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					Scholarships and Financial Aid

This version was updated January 10, 2012.
Scholarship Search

   Go to the websites shown for more
   Or visit the DHSHS Career Center for
    more information
Register with scholarship search websites. The more
  scholarship applications you submit, the greater your chances
  of receiving scholarships. Try:         

Google scholarships for your own situation, such as
 “Scholarships for Twins” or “Scholarships for Musicians” or
 “Scholarships for Writers.” Be sure to keep a list of all user
 names and passwords you use.

    Scholarship Searches
   Apply online until January 27, 2012 at
   Download an application for one of these:
   RMHC Scholars
   RMHC Asia
   RMHC African-American
   RMHC Hacer

Ronald McDonald Scholarships
The CSUSB Financial Aid Office is currently accepting
scholarship applications for the 2012-2013 academic
year. No paper autobiographical statements. No paper
letters of recommendation. No paper transcripts.
The application deadline is February 3, 2012.

Current students, and CSUSB "Applicants" with a Coyote ID,
can access the scholarship application through their
MyCoyote account. Look for the “Apply Scholarship Online”
link under Student Self Service.

CSUSB Scholarship
   Minimum high school GPA of 2.75
   Plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree
   Be a US citizen or permanent resident
   Demonstrate financial need
   Accepting online applications until
    February 8, 2012
   Up to $20,000 scholarship
DHSHS Scholarship Application
   When your completed DHSHS scholarship
    application is received in the Career Center,
    a scholarship file is made for you.

   Copies of your application are submitted for
    you when you fit specific eligibility
    requirements for GPA, test scores, activities,
    etc., for local scholarship opportunities.
Local Scholarships – page 1

    Many of the Local   * An asterisk means an
                         extra form, essay,
                         photograph, or family
     providers accept    member’s military
     the DHSHS           Honorable Discharge
     Scholarship         papers must also be
     Application.        submitted.
Local Scholarships – page 2
   American Legion, Owen Coffman          COD Alumni Association in
    Post #519*                              conjunction with Pathways to
   APWA – American Public Works            Success*
    Association*                           Desert Healthcare District
   Othel Britton Memorial                  Healthcare Professionals with
    Scholarship Foundation                  Pathways to Success*
   Reynaldo Carreon M.D.                  Coachella Valley Pathways to
    Foundation* with Pathways to            Success – CVPTS*
    Success                                Coachella Valley Alumnae
   California Desert Association of        Panhellenic - CVAP
    Realtors*                              Daughters of the American
   California Retired Teachers             Revolution, Cahuilla Chapter*
    Association, Division #89              Desert Escrow Association*
   California Women for Agriculture*      Desert Hot Springs Rotary
   Walter Clark Legal Group               Desert Hot Springs Women’s Club
Local Scholarships – page 3
   Elks Club*                           Palm Springs Historical Society
   The Gas Company*                     Palm Springs Leadership
   La Quinta Arts Foundation*            Association - PSLA
   Ladies of Mission Lakes              Palm Springs Teachers
   NPS Commercial/Taber Family           Association* - PSTA
   National Charity League*             Palm Springs Lion’s Club
   National League of American Pen      Parissa Labbaf Memorial
    Women*                                Scholarship
   Navy League Scholarship Fund*        SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union
   Negro Academic Scholarship           UCLA Club of the Desert*
    Fund                                 USC Trojan League of the Desert*
   Paletteers Art Club                  Women Leaders Forum* with
   Palm Springs Art Museum*              Pathways to Success
1.   Members of scholarship committees read your
     application and make their decisions according
     to their own unique criteria.
2.   At some point you may receive an invitation to
     be interviewed.
ALL applications (college, job, and scholarship)
will require time, energy, attention to detail,
accuracy, and thought from you.
   With the exception of the Gates
    Millennium Scholars program, all
    applications must be submitted using
    the HSF online application
    system. Please note that you can only
    apply to scholarship programs that are
        Inland Empire Mensa

ELIGIBILITY for MENSA scholarships:

    The only eligibility requirements are that the applicant be enrolled, for the academic year
    following the award, in a degree program in an accredited American institute of post-secondary
    education, and be a resident of the area of a participating local group of American Mensa. For the
    general awards, the applicant need not be a member of Mensa nor qualified for Mensa, and the
    general awards are unrestricted as to age, race, gender, level of post-secondary education and
    financial need.

CONDITIONS of awards:

    Awards will be made on the basis of an essay of fewer than 550 words, which describes the
    applicant’s career, vocational, or academic goal toward which the scholarship is to provide aid.

    Entries will be judged and awarded at three levels: local, regional and national. Awards are made
    in amounts ranging from $300 to $1000.

               To download and print an official entry form via the internet visit:

                  ALL ENTRIES MUST BE POST MARKED BY JANUARY 15, 2012.

