Other Scholarships Available

Scholarships on this page are not funded through MiraCosta College, but are listed as additional resources for students; and students have successfully received outside scholarships.  As with all outside scholarship information, beware of Scholarship ScamsClick here for consumer information from the Federal Trade Commission.

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Compare Cards monthly $2,500 Scholarship to a college student who can answer a tricky trivia question. Click here for details. Awarded monthly

HIV Positive Scholarship. Eligibility: currently be HIV positive, enrolled full-time in college, include unofficial transcripts, 400-word essay “How you contracted HIV, how it has affected your life, and what you wish those living without HIV knew.” Click here for details. Deadline: Awarded monthly  

LA Tutors $500 Scholarship. Submit an essay describing the goal of a particular project and provide supporting documentation. Click here for details. Deadline: 20th each month

SeoOptimizers $500 Scholarship Design an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others and submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project, provide supporting documentation.  Click here for details.  Deadline: 20th each month

Surviving Mesothelioma $1,000 James "Rhio" O'Connor Memorial Scholarships. Essay 700-1,500 words exploring alternative therapies and potential changes and improvements in our HC system in the way we treat cancer. Click for details.  Deadline: last day of the month.

William Male Foundation $1,000-$5,000 Scholarships for students pursuing fine arts, performing arts, film, video, or photography. Applications accepted throughout the year, grants awarded quarterly. Click here for details. Open deadline

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Baumgartner Law Firm Auto Accident $1,000 Scholarship to a needy student who has been affected by a car accident and is committed to helping others. Click here for details. Deadline:  August 31, 2016

FormsBirds $500 Scholarship Essay: 500 to 1,000 words onWould you often use forms in daily life?” Click here for details. Deadline: August 31, 2016.

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Bayati Law Group $350 Scholarship. Write an essay on a topic or create a video for a chance to win this year’s scholarship competition. Click here for details. Deadline: September 1, 2016

Future of Video Surveillance $1,000 Scholarship for students majoring in Criminal Justice or IT.  Essay: 1,000 words "How do you envision video surveillance playing a role in your professional and personal life in the next 10 years?" or "What impact do you think your generation will have on video and electronic monitoring in 10 years?" Click here for details. Deadline:  September 1, 2016

North American Van Lines - five $1,000 Scholarships to qualified entrants towards their degree in logistics or supply chain management. Click here for details. Deadlines: April 15 and September 1

Soliant Sunrise $1,000 Scholarship for students headed to or attending college. Essay 500 words: “How can a business balance be philanthropic while being profitable?” Click here for details. Deadline:  September 1, 2016

White Collar Defense Diversity $500 Scholarship for African-American and Hispanic students from single-mother homes who are committed to pursuing a quality education and have a demonstrated ability for overcoming adversity and challenges related to their backgrounds.  Essay: 1,000-words describing your personal situation as a minority with a single mother, the impact that it has had on their life, and how they have overcome those challenges. Click here for details. Deadline: September 1, 2016

Kettle & Fire $1,000 Entrepreneurial Scholarship Essay: 500-800 words “If you had One million dollars in funding, what type of business would you start today and why?” Click here for details. Deadline:  September 15, 2016

Customer Advisory Board 2016 Diversity $1,000 Scholarship by Ignite Advisory Group.  Essay 500 words: Tell us a story about how your background or upbringing helped you solve a challenge or problem that others couldn't’t.   Click here for details.  Deadline: September 15, 2016

Bella Bathrooms for Outstanding Business Innovation $1000 Scholarships: Create a 3-5 minute video about a time you showed fantastic business ingenuity. The video must demonstrate your potential and offer clear insight into how you went about achieving your goal. Click here for details. Deadline: September 20, 2016

David Elden College $500 Scholarship Essay: 1,000+ words explaining your financial challenges and how $500 can help you. Click here for details. Deadlines: February 10 and September 30

Fat Burner $500 Scholarship  Essay: "How do you choose a safe and successful weight loss program?" Click here for details Deadline: September 30, 2016

Titanium Kay $1,000 Scholarship Essay: 500-900 words expressing your thoughts on how technology transforms the jewelry industry. Click here for details. Deadline September 30, 2016

Genesis Recovery California $400 Scholarship  for students majoring in field of Psychology, Psychiatry, or Medicine and/or any major relating/pertaining to the medical field or in health. Essay:  350 words“Why addiction currently exists in the minds of the substance and alcohol user? Click here for details. Deadline: September 30, 2016

Elevate Drug Treatment $400.00 Scholarship for students majoring in field of Psychology, Psychiatry, or Medicine and/or any major relating/pertaining to the medical field or in health. Download application. Deadline: September 30, 2016

TopAdvisor $1,000 Scholarship Essay: 700 to 1,000 words that describe a situation in which you helped someone learn a valuable lesson or describe how you compared colleges and what tools helped you make your final decision. Click herefor details. Deadline: September 30, 2016

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Fantasy Sports Daily $1,000 Scholarship Students answer four personal, open-ended and thought-provoking questions; responses should be persuasive, compelling, and well-written. Click here for details. Apply online.  Deadline October 1

HCP National Insurance Merit-Based $2,000 Scholarship open to all undergraduate students at MiraCosta College. Address the yearly essay topic in 1,000 to 2,000 words.  Click here for details.  Annual Deadline: October 1

Rent Lingo Dream Big $1,000 Scholarship to the winner of our dream job essay contest. Click here for details.   Deadlines: March 1 and October 1

Reservation Counter $1,500 Annual Scholarship.  Four essays questions and three references required. Click here for details.   Deadline: October 15

HotelsCheap.com $1,500 Scholarship Award based upon overall application response, career objectives and financial need. Click here for details. Deadline: April 15 and October 15

Shear Comfort $1,500 Scholarship students in mechanical engineering, automotive, aerospace, production, electrical, etc. or a similar program related to the automotive industry. Essay: 300-600 words “In your opinion, what will be the largest technological development in the automotive industry within the next 5-10 years and how do you plan to be a part of it?”  Click here for details. Deadline: April 15 and October 15

