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I AM Mentee/Mentor Applications

The I AM Mentee/Mentor applications are now closed! Congratulations to all mentees and mentors who were accepted into the program. We wish you all the best of luck this year and we are excited to get to know you all more!

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Project Description

Helping High School Students Navigate the College Admissions and Aid Processes.

Increasing Access via Mentoring (I AM) program is an action based intensive mentoring model where staff and graduate students from USC guide college-ready high school seniors through the college and financial aid application processes. Through one-on-one mentoring, the program aims to provide students with critical information and support that will lead to successful application for college admission and financial aid. I AM mentors help students make informed decisions about where to apply to and attend college and provide assistance with interpreting students’ financial aid awards. The goal of the program is to increase the college-going population at the target high school by 10-25%. The I AM program takes a ‘hands-on’ approach where each ‘mentor’ works with 1-3 students for a total of 3-4 hours/month. The program spans from September through June.

The essential goal is to increase college-going for CSU- and UC-eligible high school seniors in these schools with historically low college-going rates. Further, the program will ensure that student participants are not only admitted to a four-year institution, but are prepared for the transition from high school to college.


If you are a senior in an LAUSD high school, you may be eligible to participate in I AM. See below for our eligbility requirements.

Students from our following partner schools may apply:

  • Belmont
  • Downtown Magnets
  • Foshay
  • Fremont
  • Manual Arts
  • Marshall
  • Roosevelt
  • Roybal
  • West Adams Prep

Your mentor will be a graduate student or staff member from USC. We’ve helped many students get into the colleges they wanted to go to, we can help you too!

Eligibility Requirements

  • You MUST be a senior who will apply for admission to SELECTIVE 4-year colleges and universities such as UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, USC, Occidental, LMU, Stanford, and out of state selective colleges and universities.
  • You MUST have a 3.0 (CSU/UC) minimum GPA to participate.
  • You MUST be a senior who will be done with all A-G course requirements by the end of senior year (NO D’s or F’s on transcript).
  • You MUST be willing to meet with your USC mentor 1-2 times a month; you and your mentor will set convenient meeting times to cover the college and financial aid application process making the transition to college easier for you!
  • You MUST agree to respond when your mentor contacts you, including classroom summons, emails and phone calls.
  • There is no residency requirement to be in the mentoring program; you must simply agree to these requirements to apply and participate!

Mentee Application

Applications are now closed. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Cadena at


We’re thrilled you plan to mentor and advise one or two high school students transitioning from high school to college!

Mentor Role

  • Meet with mentee through an ongoing, one-to-one relationship helping them through the college admissions process
  • Serve as a positive role model
  • Build the relationship by working on college admissions requirements and discussing “college knowledge” (majors, living on campus, organizations, college life)
  • Help set goals and ensure that students meet college admissions deadlines
  • Motivate students to attend 4-year university preferably UC or private institution

Time Commitment

  • Make a one-year commitment (Academic year: September-June)
  • Spend a minimum 2-4 hours per month one-to-one with a mentee
  • Communicate with the mentee bi-weekly via email/phone
  • Attend a mandatory mentor training orientation in September
  • Attend optional mentor/mentee group events, mentor support groups, and program recognition events

Participation Requirements

  • Be interested in working with young people
  • Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
  • Be willing to complete the application and screening process which includes a TB Test, a LiveSCAN background check, and an online training course
  • Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitment
  • Attend mentor training sessions as prescribed
  • Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff, submit activity information, and take constructive feedback regarding mentoring activities

Desirable Qualities

  • Willing listener
  • Encouraging and supportive
  • Patient and flexible
  • Sensitive to students’ issues
  • Tolerant and respectful of individual differences
  • *Experience working with high school students (especially first-generation, low-income students) strongly preferred but not required

Mentor Application

Applications are now closed. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Cadena at

Frequently Asked Questions

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About the College Admissions Process

