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College Financial Aid
Seniors and their families are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid for the 2016-2017 college school year. To set up an account, create a ID number, and fill out the application (FAFSA), visit:http://www.fafsa.ed.gov as soon as possible. Applications are due no later than March 2nd, but students are encouraged to submit these applications as soon after October 1, 2016 as possible.
California Grant (Cal Grant)
After your student’s FAFSA has been submitted, he/she can be considered for a California Grant (Cal Grant) if attending a California college. ALL seniors will be submitted for a Cal Grant electronically, so students do not need to apply individually or fill out any paperwork. Information regarding the Cal Grants are found at http://www.csac.ca.gov/doc.asp?id=15. To find out the status of your Cal Grant, AFTER you have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you can go online and check the status of your Cal Grant application by logging onto https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov and create a account. This secure site will let you view the status of your Cal Grant application, update your address, or view payment history.
Financial Aid Website(s):
California Student Aid Commission – Cal Grant information.
CollegeNET – information about financial aid and scholarships.
Completing the FAFSA – instructions for completing the FAFSA.
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE – many private colleges and universities require this form be submitted in addition to the FAFSA.
Department of Education – information about federal student aid.
FAFSA Express – download FAFSA express software to fill out the FAFSA application on your computer.
FAFSA Online – complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on line and submit electronically.
FastWEB – allows free computer search of more than 275,000 scholarships.
FinAid – financial aid information page.
Financial Aid Calculator – College Board’s expected family contribution calculator.
IRS Web Site – information on the Hope and Lifetime Learning tax credits.
Sallie Mae – gives information on student loans.
Student Guide – everything you need to know about financial aid.
Desert High School students can often qualify for awards from external organizations and we encourage our students to pursue all scholarship opportunities. Apply now! Don’t wait to be accepted to a college to begin researching and applying for private scholarships.
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Scholarships 2018-2019 school year
Ron Brown Scholarship Program Eligibility
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Ron Brown Scholar Program provided you meet the following requirements:
- Must be Black/African American.
- Must excel academically.
- Must exhibit exceptional leadership potential.
- Must participate in community service activities.
- Demonstrate financial need.
- Be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card.
- Be a current high school senior at the time of your application. NOTE: Current college students are not eligible to apply.
Military Family/Dependents Scholarship(s)
Please visit the individual websites for most up to date information on the various scholarships, complete eligibility requirements, and deadlines if no link is provided. Also check with your college or university to search for other available scholarships.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship
Exceptionally promising high school seniors with financial need can apply exclusively through The Common Application. All scholarship application materials must be submitted before the deadline on November 20, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. The application is open! Students who will be graduating in the 2018-2019 academic school year may through Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.
Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship
Eligibility begins with maintaining a GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better. Applicants also need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. And applicants must perform in at least one of the 47 school sponsored sports. National winners receive a $5000 scholarship. Deadline is October 17, 2018.
California State University, Long Beach President’s Scholarship
President’s Scholarships are the most prestigious merit-based scholarships awarded by CSULB and have helped make The Beach a university of choice for students throughout – and beyond – California. The idea behind the President’s Scholarships is to reward and foster academic excellence by making a very special scholarship/educational opportunity available to the state’s best and brightest students. President’s Scholars are selected from an elite pool of top-performing students admitted to the University Honors Program and receive financial support in the form of individualized award packages. Incoming freshmen should apply to CSULB through Cal State Apply by the November 30 deadline. In addition, high-achieving freshmen and transfer students must apply for membership in the University Honors Program and consideration for the President’s Scholarships during the First Round of Spring Applications beginning on February 1. Students will be notified of decisions in April.
President’s Scholars receive financial support in the form of individualized award packages that comprise a combination of tuition waivers, campus housing allowances, and subsidies for textbooks (or other essential course materials) for up to four years. President’s Scholars also participate in the prestigious University Honors Program, which affords them priority registration, small classes, faculty mentors, internship support, summer research assistantships, and opportunities for international educational travel and local civic engagement.
Additionally, these students may participate in the UHP Living Learning Community, where incoming Honors freshmen live together in the residence halls and are mentored by faculty and staff in a family-like atmosphere. Students also engage in a culminating educational activity (an Honors thesis, performance, or research project) that showcases their knowledge and talents.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher (4.0 or higher recommended for President’s Scholarship consideration)
- Strong ACT and/or SAT scores are desirable
- Recommended scores for the Engineering Honors Track – SAT-M (≥650 old OR ≥ 680 new) and SAT-V( ≥ 600 old OR ≥ 550 new), or ACT Math ≥ 31 and ACT Reading ≥ 27
- Ability to complete the unit requirements of the selected Honors Plan
* Even if not all criteria are met, under special circumstances, applicants may be evaluated for admissions consideration by the Honors Program Director.
