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Local and National Scholarships

A scholarship is a payment made to support a student's education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement. Scholarships are only one source of funds to help pay for a students continuing education after high school (others include: work study, loans, financial aid, and grants). Keep in mind that this webpage is not a comprehensive list of all scholarship opportunities available to you. You are encouraged to research other scholarship options through a variety of resources, including: scholarship search engines, colleges and universities, places of employment, and community organizations (some of which are listed on this webpage).

Be aware that the Upland High School Guidance Department does not sponsor any of the programs listed. We are glad to advertise the information to our students; however, we are not responsible for the actions of third parties.

Upland high School Senior Scholarships and awards

Senior Scholarship and Awards Application:  Each year the UHS Scholarship committee receives scholarships from local contributors and we are asked to award them to deserving recipients.  The committee is also asked to choose outstanding seniors for prestigious awards such as Outstanding Athlete and Outstanding Senior.  All of these awards and scholarships are announced at Senior Awards Night (June 4, 2020 at 6:00pm). To be eligible for any of the awards or scholarships, a senior must submit an application, which can be found in the Counseling Office scholarship drawer located directly in front of the Counseling Secretaries.  Please return completed application to the Guidance Office.  Deadline: Friday, March 27, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Baldy View ROP Scholarship

For students to be eligible for the Baldy View ROP Foundation Student Scholarship, the following guidelines must apply:

  • Applicant must be a current or former Baldy View ROP student.
  • Applicant must be a high school senior or adult.
  • Applicant must have a goal to continue their education within one year at a U.S. accredited institution of higher learning, e.g. community college, university, trade school.
  • Applicant must have achieved at least a 2.0 high school grade point average (GPA).
  • Applicant must submit a typed essay of no more than 300 words explaining how this scholarship would assist with his/her career and educational goals. (Acceptable fonts: Times, Helvetica, Arial, in 10-12 point font)
  • Applicants must submit a one page typed résumé, following the résumé guide.
  • All instructions must be followed.
  • Applicants will be rated on each component. Points possible are as follows: application- 4 points, resume- 24 points, essay- 72 points.
  • Application deadline is February, 28, 2020

Baldy View ROP Foundation Scholarship

Business Woman's Association of san bernardino County (BASBC)

The BASBC is very excited to tell you that we are now accepting applications for the 2020–2021 school year! Many young women struggle to obtain a college education due to the rising costs of tuition. The BASBC Foundation was established in 2014 in order to help local young women in San Bernardino County reach their educational goals. All funds are raised through various fundraisers throughout the year. Scholarships awarded to qualifying applicants range from $500 to $1,500. We would love to make an application for this scholarship available to your students.

 All applicants must meet the following criteria:

·  Must be currently attending a San Bernardino County high school and planning to attend a college or university during the fall semester / 2020 academic year.

·  Must be in good academic standing with current educational institution. Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA for current high school

·  All recipients will be notified by May 10, 2020.

Applications can be found at deadline is April 30, 2020.

California Armenian Legislative Caucus

The California Armenian Legislative Caucus is holding two scholarship contests for the 2020 commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. California high school students in ninth through twelfth grade are invited to participate in an essay contest and/or a visual arts contest to increase greater awareness of the Armenian Genocide. The submission deadline for both contests is Monday, April 6, 2020. 

All winners will be awarded scholarships and a trip to Sacramento to be acknowledged at the California Armenian Legislative Caucus’ annual Armenian Advocacy Day during a press conference on April 27, 2020. Winners will be contacted directly and announced to mainstream and Armenian media by the California Armenian Legislative Caucus on April 17, 2020. Original artwork will be requested from visual arts applicants if selected as a finalist for possible display in the California State Capitol. Scholarship awards are $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, and $500 for third place in each contest. 

Instructions and criteria for the contests are in the news release available at and-visual-arts-scholarships-raise. Students may enter both contests, but submissions must be entered separately.

California Association of Collectors Scholarship

The Educational Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2005 by the California Association of Collectors (CAC ESF). The CAC ESF is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation. All donations are tax deductible. Tax ID Number 56-2521491.

The scholarship requires a simple one-page application and an essay on "The Importance of Establishing and Maintaining Good Financial Credit During Your College Years". The scholarship is available to any California high school senior for their use at any accredited college, university, or trade school.

Chaffey Community Republican Women Scholarship

It's that time of year again!  The Chaffey Community Republican Women will be awarding $1000 to a senior from our area intending to go on to college.  All the information is on the website.  For Charlotte Mousel Scholarship application click here cfrwsoutherndivision

Essays are due on March 1.  Please have students send or e-mail their applications to me at my Mt. SAC e-mail:  

Chino Basin Water Conservation District Scholarship

Chino Basin Water Conservation District will award a $5,000 grant and may award additional grants to qualified students enrolled in various water resource related fields of study for the academic year 2019-2020.  Applications can be found online at

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (pomona valley Alumnae (Chapter)

The 2019-2020 scholarship application for DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC., Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter is now available! Visit

Eligibility:  This scholarship is open to African-American female students who are graduating high school seniors.

Application Criteria:

 • Applicants must be attending a four-year institution in fall 2020.

• Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above, on a 4.0 scale.

• Submit a TYPED 500-word essay.

 • Submit (1) Official Transcript (sealed).

 • Submit (1) letter of recommendation from a school official. (i.e. teacher, counselor, faculty).

• Reside in one of the following cities: Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Montclair, Claremont, Upland, Corona, Norco, Fontana, Rialto, Alta Loma, Diamond Bar, Walnut, Pomona, West Covina, Covina, San Dimas, La Verne, Chino, Chino Hills, La Puente or Eastvale.

*Children of members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter are not eligible.

Application Deadline: Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, February 28th, 2020!

Mail application to:

Delta Sigma Theta

Post Office Box 1942

Pomona, CA 91769

Eclipse Scholarship

Eclipse is an organization that is committed to assisting and encouraging African-American high school students in successfully completing higher educational goals.  Eclipse would like to invite seniors to apply for this year’s scholarships.  Eligibility requirements are:

  • Must be African-American/Black descent
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • A letter of recommendations form faculty/staff discussing character, motivation, intellect and leadership
  • Write an essay (1-2 pages). Essay should discuss personal background, college and career goals, include a challenge you have faced or overcome and why you deserve the Scholarship
  • Proof of acceptance to a four year college if awarded a scholarship

Applications can be picked up in the Guidance Office in the scholarship drawer.  The completed application must be received by Saturday, March 10, 2020.  

Edison International Scholarship

Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, is accepting applications from eligible high school seniors planning to study science, math, engineering or technology.  Edison International is awarding $40,000 scholarships, provided over four years at $10,000 per year.  The eligibility requirements are:

·  Must be a high school senior with at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA, plan to pursue studies in the STEM fields at a four-year accredited college or university and show financial need.

·  Eligible STEM majors include computer and information systems, engineering, engineering technology, management information systems, mathematics, natural resources and conservation and physical sciences.

·  Applicants must live in Southern California Edison’s service territory.

·   The top 50 finalists will be required to submit a short video. Don’t stress, it’s simple.

·  Dependents of Edison International and SCE employees and retirees are not eligible.

Applications can be found online at Deadline to apply is 6 p.m. PST on Monday, Dec. 16, 

Edison Scholars College Scholarships

High school seniors can now apply for the $40,000 Edison Scholars college scholarships. Edison International is awarding $1.2 million in scholarships to 30 high school seniors to help them follow their dreams in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) and empower them to change the world. Deadline to apply is Dec. 14.


Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • 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 2019/20120academic 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.

Dependents of Edison International and SCE employees or retirees are not eligible for the Edison Scholars Program.