    1. What is the difference between Community Colleges, Cal States, UCs, Private Colleges, and Technical/Vocational schools?
      Community colleges are public colleges that you attend for two years and take either general education courses (math, English, science, etc.) to transfer to a four-year college as a junior or enroll in a technical program where you can receive training in a specific skill (e.g., welding, cosmetology, culinary arts). Students who attend community college usually earn an associate’s degree or a certificate.California State Universities (Cal States or CSUs) are four-year public universities that offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in various majors (e.g., nursing, education, business). There are 23 CSU campuses throughout California. You need a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be eligible for admission to a Cal State. Some CSUs are very competitive and require higher GPAs to be eligible.Universities of California (UCs) are four-year public universities that offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. They also offer professional degrees (e.g., law degree, medical degree). There are 9 UC campuses that offer undergraduate programs throughout California. You need a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for admission to a UC. UCs are usually more selective than CSUs but are still less expensive than most private colleges.Private colleges are two- or four-year colleges that are independently owned. Because they are independent, they can make their own rules on who they accept. Some are very selective on whom they admit; others are lenient in their admission criteria. There are many private colleges to choose from throughout the nation and in other countries as well. However, they tend to be more expensive than public universities. Nonetheless, they usually have a lot of money to give in scholarships.Technical or career colleges are private schools that offer specialized training in a specific area (e.g., auto mechanics, computer repair) in a short amount of time. Students usually take accelerated courses to earn a certificate and find a job. Technical career schools are very expensive to attend and cannot guarantee you a job. Many community colleges offer the same type of courses at a less expensive price.
    2. Isn’t it better to go to community college and transfer?
      It depends. If you do not meet the requirements for admission to a four-year university, community college gives you the opportunity to attend a four-year college after two years of successful completion of general education courses. Community colleges are significantly less expensive than four-year universities but you don’t get the full college experience as you would at a four-year college and it may take you much longer to receive a bachelor’s degree. Therefore, it is important to take the right classes when you go to community college so that you can transfer in two years. If you don’t, you might end up spending six or more years earning a bachelor’s degree, thus spending more time and money earning your degree. If you are not interested in earning a degree and just want to learn a skill so that you can work, community colleges offer very good programs.


  • What are the requirements to get into a Community College? When and how do I apply?
    You should have a high school diploma before attending community college, but technically you can also enroll if you are 18 or older or took the California Proficiency Test. There are community colleges throughout the country, some of which have dormitories like four-year colleges. To apply to local community colleges you have to fill out an application.


Los Angeles City Colleges: Apply online at or pick up an application in the College Center.

Glendale Community College: Apply online at

Santa Monica College: Apply online at

Pasadena City College: Apply online at

You can apply for admission to community college year round. Most students apply in the spring of the senior year.

  • What classes do I need to get into a four-year college?
    The requirements for college admission can differ slightly from school to school. However, most usually require you to complete:


      • 4 years of English
      • 3 years of math (Algebra I/II & Geometry)
      • 2 years of science (Biology & Chemistry)
      • 2 years of history
      • 2 years of a foreign language
      • 1 year of a visual or performing art
      • 1 year of a college preparatory elective


  • What are the “A–G” course requirements?
    These are specific courses required to qualify for admission to a Cal State or UC campus. Usually students who meet the “A–G” course requirements are also eligible for any college. To get a list of these courses please see your college counselor.



  • Do life skills, PE, computers, etc. count for college?
    There are certain courses that you take for high school graduation that do not count towards college eligibility. Some of these courses are Life Skills, Health, Intro to Computers, World of Education, Foods/Nutrition, Wood, PE, Auto Mechanics, Sewing, and Stage Crew. Please refer to your high school’s UC course list ( for classes that do count towards college admission.



  • A “D” is passing, right?
    NO!!!A grade of “D” is considered passing for high school graduation requirements, but colleges do not accept Ds for admission. You must get a grade of “C” or better in all of your courses to be eligible for a four-year college.If you have a “D” in a certain subject it is best to repeat the course either during intersession at school, community college, or adult school.



  • Where can I go to find more information about colleges?
    There are several places you can go to get information about the various colleges throughout the country. A good place to start is the College Center; college catalogs provide you with details about specific schools. The Internet is available to research schools online. Some good websites to search for information on colleges are: and



  • Do I have to know what I want to major in order to apply to college?
    No. It is okay not to know exactly what you want to study in college. Many students enter college undecided and take various courses before deciding a major. There are certain competitive or impacted majors (e.g., engineering, visual/performing arts, nursing) that do require you to declare because they have different admission standards.



