Scholarship Opportunities/Essay Contests

  • All Scholarships require current Seniors to complete and submit their financial aid application (FAFSA).  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be submitted beginning October 1 -March 2nd annually.  All seniors need to apply for financial aid even if attending Community College in the Fall. Link: 

    NOTE: Seniors, be sure to choose the correct College year : 2021-2022 you will begin college 7/1/21- 6/30/22 (approximate dates).  

    All Senior students should be searching for Scholarships and applying for them. Never pay a fee to apply for any scholarship!  Visit:


    All Scholarships/Essay Contests will be listed in due date order as they become available. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CURRENT SENIORS ONLY UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE - SEE BELOW FOR GRADES 8-12:


    Juniors Only - Rare opportunity - Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation is offering a full-ride scholarship for juniors who will be attending a 4-year college/university in the fall of 2022! Visit: for all criteria/details.  Applications are due no later than 1/20/21 - EST! 


    Union Plus Scholarship Program-is offering grants ranging from $500-$4000 to assist union members and their children to attend college. Applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and content of essay. A min of 3.0 GPA is recommended. Award can be used to attend a U.S. accredited 4-year/2-year college or trade/technical school. Students apply online at Deadline to apply is January 31, 2021.


    PTA SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENT MEMBERS!  California PTA Graduating High School Seniors Scholarship - Two ways to win: $500 for Volunteer Service award - Do you have 100 hours or more of school involvement/community service?  There is NO GPA Requirement! An essay and two references are required.  Application due date is February 1, 2021.   You can also apply for the $500 Dr. Ralph E. White Scholarship IF you are pursuing a career in the medical field.  APPLICATION   REMINDERS (be sure to read all thoroughly)!  Email Mrs. Bondy if you do not have your PTA Membership card -

    More info coming soon for the First District PTA Commemorative Scholarship - $750 - They are looking for applicants with service in the following areas: Community Service, Leadership, School related activities, Extra-curricular activities, Work experience and/or extenuating circumstances (sibling/child care, parent care, household duties, etc).


    Senior Women - 2021 KPMG (financial services firm) Future Leaders Program may be for youPossible annual scholarship of up to $10,000 for a 4 year program.  A KPMG Future Leaders Retreat that will focus on leadership training, career development, and college transition (see website for COVID updates).  CLICK HERE TO APPLY!  Applicants must be US Citizen, 3.5 minimum GPA, household income not to exceed $75,000 per year...visit the above link for all their criteria.  Application deadline of February 1, 2021.   Click here for their flyer                  


    Nikhil Desai "Perspective" Scholarship offered through - Persevering through life has its peaks and valleys.  However, these experiences can also change your perspective on life!  This scholarship is for anyone who has had one moment in their life shift their perspective and perception on what it means to live. This moment can be joyous, sorrowful, or comedic; everyone's experience is unique and equally pertinent!  While not required, applicants who are first-generation Americans or first-generation college students will be preferred, but ultimately the winner will be chosen based on the quality of their essay.  All GPAs will be considered.  Apply due February 1, 2021.


    Asian Pacific Scholarship Programs: Multiple scholarships ranging from $1,000-$20,000. Eligiblity: Enrolled as a full time college student in fall 2021, minimum 3.0 GPA, US Citizen or permanent resident, students of all ethnic backgrounds welcome to apply to certain scholarships - be sure to read all their critiera for each scholarship! Deadlines vary Feburary 26-April 30. Apply: Asian Pacific Funds Flyer  Apply before the deadline!


    Elks National Foundation – Most Valuable Student Scholarship - Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.  Eligibility: Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States (on the date their application is submitted; permanent legal resident status does not qualify). Do you have a parent or grandparent who is a Elk member?  If so, visit the above link for the “Legacy Awards” - deadline to apply is February 5, 2021.  To apply, click here.


    ALL GRADES ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE: ACSA Region XV "The Bridge Builder" ScholarshipStudent Oratory (Speech) Contest, Wednesday, March 10, 2021, Monrovia High School, Louise K. Taylor Performing Arts Center, 845 W. Colorado Blvd, Monrovia, CA.  “The Bridge Builder – Be the Bridge” - $700 Scholarship (six awards)!  Present a speech no longer than 3 minutes based on the poem, The Bridge Builder, by Will Allen Dromgoogle. Prepare NOW and practice your speech with family, friends and notify your counselor when you are ready to practice (required). Click link below for the poem, instructions, the contest finalist form, and their scoring rubric! That’s right, you can see how they will be scoring your speech Submission of your speech is due no later than February 26, 2021. CLICK HERE


    SENIORS:  The College Board Opportunity Scholarships and Recognition Program (“Scholarship Program” or “Program”) began 12/4/19 and ends on February 28, 2021, at 11:59:59 p.m. EST.  Sponsor’s computer is the official timekeeping device for this Scholarship Program.  Earn a chance at scholarships by completing important components of the college application process.  For more information visit:


    Junior Girls – Class of 2022:  Apply to participate in this year’s Distinguished Young Women of Los Angeles County program (!  Are you involved in school and/or community activities?  Outstanding in academics, leadership, athletics or the arts?  Interested in earning scholarships for college?  If so, you will want to apply for their program no later than March 5, 2021.  Make new friends, learn life skills like interviewing and public speaking, have fun showcasing your achievements, plus help pay for your college education!  DYW 2022 FLYER.


    Glendale Schools Management Association (GSMA) Scholarship for seniors pursuing a career in education!  Fill out their google document!  Click Here: before March 19, 2021!


    The WiseGeek Entrepreneurship Matters Scholarship is a $500 scholarship for:  1.  Students who show an entrepreneurial spirit and plan to start their own business.    2.  U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident.  Application deadline:  May 1. 2021APPLY NOW.  The WiseGeek Entrepreneurship Matters Scholarship exists to make the entrepreneurial journey more accessible. The scholarship will support an ambitious and bold entrepreneur who wants to build a business that makes the world a better place. While not required, we will look for candidates with a track record of overcoming challenges and a penchant for continuous growth.  Search their website for all the scholarship opportunities - !


    Community Foundation of the Verdugos: Offers 10 Scholarship Opportunities!  Read the criteria, make sure you are eligible! are due by March 2, 2021. Plan ahead, apply early!


    GCC ScholarshipsPlease visit  Application deadline; March 22, 2021 for Spring Scholarships.


    iVisa Scholarship  Deadline May 15, 2021  Award amount: $1,500.  Requirements: 2.5 GPA, must be a student at the time of application, essay required.


    PB & J Scholarship - Started by Traven Watasel - Awards range from $500 - $1000.  He was willing to eat PB & J sandwiches during his first year of college to fund this scholarship!  Find out more about his experiences:  Apply:  NO GPA REQUIREMENT! One letter of recommedation required, two preferred, personal statment, and your offical transcript with the online application!  Open to all seniors attending either a 2-year or 4-year college!  Apply BEFORE MAY 31/2021!


    Caruso Law Car Accident Injury Scholarship –Requirements:  This scholarship is judged & awarded primarily on merit & need. Those who have been affected by a Car Accident Injury, or know someone who has been affected are encouraged to apply.  Completed application must be submitted online by May 31, 2021. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.  INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Applicant must plan to attend college by fall semester 2021(2 year or 4 year program). Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0A transcript must be attached for application for consideration. Applicant must submit an un-opened copy of official transcripts if selected as a finalist.This scholarship is a one-time award worth $1,000 to be awarded the fall semester of 2021.  Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters and/or resumes to substantiate their application. Applicant will be required to demonstrate both their merit and their need for this scholarship. Apply: