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Important Information Re: Scholarships during school closure

UPDATED 5/26/2020

Seniors - Please continue to check back to this page for updates. We cannot stress this enough - please make sure to follow all scholarship submission directions. Not all of the scholarships are to be returned to Mrs. Mack. It is your responsibility to submit them accordingly. 

Please check your SchoolLoop emails for scholarship applications. They are typically sent out weekly. If you cannot find the application, please email Mrs. Mack at If you need to access your transcript, you can login to your Student Aeries portal and download an unofficial copy. For letters of recommendation, please email your teacher/counselor directly and ask that they send your letter to the appropriate recipient. 

The Brad Evans Foundation Fund Scholarship


Are you applying to and planning on attending UC Berkeley? If so, this scholarship awards one student in the amount of $10,000. 


  • An Orange County high school senior from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District
  • Plan to enroll full-time (minimum of 12 units) at UC Berkeley
  • Be an outstanding student in their chosen field with a demonstrated record of community service and leadership

To apply, please visit the Orange County Community Foundation website and create an account to begin the application. 

Edwards Lifesciences Foundation Scholarship


We are passionate about improving the quality of life around the world and strengthening the communities where our employees live and work. To increase access to higher education and to promote careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), we launched the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation scholarship program. Through this program, we award 12 four-year scholarships of $2,500 per year ($10,000 in total) to high school seniors from either Orange County, California or Salt Lake County, Utah or Puerto Rico or be a child (or in the guardianship) of an Edwards Lifesciences employee who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. This program is supported by the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation and managed by Scholarship America.


  • Be a current high school senior residing in Orange County, California or Salt Lake County, Utah or Puerto Rico or be a child (or in the guardianship) of an Edwards Lifesciences employee
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for scholarship renewal

To apply, please visit the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation Scholarship website

PARS Kevin Murphy Memorial Scholarship


The PARS Kevin Murphy Memorial Scholarship is offered to provide educational assistance for future leaders in municipal management or in the field of public education. The desired candidate for this scholarship will be one pursuing a degree in Public Administration (municipal management) or a degree geared towards a career in Education; however, candidates pursuing other degrees may be considered. Public agencies (cities, counties, school districts, special districts) are funded exclusively by tax dollars, and now more than ever need highly qualified employees to manage the efficient delivery of essential municipal/educational services. Some of the most qualified management candidates are those who have completed a degree in Public Administration. Bachelor’s degree programs in Public Administration typically include coursework covering public policy, ethics, citizenship, budgeting & planning, human resource management, statistics, urban planning & development.


  • Required minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Plans a career in the public sector (municipal management or education)
  • Plans to attend a 4 year college with an emphasis towards Public Administration or Education (scholarship funds granted upon proof of enrollment)
  • Work Experience during high school
  • Extracurricular and Volunteer (Community Service) activities during high school
  • Strength of Personal Statement
  • Financial Need (preferred)

The application was emailed out to you through SchoolLoop on 5/12. Please email your completed application to Mrs. Mack at

Dr. Robert C Francy Scholarship for Science Majors


Thank you for your interest in applying for the Dr. Robert C. Francy Science Scholarship. Since 2003, this scholarship has provided assistance to Newport-Mesa USD high school seniors who go on to major in science at the university level. Past applicants are now studying to become astronauts, doctors, marine biologists, pharmacists, physicists and research scientist. The $1000.00 scholarship is awarded to an individual who is highly motivated to become a professional in the field of science, has demonstrated the temperament and ability needed to succeed, and is determined to be in need of financial assistance by the NMAA Scholarship Committee.

The application was mailed out to you through SchoolLoop on 5/4. Please email Mrs. Mack at if you need an application.

Dr. John W Nicolls Scholarship for Future Teachers


Thank you for your interest in applying for the NMAA/Dr. John W. Nicoll Scholarship for Future Teachers. Since 1988, this scholarship has provided assistance to Newport-Mesa USD high school seniors who intend to become teachers. Many are now teaching in the District. This scholarship is awarded to an individual who is highly motivated to become a teacher, has demonstrated the temperament and ability needed to succeed, and is determined to be in need of financial assistance by the NMAA Scholarship Committee. The $5000.00 scholarship award is disbursed in five annual allotments of $1,000 dollars.

The application was mailed out to you through SchoolLoop on 5/4. Please email Mrs. Mack at if you need an application.

Kaiser/Woodland STEM Scholarship

DEADLINE IS MAY 29, 2020 BY 3:30PM

One of the primary objectives of the Kaiser Woodland Schools Foundation (KWSF) is to provide supplemental science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) instruction and enrichment to support and enhance the outstanding laboratory science education program that was started at Kaiser over 17 years ago. We know that former Kaiser students have garnered a love of science from the program and have gone on to study STEM related disciplines in college. We also know that STEM related jobs are high paying and that STEM workers are in high demand. KWSF has had success obtaining grants from individuals, private foundations and corporate sponsors. One of the things that they often want to know is what impact the program has on the choices of students as it relates to their future education and career choices.