  • When and how can I start applying to colleges?
    You should start applying to college in the fall of your senior year. You can apply to the Cal State (CSU) campuses between October 1 and November 30, and UC campuses November 1 and November 30. You must apply to the Cal State online at and the UCs at You can begin working on your UC application starting August 1. Private colleges have various deadlines. You should start requesting private college applications in August.



  • What is the Common Application?
    Over 200 private colleges use a standard application that can be copied and sent to all the participating colleges. The common application is an easy and simple way to apply to a number of colleges using one form. This application is usually available in the College Center beginning August/September or you can apply online at



  • What is a personal statement and/or college essay?
    The University of California and most private colleges require you to write an essay about yourself or a specific topic. This is your way to let the colleges know a little more about yourself, explain unusual circumstances, show your writing skills, and distinguish yourself from other students. You should put a lot of energy into making your college essay great. Pick up the tips for writing your essay in the college center, attend college essay workshops in the fall, and collaborate with your English teacher to make sure there are no grammatical or structural errors. You should begin drafting your essay during the summer of your senior year.



  • What is EOP?
    The Educational Opportunity Program is designed to assist low-income and/or first-generation college students (meaning your parents did not go to college) with getting into and adjusting to college. EOP provides financial assistance, counseling and specialized attention to students in the program. Students who do not meet all the requirements for regular admission may be able to get accepted through EOP. You should apply for the EOP program during the same time you are applying to colleges. It requires a nomination and recommendation form as well as an autobiographical statement.



  • When will I know if I got accepted into college?
    Most colleges send their decision letters in mid-March through April. You will be required to submit a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) at one college or university by May 1.



  • Which tests do I need to take to be admitted to college?
    You do not have to take any admission test for community college. To be admitted to four-year colleges you must take the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test. These tests help the college determine how ready you are for undertaking college-level work.



  • What is the ACT? Is it the same as the SAT? Do I need to take it?
    The ACT Plus Writing is an equivalent test to the SAT Reasoning Test. Colleges treat scores from either test the same. The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities.The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and a Writing Test. The SAT has only 3 components: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and a required Writing Test.


The SAT penalizes you for wrong answers, so guessing is discouraged. The ACT is scored based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for guessing.

The ACT has an Interest Inventory that allows students to evaluate their interests in various career options.

  • When should I take the SAT Reasoning Test and ACT Plus Writing?
    You can take the SAT and ACT tests as many times as you want. However, most students take it at least once in their junior year and again in their senior year. It is a good idea to take it once and practice/study before taking it again. Generally December is the last time seniors take the exam for college admission purposes. The dates for the SAT and ACT and their deadlines are available in the College Center or online at and



  • How do I register for the SAT Reasoning Test and ACT Plus Writing?
    There are two ways to register for the SAT and ACT, through the mail or online. It is generally better to register online because it is easier and faster. To register for the SAT online go to; it costs $52.50 to register for the SAT Reasoning Test. If you register online you will need access to a credit/debit card or fee waiver.To register for the ACT online go to; it costs $54.50 to register for the test. If you register online you will need access to a credit/debit card. You must register by mail if you will be using a fee waiver for the ACT. Registration forms for both exams are available in the College Center.



  • What is our high school code or CEEB code?


School CEEB Code
Belmont High 051540
Downtown Magnets High 051576
Foshay Learning Center 051788
Fremont High 051645
Marshall High 051650
Manual Arts High 051700
Roosevelt High 051805
Roosevelt Math, Science, and Technology Magnet Academy 054436
Roybal Learning Center 051862
West Adams Preparatory High 054225


  • Where can I take the SAT Reasoning Test and ACT Plus Writing?
    When registering for the SAT Reasoning Test and/or ACT Plus Writing, you will be offered a list of testing center sites. Your school may or may not be a testing site. Make sure that you select a site that you know and that you can get to. Make certain you remember the date, time, and location of your test.