               Visit AMERICAN MENSA, a High IQ Society at
   $2,500 First Place Award
   Fill out a one-page application
   Write a 700 to 1,000 word essay on the
    “Importance of Establishing and
    Maintaining Good Credit during Your
    College Years”
   Entries must be postmarked by January
    16, 2012

CA Association of Collectors
 The Dell Scholars Program is about you, and
  your determination to succeed.
 You must be in AVID to apply, and must have at
  least a 2.4 GPA.
 $20,000 scholarship
 This is a program that looks beyond academic
  performance and grades. You don’t need the
  highest grades to apply. It rewards your
  determination to achieve great things through
  higher education.
 Apply at before January
  15, 2012.

    Dell Scholars Program
 See winners from previous years at
 Scholarship application is available online at
 Applicants must be of Mexican ancestry and have
  at least a 3.0 unweighted GPA.

   Apply no later than Feb 1

Reynaldo J. Carreon M.D. Foundation
 American Legion requires proof of
  honorable discharge or proof of U.S.
  military service by someone in the family
  to accompany the DHSHS Scholarship
 Please provide this documentation to the
  Career Center by February 1, 2012.
    American Legion, Owen Coffman
    Post #519
RCAEOP Scholarship
     For students who wish to
      pursue a career in business
      administration or education.
     Essay required and 3 letters of
     Pick up the scholarship
      application in the Career Center.
     Entries due February 24, 2012.
 Applications are being accepted online
  until February 6, 2012, for low-income
  Hispanic/Latino students with a
  minimum GPA of 2.7 who plan to attend
  college full time beginning Fall of 2012
 Apply at
 Also open to AB-540 students

    Inland Empire Scholarship Fund
Desert Escrow Association

   $1,000 Andy Petlansky Memorial
   Minimum 2.5 GPA
   US citizen or Permanent Resident
   You must fill out the DEA application
    (pick one up in the Career Center)
   Due in Career Center by Feb 24
Georgia Fogelson Scholarships and Palm Springs Museum
MAC (Museum Associates Council) Scholarships
with Pathways to Success

   You must be pursuing the
    Visual Arts in college.
   Must have a high school GPA
    of 2.0 or above.
   Scholarship amounts are
    $2,500 for community college
    or $5,000 for four-year
   Apply online at
    by March 9, 2012.
California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc.
For Students with Disabilities

   Scholarships from $1,000 to $2,000 each
   You must be a US citizen to apply
   You must have a physical impairment,
    neurological impairment, visual impairment,
    hearing impairment, and/or speech-language
   Application is online at or
    pick up a paper application in the Career Center
   Applications must be postmarked on or before
    March 15, 2012
 Pathways  to Success
  scholarship applications are due
  by March 17, 2012
 For the online application, go to

 Pathways to Success
   Students who submit the DHSHS
    Scholarship Application will be
    considered. Two $1,000 scholarships
    will be awarded.
   Finalists will be interviewed in March.

California Desert Association of
 Four $2,500 awards
 Applications are only available at
 Deadline to submit an application is
  March 31, 2011

Riverside Sheriffs’ Association
 A $1,000 scholarship is offered to a
  student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and
  who exhibits outstanding creative ability in
  Writing, Art, Drama, or Music.
 Student must be highly recommended by
  a teacher or counselor with first-hand
  knowledge of her work.
 Entries due by April 11, 2012.

    National League of American Pen
PS Women’s Press Club
   $1,000 scholarships           Pick up a paper
   Apply by April 12,             application in the
    2012 (OR SOONER) if
    you are pursuing a             Career Center as
    career in journalism, or       soon as
    any other media,               possible!
    television writer,
    screenwriting, music or
    related field.
 You will be considered if you submitted
  the DHSHS Scholarship Application.
 CRTA will interview finalists for their
  $1,500 scholarship.
 Special consideration given to students
  interested in a teaching career.
 This group’s scholarship interviews are
  usually held in April.

California Retired Teachers
Association, Palm Springs Div 89
 Female candidates who submit the DHSHS
  Scholarship Application will be considered if
  they meet the following requirements: 4.0
  GPA, and at least 1000 combined SAT
  Reading & Math scores.
 Finalists will be interviewed, probably in

    Coachella Valley Panhellenic
 If you submit the DHSHS Scholarship
  Application and live in DHS, you will be
 Number of scholarships vary, but the DHS
  Women’s Club gives as many as they can:
  $1,000 for students attending 4-year
  colleges, and $500 for community college.
 Finalists will be interviewed. If you miss
  your interview, you will not be eligible to
  receive this scholarship.

    DHS Women’s Club
 Female candidates who submit the DHSHS
  Scholarship Application will be considered.
 There will also be a NCL Scholarship
  application to complete.
 Finalists will be interviewed, probably in
  March or April.

