Financial Aid & Scholarships



The UHS Scholarship Committee selects students for multiple community scholarships and awards. This committee consists of teachers, counselors, and administrators. Recipients are recognized at our annual awards event. 

TIP: If you plan to submit multiple applications, save your work in a Word document to copy and paste to your next application.


More scholarships will be added throughout the school year, so keep checking back!

*Note: Uni, nor any of it's affiliates, are responsible for the legitimacy or quality of the scholarships listed. 

Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship

The Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship exists to move the tech industry in the right direction by empowering the next generation of extraordinary women leaders.
Award: $500
Apply by April 1, 2020
High School Social Leaders Bi-Annual Scholarship

The High School Social Leaders Bi-Annual Scholarship will award $1,000 every 6 months to students who are focused on solving critical social issues either in their communities or at a global scale. The scholarship is open to any high school students who plan on pursuing higher education. Award: $1,000. Apply by March 28, 2020. Click here for details.

Willow Tree Scholarship

For graduating high school seniors in Orange County, Ca who will enter their first year of post-secondary education at any two or four year accredited institutions in the US by  Fall semester 2020 or Winter quarter 2021. Essay prompt: "What do you imagine college will look like, and how do you know you will persevere and succeed in higher education?"
Award $1,000
Apply by June 8, 2020
Irvine Unified Council PTA (IUCPTA)
For seniors - IUCPTA is pleased to offer one $500 Scholarship at each Irvine High School (Creekside, Irvine High, Northwood, San Joaquin, Woodbridge and University High) to a graduating senior that will be used towards continued education after graduation. Qualifications This scholarship recognizes students who are PTSA members who have performed service activities inside and outside of school. Applicant must: - Be a current student in good standing at one of the IUSD High Schools - Be a current PTSA member.
Apply by April 6, 2020
The 2020 PFLAG South Orange County Scholarships
Outstanding graduating high school seniors and college/vocational students are encouraged to apply for the 2020 scholarships offered through PFLAG South Orange County. Monetary awards up to $2,500 are available to residents (or children of residents) of Orange County between the ages of 17-24 who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning, and to straight allies who have directly supported LGBTQ youth and/or the LGBTQ community.
Apply by April 15, 2020 
Prime Medical Alert Scholarship
At Prime Medical Alert, we understand that nurses are one of the most important components of America’s healthcare industry. We want to help the next generation reach their dreams. This scholarship is open to applicants working toward a two year or four year degree. Applicants shall be working towards a degree with the intent of becoming a RN or LPN upon graduation.
Apply by July 31, 2020 ​​​​​​​
California Alarm Association Grants for Children of Law Enforcement & Fire Service Personnel
The 2020 CAA/ESA Youth Scholarship Program offers $25,000 in funds to children of active duty law enforcement and fire service personnel in the State of California who are graduating from high school in 2020. There are 11 regional awards, one statewide award, and two national awards. This program rewards students who have excelled academically and are active in community service and extracurricular activities at their school.
Apply by April 10, 2020
Innovation In Education Scholarship
Must currently be enrolled as a high school or college/university student within the United States or Canada. Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or the equivalent). Must be a citizen of, permanent resident of, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada.Must have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others (This could be a website, series of blogs, an app, fundraising event, etc.)
Award: $500
Apply by 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month
CleverFiles Scholarship
Looking for a student who demonstrates an interest in the fields of data protection and management. Ideally, the candidate will possess some innovative ideas related to these critical aspects of our digital lives. The hope is to inspire discussion associated with these vitally important aspects of life in our digital age. 
Click here for the application and details
Apply by June 15, 2019
Julie Inman Courage Award
For seniors who have demonstrated courage by going forward in the face of adversity and/or life changing or extraordinary obstacle. It recognizes courage and determination over physical and/or learning disabilities, illness of self or family member, the death of a loved one or unusually difficult circumstances at home. Please write an essay of 1500 words or less, describing your courageous situation being specific and giving details pertaining to your own story. Please pick up an application packet in the College & Career Center. 
Apply by April 1, 2020
National Charity League
National Charity League, Irvine Chapter, awards four $1,000 scholarships each year to Irvine female senior students enrolling in accredited universities in the Fall of 2020. The emphasis is on students who have a strong record of community service. Pick up an application in the College & Career Center.
Award: $1,000
Apply by March 8, 2020
PB&J Scholarship Fund
We are looking for students who have experienced challenges in their life and who have the drive to succeed. For the first time, we are opening this scholarship to University High School. Open to all college-bound seniors at University High School who will be attending an accredited 2-year or 4-year college in fall 2020. Email: for questions.
Award: $500-$1,000
Apply by May 31, 2020
Christermon Foundation-Beverage Industry College Scholarship Program
For graduating California high school students who will attend a four-year college/university in the US, beginning with the fall semester of their graduating year. Student applicants MUST be affiliated with the California licensed beverage industry through a parent or grandparent’s current full-time employment. 
Apply by February 15, 2020 
Orange County Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce Foundation (‘OCCACCF’) Scholarship
For 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 more than 20 years to those promising students of Chinese descent to continue their education. Due to OCCACCF’s successful effort at raising funds for the scholarship program, 4 year commitments of $5,000 per year (for a total of $20,000) are being made from now on to those “OCCACCF Scholars” showing financial need and academic achievement.
Award: $5,000
Apply by February 28, 2020
Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship
The Italian Catholic Federation is a National Catholic Fraternal Organization composed of persons of Italian ancestry (including their non-Italian spouses) who are of the Roman Catholic Faith. One of the many purposes of the Federation is to offer college scholarships to further the education of students who are Roman Catholic and of Italian descent (or whose non-Italian Roman Catholic parents, guardians or grandparents are members of the Federation), who maintain a GPA of at least 3.2 and who live within the Roman Catholic Dioceses of California.
Apply by March 15, 2020
The Asian Pacific Fund Scholarships
The Asian Pacific Fund helps talented and disadvantaged youth pursue their goals. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 - $20,000, with eligibility criteria varying for each scholarship program. The Asian Pacific Fund is pleased to manage 10 scholarships programs. All are made possible through contributions from individual donors who start programs to fulfill personal charitable goals. Each program has unique eligibility and selection criteria based on the donor’s priorities.
Apply by March 2, 2020 ​​​​​​​
Stay In School College Scholarship Program
Applications for this scholarship will be judged on academic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, and the supporting documentation, such as the letter of recommendation and personal essay. Award $4,000
Apply by February 23, 2020