Our scholarship award is intended to support those students who have chosen to pursue a STEM discipline at the college level. Award recipients will write an essay which clearly states how their experience of laboratory science at Kaiser influenced their college and intended career choices.

The application was mailed out to you on 4/3/2020 through SchoolLoop. Please submit your completed application to Mrs. Mack at

The Richard Penjoyan Educational Trust (RPET) Scholarship


The goal of this scholarship is to help provide youths the ability to obtain the academic opportunities to achieve their personal goals to better themselves and the community in which they reside.


  • A 2.0 of better GPA and a transcript to prove this.
  • Desire to attend an institution of higher education and provide proof of acceptance at such
  • Show proof of community involvement through volunteer work, employment, participation in sports, etc.
  • Submit 2 short paragraphs on the following: 1. The most meaningful event in your life and why it is so, or 2. Why do you deserve to be awarded this scholarship?

Applications must be postmarked by May 30. The four criteria should be mailed to:
Richard Penjoyan Educational Trust
2016 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Bixby Residential Media Scholarships


The Bixby Residential Media Scholarship @ NHHS is open to ALL senior students who wish to submit an entry.  Acceptable submissions may be posted at, and in other media publications at the discretion of the sponsor and NHHS staff.  Students will generate entries in either journalism, still photography, or film format.  Students may submit more than one entry in any category.  Grant Bixby will select the winner for each category.  Those winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship award with no strings attached.  The goal is to promote creativity, individuality, and freedom of expression.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Submissions accepted beginning May 1, 2020
  2. Submit to (electronic).
  3. Include the word “Scholarship” in the subject line.
  4. Include student name, telephone, address and teacher name with each submission.  For Film, list credits if you had editorial help, actors, etc.

For details regarding the different forms of media accepted, please visit the Bixby Residential Media Scholarship website

The Willow Tree Scholarship


The Willow Tree Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors attending school in Orange County, California, and who will be entering their first year of post-secondary education at any two or four year accredited institution in the United States.  Each year, recipients are awarded a scholarship of $1,000 to be used toward their first year of college. Winners of the scholarship will be selected on their ability to express critical ideas that can generate a thoughtful connection with their reader.


  • Must have a minimum of 3.0 overall GPA
  • Currently a graduating high school senior attending school in Orange County, CA
  • Will attend college in pursuit of a two or four year degree in any major
  • Must submit a personal essay answering the provided prompt (not to exceed 750 words): "What do you imagine college will look like, and how do you know you will persevere and succeed in higher education?" (Note: Don't forget to answer both parts of the question)

For more details and to apply, please visit the Willow Tree Scholarship website

The M.O. 23 Forever Scholarship

DEADLINE IS JUNE 15, 2020 BY 11:59PM

Honoring the legacy and character of a Corona del Mar High School 2019 Graduate, Matthew Olson, this scholarship awards 2 or 4 year college-bound students who have demonstrated acts of gratitude, compassion, and kindness. They will have shown consistent leadership and kindness to all who they encounter. A scholarship will be awarded to a student who represents Matthew's character qualities of kindness, selflessness, faith, academic drive, leadership, love of sports, and making others feel valued. This scholarship will award the deserving recipient with $2,300 towards their future goals. 


  • Be a current high school senior in good standing at CDMHS or Newport Harbor HS.
  • During extracurricular activities, at school, and within the community you have demonstrated the following attributes: kindness, leadership, compassion, and going the extra mile to make a difference.

Application has been emailed to you through SchoolLoop. If you need a copy, please email Mrs. Mack at Please send your application materials, in PDF formatting, by email to Darby Olson at – Please reference in the subject line: M.O. 23 Forever.

The Chairish "Design Your Future Scholarship"


Chairish is committed to helping college students achieve their dreams. If you are overcoming obstacles to earn a college degree, we want to hear from you! Students from all majors are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to applicants pursuing design and engineering- related fields. 


  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Open to graduating seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students
  • Must be enrolled or planning to enroll at an accredited two-year, four-year, or technical/vocational college or university in the United States.
  • This scholarship is open to students from all underrepresented backgrounds. Examples of ideal applicants include, but are not limited to, students from racial minorities typically underrepresented in higher education, first generation college students, women pursuing a degree in a STEM or typically male-dominated industries, students with disabilities, and or similar situations.

To apply, please visit the Chairish "Design Your Future" Scholarship website

El Dabe Ritter Scholarship


At El Dabe Law, we passionately believe in and support the importance of a proper education. Without an education, many doors will remain closed. Going to school is an uphill battle – and if you don’t have the proper aid in place – you may end up never going to school. We make this easier for you, by offering our $1500 scholarship. This scholarship is our way of providing support to those who want a higher education.

To apply, please visit the El Dabe Ritter Scholarship website

NROTC Scholarship - Current Juniors Only


To qualify applicants must: Score 1000 combined on SAT, 22 on the ACT, Must be a US Citizen, and meet physical qualifications.  If you are willing, I ask to please get this information out this year’s junior class. Also, any student that expresses interest in applying to a service academy should also strongly consider applying for the NROTC Scholarship.  Only applying to the service academy is like only applying to one university.  Always better to have more options then now options.

For more information, please visit the NROTC Scholarship website