Reservation Counter $1,500 Biannual Scholarship for students who demonstrate a strong aptitude for higher learning, have a drive to improve themselves, and a desire to improve society in general.   Click here for details. Deadline: April 15 and October 15

Pelican Water $1,500-$500 Sustainability Scholarships Essay: "What are some ways to increase awareness about the negative environmental and social impacts of single use bottled water, how would you convince people to filter water at home?"  Click here for details. Deadlines: April 15 and October 15

CJ Pony Parts $500 scholarships Create a 3-minute video one of these topics: “What it means to live in America. My first memory of a Mustang. How the auto industry changed America. What a Mustang teaches me about life. How a Mustang relates to your field of study.” Click here for details. Deadlines: April 15 and October 15

FormSwift $1,000 Scholarship  Create a Business Plan Infographic about one of the following industries: a startup, restaurant, non-profit, transportation or clothing company. Click here for details. Deadlines: August 15, March 15, December 15, October 15

Mobilewash.com Aim For Success $500 Scholarship Essay: discuss a technological development in the auto industry that has made an impact or will make a significant impact in the future. For students of all majors and academic terms. Click here for details. Deadline: October 30, 2017

LPN BSN.net $250 Education Scholarship Essay: 1,000+ words the Nursing Shortage in the U.S. “Describe the state of the current nursing shortage in the U.S., explore how the nursing shortage affects healthcare in the U.S., propose solutions to address the nursing shortage, describe how the nursing shortage will affect or currently affects your ability to give patient care. Click here for details  Annual Deadline:  October, 31

Digital Marketing $1,500 Scholarship. Essay: 700-800 words  “How will the internet and digital media influence the way we shop in 2025?” Click here for details. Deadline:  October 31

My Online Marketer International Social Media $650-$1,000 Scholarships. Create a 3-5 minute video of a time that you showed fantastic online marketing ingenuity. Click here for details. Deadline: October 31, 2016

ABODO Scholarship $500 Essay contest. 1,000 words or less “Describe 5 great things you love about your school that most people don’t know about."  Click here for details.  Deadlines: February 28 and October 31

Wealth for Financial Excellence $500 Scholarship. Essay: 500+ words: “The average U.S. household has over $15,000 in credit card debt and in many cases this debt begins during or immediately after college. How can we, as a country, work to combat the consumer debt epidemic?”  Click here for details. Deadline October 31, 2016 

TanklessHub Digital Marketing $500 Scholarship for students passionate about digital marketing.  Essay: 500 words on “How Digital Marketing Helps The Modern World.” Click here for details. Deadline:  October 31

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2016 Drug Lawsuit Source $1,000.00 Scholarship Essay: 500-750 words describing your educational and career goals, how you plan to achieve those goals, and any adversity you may face on your journey to success. Click here for details. Deadline: November 1, 2016

Self-Employment $1,000 Scholarship from ChooseWhat.com for students with self-employment experience (contractor or small business owner). Essay: 750 to 1,500 words describing how your experience working for yourself as either a contractor or small business owner has impacted your view of education and your future. Self-employment could include mowing lawns for neighbors, tutoring, babysitting, hanging Christmas lights, or starting a business of any kind.  Click here for details.  Deadlines:  April 1 and November 1

Viking Mergers’ Entrepreneur $1,000 Scholarship to encouraging future entrepreneurs. Complete an application form and create either a video or short essay: “If you could start a company or business with a celebrity (dead or alive), whom would it be and why? Also, what type of company or business would you start with that celebrity and why?” Click here for details.  Deadline: November 2, 2016

Science, Design and Engineering $2,000 - $1,000 Scholarships for students enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate, majoring in Engineering, Science or Design. Chose one of four suggested essay topics to write about, click here for topics. Deadline: November 15, 2016

Bella Ballroom $1,000 Scholarship for students majoring in dance, theater, music, performing arts or related field. Create a 2-minute video showcasing your talent in performing arts and write a 200-500 word essay on one of the topics provided. Click here for details. Annual Deadline: November 15

Liase Divorce Solutions $500 Video Scholarship Create a 2-4 minute video explaining why you think education and excellent communication is the key to a brighter future, and how you can shape society.”  Click here for details. Deadline: November 15, 2016

Garage Door Nation $1,500 Scholarship Create a 1-3 minute video explaining why you are a good fit for this scholarship. Must be A U.S. Citizen, full-time student with academic achievement and financial need, who actively participates in their community.  Click here for details.  Annual Deadline: November 15

Open Internet $1,000 Scholarship Create a 5 minute video to be posted on YouTube from a topic about an open internet concept.  Click here for details  Deadline:  November 18, 2016

Build-A-Sign $1,500 Scholarship for students involved in leadership with community and school activities. Essay: 500-750 words about a time you challenged a commonly held belief or idea, created something new to solve a problem, or persevered through rejection.  Click here for details. Deadlines: November 18

All Pro Plumbing, Heating & Air $1,000 Scholarship for students interested in engineering, home design, or home improvements. Essay: 500-600 words where you want to go to school, what you will be studying, why you are interested in home design, architecture, engineering, plumbing, heating or air conditioning and how the scholarship will help you pursue your goals. Click here for details Deadline: November 30, 2016

Dogs By Nina $1,000 “Show And Tell” $1,000 Scholarship For a college student who has a pet they love.  How To Apply: video  you and your pet telling us about your favorite memories. Click here for details.  Deadline:  November 30, 2016

Recreation Space $1,000 Scholarships. Upload a video to YouTube telling us about your most favorite outdoor activity, why you chose it and how it benefits your health. Click here for details. Students can reapply each year.  Deadlines: June 30 and November 30

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Garden Writers Scholarship for students majoring in Horticulture or Plant Science or Journalism for the spring 2016 semester with an interest in garden communications. Click here for details Annual Deadline:  December 1