  • If I take the SAT Reasoning Test and/or ACT Plus Writing, do colleges see all of my scores?
    Generally when you take the SAT/ACT, they will send a score report that includes the scores from previous tests. However, most colleges take the highest score from any given test date. Seniors should request that their scores be sent to colleges when they register to take the test. Or else you will end up having to pay a fee to have your score be sent later.



  • What is a fee waiver and how do I get one?
    Fee waivers cover the cost of registration fees for the SAT/ACT or the fees for college applications. You use a fee waiver so that you do not have to pay! Fee waivers are given to students for which paying the fee on their own would cause an undue burden on your family’s expenses. Fee waivers will only be issued to students who receive free or reduced lunch tickets and have a fee waiver application on file in the College Center.



  • What is the difference between a fee waiver and fee waiver application?
    In order to get a fee waiver you have to fill out a fee waiver application in addition to your meal ticket application. Fee waiver applications are not fee waivers and submitting an application to the college center does not automatically register you for the SAT. Fee waiver applications are used by this office to keep track of how many waivers are distributed and to whom. You only need to fill out the fee waiver application once! Ask your college counselor how to apply for and receive a fee waiver.



  • What is a transcript and how do I get one?
    A transcript is a record of your grades throughout high school. It usually has the grades for every class you have taken during high school. There are official, unofficial, and final transcripts. Official transcripts are records that have been verified by a school official as accurate. Unofficial look the same but you, the student, can have access to it. Final transcripts are a record of all your grades once you have completed your senior year. Most private colleges request official transcripts be sent directly from the school when you are applying.You can request your official transcript after school from the counseling office. It usually takes 3 working days for them to process your request. Cal States and UCs do not require transcripts unless requested. Usually students self-report grades on their applications. It is best to have an unofficial transcript to help you fill out your college applications. You can request an unofficial transcript from your counselor. When you decide what school you will be attending after graduation, be sure to request that your final transcript be sent to that school.



  • What is a GPA and how do I calculate it?
    The Grade Point Average (GPA) is the average total of points you have received from the grades you earned in your classes. There are several different types of GPAs. Your cumulative high school GPA includes all coursework taken in high school with an additional .025 given to passing grades in advanced placement classes. An A=4 points, B=3 points, C=2 points, D=l point, and an F=0 points. You multiply the number of As–Fs you earned and divide them by the total number of points. Your UC/Cal State GPA includes coursework taken between 10th grade and 11th grade in “A–G” subject requirements. PE and ROP are not calculated in this GPA. UC/Cal States give an extra point to approved honors and advanced placement classes: A=5 points, B=4 points, C=3 points, and D grades are not assigned extra points. There is also a financial aid GPA used to determine your Cal Grant eligibility. This includes all coursework from 10–11th grade with the exception of PE and ROTC classes.



  • Why are we ranked?
    Your GPA determines your rank. Colleges use this number to compare how well you have done to other students in your graduating class. It is also used to determine the valedictorian and salutatorian of your graduating class.



  • What is the FAFSA?
    The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. All U.S. citizens and permanent residents, whether you are rich or poor or attending a community college or a four-year college, should submit this form. Colleges use the FAFSA to assist them in determining how much financial need you have for college. The FAFSA does not determine how much financial aid you will receive (the individual colleges do that). It only determines how much you and your family are expected to pay. Students that live in California file the FAFSA between January 1and March 2 of their senior year. You will need to have your parent’s income information like their taxes, W-2 forms, and social security numbers in order to complete it correctly. You can find the application at



  • What is the CA DREAM Application?
    The CA DREAM Application is a free application for financial aid for those California students who are neither a U.S. citizen nor a permanent resident but meet the following Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) criteria:


  • have attended a California high school for 3 or more full academic years between grades 9 through 12 (they do not need to be consecutive years);
  • have graduated or will graduate from a California high school or have attained a G.E.D or received a passing mark on the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE);
  • register or be currently enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education in California;
  • file or plan to file an affidavit as required by individual institutions, stating that he/she will apply for legal residency as soon as possible; and
  • not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, B, C, D, E, etc.).

