Scholarships for Seniors

Scholarship Opportunities

Deadline: October 17th

To apply for the College JumpStart Scholarship you must meet the following requirements:

1) High school 10th-12th grader, college student, or non-traditional student;
2) U.S. citizen or legal resident;
3) Attend or plan to attend an accredited 2-year, 4-year, or vocational / trade school in the U.S.
4) Be committed to using education to better your life and that of your family and/or community.

If you meet all of the above requirements, we invite you to apply for the College JumpStart Scholarship.




* Nominations must be submitted by a school or college counselor by November 17, 2023.
The Horatio Alger Association offers one of the largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country. The Horatio Alger Scholarship Program specifically assists high school students who've faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are primarily focused on recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, they seek students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial needs.

The application period for high school seniors pursuing bachelor's degree programs ends October 25.  The application for career and technical education is open until August 15; this is for students pursuing associate degrees or technical certifications.

For more information, visit their website.
Voice of Democracy Scholarship
The 2023-24 theme is: 
"What Are the Greatest Attributes of Our Democracy?"
Apply by:  October 31, 2023
Click here to apply.
Established in 1947, the VFW Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regard to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. 
Record your original 3-5 minute (+ or – 5-second max.) audio essay on a flash drive, or other electronic device. Your recording, typed essay, and completed entry form are to be submitted to your local VFW Post for judging.
Submit the entry form and requirements to:
VFW Post 2828 Rocky Versace Beach Cities Post
1000 N Cataline Ave
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Hispanic Heritage Youth Award
Apply by:  November 13, 2023
Click here to apply.
The Youth Awards was founded in 1998 by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Now entering its 25th year, the Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in various categories including: Community Service, Education, Engineering, Entrepreneurship & Business, Green Sustainability, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, Public Service & Social Justice, and Technology.
Current high school senior; must have a minimum unweighted 3.0 GPA; be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines).


Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship
Apply by:  December 15, 2023, 1pm
Click here to apply.
Amazon is committed to building a diverse future for the tech industry—and to supporting underserved students with dreams of STEM careers.  The Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship awards up to a $40,000 scholarship to those pursuing higher education in computer science, robotics, or hardware engineering, along with internship opportunities at Amazon. Apply today to become one of the 400 students that earn this amazing win-win opportunity!
Eligibility Requirements
  • Be planning to attain a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, robotics, or other computer science related field of study from an accredited 4-year college or from a 2-year college with the intent to transfer to a 4-year college.
  • Be a high school senior in the U.S. who is currently enrolled in or who has completed a high school or college dual degree course where computer science, engineering, or robotics is the subject. Students who have not taken this course can opt-in to take an assessment offered by Amazon.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
  • Must demonstrate financial need.
Edison Scholars Program
Apply by:  January 23, 2024
Click here to apply.
The Edison Scholars Program recognizes students who want to be makers of tomorrow.  30 high school seniors will receive $50,000 to help them follow their dreams in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) empower them to change the world. 
For more information on the program and the application, visit
1.    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.
2.    Eligible STEM majors include computer and information systems, engineering, engineering technology, management information systems, mathematics, natural resources and conservation and physical sciences.
3.    Applicants must live in Southern California Edison’s service area- link opens in new window.
4.    The top 50 finalists will be required to submit a short video and potentially participate in a final interview. Don’t stress, these are just ways to get to know you better.
5.    Dependents of Edison International and SCE employees and retirees are not eligible.
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You might need a letter of recommendation for a scholarship.  Below are the steps to asking for a letter of recommendation at Synergy Quantum Academy.

  • Brag-sheet needs to be completed (Below you will find the Brag-sheet document)
  • You need 2-3 recommenders (seniors make sure they are the same recommenders for EOP and Privates)
  • Ask your recommenders through email if they can write you a letter of recommendation
  • If the recommender/s says yes, email them a hard copy of your completed brag-sheet
  • When emailing the recommender make sure you send a professional email (you can google this, just do not copy word by word. Make it your own) thank them for their time and let them know that the Letter of Recommendation for EOP is due November 30th and privates are due December 13th (Before we go on break)
  • Please let recommenders know that for EOP they will receive a Recommendation form through email to fill out (this happens when you submit your CSU application).
  • For private schools, letters of recommendation are an actual letter. This will be due about the same time as your application deadline (THIS IS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO ASK EARLY)
  • Also if you are applying for private school make sure you request your recommender through your application.
  • You can start asking as soon as you are done with your brag-sheet (make sure your brag-sheet was looked over by Ms. Aboli
  • Make sure you always put down the right email or they will never receive your recommendation request
  • Please keep in mind some teachers might have a limit on how many students they will accept
  • Always follow up with your recommenders to make sure they are completing the recommendation in a timely manner.
Here are some tips to help you ask your teacher/counselor for a letter of recommendation. 
The following are some useful links to help you with your scholarship search. Make sure that you are eligible for the scholarship by noting the required GPA and follow all guidelines to apply. For example, some scholarships require a letter of recommendation, essay, and application. Others just require the student to submit the application.