Krist Law Firm $1,000 Scholarship Essay: 300-500 words about a time when you faced a significant ethical dilemma; what was the situation and what did you do?   Click here for details. Deadline: December 1, 2016

Monder Law Group $1,000 Scholarship for high school, college or trade school students.  Essay: 500-800 words on any topic of your choice within the criminal justice system. Click here for details. Deadline: December 1, 2016

$500 Drone Enthusiast Scholarship for Women. Essay: Demonstrate an idea you have for helping improve the environment, whether globally or locally with Drone technology. Click here for details. Deadline: December 1

Steven M. Sweat $1,000 Scholarship Essay 500 words: "Does economic pressure in the motor carrier industry affect commercial drivers in such a way that it creates a negative impact on safety? Why or why not? Will the Coercion Rule have a greater impact on the economic side of the commercial trucking industry or safety?" Click her for details. Deadline:  December 1, 2016

Eye Serum $500 Scholarship. Essay: 500 words "Why Slowing the Aging Process is Such a Hot Topic.” Talk about the struggles of looking younger, the vanity that exists in our society, and anything that stems from the everyday struggles we face as we grow older.  Click here for details.  Deadline:  December 1, 2016

After Car Accidents $1,000 Scholarship For students currently enrolled in an accredited U.S law school or will be applying to law school for enrollment in the following academic year. Essay: 500 words describing “As a future attorney, what impact would you like to have on our current society?” Click here for details. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

PlayYourCourse Young Entrepreneur $1,000 Scholarship (golf website) Create a 5 minute creative, innovative, informative, entertaining, and interesting video. Click here for details. Deadline: December 1, 2016

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Single Mother $1,000 Scholarship. Essay 500+ words on the advantages of going back to school while caring for your children as a mother. How do you believe motherhood has helped prepare you for the challenges that you will face as a student? Click here for details. Annual Deadline: December 5

Sales & Marketing $1,000 Scholarship for Emerging Business Geniuses. Create a video and upload to YouTube. "Explain, present, convince, inspire, entertain, market and/or sell us your reason why you deserve to win this scholarship." Click here for details. Annual Deadline: December 15

NOLA Ghosts $250 Scholarship Essay: explain your education goals and plans after graduating college, why you deserve to win, and what the scholarship means to you. Click here for details. Deadline: December 15, 2016

Cancer Awareness Scholarship from Dallas Car Accident Lawyers. Essay 500-1000 words: “How has living with you or your loved one’s cancer diagnosis affected your plans in life especially with pursuing a higher education? What’s one thing you think would make the biggest difference in how our society treats cancer? What obstacles do people with cancer face that you would like the general public to know about? Click here for details. Deadline: December 15, 2016

Feet Remedies.com $1,000 - $2,000 Scholarships for college students interested in podiatry or skin and nail care. Complete the application and include an outline of your essay related to plantar fasciitis or nail fungus. Once your application and outline has been approved, you will receive instructions to write and submit your essay. Click here for details. Annual Deadline: December 15

Fireproof Ministries Heart Disease Awareness $1,000 Scholarship. Essay: 500-1,000 words, 3 topics to choose from” “In what way(s) have you personally been impacted by heart disease? Consider someone close to you who has been impacted by heart disease, if you could go back and speak with them at your age, what advice would you give them? In what ways do you think we can better prevent heart disease?  Click here for details. Deadline: December 15, 2016

Nutrition Inspector $2,000 - $1,000 Scholarships Essay: 2,000 words essay on a topic related to fitness, nutrition or dieting. Click here for details. Annual Deadline: December 15

Biannual Joseph J. LoRusso $1,000 Scholarship Essay: “Should all rear-end car accidents be the fault of the driver that hit the car in front of them? Why or why not?” Click here for details. Deadline: December 15, 2016.

XpertDox $1,500 Scholarship for students interested in medical related research or patient care. Essay: 400 words on “What is a rare disease? What are the challenges in research and care of patients with rare disease? Any Personal experience with a patient with rare disease?” Click here for details. Deadline: December 15, 2016.

Self-Storage Finders (SSF) $1,250 Scholarships.  Write an essay on one of the prompts listed on their website. Click here for details. Deadline: December 16

Foreclosure.com $5,000 - $1,000 Scholarships Essay 800-2,000 words. "Knowing what we now know, what measure(s) would you suggest to prevent another housing disaster that would preserve home ownership and ultimately the national economy?" Click here for details. Deadline: December 16

SEO Company $350 Scholarship. Create a video about digital marketing showcasing your best skills and educate your audience about some of the things that they might not know about this topic. Click here for details. Deadline:  December 19

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2017 ERS Young Entrepreneur Scholarship Essay: 500 words describing what makes a person an entrepreneur and what your entrepreneurial journey (presently or in the future) looks like. Click here for details. Must apply via email and provide a written essay by December 31, 2016.

Blue Kangaroo Community Activist $1,000 Scholarship Essay: 500 words on how you are making an impact on your community by taking action and inspiring others. Essay must include pictures of participation in community project or program. Click here for details. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

SEO Expert $10,000 Scholarship for students majoring in Business, Communication, Journalism, Web-based technology or equivalent. Essay: 1,500 to 2,000-word essay about a topic relevant to SEO or online marketing. Click here for details. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Fat Burners For Women Yearly $500 Scholarship for students of all majors and academic terms. Essay: 1000-1500 words on the topic “Natural Weight Loss For Good Health and Well-being”. Click here for details. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

PMB $1,000 Scholarship Essay: 500 words describing “What sporting legend do you admire, and what characteristics or personal traits of that person do you intend to emulate during your studies?” Click here for details. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

First in Family to Attend College $1,000 Scholarship. Write a 500-word essay about the impact of being the first person in their family to attend college. Include a resume with work, education, and volunteer history; and an unofficial transcript. Must be a student who is the first in their family to attend college, has a strong commitment to education, and 3.0 or greater GPA. Click here for details. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Acuity Training $1,000 Scholarship Create a video discussing the merits of leadership, showcasing a situation where you demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities, and explain the benefits. Click here for details. Annual Deadline: December 31