  • Up to thirty (30) awards of $10,000 per year, totaling $40,000 over four years, will be granted.
  • Awards are renewable for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and continued full-time enrollment in one of the designated fields of study at a four-year college and continuation of the program by Edison International.
  • Awards are for undergraduate study only.


Gates Scholarship

Eligibility requirements:


  • A high school senior
  • From at least one of the following ethnicities: African American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
  • Pell-eligible
  • A US citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • A minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale

Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US, accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.



*For American Indian/Alaska Native, proof of tribal enrollment will be required.



An ideal candidate will also have:


  • An outstanding high school academic record (e.g., be in the top 10 percent of his/her graduating class)
  • Demonstrated leadership ability (e.g., as shown through participation in community service, and extracurricular, or other activities)
  • Exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.)


For additional information and scholarship application, please visit The Gates Scholarship   


DeadlineSunday, September 15, 2019, by 5:00 PM PT.

gettysburg college Scholarships

Gettysburg recognizes students’ academic achievement in high school by awarding five categories of scholarships.

Decisions on the scholarship recipients are made as part of the admissions process. The four academic merit scholarships (Lincoln, Presidential, David Wills, and Founders) are awarded under Early Decision and Regular Decision as part of the admissions review process; a separate application is not required.

The Eisenhower Scholarship, designed to recognize students’ commitment to civic engagement, requires a separate application.

The selection process for these scholarships is highly competitive with awards going to top-ranking applicants based upon strength of academic program and grade point average.


hispanic heritage

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation offers educations grants of up to $3,500 to students who are in the graduating Class of 2020.



The David and mary Hjorth Family Endowment Fund Scholarship

The David and Mary Hjorth Family Endowment Fund

This generous fund, founded by David and Mary Hjorth, parents of former Upland High students Joanna and Nick Hjorth, is offering $4750.00 scholarships for four graduating seniors from Upland High to the four-year college of their choice.  Applications can be found in the Counseling Office.


¨ 3.5 GPA

          ¨ 30 credits of honors/ AP level classes            

          ¨ 50 hours of community service

          ¨ Extra-curricular UHS activities

Please return application to the Counseling Office.  Deadline: Friday, March 9, 2020 by 12:00 p.m. 

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)

We are very pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Seminars – the nation’s only program designed exclusively for high school sophomores.  The seminars are offered at a nominal registration fee of $195.00; the fee will be paid graciously by the Upland Woman’s club.  Upland High is allowed to nominate one sophomore from our school.


The HOBY Leadership Seminars will be conducted next spring in each of the 50 United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, and Mexico.  At the conclusion of the HOBY Seminar in California, one boy and one girl, along with the students from 30 other countries, will be selected to attend the all-expense-paid week- long HOBY World Leadership Congress (WLC) next July.



HOBY Leadership Seminars are designed by our state’s organizing committee to create an experience for sophomore leaders that will produce the following results:


·  Students learn to think critically.  HOBY motivates students by showing them that “how to think” can be just as important as “what to think”.


·  Students enhance their leadership skills.  Through HOBY’s question-and-answer, give and take format, by participating in small group discussion, and by taking on leadership roles to identify their own particular leadership strengths.


·  Students learn more about “America’s Incentive System,” including democracy, free enterprise, volunteerism and service to community.


·  Students discover that they are not alone in the desire to lead and to make their schools and communities better places.  Meeting students from their own communities and state who feel the same way is a powerful and reaffirming experience.


If you are interested, please describe, in 75 to 100 (typed) words, the most rewarding and challenging aspect of being a leader in our school and/or community.  All essays must be turned in to Mrs. Simmons (located in the Counseling Office) by Friday, November 22, 2019.

The Links (san Bernardino)

The San Bernardino Valley Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is in the process of conducting their annual selection of candidates for their academic scholarships.  The Links, Incorporated, established in 1946, is a women’s service organization which addresses African American issues worldwide. This organization is committed to educational, cultural and civic activities, dedicating itself to “service through friendship.”  Each year they select local high school students who plan on attending a post-secondary institution in the fall and in need of financial assistance.  If you are interested please pick up an application in the guidance office.  Applications may be sent to the following post office box or email address:  P.O. Box 7700 San Bernardino, CA 92441 or email to or  Applications must be received by the organization no later than Friday March 6, 2020.