Like the FAFSA, the CA DREAM Application does not determine how much financial aid you will receive (the individual colleges do that). It only determines how much you and your family are expected to pay. Students file the CA DREAM Application between January 1 and March 2 of their senior year. You will need to have your parent’s income information like their taxes, W-2 forms, and social security numbers in order to complete it correctly. You can find the application at

  • What is a Cal Grant?
    The CAL Grant awards free money to eligible California high school students who have a minimum of 2.0 GPA and meet the income eligibility. You must submit a FAFSA or CA DREAM Application by March 2 of your senior year in order to receive a Cal Grant. This money can be used towards tuition expenses for accredited colleges and universities within the state of California.



  • When do I have to submit these forms?
    March 2 of your senior year is the priority deadline to submit your FAFSA or CA DREAM Application, and Cal Grant GPA verification form. Federal, state, and institutional financial aid is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. If you do not submit your forms by the priority deadline you get the leftovers.



  • What types of financial aid are available to me?
    There are several different forms of financial aid. Scholarships are considered gift aid, which means you do not have to pay it back. Many different organizations, companies, and schools give scholarships. There are different types of criteria for scholarships. Some may be awarded based on academic achievement, service, race, gender, interest, etc. Grants are also gift aid that does not need to be paid back. Grants usually are given to students with financial need. Work-study is a type of aid in which you work a campus job and receive the award in the form of a regular paycheck. Most students who get work-study find jobs on the campus of the school they are attending and the money is paid to you directly to cover your incidental expenses. Loans are self-help aid that you must pay back. There are loans for students (Stafford) and loans for parents (PLUS). Most student educational loans have low interest rates and don’t require you to pay until 6 months after you drop below part-time enrollment status. It is always wise to borrow only what you need.



  • What if I am not a citizen or legal resident?
    The CA Dream Act allows certain students who meet the requirements below to apply for and receive state financial aid at California public and private colleges and private scholarships administered by California public colleges.The CA DREAM Application information is not shared with federal databases; student and parent information is protected by the same privacy and information security laws and safeguards as all other state financial aid applicants.


Students need to meet the following Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) qualifications:

  • have attended a California high school for 3 or more full academic years between grades 9 through 12 (they do not need to be consecutive years);
  • have graduated or will graduate from a California high school or have attained a G.E.D or received a passing mark on the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE);
  • register or be currently enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education in California;
  • file or plan to file an affidavit as required by individual institutions, stating that he/she will apply for legal residency as soon as possible; and
  • not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, B, C, D, E, etc.).


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Spring 2015 Scholarships

This section has a list of scholarships with various deadlines. This can be because there are multiple scholarships offered from one organization, or that information is still being updated. Check each scholarship website to see more details (click the title of the scholarship).

  • Alliance/Merck Ciencia (Science) Hispanic Scholars Program
    Type: Interest-based scholarship and internship
    • Open to high school and college students of Hispanic heritage
    • Must be planning to pursue a career/majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM)
    • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75
    • Committed to work as an intern in a STEM discipline
    Award: $42,500 (High School), $2,000 (College Students)
    Deadline: Varies
  • Common Knowledge Foundation Scholarship
    Eligibility: Must be at least 14 years old or older and planning on attending an accredited college or university; International students are also eligible as long as they live and attend a school in the U.S.
    Notes: All U.S. high school, college, and graduate students are eligible (parents can compete, too)
    Award: $2,000–$2,500
    Deadline: Varies
  • Dorothy and Robert DeBolt Scholarship 
    Type: Need based, Foster youth
    Eligibility: Awarded to youth adopted from foster care in the state of California.
    Award: $2,000–$3,000
    Deadline: Late spring
  • National Achievement Scholarship
    Type: Academic based for black high school students
    Eligibility: Black students may enter both the National Achievement Program and the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and meeting other published requirements for participation.
    Award: $2,500
    Deadline: Varies
  • United Negro College Fund Scholarships
    Type: Scholarships and internship programs for black students
    Eligibility: Students from black, low-income families.
    Award: $500-$10,000
    Deadline: Varies


