grand prize. We want to reach as many patriotic students as possible to compete for the grand prize: $30,000 paid directly to the American college, university or vocational/technical school of their choice! If interested, complete the following application: VFW Application

*Coca-Cola Scholarship Foundation- Deadline Oct 31, 2020 at 5:00pm EST.
 The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards 150 college scholarships worth $20,000 to high school students across the United States through the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Students need a 3.0 GPA and to fill out an online application that requires no essays, no recommendations, and no transcripts by October 31, 2020, at 5 p.m. Eastern.

*The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards- Due November 10, 2020
Are you a middle level or high school student making a difference through volunteering? Apply today for national recognition, a scholarship and an invitation to the program's national recognition events! The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. Here's how it works: By November 10, 2020, students must submit their completed applications, and signed student/parent agreements, to a certifier. (Certifiers can be school principals or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or a Points of Light Global Network member.) By November 20, 2020, certifiers select and certify top applicants for state level judging. On February 9, 2021, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards announces state-level winners for 2021. Applications are now open for 2021 awards. If interested, complete the following application: TPSCA Application

*The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) 2020 Youth Awards Application- Due Sat. December 6, 2020
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) 2020 Youth Awards educational grants program is now accepting applications! Our 22nd Annual Youth Awards will award students who are the graduating Class of 2021 with up to $1000 in educational grants to fund their higher education or to fund a community-based project. Recipients will be selected for their accomplishments in the classroom, community, and for their excellence in various educational categories. Recipients will be celebrated at virtual ceremonies, in the following categories: Business & Finance, Education, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, Social Justice, Technology. To be considered, students must meet the following criteria: Be currently enrolled in high school and graduating in the spring of 2021, must have a minimum unweighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, must enroll at an accredited higher education institution in 2021-2022, be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines), if selected, attendance to virtual ceremony is mandatory, be a U.S. permanent resident, U.S. citizen, or qualify under DACA. Students can apply at:https://hispanicheritage.org/

*The BURGER KING Scholarships- Due December 15, 2020
Available to all high school seniors who meet the criteria below. Applicants must- be living in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico, be graduating high school seniors (U.S. and Puerto Rico), graduating from grade 12 (Canada) or graduating from home school education in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada, 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 2020-21 academic year at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico. If interested, students can apply at: BK Scholarships

*San Joaquin Engineers Council Scholarship Application- Postmarked By Sat. January 15, 2021
The San Joaquin Engineers Council (SJEC) offers scholarships to high school seniors pursuing an Engineering Degree. The applications are to be filled out by the students and counselors in appropriate areas and returned with transcripts and test scores attached. If interested, complete the following application: SJEC Application

* 2021 Youth On Course College Scholarship - Deadline Feb 15, 2021
The core purpose of Youth on Course is to provide youth with access to life-changing opportunities through golf. $4,000 - $20,000 scholarship available. To be considered for a scholarship, you must be a high school senior, enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited high school with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Scholarships are both need and merit based. You must be accepted for enrollment at a four-year college/university the same year the scholarship is awarded, you need to be a member of Youth on Course- you can join today at youthoncourse.org/join. Students who are interested, please apply at: YCC Scholarship

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 https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/
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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