Scholarship Information

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
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.

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.

PDF of the PowerPoint presentation by Nasim & Alborz

Words of Encouragement from Saddleback College Cooke Scholars
Jessie You, Meryl Lumboy, and Pontus Goeransson

Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Video

Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Webpage

Saddleback College Foundation Scholarships

The Saddleback College Foundation oversees the awarding of many privately funded scholarships. Every May, these awards are announced for continuing as well as transferring students. Last May, over $700,000 in scholarships were awarded.

One application covers all the scholarships, although finalists for a few scholarships may have to submit additional information or be interviewed. The application period for the May 2018 scholarships will begin in late January 2018 and continue until some time in March. The dates are not yet final. For more information on these awards, examine last year's application page, but please remember what they call the "2017-2018 Saddleback College Scholarships Application" page is LAST YEAR's PAGE! It refers to scholarships given last May for 2017-18, not to be given during 2017-18. Look at it for information and advice only.

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.