Zebra California $1,000 Tour Guide Scholarship. Create a 2- to 5-minute video to be hosted on YouTube or Vimeo.  The winning submission will be selected based on creativity, content and presentation. Click here for details.  Deadline:  December 31

Perlman Clinic Medical $500 Scholarship Essay: 600-850 words on a medical or health-related subject. Must be enrolled full-time pursuing a degree in nursing, medicine, or public health, 3.2+ GPA. Click here for details. Deadline: December 31

Caring.com Student-Caregiver Annual Scholarship for students who act as caregivers for an aging or elderly loved-one while attending college. Essay: 1,500-words detailing your caregiving journey. Click here for details. Deadlines: May 31 and December 31

CC Bank’s Young Scholars five $2,000 Scholarships for Americans under 30 years old with financial difficulty.  Essay 250-400 words: “Describe how volunteer or community service has shaped who you are and what service has taught you. Discuss in your essay any challenges or obstacles you dealt with and overcame in life and how this will help you succeed in your studies.” Download Application  Click here for details. Deadline: December 31

Medical Assistant Degrees $500 Scholarship. Submit a 750-1,00 word essay on why you wish to pursue a career in the healthcare field.  Click here for details. Deadlines: June 30 and December 31

GoodCall $2,500 Best Decision Scholarship. Essay 400-500 words "Detail one of the most important decisions you've made in your life. What information did you rely on? What decision did you make? How did you know it was the right choice?"  Click here for details. Deadlines: July 31 and December 31

Investmentbank.com Scholarship Undergraduate and graduate students interested in finance, investment banking and/or corporate securities law. Choose one of three essay topics. Click here for details. Deadlines: July 31 and December 31

Drug News $1,000 Scholarship Essay 400-600 words, “Explain why you wish to pursue a career in drug research; or how the injury of a family member from a drug side effect has affected your educational goals."  Click here for details. Deadlines: July 31, April 30 and December 31

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Quit Smoking Community Scholarships 1st place $1,500 , 2nd place $1,000, 3rd place $500. Essay: 750-1500 words, original and well written. Choose a topic relevant to a smoking-related problems and share your vision on how to inspire smokers to quit. Click here for details. Deadlines: January 21, 2017

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ManualBirds $500 Scholarship. Create a 3-5 minute YouTube video on the theme “How I Fixed a Machine or Product.”  The video content can either be about your repairing or setting process of machines, computers, mobile phones, and household appliances or about helpful setting or repair tips and tricks you summarized of machines, including but not limited to, computers, mobile phones, and household appliances. Be creative, original and informative.  Download Manualbirds Scholarship Application form Deadline: February 27, 2017

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"Life Happens" Scholarship for students 17 to 24 years old who suffered the Loss of a Parent. Complete an online application and a 500-word essay or 3-minute video describing how losing a parent(s) or guardian affected them financially and emotionally.  Click here for details. Annual Deadline: March 1

Sleepopolis $1,000 Scholarship. Create a video: “How has the internet changed the way you research and buy products? How has the internet changed old-school industries?  If you could change an established industry for the better using the internet, which would it be and what would you do to change it?” Click here for details.  Deadline: March 31

Stewart J. Guss $1,000 Scholarships. video: 1-2 minutes “How can we reduce traffic fatalities in the USA?” Click here for details.  Deadline: March 15, 2017

Trending Yet's $1,000Scholarship video: 5 minutes or less: “Why it is important for a business to have an online presence, how has social media has changed the internet landscape, and why marketing can make or break a company? Click here for details Deadline: March 31, 2017

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A Place for Mom’s Senior Care $1,000 Scholarship to undergraduate or graduate students majoring in gerontology, medicine, nursing, social work, sociology, psychology, PT/OT, speech pathology or long-term care administration. Click here for details.  Annual Deadline: April 15

Driver Safety Scholarship. Essay 1,000 words explaining the dangers of texting and driving.  Click here for details. Annual Deadline: April 30

Graduate Student $500 Scholarship. Essay: "How would this scholarship provide financial assistance?" Deadline: April 30, 2017

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San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS) Merit Scholarship awarding free access to SDWS member activities including: a 12 month membership, subscription to The SDWS Quarterly magazine and online newsletters, waived entry fees for water media paintings submitted to monthly member shows, 2 standard SDWS approved frame sets (including frame, Plexiglas, mats, foam and wiring), lending privileges from the SDWS art library, attendance at monthly artist demonstrations, discounts at local art supply stores, and volunteer opportunities at SDWS events.  Download Application   Click here for details. Annual Deadline: May 15

Directive Consulting’s Annual ‘Search to Learn’ $1,000 Scholarship. Create a 30-second to one-minute video explaining/demonstrating how Digital Marketing has changed our society, one random/interesting fact about yourself, and your dream job. You can use video effects, backdrop designs, costumes, etc. Be creative and think outside of the box, and above all, have fun with your video. Click here for details. Deadline: May 14, 2017

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Snoring HQ $1,000 Scholarship for students currently enrolled in high school (seniors only), college, university, or trade school.  Create a video that answers the following questions: “How will you make an impact on the sciences, media, or marketing industries? In what ways will your education help you make this impact (be specific)? What motivates you to reach these goals?  Click here for details. Annual Deadline: June 30

Lynne Goldberg Balance for Success Scholarship for a first-year student currently enrolled full-time in college. Submit a 250-word essay explaining how you are managing stress and competing priorities, like classes, studying, friends, sports, work, etc. to maintain a healthy balance, and how the $500 award would help you maintain balance to continue your success in college and beyond. Click here for details. Annual Deadline: June 30

Philadelphia Protestant Home $1,000 Scholarship. Essay: 1,000 words “How can society help to remove the stigma that is associated with moving into a senior living community, particularly a Continuing Care Retirement Community? Click here for details. Annual Deadline: June 30

