Although there are no scholarships explicitly linked to current Honors Program students, this page presents resources for students seeking information and assistance in applying to privately funded scholarships.
For information on scholarships that may be offered by Honors Program transfer partners, please see the transfer partnership documents available via the Honors Transfer Page. For scholarships available to members of Phi Theta Kappa, visit http://www.ptk.org/scholarships.
We encourage all students, whether or not they believe they are eligible for financial aid, to apply for it every year.
Both transfer institutions and private scholarship donors may require you to have filed a FAFSA or taken other steps to apply for financial aid as part of their evaluation process. Besides - you might be surprised. Award processes and standards are complex. Don't guess.
Saddleback College Foundation Scholarships
The Saddleback College Foundation oversees the awarding hundreds of scholarships each year. In April, these awards are announced for continuing as well as transferring students. Last year, over 600 scholarships were awarded.
One online application covers all the scholarships, although finalists for a few scholarships may have to submit additional information or be interviewed. The scholarship application period for the 2020/2021 academic year opens on December 2, 2019 and will close February 6, 2020. Please use the following link to apply during this time period: https://saddleback.academicworks.com/
The Financial Aid Office's Resources for Outside Private Scholarships
Scholarship scams are widespread. Make sure you're dealing with reputable scholarship search organizations. Use the ones on the Financial Aid Office's Scholarship Information page. If you are looking at a scholarship "resource" not on that page, check them out with the Financial Aid Office in SSC 106 first.
Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
The JKC Foundation annually awards 75 to 90 scholarships that provide 40,000 annually for up to three years to complete baccalaureate studies. It is the largest scholarship available to transfer students in this country. It is highly competitive, but six Saddleback College students -- now at UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Columbia University -- have won this highly prestigious award.
"Cooke Scholars" receive not only the financial award but also mentoring opportunities and eligibility for a continuing scholarship for postgraduate work.
In September 2016, two of our Cooke Scholars, Nasim Eshragh Nia and Alborz Jelvani, returned to Saddleback to share information and application tips with current students. They've allowed us to share their PowerPoint.
Words of Encouragement from Saddleback College Cooke Scholars