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The JFK Library Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Open to all grades - Deadline is January 18, 2019

In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right for the nation. These leaders demonstrated political courage by taking a stand for the public good in spite of pressure by interest groups, their political party, or even their constituents. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.

Contest Topic: Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. Include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level.

For contest information, including eligibility, requirements and submission, please visit the JFK Library Profile in Courage Essay website

The Coolidge Scholarship

Juniors Only - Deadline is January 23, 2019

The Coolidge is a full-ride scholarship that covers a student's tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate studey. The Coolidge can be used by recipients at any accredited U.S. college or university. 


  • Current high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2020
  • American citizen or legal permanent resident

For more information and to apply, please visit the Calvin Coolidge Scholarship website

The Willow Tree Scholarship

Deadline is January 25, 2019

The Wall Point of View Project 501(c)(3) is proud to offer the Willow Tree Scholarship to our graduating seniors who will enter their first year of post-secondary education at any two or four year accredited institution in the United States by Fall semester 2019 or Winter quarter 2020. 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 write an essay expressing critical ideas that can generate a thoughtful connection with their reader. 

Eligibility and Official Rules:

  • 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 by January 2020
  • Must submit a personal essay answering the given year's writing prompt (prompt below)
  • Candidates who submit a personal essay permit The Wall POV Project the right to solicit the essay to be a part of the "Point of View" educational book series. 

2019 Essay Writing Prompt:

  • Describe a situation when you've experienced or witnessed adversity, and how did it affect your decision or goal of pursuing higher education?

For more information and to apply, students can submit the essay online by visiting The Wall POV Project website

Asian Pacific Fund Scholarship Programs

Deadline is February 26, 2019

The Asian Pacific Fund coordinates 10 scholarship programs that provide financial support to undergraduate and graduate students. Each program is tailored to reflect the donor’s personal interests, whether targeted to specific ethnicities, career paths (e.g. engineering, business, accounting), or backgrounds (eg. children of farm or restaurant workers).The scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $20,000 and many are renewable. 

For specific guidelines and to apply, please visit the Asian Pacific Fund Scholarship Program website

the junior league of orange county scholarship

Deadline is March 1, 2019

The Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc., (JLOCC) is pleased to announce that we are seeking qualified applicants to compete for our annual Scholarships Awards for the 2019-2020 academic year. This year, up to $4,000 will be awarded to deserving students who are striving to pursue a college degree.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently a graduating high school senior or a post-secondary student
  • High school or post-secondary grade point average of 3.0 or above
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Pending acceptance to a post-secondary institution (required for receipt of scholarship)
  • If registering as a part-time student, proof of 20 or more hours of work per week
  • Agreement to attend the JLOCC June 2018 meeting to accept any award or send an appropriate designee (parent, executive director of the project/program, foster parent, etc.)
  • Scholars should be willing to update the JLOCC about their academic experience by May 2019
  • May not be an immediate relative of a JLOCC member (i.e. sibling, daughter, son)
  • Scholars must use the funds awarded within one calendar year from the official award date

For more information and to download the application, please visit the JLOCC Scholarship website

The 2019 Ben Carlson Scholarship

Deadline is March 1, 2019

Ben Carlson was a Newport Beach Lifeguard that died in the line of duty July 6, 2014. Ben exhibited an exceptional work ethic, love of the ocean, compassion, athleticism, and scholastic performance. The Ben Carlson Memorial and Scholarship Foundation offers two $10,000 scholarship in Ben’s memory. The Ben Carlson Memorial and Scholarship Foundation seeks to create a sustainable legacy of Ben Carlson through scholarship, ocean safety, and philanthropy.

Eligibility Requirements

  • In order to apply, candidates need to be attending a four-year post-secondary school within ten months of award application date.
  • Applicants must be a current high school senior or undergraduate student. Students continuing or applying to graduate schools will not be considered.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong work ethic, academic promise, athleticism, and service to the community.
  • High School students must have a minimum unweighted 3.2 GPA, and undergraduate students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be taking a full-time academic course load.
  • Applicants must have present or past participation in a junior lifeguard program or present or past employment as an ocean lifeguard.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Ben Carlson Foundation website

The Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship

Deadline is March 15, 2019

Since 1964, the Italian Catholic Federation has awarded over $2,000,000.00 in scholarships to more than 6,000 high school students, of the Catholic faith, attending college.

Each spring, the Italian Catholic Federation receives nearly 400 applications for its yearly scholarship awards. Applications are received from students in public as well as Catholic high schools in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Illinois. To apply, students must achieve a total cumulative GPA (3½ years) of at least 3.2 and meet one of the following:

  1. Are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent and live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada, only where Branches of the Federation are established; or,
  2. Are Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian Descent or live where Branches of the Federation are established if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is a member of the “Italian Catholic Federation.”

For more information and to download the application, please visit the Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship website

hazel cubbon greenleaf scholarship

Deadline is Monday April 8, 2019 by 5:00pm - Please read Deadline Directions below

The Hazel Cubbon Greenleaf Scholarship is supported through the estate of Mrs. Greenleaf. Mrs. Greenleaf was a teacher and administrator in the Newport Beach schools for most of her adult life. Academic excellence is not the sole criteria for eligibility. The scholarship was established to provide funding for average deserving students who have shown promise and improvement throughout their high school experience.

Eligible Students:

Students applying for this scholarship should be graduating from high school in the spring of the application year. The scholarship is offered to students who are attending a high school which is part of one of the school districts listed in the brochure. Students who apply should be enrolling in the Fall 2019 in a transfer or vocational education program at a community college or four-year college of their choosing.

Application/Deadline Process:

Students may download the application from the Orange Coast College website at Click on “Student Services”, “Scholarship Office”, “Greenleaf Scholarship”. Applications should be received in the Orange Coast College Foundation Office no later than Monday April 8, 2019 at 5 p.m. Finalists will be contacted via e-mail by Friday April 26, 2019 if they are selected for an interview. Interviews will take place on Wednesday May 15, 2019 in the afternoon.

For more information and to download the application, please visit the Greenleaf Scholarship website

Golden West College High School Scholarship

Deadline is Friday, April 19, 2019 at 5:00PM

Golden West College offers over 25 scholarship opportunities to graduating high school students the year of their graduation. You must be graduating from high school in June 2019 to be eligible to apply for this year’s opportunity.


  • Applicant must be a member of the 2019 graduating senior class and complete the Golden West College High School Scholarship Application.
  • Applicant must enroll in at least 12 units at Golden West College in the Fall 2019 semester in order to receive the scholarship.
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Unofficial copy of high school transcripts must be attached for GPA verification. If transcripts are not attached, application will not be considered.
  • Applicant must fill out Financial Aid Application (FAFSA) or Dream Act Appication
  • Scholarships are for students attending Golden West College only

Applications are available with Mrs. Mack, Counseling Secretary, in the Counseling Office. For more information regarding the scholarship, please visit the Golden West College High School Scholarship website

PWP College Scholarship

Deadline is May 1, 2019 by 3:30pm

PWP is a group of women whose goal is to maintain friendships while serving the community together and participating in a variety of social, philanthropic and educational activities.  Our group of NHHS moms has enjoyed serving the community and wants to support a NHHS student or students who have derived joy and fulfillment from serving their community.


The PWP Scholarship is available to all graduating seniors with a minimum 2.0 GPA, who have attended Newport Harbor High School for at least 2 years and will continue as a full-time student (12 units or more) in a two or four-year college program or trade school in the Fall of 2019. 

Applications are available with Mrs. Mack, Counseling Secretary, in the Counseling Office.