Oak Furniture Company University £500 ScholarshipCreate a 3-5 minute video or a 500 word blog post on how to make the most of a small living space. Click here for details. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

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$1,000 Solar Scholarship. Submit a 500-1000 word essay to answer the following question: “What excites you most about the future of solar?” You must be a full-time student with a 3.2 or greater GPA. Click here for details. Annual Deadline:  July 1

Bespaardeals $1,000 Scholarship. Write a one page essay on “What innovations are you foreseeing in the online coupon/voucher code market in the coming 5 years.”  Click here for details.  Annual Deadline: deadline July 14

Whiting Law Group $1,000 Scholarship. Write a 500+ word essay onWhat sort of moving violations should keep a truck driver off the road permanently after only one violation?” Click here for details.  Annual Deadline:  July 15

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Scholarships (listed by due date)

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Scholarships For information on Phi Theta Kappa at MiraCosta College, contact Julie Bollerud, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Student Services, Bldg. 1000, Oceanside campus.

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P.E.O. Women Scholarships (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Grants up to $3,000 to females enrolled at MiraCosta College who have had a lapse of at least 24 consecutive months as a student at some time, are within 24 consecutive months of completing educational goal (A.A or certificate), are a U.S. or Canadian citizen, enrolled in a program leading to employment or job advancement.

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Hospitality: NEWH Icon of Industry $7,500 Scholarship for college student who completed half the requirements for an undergraduate degree or enrolled in a graduate program, have financial need and eligible outstanding debt for tuition, books and supplies, 3.0 or higher GPA pursuing a career objective in Hospitality, Interior Design, or Hotel Management, and participated in an industry internship program or similar position. Essay: your background, experience, goals and objectives after graduation. What prompted you to choose this career? Describe the contributions you have made to your school program or fellow students through leadership or participation. Click here for details. Deadline: September 2, 2016

NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) $600 President's Inovation Award offered each year to undergraduate and graduate students to support their travel needs and expenses to attend the annual NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center in January. Click here for details. Annual Deadline: September 30, 2015.

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Psychology Guide $1,500 Scholarship  Merit-based opportunity for students pursuing Psychology, Counseling, Therapy or Social Work. Click here for details. Annual Deadline: October 1

Fostering Opportunity Scholarships. Eligibility: must be attending college in San Diego County, enrolled in 9 or more units, 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).  New applicants must submit proof of being in the San Diego County Foster Care Program (letter from CPS) and a letter of recommendation form a supportive adult.  Click on the Students link at the top of the page for scholarship details. Download Application. Deadlines:  Fall – June 30th; Spring – October 10th

Supply Chain Management $1,000 Scholarship to support and inspire students pursuing degrees in Supply Chain Management or similar logistics-centric disciplines. Candidates must demonstrate good academics, leadership and character. Qualified candidates will also be considered for employment and internship opportunities. Click here for details. Deadline: October 15, 2016

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Hill & Ponton Veteran's Scholarship offering four $1,000 merit based scholarships awarded two in the fall and two in spring  to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Click here for details.  Deadlines:  May 1 and November 1

Griswold Home Care $1,000 Scholarship to a qualified student pursuing a associates, bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree at an accredited college or university. Click here for details. Annual Deadline: November 1

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Soroptimist "Live Your Dream" Scholarships for Women (MiraCosta College students win each year). Eligibility criteria: Women, head of household with the primary financial responsibility of herself and her dependents, Must be attending an undergraduate degree program or vocational/skills training program, and have a financial need. Submit a Live Your Dream application with two reference forms. Click here for Reference forms. Click here for Letter of Recommendation tips. Apply to only ONE of the local Chapters listed below by their deadline date:

Hospitality Degrees $1,500 Scholarships for students pursuing a degree in hospitality.   Click here for details. Deadlines: April 30 and November 30

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Animal Compassion $500 Veterinary Scholarship for students with academic distinction, a history in animal advocacy and a successful track record in raising public awareness about animal cruelty practices. Click here for details. Deadline: December 30, 2016

Diet Spot Light $3,000 - $1,000 Scholarships. Click here for details. December 31

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The San Diego Foundation Scholarships

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California Strawberry $400 Scholarships for children of California strawberry field workers attending college. Click here for details. Annual Deadline: February 15

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Association for Women in Science (AWIS) San Diego Chapter $1,000 Scholarships for community college, undergraduate, and graduate Women in San Diego County who are in pursuit of a degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics). Download application. Annual Deadline: February

San Diego Chapter: Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) Scholarship. Applicants must be currently enrolled in the appropriate educational program, and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better. Click here for details. Annual Deadline: February

CCC Real Estate Scholarship $400 per semester for students pursuing a major in Real Estate, completed at least one real estate course with “C” or better (2.0 GPA), must complete 6 units of Real Estate coursework each semester funded, and demonstrate financial need.  Click here for eligibility guidelines and requirements. Click here for Checklist  and Download Application   Annual Deadline while funds last: March

Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship for low-income Women, 35 years or older, working to complete her college degree. Eligibility: A woman, U.S. citizen or permanent resident, Age 35 or older as of March 18, 2016, Low-income (financial guidelines are available on the website), pursuing a vocational education, an associate’s degree, or a first bachelor’s degree.  Click here for details. Annual Deadline is March 18

American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Soaring Eagles Chapter $2,000 Scholarship for women who are U.S. Citizens, San Diego County residents, attending community college (freshman or sophomore), 2.5 or better GPA. Interested students must email: Suzanne Southwell.  Annual Deadline March 31

North County African-American Women's Association (NCAAWA) Scholarships Female of African American descent, graduating high school senior, college, ROP, trade/adult school student. Residing or attend school in: Carlsbad, Escondido, Fallbrook, Oceanside, San Dieguito, San Marcos or Vista with a "C" average or above with good citizenship. Enrolled full-time (12 units) in college, ROP, trade or technical school for entering semester. MiraCosta College students win this scholarship each year. Application opens January 1 and must be postmarked by the deadline to be considered. Click here for details. Annual Deadline: March 31.