Nextiva Scholarship

Nextiva has made a scholarship available to Upland High School! Student applicants must meet the following criteria: 

Applicant must be a high school junior or senior Applicant must plan to major in a business or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) program. Applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Scholarship recipients will receive a one-time award of $1000. The application deadline is May 1, 2020. You can find all the details about this scholarship program here:

OBO El Dabe Ritter Trial lawyers 

We are pleased to announce the 2019 El Dabe Ritter Scholarship. This scholarship is now available to any high school senior in the United States that desires to apply. More information  can be found on our scholarship application below:

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Award Amount: $1,500


Orange County Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce Foundation Scholarship

Orange County Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce Foundation (‘OCCACCF’) is committed to helping our community by reaching out to those students who have succeeded both inside and outside of the classroom- but may not be able to attend college without financial assistance. We believe that investing in students who are leaders will result in positive and sustainable communities in the future.  

 OCCACCF has been providing scholarships for 25 years to those promising students of Chinese descent to continue their education.  Since 2015, $5,000 per Scholar per year for four years (for a total of $20,000) scholarship program is being made to those “OCCACC Scholars” showing financial need and academic achievement.

-The applicant has a need for financial aid to continue higher education (proof is needed, see below)
-The applicant must be graduating from a high school in Orange County or Los Angeles County , and other nearby cities in summer of 2020.
-The applicant must possess a current year admission to a community college, college, or university
-The applicant has at least one parent who is of Chinese descent

-The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (non-weighted) and a SAT score of not less than 1200 (new SAT) or an ACT of 27

·        Application Deadline:  February 28, 2020

·        Number Of Awards:  10

Scholarship recipients called “OCCACC Scholars” will be announced at the beginning of May, 2020 and will be required to attend the Scholarship banquet on June 6, 2020 at Renaissance Newport Beach to receive their scholarship.  For more information or to apply, please visit the website at        

PB&J Scholarship

The PB&J Scholarship Fund is focused on helping students who have experienced challenges in their life that may not have allowed them to perform well academically but still have the drive to succeed whose test scores or GPAs might not be the best of the best, but have the drive to be successful. The PB&J scholarship was developed by Traven Watase, she wanted to give back to future students with the will and determination to gain a college degree.  To give back, Traven lived off of PB&J sandwiches during her first year in college to fund a scholarship for students like her.  Students interested the PB&J scholarship can apply at  Deadline is May 31, 2020 for a chance to win a scholarship in the amount of $500-$1,000.

Pomona valley Alumnae of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Scholarship

The Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. currently is accepting applications for scholarships from African-American female high school seniors planning to enroll at a four-year college or university in fall of 2019.

Scholarship Application

PTSA Scholarship

Are you a member of PTSA? Have you volunteered and been active with the PTSA, UHS, and the community? If so, you may be eligible for a PTSA scholarship.

Applications are available at Guidance Office or by clicking on the link below. Completed application and essay must be submitted to the Guidance Office by Monday, April 30th, 2019 

Please note, since this is a PTSA sponsored scholarship, all potential recipients must be current members of the Upland Highlanders PTSA for the 2018-2019 school year.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award

