Financial Aid and Scholarships
There are many opportunities to earn scholarships. Click on the document below to see a running list of scholarships. You should also create an account at the following web sites. See our links page for information about financial aide.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is where you apply for federal financial aid for college. Everyone can, and should, apply for student aid. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You should apply even if you think you will not be eligible because your parents make too much money. The FAFSA is often required to receive scholarships and work study programs at many universities. So, just do it. Apply at https://www.studentaid.gov/ Notice it is not .com! Don’t make that mistake. It will cost you $$. NEVER pay for this service. It is totally free! You are eligible to complete the FAFSA if you are a:
- U.S Citizen
- Permanent Resident
- Eligible non-citizen
- T Visa holder
Use the FAFSA on The Web worksheet to help you gather all of the information you will need before you begin. You will need to gather some personal paperwork as well as the appropriate IRS tax forms. All financial information needs to be for the previous financial year. If you don't have your W-2 tax forms yet, you can estimate using your pay stubs and file a FAFSA correction later. We strongly recommend your parents do their taxes as early as possible this year so that you know what your financial aid award will be.
You will need the following items for your PARENTS and YOURSELF:
- Social Security Number
- Driver's license # or state ID (if any)
- FAFSA ID (you will apply for this online at fafsa.ed.gov)
- W-2 Forms and other records of money earned
- Federal Income Tax Return from LAST YEAR - IRS Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 1040TeleFile
- Untaxed income records - Social Security, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, welfare, or veterans benefits records. (Not needed for FAFSA but may be requested by your college.)
- Current bank statements. (Not usually required FAFSA.)
- Current business and investment mortgage information, business records, stock, bond, and other investment records. (Not usually required for FAFSA.)
- Alien registration or permanent residence card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
- Have a valid or expired DACA
- U Visa holders
- Have Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Fastweb - is a fantastic website that will help you find scholarships to pay for college. Log on and complete your profile. They will email you with scholarship information.
Student Resource Guide- Here is a link to information about A LOT of scholarships. This document is provided by Congresswoman Roybal-Allard's office. Paying for College Student Resource Guide
Scholarships.com - This is another search engine that will help you locate scholarships.
- Age 24 or younger
- A high school senior applying for, or already accepted as, a full-time student at an accredited college or university.
- OR a full-time student attending and continuing at an accredited college or university.
The Andres and Maria Cardenas Family Foundation (AMCFF) is a philanthropic organization that seeks to advance students in our community and to motivate our students to achieve their highest aspirations. Each year the board awards scholarships to deserving high school and college students who are attending, or have attended, one of our ten partner schools (including Sylmar Charter High School.) The AMCFF seeks to honor not only high achieving students, but also students who demonstrate the qualities of Andres and Maria Cardenas – hard work, perseverance, and a commitment to community.
- Be a graduating high school senior with written proof of acceptance at an accredited institution of higher learning.
- Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
- Submit a completed application along with all required supplementary documents by the application deadline. (Resume, Two Recommendation Letters, Transcript, Acceptance letter from the school you will attend during the next school year.
1. Be of Latina heritage
2. Be a graduating senior from a high school in the San Fernando Valley
3. Be attending a two-year or four-year college or university in FALL 2024
4. Have a minimum 2.5 unweighted cumulative GPA
The Scholarship Selection Committee is looking for applicants who demonstrate the following:
1. Balance of school, family, employment and/or community involvement.
2. Financial need.
3. Essay-clarity, originality of ideas and good writing skills.
4. Leadership abilities.
- Intend to be enrolled in and or accepted as a full-time student in a Bachelors program at an accredited university or college in the fall.
- Be studying computer science, computer engineering, or closely related technology field.
- Demonstrate a strong academic record
- Demonstrate financial need
- Exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for improving representation of underrepresented groups in computer science and technology.
- demonstrate merit through academic achievements, leadership and campus/community activities
- pursuing a science, technology, engineering or math degree
- have an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for merit-based scholarships.