The Latina Leadership Network (LLN) Student Scholarship provides four $500 community college scholarships. Click here for details. Annual Deadline: March

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SEMA (Specialty Equipment Marketing Association) Automotive $2,000 - $3,000 Scholarships for careers in: Accounting, Administration, Advertising, Design/Graphics, Engineering, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Photo/Journalism, Race Car Driver/Crew, Sales/Marketing, Technicians, and Transportation. Click here for details Questions, contact Juliet Marshall 909.978.6655. Annual Deadline: April 1

American Association of University Women: AAUW Poway-Penasquito Scholarships

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) $1,000 to $5,000 Awards Eligibility: must be of Hispanic Heritage, college students must have a 2.5 or greater GPA (high school students 3.0+ GPA), plan to enroll full-time (12+ units) in college for fall semester, U.S. Citizen - Permanent Legal Resident - DACA - or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA), must complete FAFSA or California Dream Act application. Click here for details. Annual Deadline: April 15

Ronald D. Weiss $2,500 Scholarship. Essay: “With presidential candidates calling for an end to the crushing burden of student debt, some higher education experts have again questioned the federal policy that makes it nearly impossible to discharge student loans in bankruptcy, especially at a time when student loans now comprise the second largest form of consumer debt behind home mortgages. Some argue that allowing the dischargeability of student loans in bankruptcy makes sense both as economic policy and education policy because, as a nation, we want an educated populace as well as the increased earning power and employment opportunities that accompany a college degree. What are the pros and cons of allowing student loans to be discharged in bankruptcy?" Click here for details. Deadline: April 21, 2017

Hospitality Degrees $1,500 Scholarships for students pursuing a degree in hospitality.   Click here for details. Biannual Deadlines: November 30 and April 30

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GFWC Contemporary Women of North County $1,500 Community College Scholarship for a Female student enrolled at MiraCosta or Palomar, 3.0 or higher GPA, financial need, volunteers in the community.  Click here for the application.  Deadline:  May 15

GFWC Contemporary Women of North County $1,500.00 Scholarship for students enrolled at MiraCosta College, 3.0 or greater GPA, demonstrates financial need, volunteers in the community.  Click here for information and download application.  Annual Deadline: May 15

ARTISTS: San Diego Watercolor Society Merit Scholarships. Awards provide free access to SDWS member activities: 12-month membership, subscription to SDWS Quarterly magazine/online newsletters, waived entry fees for watermedia paintings submitted to monthly member shows, two standard SDWS approved frame sets (including frame, Plexiglas, mats, foam and wiring), lending privileges from the SDWS art library, attendance at monthly artist demonstrations, discounts at local art supply stores, volunteer opportunities at SDWS events.  Click here for details.  Questions, email scholarship@sdws.org.  Annual Deadline:  May 15

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Disability-Related Scholarships

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Karman Health Care $500 Scholarships for college students with a mobility disability who use a Wheelchair or other mobility devices on a regular basis. Click here for details Annual deadline: September 1

National Federation of the Blind offers national and state scholarships to legally blind students each year ranging $3,000 to $12,000. Click here for details Questions, contact: Kia Vaca, National Federation of the Blind of California

Mesothelioma $2,500, $1,250, $750 and $500 Scholarships awards.  Essay 750 to 1,500 words.  Mesothelioma is a terminal cancer diagnosed in close to 3,000 Americans each year. The only established cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Click here for details. Deadline: October 9

Business Plan $1,000 Scholarship for Students with Disabilities. Submit a 500-1,000 word essay on “What I learned from writing a business plan.” Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate students with a documented disability. Click here for details. Deadlines: April 2 and November 1

American Association of Health & Disability (AAHD) Scholarship for a student with a disability enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, pursuing studies related to the health and disability:  public health, health promotion, disability studies, disability research, rehabilitation engineering, audiology, disability policy, special education and majors that will impact quality of life of persons with disabilities. Click here for details.   Annual deadline: November

ADHD Scholarship by Shire awarding 50 $2,000 scholarships plus one year of ADHD coaching to assist in meeting the challenges of higher education.  Students required to be legal U.S. residents diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), are accepted to or enrolled in undergraduate programs, and are under the care of a licensed health care professional for ADHD.  Click here for details. Annual Deadline: February

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Foundation for Developmental Disabilities (FDD) Scholarships for students planning a career or presently working in the field of developmental disabilities, child development, or related field, residents of and attending college in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Click here for details. Annual Deadline: April 22

180 Medical $1,000 Scholarships for students attending a 2-year, 4-year, or graduate school program full-time in the fall. Applicants must be under a physician's care for a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, neurogenic bladder, or ostomy (ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy), and legal U.S. resident. Click here for details. Questions, email 180 medical. Annual Deadline: June 1

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California Council of the Blind Scholarships for students who are legally blind and are residents of California attending in-state or out-of-state institutions, and non-residents of California attending school in California. Students must be full-time (12 units), but if you have extenuating circumstances that do not enable you to meet the enrollment requirement, provide an explanation of your circumstances. Application must be typed. Click here to download application. Deadline: July 15

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Foster Youth Scholarships

Fostering Opportunity Scholarships. Eligibility: must be attending college in San Diego County, enrolled in 9 or more units, 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).  New applicants must submit proof of being in the San Diego County Foster Care Program (letter from CPS) and a letter of recommendation form a supportive adult.  Click on the Students link at the top of the page for scholarship details. Download Application. Questions, call: 619.550.7754. Deadlines: Fall-June 30th and Spring-October 10th

Click here for: FOSTER Youth Scholarships - United Friends of the Children Foster Youth

Change A Life Foundation scholarship program for Emancipated Youth and graduating high school seniors in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange Counties. Emancipated Youth criteria: 12th grade student enrolling at 4-year institution OR currently attending a Community College and ready to transfer,  2.75 GPA, financial need, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident, community service. Apply Online  Contact: Mikelle Meyer (949) 788- 9999.  Annual Deadline: March

Fostering Change Visit the website for a list of former Foster Youth scholarships and information.  Link to Independent Living skills program resources and information

Just in Time for Foster youth. Review the website for details

America's College Fund for Foster Youth - Casey Family Scholarships serves FOSTER Youth providing college scholarships, connecting with mentors and internships, sending care packages, or testifying before Congress. Click here for scholarships and grants. Annual Deadline: March

Promises2kids Guardian Scholars (formerly the CAPF Guardian Scholarship) assists youth exiting the San Diego foster care system in their efforts to gain an education. Click here for details.

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Health Profession Scholarships

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NurseJournal.org  $3,000  Global Health Scholarship Essay 500-800 words: “There is an urgent need for global health professionals to address delivery strategies for the provision of critical health services both domestic and abroad. What kind of skills do you think are necessary to be an effective global health professional in the face of a pandemic?”  Click here for details. Deadline: July

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Kaiser Permanente Deloras Jones RN Academic Excellence Scholarship is a need-based scholarship and academic excellence for those who are attending a nursing program approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Applicants must have completed at least one quarter or one semester of nursing program coursework and have an adjusted gross income of less than $50,000 per family member. Click here for details. Deadline September 1, 2016

After College AACN $2,500 Scholarship for student seeking a baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree in Nursing. Special consideration will be given to students in a graduate program with the goal of becoming a nurse educator; students completing an RN-to-BSN or RN-to-MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated program. Click here for details. Deadlines: June 30, March 31, December 31, September 30

LPN BSN.net $250 Education Scholarship Research and write a 1,000+ word essay on “The Nursing Shortage in the U.S. “Describe the state of the current nursing shortage in the U.S., explore how the nursing shortage affects healthcare in the U.S., propose solutions to address the nursing shortage, describe how the nursing shortage will affect or currently affects your ability to give patient care. Click here for details  Annual Deadline:  October, 31

California Organization of Associate Degree NURSING Directors (Southern) Leadership Scholarships for nursing students in a CA program, U.S. citizen, CA resident, 3.0 GPA.  Download Application.  Annual Deadlines: April and November

Back to topMedical Assistant Degrees $500 Scholarship. Submit a 750-1,00 word essay on why you wish to pursue a career in the healthcare field.  Click here for details. Deadlines: June 30 and December 31

Perlman Clinic Medical $500 Scholarship to a student pursuing a career in healthcare. Must be 18 years or older, full-time, pursuing degrees in nursing, medicine, or public health, 3.2+ GPA. Write a 600 – 850 word article on a medical or health-related subject.  Click here for details. Deadline: December 31, 2016

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ADNursing Ten $500 Scholarships.  The California Organization of Associate Degree Nursing Directors (COADN) Southern Leadership is offering scholarships to ADN students in Southern California. Eligibility: Nursing student in 2nd, 3rd or 4th semester in a CA Associate Degree Nursing Program; US citizen with California residency, GPA of 3.0 or higher. Click here to download application. Annual Deadline: April 4

AAUW COV (Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista) $1,500 Jeanne Gruenwald Scholarship Eligibility Criteria: A community college student enrolled in a Registered Nursing program or Transferring or returning Junior or Senior student in a four-year Program for Fall 2013, U.S. citizen, resident of San Diego County, planning to attend a college in San Diego County or So. Cal., 3.0 GPA. Download Application    Annual Deadline: May

HRSA NURSE Corps Scholarship Program enables students accepted or enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate nursing programs, including RN to BSN, RN to MSN-NP, Direct Entry MSN-NP program to receive funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working at an eligible NURSE Corps site upon graduation. Click here for details.  Annual Deadline:  May 5

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Hispanic Latino Scholarships

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Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) information for immigrant students that do not have U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency. Click here for details.

BECA Foundation, Inc. $500- $1,000 scholarships for San Diego County high school graduates entering college in the fall; Click here for details.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Scholarship Program offers several scholarships ranging in value from $1,000 - $3,500. Scholarships for undergraduate students at 2-year or 4-year institutions in various fields of study. Click here for scholarship opportunities.

San Diego National Assoc. of Hispanic NURSES (SDNAHN) . Eligibility: must be in an accredited nursing program with at least one semester of  studies completed. Download Application   Deadlines: March 1 and November 1

Chicano Organizing & Research in Education (CORE) Scholarship . Eligibility: undocumented Chicano/Latino high school student/GED graduate enrolling for the first time in an accredited college with financial need and academic potential. Click here for details. Deadline: February

MANA de San Diego Scholarship Programs for LATINAS pursuing a degree. Click here for details. Annual Deadline: February

The Latina Leadership Network of the California Community Colleges is pleased to announce that applications are available for the 2014 LLN Student Scholarship Awards. The LLN Student Scholarship is designed to provide 4 $500 community college scholarships. Click here for details. Annual Deadline: March

Assoc. of Raza Educators (A.R.E.), scholarships for undocumented college students and graduating high school seniors. Scholarships are based on need and active participation in community. Students complete an application and, interview process. Click here for details. Annual Scholarship. Deadline: March

Hispanic Business Women Association (NHBWA) Scholarship. Download Guidelines and Application    Deadline: March

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarships. Eligibility: full-time in college, participation in public/community service activities. Click here for details Deadline:  April

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Military Scholarships

Hill & Ponton Veteran's Scholarship offering four $1,000 merit based scholarships awarded two in the fall and two in spring  to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Click here for details.  Deadlines:  May 1 and November 1

VA Expands Fry Scholarship to Surviving Spouses of service members who died on active duty.  Click here for details. Click here for VA-Form 22-5490 and send a copy via the GI Bill website using the “Ask a Question” button. You may also mail the completed form to your nearest Regional Processing Office, or request a paper application by calling 1.888.442.4551.