California State University, Fullerton President’s Scholarship Program
4-Year scholarship includes the following:
- Full payment of all in-state CSU tuition and fees for 4 (four) consecutive academic years
- Annual $750.00 stipend for books and other materials
- Complimentary parking permits ($236.00) for fall and spring semesters
- Personal use of a new Apple or Dell laptop computer for all 4 (four) years
- Highest and earliest priority registration for classes each semester
- Automatic admission to the University Honors Program
- Access to the Center for Scholars which offers academic support services including: private computer lab, free printing services, holistic advising, and class-level programming
- Priority consideration for on-campus housing, as well as the opportunity to live on the Honors and Scholars themed-floor (NOTE: housing fees not covered by scholarship)
- Exclusive recognition awarded to graduating Scholars at the Honors Convocation and University Commencement ceremonies
- Priority consideration for on-campus employment, study-abroad experiences, and professional development opportunities
- Direct invitations from the University President to attend private events
- Membership into the President’s Scholars Student Association: an official student organization that develops social activities, service events, and leadership opportunities for our scholars
- Letters of recommendation for graduate school and job references following graduation from Cal State Fullerton
Who is Eligible to Apply?
The California State University, Fullerton President’s Scholars Program prides itself on supporting California’s best and brightest.
Applicants to the President’s Scholars Program must meet the following requirements:
- Apply to California State University, Fullerton as a first-time freshman*
- Attain a weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.75 in all academic subjects for the 10th-12th grades
- Earn above-average SAT scores in both the Verbal and Mathematics components
- Demonstrate evidence of significant contributions to school and community service activities during high school
- Be a resident of California; residency is determined by the Office of Admissions and Records for fee purposes
* Students are accepted to the university based on a minimum CSU Index; President’s Scholars applicants are evaluated using additional objective and standardized criteria.
California State University Channel Islands President’s Scholarship Program
High school students who have distinguished themselves academically are encouraged to become a CSUCI President’s Scholar by applying for this scholarship.Must be a first time freshman and resident of California with a minimum 3.75 GPA (as calculated for CSU admission). Admissions must have record of all academic transcripts at time of scholarship application submission. Two letters of recommendation. The scholarship is renewable for four years. Please visit the website for upcoming deadlines and application window.
- Full Cost of in-state tuition
- $600 credit at the University Bookstore (per semester)
- Lap top computer
- Priority registration
University of California, Irvine
Award Amount: Varies each year
Benefits: In addition to the scholarship award, Regents’ Scholars also receive other benefits from the University. Regents’ Scholars receive a priority window for class registration, graduate level library privileges, Regents’ Scholar notation on official transcripts and an offer of guaranteed on-campus housing.
Application Process: The Regents’ Scholarship is awarded based on the information gathered on the UC Application for Admission and Scholarships. No additional materials are required nor considered in the selection process. To be considered for the Regents’ Scholarship, you must apply for fall admission by November 30. Applicants for winter or spring quarter are not eligible.
Award notifications will be sent out to freshman recipients in early March.
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Harvey Mudd College Presidents Scholars Program
The President’s Scholars Program (PSP) is a renewable, four year, full-tuition scholarship program that identifies and encourages outstanding young men and women who have the potential to be future leaders in engineering, science, mathematics and technology, and who are from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented at Harvey Mudd College or are the first in their families to attend college.
To be eligible to be selected as a President’s Scholar, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Demonstrate a potential for leadership at Harvey Mudd College.
- Show a proven record of academic success, including a rigorous course schedule and excellent grades and be among the top students in your secondary school.
- Be a first-year applicant for admission to Harvey Mudd College.
Special consideration is given to students from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the STEM fields, including women, ethnic minorities, students from low income backgrounds, students with disabilities and students who will be the first in their family to attend college.
Candidates for the President’s Scholars Program (PSP) must submit the online PSP Application, including the Statement of Purpose. Your PSP Application must be received by January 10.
Early decision candidates are required to commit to Harvey Mudd College and withdraw, in writing, their applications to other colleges by January 15 (or March 15 in the case of Early Decision II). Because President’s Scholars are not notified of their selection until mid to late April, candidates whose commitment to Harvey Mudd is dependent upon winning the President’s Scholars Award should apply via Regular Decision.
Local Scholarship Opportunities
Directions on how to apply to a local Scholarship:
1. Visit the Counseling Office to look through the “Community Scholarship” binder.
2. Look in the gray small filing cabinet and grab a copy of scholarship information and application.
3. Follow specific directions for each scholarship! Please read directions carefully.
California City Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Program
The California City Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Program recognizes and rewards outstanding students graduating from high school. The Scholarship Program seeks to identify and reward students residing in California City who have demonstrated the highest personal and intellectual qualities both through superior academic performance and through participation and leadership in extracurricular and community activities. Scholarship packet and information can be found in the counseling office.
Edward’s Officers Spouse’s Club Scholarship
The Edwards officers spouses club is now accepting applications from High School Seniors who are dependents of U.S. Military members of all ranks or civil service employees (DOD) at EAFB. Scholarship packet and information can be found in the counseling office. Deadline is March 6th.
Desert High School Football Booster Club Scholarship Application
** Student must have a minimum of one parent/Guardian be a current DHS Football Booster Member to be eligible to apply** Applications can be found the counseling office and must be received no later than 21 of April of the current year.
More to come as we receive them…..
The Counseling Office staff keeps a Scholarship Binder on the front counter of their office. Students are urged to peruse this binder on a weekly basis. Students SHOULD NOT rely on our binder as their sole resource. New scholarships arrive daily!