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 Largest Scholarships You Can Find for College

You reached the right place! Whether you're a high school student planning to apply to college or just starting college career, tuition cost is something that is on time of mind. Tuition is a huge factor when it comes to choosing a college - but hopefully, financial aid and scholarships can support the cost. That's why we created the list of the largest scholarships for college. We're talking about tens of thousands of dollars in free money

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Horatio Alger Association Scholarships (Due October 25)


National Scholarship $25,000- This program includes an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference.  Recipients must attend the National Scholars Conference to receive the award. Please click the link below for the application and eligibility criteria.


Horatio Alger National Scholarship


State Scholarship $10,000- This program specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. Please click the link below for the application and eligibility criteria.


Horatio Alger State Scholarship


Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation  (SMART) - (Due December 1st

The SMART program is a scholarship for service program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. Please refer to the program website listed below for additional information, including details about potential stipends and benefits.  
Caplenas Memorial Scholarships $500 (Due February 15) - 3-4 typed fictional story; open to all seniors 
Martha Samaniego Scholarship $500-$750 (Due April 30) - open to all students; 3.0 GPA; 1,000 word essay; any post-secondary plan 
Community Scholarship Portfolio (Due February 24) - open to all seniors; checklist is attached 
African American Scholar Program (Aquarium of the Pacific) (Due October 15) - new scholarship program that will award funds to support African American students who demonstrate a commitment to studies related to careers in the aquarium field, including ocean education, animal husbandry, water quality, building maintenance or facilities, microbiology, and business management.
Shanen Skinner-Pearson $1000 (Due April 30) - senior student or immediate family member of that student impacted directly by cancer.

Application Requirements:
-- College-Bound students: Two-year college, four-year college, or trade school
-- No minimum GPA
-- Student or immediate family member impacted directly by cancer. Immediate family member is defined by a parent, sibling or legal guardian at the time of cancer diagnosis.
-- 500-word essay on how cancer has impacted your life.
Edison Scholars Program $10,000 per year for 4 years ($40,000) (Due Dec 17, 2020 at 6pm PST
  • be a high school senior with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent.
  • live in Southern California Edison’s (SCE) service territory.
  • plan to attend a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. for the 2021/2022 academic year.
  • plan to enroll in an eligible major in computer and information services, engineering, engineering technology, management information systems, mathematics, natural resources and conservation, or physical sciences.
  • demonstrate financial need.
Elks Foundation's Most Valuable Student Scholarship $1000-$12,500 per year for 4 years (Due November 15, 2020)
  • Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks.
  • High school graduates are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are submitted; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
Dell Scholars Program $20,000 (Due December 1, 2020)


That’s why Dell Scholars was designed to provide a support system for the challenges many students face while pursuing a degree. Even so, we recognize that college costs can be a significant burden for many students and their families. Nationally, 500 Dell Scholars are selected each year to receive a scholarship plus lots of non-monetary supports. 



  • Participate in a program-approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12
  • Be on track to graduate from an accredited high school in the current academic year
  • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance
  • Be eligible to receive a federal Pell Grant in first year of college
  • Plan to enroll full time at an accredited higher education institution in the pursuit of a bachelor's degree in the fall directly following high school graduation
  • Earn a minimum of a 2.4 GPA
Equitable Excellence Scholarship $2,500, $10,000, or $25,000 (Due December 15, 2020)


Equitable Excellence award winners come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, but are united by their drive, determination, and strong character.


Applicants to the Equitable Excellence Scholarship must:
  • Demonstrate courage, strength and wisdom as shown by community impact through volunteer service.
  • Be high school seniors planning to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States.
  • Be a United States citizen or legal resident living or claiming residency in one of the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico.
California-Hawaii Elk's Vocational Scholarship $500-$2000 per year for 2 years (Due March 15th) - 
Any prospective student (male or female), residing within the jurisdiction of the California- Hawaii Elks Association (CHEA), who plans to pursue an eligible vocational/technical course may file an application. Persons enrolling in a 4-year course leading to a Bachelor's degree are not eligible. All applicants must be citizens of the United States of America on the date the application is filed.
Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities $1000-$3000 (Due March 15th)
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Be a resident of California or Hawaii
  • Have a physical, neurological, visual, hearing impairments, and/or speech language disorder.
  • Be a senior in high school, a high school graduate, or have passed the General Educational Development (GED) Examination or the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE).
  • Plan to obtain an undergraduate degree at an accredited community college, licensed vocational school, or four-year college.
  • Demonstrate a financial need.
PB&J Scholarship $500-$1,000 (Due December 16) - open to all college-bound seniors at SJHS, attending 2-year or 4-year in fall 2020, looking for students who have experienced challenges in their life and who have drive to succeed. 
Foot Locker Scholar Athletes $25,000 (Due Jan 8th 2021) - 
This scholarship honors student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability (GPA 3.0+) and strong leadership skills in sports, in their schools, and within their communities.
  • 3.0 GPA
  • High School Senior
  • US Citizen/Permanent legal resident 
  • involved with high school sports, community sports, intramural sports 
  • planning on enrolling at a 4 year institution
  • recommendation letter 
1 for 2 Education Foundation Scholarship $25,000 (Due February 15, 2021)
$25,000 - 2-10 winners. Due Feb 16 or when they receive 500 applications (whichever comes first - so don't procrastinate this one!)
This Scholarship is all about paying it forward. Applicants must have a 3.7+ GPA and pledge to pay for a comparable scholarship grant for two people (not related to them), over the course of their lifetime.
Soroptimist Comm. Service Scholarship $1000 (Due March 11) - open to high school senior girls, 2.5 GPA, extensive community service/volunteerism, any post-secondary plan; application and essay
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship $30,000 (Due February 1)
  • Be a graduating high school senior;
  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States;
  • Show leadership potential;
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service;
  • Present evidence of financial need;
  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21;
  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4–year College when applying for the scholarship