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Advice on Scholarships
General Info:
  • Many scholarships are available for students of all ages. Don't wait until you are a senior in high school before you start looking!
  • At the LATEST, you should start your scholarship search in the beginning of your junior year. Most applications are due in the spring of your senior year ... but there are always exceptions!
  • It is common for scholarship applications to require you to write an essay and get recommendation letters. Ask your teachers well in advance if they are willing to write recommendation letters for you. Be courteous and don't ask for letters at the last minute!
  • Watch out for organizations that offer to get scholarships for you ... especially if they ask for money. Sometimes this can be a SCHOLARSHIP SCAM. Most scholarship opportunities can be found by searching on-line or checking out your College Center. If you get a letter inviting you to a free workshop about money for college and you are asked to pay a fee or a deposit, THINK BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING! It is wise not to give any money the first time you meet. Take the information home, check it out, talk to your counselor and find out if the organization is legitimate before you give any money. You want to make sure that the services they say they will provide are worth the money they are asking you to pay.
Check out the Scholarship List for two fantastic PDFs you can download with hundreds of scholarships for students with and without social security numbers.  There are also hundreds of links to different scholarship applications.  Good luck!
Here are two free scholarship search services:
UNIGO Scholarships
LA5 2018-19 Scholarship 
3.5 GPA

How to Apply (Deadline: February 24, 2019)

1) Download our worksheet here

2) Study the worksheet and plan your responses. 

3) At the end of the application process you will be required to upload a single pdf file that contains multiple documents.  It is critically important that you plan ahead and get 100% organized before submitting your application. 

4) Have at least two people to submit letters of recommendation to us directly on your behalf. (Instructions about how they submit letters on your behalf are below).

5) Here’s the list of what you need to gather to upload:

    A) Download and print the Scholarship Certification here

    B) High school transcript

    C) SAT or ACT Score Report

    D) Personal essay

    E) Short essay

    F) Early acceptance letters, if any

6) Scan documents A-F in order and as a single pdf. Your pdf must be saved with a file name as follows: [Last Name], [First Name] – 2019 Scholarship Application

7) Submit the online application available here by the deadline of February 24, 2019

8) Letters of recommendation must be on letterhead and signed and can be sent to us by email or regular mail as follows:

By Email:
A) The person writing a letter for you can email the letter to us as an attachment to:
B) The subject line should be: Recommendation re [Last Name], [First Name]


By Mail:
​Joshua Mandell
Akerman LLP
601 W. Fifth Street, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Attn: LA5 Scholarship re [Name of Student]

Stay In School Scholarship Program 
The LA Clippers are pleased to offer an opportunity to assist college-bound students. Six $4,000 Stay In School Scholarships will be offered to seniors planning to attend a four-year college beginning in the Fall of 2019. Scholarships will be made available to students residing in the greater Los Angeles area. Applications can be submitted until February 15, 2019.


That’s right! The Live Más Scholarship is not based on your grades or how well you play sports. No essays, no test scores, no right or wrong answers. We’re looking for the next generation of innovators, creators and dreamers who want to make a difference in the world.
In 2019, the Taco Bell Foundation will award $4 million in Live Más Scholarships. $1 million will be awarded through our new applicant program, $2.25 million through our renewal program for previous recipients

 2019 CGCS-Bernard Harris 

Math and Science Scholarship Program 


The Council of the Great City Schools and Dr. Bernard Harris strongly believe that education is key to progress, development and economic growth in our country. Together, they have developed a partnership to increase awareness about the need for more math and science graduates, especially among underrepresented populations. This scholarship is part of their efforts to support students of color who plan to pursue math- and science- related degrees. 

 Four scholarships for two boys and two girls, with a value of $5,000 each, will be awarded in May 2019 to two Black and two Hispanic students currently completing their senior year of high school in a member district of the Council of the Great City Schools (see list of member districts on left). Applicants must be accepted for full-time enrollment at a four-year college or university in the next academic year and pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). 

The scholarships, named in recognition of Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., serve underrepresented students pursuing careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. As a former astronaut, physician and businessman, Dr. Harris is an outstanding role model dedicated to serving as a mentor to the scholarship recipients. 

 Applications will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the Council of the Great City Schools. Recipients will be selected by Dr. Harris and notified in May. The scholarship will be paid to the university of the recipient’s choice and can be applied to tuition and related expenses during the 2019-2020 academic school year. 


To apply for the 2019 scholarship, this application must be submitted online by April 12, 2019. Click here to apply or go to: 

 Applications should include evidence of the applicant’s academic achievement in high school, leadership skills or community service in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics and the applicant’s commitment to pursue a career in a STEM field. To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicant must have a minimum 3.0 unweighted grade point average and have been accepted as a full-time student at a four-year institution of higher education.

 No person may receive more than one award administered by the Council of the Great City Schools in the same academic year. Employees or immediate family members of The Harris Foundation or the Council of the Great City Schools are not eligible to apply for these scholarships. 

 *All applicants must attend a public school in a Council of Great City Schools district (LAUSD is part of the CGCS).