      • APIASF Scholarship Program
        Type: Scholarships for Asian/Pacific Islander students, merit-based
        • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census.
        • Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States.
        • Be enrolling in a U.S. accredited college/university in the Fall of 2014.
        • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED
        Notes: Applicants must also apply for federal financial aid using FAFSA by February 15, and must submit one letter of recommendation online.
        Award: $2,500–$5,000
        Deadline: January 9, 2015
      • Burger King Scholars Program
        Type: Merit-based
        Eligibility: Applicants must be high school seniors who maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent. They must also work part-time an average of 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year (unless individual circumstances prevents the student’s involvement).
        Notes: Awards are given without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, disability, or national origin; Non-renewable but may reapply each year you are eligible.
        Award: $1,000
        Deadline: January 2015
      • Dell Scholars Program
        Type: Need-based
        Eligibility: For students who demonstrate a desire and ability to overcome barriers and achieve their goals.
        Notes: Your application will be evaluated based on: Individual determination to succeed; Future goals and plans to achieve them; Ability to communicate the hardships you have overcome or currently face; Self-motivation in completing challenging coursework; and Demonstrated need for financial assistance.
        Award: Varies
        Deadline: January 2015
      • Gates Millennium Scholarship
        Type: Need and merit-based
        Eligibility: Low income minority students
        Notes: Continuing scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.
        Award: Varies
        Deadline: January 14, 2015
      • Ron Brown Scholar Program
        Type: Renewable scholarships for black students
        Eligibility: Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need. The applicant must be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card. Current college students are not eligible to apply.
        Notes: Ron Brown Scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline.
        Award: $10,000
        Deadline: January 2015


      • Davidson Fellows Scholarship
        Type: Interest-based
        Notes: The Davidson Institute does not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity or physical disability. Application categories include Science, Technology, Math, Music, Literature, and Philosophy.
        Award: $10,000–$50,000
        Deadline: February 2015
      • Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
        Type: Leadership and merit-based scholarship
        • Be a graduating, minority high school senior
        • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four–year institution within the United States li>
        • Show leadership potential and demonstrate a dedication to community service
        • Present evidence of financial need
        • Be a United States citizen
        • A minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21
        • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4–year College when applying for the scholarship.
        Award: $7,200 annually
        Deadline: February 2015
      • National Peace Essay Contest
        Type: Essay contest
        Eligibility: In grades 9-12 in any of the fifty states (or the District of Colombia, the U.S territories, or if they are U.S citizens attending high school overseas)
        Notes: Students must have a contest coordinator who can review the essays and act as the key contact between participants and the Institute; Open to AB540 students
        Award: Varies
        Deadline: February 2015
      • USDA/1890 National Scholars Program
        Type: Interest-based scholarships for black students
        Eligibility: For students seeking a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, food, or natural resource sciences and related majors.
        Award: Amount varies
        Deadline: February 2015


      • California Strawberry Scholarships
        Type: Need based
        Eligibility: Awarded to students who have at least one parent currently employed as a California strawberry fieldworker. Must have a 2.0 GPA, submit a Verification of Employment with a California strawberry grower, submit high school transcripts, and submit two letters of recommendation to be eligible.
        Award: $4,000–$5,000
        Deadline: March 2015
      • Donna Reed Performing Arts Scholarships and Internships
        Type: Performing Arts Scholarship
        Eligibility: High school students who qualify for post-secondary education and desire to pursue an education or a career in the performing arts
        Notes: Available to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.
        Award: $1000
        Deadline: March 2015
      • Go On Girl Book Club Scholarship
        Type: Competitive awardsEligibility: Authors of the Black African Diaspora
        Notes: They also sponsor two additional awards, both monetary, to support up and coming authors – The Unpublished Writer’s Award and The Aspiring Writers Educational Scholarship.
        Award: $500
        Deadline: March 2015
      • Hallie Q. Brown Scholarship
        Type: Biennial scholarship
        Eligibility: For African American women; Applicants must be a high school graduate with a minimum “C” average, and must be in need of financial assistance and submit with application family income, sources of income and number in household.
        Award: Varies
        Deadline: March 2015
      • National Institute of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship
        Type: Competitive scholarship
        Eligibility: For students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are pursuing science and health-related research
        Notes: For each full or partial scholarship year, you are committed to two NIH service obligations – a 10 week summer laboratory experience and employment at NIH after graduation.
        Award: Up to $20,000
        Deadline: March 2015
      • QuestBridge College Prep Awards
        Type: Merit and Need-based scholarship
        Eligibility: Must be high school junior at time of application and must demonstrate academic excellence and financial need
        Notes: U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents, and international students attending high school in the United States are eligible to apply for the College Prep Scholarship; Application opens in February.
        Award: $30,000–$45,000
        Deadline: March 2015
      • Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults Scholarship
        Type: Community service based
        Eligibility: Must be a young adult cancer survivor or a young adult who has lost a parent/guardian to cancer.
        Notes: Award applicant must complete 40 hours of community service, supply at least one letter of recommendation, and write an essay.
        Award: $2,500
        Deadline: March 2015


      • Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
        Type: Need-based scholarship
        Eligibility: Need-based scholarships for college students are part of the progressive movement in their community.
        Award: Up to $10,000
        Deadline: April 2015
      • Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship
        Type: Interest-based scholarship
        Eligibility: Graduating Latino high school seniors or college students attending a college or university in California (California residents may attend a college/university outside of California and still qualify), and students may major in any field, but must be able to prove sincere interest in pursuing a career in journalism.
        Notes: Finalists must be able to participate in an oral interview; To receive the award, winners must provide proof that they are officially enrolled full-time in school for the entire academic year and be in good standing. The amount of the award may be reduced if the student enrolls in a school other than the one indicated on his/her application or if awarded a CCNMA Chapter Scholarship.
        Award: $500–$2,000
        Deadline: April (first Friday of the month)
      • Pasadena Department of Water and Power Scholarship
        Type: Local scholarship
        Eligibility: For high school senior currently enrolled in the PUSD system and attending an accredited two-year college or four-year university for the 2014-2015 academic year.
        Notes: Students will need to complete the scholarship application and write a 500 words statement on one of two prompts provided.
        Award: 1st place $5000, 2nd place $1000
        Deadline: April 2015
      • PFLAG National Scholarship Program
        Type: Need-based
        • You are a graduating senior entering higher education for the first time
        • Self-identify as a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or an ally
        • Demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBT community
        • Have applied to an accredited U.S higher education institution
        • Financial need
        • Continue a 2.0 GPA to continue scholarship
        Notes: There are 7 different scholarships available
        Award: $1,000–$2,500
        Deadline: April 2015


        • Actuarial Diversity Scholarship
          Type: Annual scholarship program
          Eligibility: For minority students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession.
          Award: $1,000-$5,000
          Deadline: May 2015

        • B. Davis Scholarship
          Type: Non-renewable essay scholarship
          Eligibility: High school junior or senior
          Notes: Write an essay based on the prompt on the sponsors website and submit via email to
          Award: $1,000
          Deadline: May 2015

        • Brandon Jackson Memorial Scholarship
          Type: Local Pasadena need-based, one-time scholarship
          • Minimum 2.5 GPA
          • Must illustrate financial need
          • Essay
          • 2 letters of recommendation
          Amount: $2,500
          Deadline: May 2015

        • College Scholarships for All-Around Students (Awarded through the Discus Awards program)
          Type: Nomination-based scholarship for well-rounded and active students
          Eligibility: Scholarships for high school seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen. See the website for further details
          Amount: Up to $2,500
          Deadline: May 2015

        • EMPOWER Scholarship Award
          Type: Major and interest-based
          • Applicants must be an ethnically diverse student accepted at or enrolled in a higher learning institution
          • Demonstrate a career interest in the medical/ rehabilitation field by completing at least 200 hours of career-related volunteer service
          • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
          Notes: Selection is based on the applicants’ intentions, achievements and need, rather than solely on graduation ranking.
          Award: $1,500
          Deadline: May 2015

        • ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship Program
          Type: Scholarships for female minority students
          Eligibility: For minority and female students graduating high school and/or majoring in a field related to computer and video game arts.
          Notes: The scholarship is available to minority and female students enrolled full-time at an accredited college/university AND graduating high school seniors.
          Award: $3,000
          Deadline: May 2015

