Scholarships and Financial Aid
This version was updated January 10, 2012.
Go to the websites shown for more
Or visit the DHSHS Career Center for
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.
Apply online until January 27, 2012 at
Download an application for one of these:
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.
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
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
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
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
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 www.us.mensa.org
$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
Entries must be postmarked by January
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.
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
Apply at www.dellscholars.org before January
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
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 www.iesfbecas.org
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 www.chea-elks.org 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!
screenwriting, music or
You will be considered if you submitted
the DHSHS Scholarship Application.
CRTA will interview finalists for their
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
www.fafsa.gov 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
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 www.pin.ed.gov.
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
You must be of Portuguese descent,
with at least a 3.5 GPA
Apply online at
www.cabrillocivicclubs.org 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
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.
Winners will be selected from the DHSHS
Scholarship Application entries
Parissa Labbaf Memorial
The Paletteers Art Club
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
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
Pick up a paper application in the Career
It is due by April 15, 2012.
UCLA Club of the Desert
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
Please visit our website at http://www.bigsunathletics.com to learn how to
This scholarship has been listed with
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
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.
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.