VETERANS United Scholarship Program funded by employee donations. Award five $2,000 biannual scholarships.  Eligibility: have a connection to the military by being one of the following: Veteran, Active-duty, military spouse, child of a military member or veteran; pursuing a post-secondary degree, submit a transcript 2.5 GPA,  and submit a 750-word essay based on three prompts, Apply online. Deadlines: and Spring: April 1–30, Fall: October 1-31

Hope For The Warriors® Scholarships for legal spouses or caregivers of U.S. military service members who were wounded, injured or killed while in the line of duty between 2001 and the present. Deadline October

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund honors bravery and dedication to those who sacrificed life/limb defending our country by providing educational scholarships to their children. Click here for details.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Inc. applicants must be the son or daughter of military personnel, View the eligibility in mid-February, apply online. Click here for details

My CAA* Grant Program for Military Spouses (*Career Advancement Account)

Camp Pendleton Officers' Spouses' Club (OSC) offers annual scholarships to individuals whose sponsors are active duty members of the Navy, Marine Corps or sister services stationed at Camp Pendleton. The sponsor may be enlisted, an officer, or honorably retired from the Navy or Marine Corps by the time the application is submitted. Individuals whose Navy or Marine Corps sponsor is deceased may also apply. All applicants, must live within a 50-mile radius of Camp Pendleton. Click here for details. Annual Deadline: February

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Study Abroad Scholarships

Click here to read the adventures of a MiraCosta College student studying abroad spring 2015 in Salamanca, Spain.

Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships for students planning to study abroad; awards up to $5,000. Eligibility: student at 2 or 4-yr. college, U.S. citizen, receiving FAFSA Pell Grant, study abroad program must be four or more weeks in one country for no more than an academic year, and receiving academic college credit. Learn how to create a compelling application by visiting the online presentation and get started on your international experience today! Apply Online

London - AIFS Study Abroad Ambassador $1,000 Scholarships for fall semester. Click here for details.

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships scholarships for students who demonstrate academic achievement.

MoneyGeek.com Paying for Study Abroad. Click here for details.

FlipKey Study Abroad Scholarship for full-time students, 18 years or older, enrolled in a current or upcoming study abroad program. Submit a 1,000-word essay to press@flipkey.com describing why travel is important to you. Click here for details.  Deadline: August 15, 2016

Going Global: A College Student’s Road Map to Studying Abroad.  Click here for details.

Asia Learn, Scholarship China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. 

David L. Boren Scholarships Nat’l Security Edu Program for undergraduates, U.S. citizen, GED or high school graduate, study abroad in a country outside Western Europe/Canada/Australia/New Zealand. Apply online

CEA Global Education  scholarships  Argentina, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, South Africa, Spain

CIS Abroad: Australia, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Ghana, Hawaii, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, and Thailand.

ELAP (Experiential Learning Abroad Program) Buenos Aires, Argentina; Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, Chile; San Jose, Costa Rica; Santiago, Dominican Republic; London; Guanajuato, Mexico: Cusco and Lima, Peru. 

KEI (Knowledge Exchange Institute) Study and Intern abroad in your major.

Italia Rail - Italy Scholarships for education expenses while studying in Italy. Click here for details.

International Scholarships.com grants, scholarships, loans and information to study abroad.

ISA offers a wide variety of study abroad programs at accredited schools and universities around the world.

ISAC (India Study Abroad Center) Scholarships

NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School)

Study Abroad Funding IIE (Institute of International Education) directory lists detailed descriptions of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships.

Via Lingua Int’l teach English as a Foreign Language

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4-Year Colleges & Universities

University of California (UC) BLUE & GOLD Opportunity Plan is a financial aid program intended to expand access to UC for lower-income students. UC's Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan will ensure that you will not have to pay UC’s system wide tuition and fees out of your own pocket if you are a California resident whose total family income is less than $80,000 a year and you qualify for financial aid. Click here for details.

Pomona College - Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA The HATOFF-SWAN Scholarship was created at Pomona College with the hope of supporting a MiraCosta College transfer student. Students who have applied to Pomona College should inquire about the "full-ride" HATOFF-SWAN Transfer scholarship.

Arizona State University  scholarships

Azusa Pacific Univ San Diego Scholarships

Cal State University, FULLERTON scholarships.  CSU Scholarship Program for Future Scholars applications available in the MiraCosta scholarship office

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Scholarships.

Colorado State University- Western Undergraduate exchange (WUE) Transfer Scholar Award.  Transfer Student Center Information: (970) 491-1858, or email TransferStudentCenter@colostate.edu.

Methodist Theological School in Ohio 2015-16 national scholarship competition. The Harding Scholarships awarding full tuition plus $1,000 annual stipend and the Alford scholarships awarding full tuition plus $2,000 annual stipend. Complete details and application online. Questions? Email admissions@mtso.edu or call 800.333.6816. Deadline: February 1, 2015.

Mount St.. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA.  offers merit scholarships up to $16,000 per school year to l students interested in applying for Fall 2014. Questions: Call (310) 954-4250.

National University Scholarships and National University Transfer to Success Scholarship

San Diego CHRISTIAN College   Call 1-(800)-672-2242

Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, CA Honors Entrance $14,000 Scholarship to all transfer students with 30 or more transferable units, 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA, plus a competitive $5,000 scholarships for students who are members of either Phi Theta Kappa or Alpha Gamma Sigma honor societies. Click here to schedule a visit, and click on visiting campus or call 925.631.4983.

SDSU - San Diego State University scholarships

TEXAS A&M University -Bush School of Government & Public Service

University of California, BERKELEY (CAL): The Leadership Award Alumni Scholarship is a one-year, merit-based scholarship that recognizes Cal students who demonstrate innovative, motivational leadership impacting their academic, work, or community environments

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Alumni Assoc. merit-based scholarships.

University of California, Riverside (UCR) - scholarship information.

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)- - scholarship information.

USC Norman Topping Student Aid Fund (NTSAF) Scholarship program for entering students.  Deadline May 8, 2013.  Contact: Felipe Martinez (213) 740-7575 felipema@usc.edu

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