Attention 11th graders:  The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program is a fun packed two and a half day leadership training program for High School Juniors.  Explore and develop your leadership skills through problem solving and group leading.  Build on strengths and expand your experiences through challenges, fun and adventure.  If interested in attending the leadership training at Camp Cedar Crest in Big Bear, California March 20-22, 2020, please come to the guidance office to see Mr. Montero or Mrs. Simmons for an application.  Applications must be returned to Mr. Montero or Mrs. Simmons in the guidance office by Friday, February 28, 2020.  For more information please visit

rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest

Rotary International District 5300 is composed of 64 clubs in Southern California and Nevada. The District annually conducts a Four-Way Test Speech Contest to benefit high school age youth (9th-12th grade).  All high school students are eligible to apply to the scholarship and write a speech on The 2019-2020 theme “Rotary Connects the World”. The topic of the speech must be specifically subjected to the Rotary Four-Way Test.  The Rotary Four-Way Test is: Of the things we think, say or do: First… Is it the TRUTH? Second...Is it FAIR to all concerned? Third...Will it build GOODWILL AND BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Fourth...Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?  Speeches must be no less than 6 minutes and no more than 8 minutes in length.  1st place is $5,000 and four runner up will win $1,000.  If interested, please pick up application in the Counseling Office.  Please return application to Mrs. Simmons or Mr. Montero in the Counseling office.  Deadline: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

SCAG Scholarship

The SCAG Scholarship Program offers local government and planning experience that students can use to develop long-term career goals. The scholarship will provide a $4,000 scholarship award for seven high school or community college students from the SCAG region (and potentially two additional scholarship awards that are not tied to a specific county, but would be awarded at the Committee’s discretion), a two-week internship with a local planning agency or council of governments, and the opportunity to meet with elected officials and practicing planners to learn more about careers in public service.



Sons of Italy

The Sons of Italy Western Foundation and the Grand Lodge of California, Order Sons of Italy in America, are proud to provide college scholarships to eligible students. These scholarships range from $500.00 to $5,000.00, and are available in the following categories: Academic Awards, Italian Language Study Grants in Italy for the summer and Athletic Awards for high school seniors pursuing a career in sports or a sports related field.


Scholarships will be awarded to students graduating from public or private high school. Applicants must be wholly or partly of Italian ancestry. For the Italian Language Study Grant, applicants must also have completed a foreign language course in high school. Selection will be based on scholastic record, activities evidencing leadership, financial need, written personal goals statement, Essay of Italian Origin, and letters of recommendation.

To apply to any of the three scholarships, please log onto and click on the link for SCHOLARSHIPS to download an application.  Postmark deadline for all applications is March 1, 2020. 
Upland Teachers Association Scholarship

The Upland Teachers Association is proud to award scholarships to deserving students who are planning a career in education.


To be eligible for the 2020 UTA Scholarship, the applicant must:


Be a graduating high school senior.


2. Be planning to pursue a college degree or credential for a teaching or education-related career in K-12 public education in an accredited institution of higher education as a full-time student by the next fall term.


Be a child of a UTA member or a senior in the Upland Unified School District.


If your son/daughter meets the requirements and applies for the scholarship, he/she must submit to the Scholarship Committee a complete transcript of his/her educational history from grade 10 through first semester of grade 12 with the completed scholarship application along with the required letters of recommendation. All information received will be held strictly confidential and for the committee's use only.


The scholarship will be awarded prior to the end of the school year.


Scholarship applications are attached to this email. All applications and required documents must be emailed to the UTA office at and received no later than May 22, 2020.

WTS Scholarship

One of WTS-IE's primary goals is to provide scholarships for women pursuing careers in transportation. Each year, women with permanent residence in the Inland Empire, or who are enrolled at a college of university located within the Inland Empire, are invited to apply for a scholarship. This includes high school seniors who plan to enroll in college or university for their freshman year. In January 2019, WTS-IE awarded $45K in scholarships.

The 2019-2020 WTS-IE Scholarship application period is now open and applications are due by October 25, 2019. Please note the application process below.

Application Process

Each applicant will be required to submit an application, which includes the following:

  • Personal statement (as outlined in the application)

  • Transcripts

  • Two letters of recommendation; and

  • Proof of enrollment at a San Bernardino or Riverside County high school or college; or

  • Proof of enrollment at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; or

  • San Bernardino or Riverside County native attending an out-of-state college

  • Application