        • Nordstrom Scholarship Program
          Type: Merit-based
          Eligibility: Open to high school juniors and:
          • Your school must has a location in one of Nordstrom participating states
          • You must have a minimum 2.7 GPA (4.0 scale) in your high school
          • You must become an active member in a community at your high school
          • You must make a plan of how to distribute the $2,500 of scholarship within four years
          • You must make a plan on financial assistance
          Award: Up to $10,000
          Deadline: May 2015

        • Red Thread Foundation for Women Fellowship
          Type: One-year scholarship including mentorship opportunities
          Eligibility: Women of an international background, including foreign students, immigrants, or first-generation Americans, who are first year entrants to a U.S. college or university program in Fall 2013. There are no GPA or U.S. residency requirements.
          Notes: The application consists of several short-answer questions, two essays, and two letters of recommendation.
          Award: $1,000
          Deadline: May 2015

        • Spirit of American Youth Scholarship
          Type: Merit based
          Eligibility: Awarded to two graduating seniors who display academic potential and demonstrate how they have contributed to the betterment of their communities. Must be a U.S. citizen, have at least a 3.0 GPA, write an essay, and submit all forms by the deadline.
          Award: $10,000
          Deadline: May 2015

        • Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships
          Type: Merit-based scholarships for black students
          Eligibility: For first-generation students majoring in business, finance, science, engineering, and more. TMCF provides merit-based scholarships to students seeking financial assistance to complete their education. Scholarship recipients are awarded annually to students meeting the TMCF eligibility criteria.
          Notes: Awards are made each semester and are based on a verification process designed to ensure that academic expectations are being met and that there is an unmet financial need.
          Award: Amount varies
          Deadline: May 2015

        • Tylenol Future Care Scholarship Program
          Type: Merit-based
          Eligibility: For students pursuing a career in health care who can demonstrate leadership and academic qualities.
          Award: Up to $10,000
          Deadline: May 2015


        • Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants Annual Scholarship Awards
          Type: Renewable essay scholarship
          Eligibility: Must be a high school junior or senior
          Notes: Must answer questions on sponsor’s website and submit essay via e-mail
          Award: $1,000
          Deadline: June 2015

        • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities- Travelers Scholarship
          Type: Need-based scholarship
          • Demonstrate financial need (typically determined by FAFSA).
          • Full-time undergraduate students attending 4-year HACU-member institutions with a declared major in Accounting, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Finance, General Business, General Management, and Human Resources.
          • Students must possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
          Award: $5,000
          Deadline: June 2015

        • Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation (HHAF)
          Type: Merit-based scholarship
          Eligibility: Must be a high school senior and excelling in the following categories: academic excellence, leadership and community service, literature/journalism, science and technology, mathematics, and sports.
          Notes: Must be nominated
          Award: $3,000
          Deadline: June 2015

        • Minority Affairs Committee’s Scholarship Awards for Incoming College Freshmen
          Type: Non-renewable merit-based scholarship
          • Must be graduating during the 2012-2013 school year
          • 3.0 GPA
          • Must demonstrate financial need
          • Must have an interest in chemical engineering
          • Must be a member of the following minority groups: African-American, Hispanic,
          • Native American or Alaskan Native.
          Awards: $1,000 per student (10 scholarships will be given)
          Deadline: June 2015

        • National Black Police Association Scholarships
          Type: Interest-based for black students
          • A senior in high school
          • A U.S. citizen
          • Have a teacher/principal recommendation
          • Submit transcripts
          • Be accepted into a college or University.
          Notes: For students pursuing careers in law enforcement, criminal justice, and other related areas.
          Award: Amount varies
          Deadline: June 2015

        • PMI Educational Foundation Scholarships
          Type: Scholarship awards and full tuition awards
          Eligibility: Open to any student preparing to enter or already attending an accredited degree-granting college or university. Scholarships are available for students at the bachelors, masters or doctoral level.
          Award: Amount varies
          Deadline: June 2015

        • Salvadoran-American Leadership & Educational Fund: SALEF Education for Excellence Program
          Type: Annual scholarship
          • Open to high school, undergraduate, & graduate students
          • Overall GPA should be at least 2.5
          • History of community service and involvement
          • Applicants must be Salvadoran, Central American, or other Latino background
          Award: $500-$2,500
          Deadline: June 2015

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