    National Charity League
Financial Aid & FAFSA

   Apply for FAFSA after January 1, 2012
   Colleges where you have been accepted for
    admission will give you a financial aid offer
    to review in the spring
 Complete the FAFSA online at after January 1
 Before January 1, you can get an
  estimate of your eligibility, even
  before your senior year, by using
California state aid

 Your Social Security Number, and your parents’
  Social Security Numbers.
 Date of birth for you and for your parents
  (month, day, year).
 Month and year your parents were married, or
 Your driver’s license number, if you have one.
 Your Alien Registration Number, if you are not a
  U.S. citizen.
 2011 Federal tax information--or tax returns for
  yourself and for your parents. You can use 2010
  tax returns, and update your information after
  2011 returns are completed.

    Information you need to fill out
 Before you start filling out your FAFSA
  online, get a PIN (personal identification
 Go to
 Get a PIN for yourself, and ask one of
  your parents to get one.
 This lets you sign your FAFSA

Get a PIN
AB 131 Dream Act

   Signed into law in September 2011
   Effective for 2013-2014 school year
   Online application will be opened
    January 2013 to gather FAFSA-like
   This scholarship is $2,250 per year plus bonuses
    for good grades for a student attending a 4-year
    college, or a one-time $2,500 award.
   Student must be studying veterinary, agricultural
    business, accounting, chemistry, biology, dairy,
    vintners, farm management, mechanics,
    engineering or other related fields.
   Pick up a paper application in the Career Center
   Applications are due March 1, 2012

Coachella Valley Chapter,
California Women for Agriculture
 $500 scholarship
 You must be of Portuguese descent,
  with at least a 3.5 GPA
 Apply online at or pick up a
  paper application in the Career Center
 Deadline March 15, 2012

    Cabrillo Civic Clubs of Calif
   The Coachella Valley Branch of the American
    Public Works Association (APWA) provides a
    $1,000 scholarship opportunity to students
    who have been accepted to a four-year
    college with a major in a public works related
    field such as civil engineering, public
    administration, construction management,
    traffic engineering or structural engineering.
   Visit the DHSHS Career Center before March
    12, 2012, for more details.

 You must be a U.S. citizen, and belong to
  JROTC or are a dependent or direct
  descendant of an active, reserve, retired,
  or honorably discharged member of the
  military service.
 Download an application online at
 Due March 15, 2012

    Navy League Scholarship $1,500
 Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to
  graduating DHSHS students
 Candidates must demonstrate financial need,
  have excellent grades, and be accepted by a 4-
  year college to pursue a B.S. or B.A.
 Visit
 Winners will be selected from the DHSHS
  Scholarship Application entries

    Parissa Labbaf Memorial
The Paletteers Art Club
Scholarship $1,000
           For a student who has talent in painting, and who
            would pursue further training in art
           You will need to submit samples of your art in jpg
           Ask your art teacher for help with putting your art
            samples into electronic format
           Your Local DHSHS Scholarship Application will
            be submitted
           Entries complete with art samples are due by
            February 15, 2012 to the Career Center
           Winner will attend an Art Show at Miracle Springs
            Resort & Spa on Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Advertising Campaign - AAF
                  Create an original and effective
                   advertising campaign against Cell
                   Phone Usage While Driving to be
                   eligible for a $2,000 scholarship
                   from American Advertising
                   Federation – Palm Springs -
                   Desert Cities (AAF).
                  Create a print ad, radio or TV
                   commercial, billboard or a web
                  Accent is on creativity in art and
                  Entries are due in the Career
                   Center no later than February 28,
                   2012 (new due date)
 Scholarships are available to graduating
  seniors who been accepted and are
  committed to attend UCLA’s Fall 2012
  Freshman Class.
 Pick up a paper application in the Career
 It is due by April 15, 2012.

UCLA Club of the Desert
BigSun Scholarship
The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in
their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All
student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating

Deadline               -   June 22, 2012

Amount of Award -                     $500.00

The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post
secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in
the community..

Please visit our website at to learn how to

                                                This scholarship has been listed with
    Suggestions for

 Present yourself well. Neatness counts.
 Check your spelling on everything.
 Be sure your name is on each page.
 Submit all requested information, and
  submit it on time.
 Be prepared to go to the post office for
  postage and to mail your own entries.
Think about what you want:

   Visit Career Cruising online at
   Explore your personal interests
   Research statistics about job
    availability, colleges and costs
   Stop by the Career Center to pick up
    our user name and password
     Financial Aid Terms
                                               Scholarships are free money
              Grants are money you don’t          for college and are usually
                 have to pay back and             based on your area of study
                   are usually based              or merit, such as good
                   on financial need.             grades, special talents, or
                                                  community service.

Work Study or Student Employment           Loans are borrowed money
   Programs let you earn money for            that you must repay,
   college in a job on or off campus.
                                              usually with interest.
Beware of
scholarship scams!
    These scam-spotting rules are from
    Don’t pay money to get money.
    Too good to be true? It probably is.
    Spend time, not money.
    Legitimate scholarships are never
    Feel suspicious? Trust your instinct.

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