- be of Hispanic descent and/or must demonstrate significant leadership or service within the underserved community
- enrolled full-time or part-time at the time of application and the time of the scholarship award
- enrolled in a STEM or health-related undergraduate or graduate program for the upcoming fall semester, at an accredited 2-yr or 4-yr college/university in the U.S. or its territories.
The My Documented Life website has links to many scholarships available to undocumented students. Check it often for updates.Immigrants RisingThe Immigrants Rising website has many scholarships listed that are available to undocumented students, as well as those who have US citizenship or residency. Check the scholarships to be sure they are available to students in our area. They also have many resources for immigrant students and their families.
Moore Scholarship: Due March 10, 2023
The Alliance of Asian Pacific Administrators (AAPA), Council of Black Administrators (COBA), and Council of Mexican American Administrators (CMAA) have joined together to sponsor scholarships for selected high school seniors.
Each of the organization awards three (3) scholarships to eligible seniors who have, beyond the norm demonstrated leadership in promoting intergroup-intercultural relations and/or have through their actions, significantly reduced intergroup tension at their school and/or community.
Eligible students must have maintained a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average, grades 9-12. The one-time scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded to students upon submission of proof of enrollment in a college or university.
The Dr. Lawrence H. Moore Human Relations Scholarship will be awarded to students of our partner ethnic groups who have met these criteria. The naming of these scholarships is to honor Dr. Moor for his vision and dedication to promote better human relations within the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The deadline for application submission electronically is Friday, March 10, 2023 @3pm.
Application Submittal: Please refer to eligibility and application requirements specified on the 2022-2023 scholarship application. All applications must be submitted electronically and must be e-marked by the deadline above. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED/NOT PROCESSED.
- Graduating from a Los Angeles or Orange County high school
- Anticipated enrollment at a four-year university for the Fall 2022 semester
- Demonstrates outstanding moral character, grit and perseverance
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• A one page essay on your goals for the future:
• A letter of recommendation from an adult who knows you but is not a relative
• A transcript
• An application form
- Be currently enrolled in high school and graduating in the spring of 2024
- Must have a minimum unweighted 3.0 GPA
- Must enroll at an accredited higher education institution in 2024-2025
- Be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines)
- If selected, attendance to virtual regional awards ceremony is mandatory
- Be a U.S. permanent resident, U.S. citizen, or qualify under the DACA
- be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full-time undergraduate students, in an accredited four-year or two-year institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories
- demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support.
- At least one parent must be of Hispanic ancestry.
- Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply (DACA or Undocumented)
- Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students.
- This includes high school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors up to age 25.
- 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
- This scholarship is open to current high school students (freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors).
- Students can either be living in the US (as a US citizen, permanent resident, or with DACA status) or living internationally, but must be planning to attend a college or university in the US.
- Scholarship amount: $1,000 per application period
- One winner will be chosen for each application period.
Edison Scholars Program Due January 23, 2024
The Edison Scholars Program will award $50,000 college scholarships to 30 high school seniors to help them follow their dreams in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) and empower them to change the world. Eligible STEM majors include computer and information systems, engineering, engineering technology, management information systems, mathematics, natural resources and conservation and physical sciences.
Here are the requirements:
- Must be a high school senior
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
- Plan to pursue studies in the STEM fields at a four-year accredited college or university
- Demonstrate financial need.
- Applicants must live in Southern California Edison’s service territory. (Locally, that is only San Fernando and Kagel Canyon. Sorry Sylmar and other Los Angeles area peeps. We have LADWP, not Edison so you are not eligible.)
- The top 50 finalists will be required to submit a short video and potentially participate in a final interview.
- Dependents of Edison International and SCE employees and retirees are not eligible.
- high school seniors
- legal U.S residents
- have a minimum 3.0 GPA
- eligible to attend a two-four year college or university with a full-time course of study
- willing to disclose other scholarship programs applied for
- planning to enroll and attend an accredited college or university in the academic year after your selection
- willing to provide verification of college acceptance
- have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage