2018-2019 Saddleback College Scholarships Application

Application period is between 11/13/2017 – 02/13/2018

Saddleback College offers a variety of scholarships based on merit, specific educational goals, financial need, or other criteria. Scholarships are available to graduating sophomores transferring to a four-year college or university and to Saddleback College students who are continuing their education in academic programs here. All awards are based on the receipt of funding from donors. Your scholarship application must be fully completed in order for your application to be considered for any scholarship opportunity.

The Student Financial Assistance & Scholarship Office reserves complete discretion to determine and confirm your eligibility for any and all awards offered through the Saddleback College Scholarship Program. All decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

Scholarships based on financial need require the submission the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 13, 2018. You can do this at www.fafsa.gov (http://www.fafsa.gov).

Click here for information on our available Scholarship Workshops.


All Students

If your major has changed since you completed your admissions application, you should change your major in Admissions and Records. Having the correct major will assist in having the appropriate scholarships matched to your application.

You must use your Saddleback College email address to sign up for your scholarship account.

Continuing students:

Applicants must have completed at least 12 credit units with at least a 2.0 GPA at Saddleback College by the end of fall 2017 and be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit units in the spring semester 2018 and you plan on returning to Saddleback College in the fall semester 2018.

Transfer Students:

Applicants must be transferring to a four-year institution in the fall semester 2018 or to a program not offered at Saddleback College, and must not have received a Transfer Scholarship in the past. You must have completed at least 24 credit units at Saddleback College and be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) units in the spring 2018 semester.

Please Note: You may not receive a transfer student scholarship if you have received one in the past. You may also not receive a transfer and returning scholarship at the same time.

High School Students:

Students currently enrolled in high school are not eligible to apply for Saddleback College Scholarships

Personal Statement:

A personal statement MUST be submitted in order for your application to be considered complete.


NOTE: Your responses to the essay prompts should be answered in essay format. For each Personal Statement the length is “no more than 250 words”. Do not put your name or student I.D. in any of the essays.

Responses to the following prompts MUST be the focus of your personal statement:



  • Summarize your life experiences, successes and any challenges that have impacted your path to higher education.

  • Discuss your educational and career aspirations as well as your ability to complete these goals.

  • How will your educational experience be affected if selected to receive a Scholarship from Saddleback College?



The scholarship committee is comprised of faculty, staff, administrators and community volunteers. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of evaluation, the criteria and the funds available. Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements for a particular scholarship does not guarantee your selection for an award.


At the end of April or early May you will receive an e-mail informing you if you have been selected to receive a scholarship.

Recipients will be invited to attend the Scholarship & Award Ceremony on May 18, 2018. As condition of receiving a scholarship, named recipients are required to attend the ceremony. Invited students who are unable to attend the ceremony may contact the Student Financial Assistance & Scholarship Office if this condition cannot be met.

After the Scholarship & Award Ceremony, you will receive a letter explaining the steps in receiving your scholarship(s).

All students who receive a scholarship are required to submit a thank you letter to each donor as a criteria condition of receiving your award.


Adapted from an article by Susan Hiraki, EOPS Director, Las Positas College

  1. Before beginning the essay, think of your life in a global way. What have been the accomplishments, crises, obstacles related to your education? Take some notes and don’t worry about the organization of these random thoughts. Make sure you begin this process early enough to gather useful information. Talk to your family and friends about how they view you because they may see your achievements more clearly than you do.
  2. It is appropriate to talk about personal crises, but your essay should tie these in to how you overcame them and what this has to do with education. For example, you may cite an accident that left you disabled. You may want to elaborate on the recovery process and how it contributed to who you are now and why education has become more important to you because of this traumatic experience. The reader should get a sense of your stamina, resilience, creativity, and other personal resources that would lead him/her to believe you could draw on these reserves to be successful in achieving your goals.
  3. Your essay should have an introduction, middle, and a conclusion. Begin by introducing yourself and what you intend to say, the middle should, in a more comprehensive form, reflect what your introduction said you would discuss; and the conclusion should sum up all the information in a logical progression. You could decide to write your introduction last so that it can be truly specific in its purpose.
  4. It is not necessary to use long and complicated words. If you do, make sure you are using them appropriately and with the correct spelling. It is more effective to use ordinary words in clear statements.
  5. When you begin writing your essay, do not worry about using all the correct words and phrases because this may block your thinking and writing. Take a deep breath and let yourself feel the freedom of your own ability to express yourself. Keep writing without stopping to search for “just the right word” and skip over anything that doesn’t come to you readily. Don’t worry about spelling, content, or correct English usage as it will keep you from saying some important things about yourself.
  6. After you have written a first draft, go back over it to be sure that you have responded to the prompt or the instructions. Make a good case for why you are unique and how your experiences will help you with your college education. Four-year schools expect you to be mature enough to extrapolate lessons from experiences. What unique contributions will you make as a student and as an alumnus? It would be a good idea to answer this question in your entire short answer questionnaire regardless of where you apply because it indicates vision and self-esteem.
  7. When you are ready to write your final draft, go back to numbers 2 through 7. Check for spelling, grammar, and logical, linear thought progression. Does everything in the conclusion relate to your educational goals?
  8. Again, do this exercise early enough so that you will have time to write the essay, as well as time for other people to proof it and offer you some feedback.
  9. If this feels overwhelming, go back to number 5 and take a deep breath. Remember, the subject matter is you, and you are the greatest authority on this topic. Write from your heart, and worry about all the intellectual concerns when you are working on the finished product.

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Saddleback College Scholarships are funded by generous donors to the Saddleback College Foundation. For information on how you can make a scholarship donation to support Saddleback College students please contact the Saddleback College Foundation at (949) 582-4479 or use our feedback form.