The Orange County Community Foundation Scholarships (multiple)

Elks Scholarships! Click on the links below for details
Most Valuable Student

SA Elks Lenz Scholarship - Contact Wendy Bacerra 714-397-7130 or
Santa Ana Elks #794 Scholarship - Contact Wendy Bacerra 714-397-7130 or


ZipRecruiter Recurring Scholarship
Scholarship Award: $3,000
Deadlines: June 30th & December 31st every year
Eligibility Requirements: Student must be 18+ years old and enrolled in classes by deadline date
You can visit our ZipRecruiter Scholarship Page for more information. If you have any further questions or concerns, please reach me via phone or email.

National Student Leadership Conference/Scholarships
For more than 25 years, outstanding high school students have come to the NSLC to explore
a future career, develop leadership skills and experience college life.
For an overview of the programs Click Here
For information on scholarships offered Click Here


STEM Scholarships
Department of Defense scholarships provide cash awards to students who have demonstrated ability and aptitude for excelling in STEM fields in disciplines of importance to DoD.
Click Here for details

Congressional Award
Open to ages 14 to 23 year-olds. 
Award: Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Award Medals.
Awards are based on four program areas: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and 
Please Click HERE for additional information and how to register

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities (
Multiple scholarships to review!
Please Click HERE for the link

Military Scholarships (ROTC)
More than 1.4 million Americans have made the choice to serve their country. The brave men and women who voluntarily invest their time in the United States Military are some of the well-respected citizens of the country. Choosing to enter the military should not forfeit your dreams of receiving a college education. Whether you are a member of the Air ForceArmyCoast GuardMarine Corps, or Navy there are a number of college scholarships and grants available for service members, veterans and their families
Click Here for details

Nursing Scholarships

Financial Aid and Grants for Nursing Students

Certified Nursing Assistant Scholarships

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Additional Sources

  • Foundations
  • Religious/community orgs
  • Local businesses
  • Civic groups
  • Professional associations
  • Ethnicity-based organizations
  • Your/your parent's employer

Financial Aid

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Types of Aid

The Financial Aid Process

Finding financial aid can seem overwhelming. The infographic below provides helpful information about the financial aid process.

Financial Aid Process



FAFSA Guide 2019-2020
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
High School Seniors: File your FAFSA online between Oct 1st and Mar 2nd.

Financial Aid Websites

Reference Guide: Cal Grant & Other State Aid
College Cost Comparison
College Scorecard
Federal Aid Eligibility
Info for Parents
Types of Aid

Financial Aid Resources

FAFSA: Dependency Status
FAFSA: Who is my Parent?
Federal Aid Eligibility
Financial Aid Process
Financial Aid Workshop PPT
Loan Basics for Parents
Loan Basics for Students
Types of Aid

Financial Aid Myths

"My parents make too much money so I won't qualify for aid."
There is no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid. Many factors besides income are taken into account. In addition, some schools won't even consider you for merit-based scholarships until you have submitted the FAFSA. Don't assume... fill out the FAFSA and find out.

"Only students with good grades get aid."
Most federal aid programs do not take grades into account. Provided you maintain satisfactory academic progress in college, you'll continue to receive aid.

"The FAFSA is too hard to fill out."
The FAFSA is easier than ever. There are instructions for every question, and if you need help you can ask representatives via online chat. Most students complete the FAFSA in just 23 minutes!