Financial Aid & Scholarships

Scholarship Applications

Upcoming Scholarships

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

Scholarships in Bold are open.

Scholarship Deadline
Florin | Roebig  09/1/2022
The Gates Scholarship 9/15/2022
College Board Big Future Scholarship (Multiple) Various
Course Hero- Multiple Scholarships Various
The Orange County Community Foundation Scholarships (Multiple) Various
Department of Defense STEM Scholarships (Multiple)  Various
Hearthstone Housing Foundation Various
Scholarships for Nursing Students Various
Santa Ana Elks Scholarships Various
Nursing Scholarships  Various
Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway 10/12/2022
Heisman High School Scholarship 10/18/2022
Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship 10/31/2022
Prudential Emerging Visionaries (all grades)  11/3/2022
Hamilton Award 11/5/2022
AANAPISI Scholarship 01/12/2023
Elks National Foundation Scholarship Program 11/14/2022
Cooke College Scholarship Program 11/17/2022
AI Camp 2023 National AI Scholarship 11/29/2022
Dell Scholars 12/1/2022
Home Clean Energy Scholarship Essay Contest  12/1/2022
LPA Interdisciplinary Diversity Scholarship Program 12/2/2022
Edison Scholars College Scholarship 12/09/2022
Science Ambassador Scholarship 12/13/2022
The SunTec Auto Glass Yearly Scholarship Award 12/15/2022
Dirk Derrick Car and Truck Accident Injury Scholarship 12/15/2022
Certa Law Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Scholarship 12/15/2022
Equitable Excellence Scholarship Program 12/16/2022
Vital Link Pedal-ED  12/31/2021
R3 Stem Cell Scholarship 12/31/2021
Cirkled In - "No Sweat" Scholarship 12/31/2022
Pacific Bay Recovery Scholarship 12/31/2022
Alert1 Student for Senior Scholarship 1/10/2022
Orange County Mensa Scholarship 1/10/2023

Calvin Coolidge Presidential Scholarship       (For Junior Students to apply)

APIA Scholarship Program 1/12/2023
InspirASIAN Scholarship 1/31/2022
Asian Pacific Fund Scholarship Programs Various 
California State PTA Scholarship 2/1/2022
Christermon Foundation- Beverage Industry College Scholarship Program 2/15/2023
Alzheimer's Foundation of America Scholarship 3/1/2022
Foundation 649 Scholarship 3/1/2023
Son of Italy Western Foundation Scholarship 3/1/2022
Asian Pacific Fund Various
Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund 3/06/2023
Irvine Teachers Association (ITA) Scholarship 3/11/2022
Horatio Alger National and State Scholarship Program for Juniors  03/15/2023
State Council Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California Scholarship 3/15/2023
Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship 3/15/2022
Questbridge College Prep Scholars Program (CURRENT JUNIORS) March/2023
Chevron Filipino Employee Network 3/25/2022
Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship 3/24/2023
TACL-OC Scholarship 3/15/2022
Irvine Rotary Service Above Self Scholarship (Juniors and Seniors) 3/22/2022
Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship 3/24/2023
Orange County Chinese American Chamber of Commerce Foundation 3/31/2022
Hearthstone Housing Foundation  3/31/2023
Asian Pacific Community Fund Various
SCAG Scholarship Program 4/1/2022
Helen and L.S. Wong Memorial Scholarship  4/3/2023
Suburban Optimist Club of Buena Park Scholarship 4/9/2022
Tina E. Yeh Community Service Fellowship 4/12/2022
Assistance League of Irvine Scholarship 4/15/2022
Edwards Lifesciences Foundation Scholarship 4/19/2022
Irvine Unified Council PTA Scholarship  4/22/2022
MLG Never Stop Learning Scholarship 4/30/2022
CodeWizardHS Educational Scholarship 5/1/2022
American College Foundation 5/1/2022 Scholarships (Various) 5/1/2022
TorHoerman Law Scholarship 5/1/2022
Making A Difference Foundation Scholarship 5/1/2022
Society of Women Engineers 5/2/2022
HSAIO Memorial Social Sciences Scholarship 5/16/2022
Zakat Foundation of America  5/25/2022
Honors Grad U Scholarship 5/28/2022
REP 1 RISE Scholarship (for Community College) 5/31/2022
Southern California Relocation Council (SCRC) Scholarship 5/31/2022
1800CPAP Scholarship


El Dabe Ritter Scholarship 6/30/2022
Pheabs Scholarship 8/7/2023
Prime Medical Alert Scholarship 7/31/2022



Click here to view the Financial Aid Night Presentation.

The presentation covers the basics of financial aid and what types of aid are available.  



Sources of Aid

  • Federal - awarded by the federal government
  • State - awarded by the state government
  • Institutional - awarded by the college the student chooses to attend
  • Private - awarded by an outside organization


Types of Aid

  • Scholarships/Grants - do not have to be repaid
  • Work Study - earned by the student as payment for a job on or off campus
  • Loans - must be repaid


Grants and Scholarships

  • Federal Pell Grant: Federal. For students with high financial need. Must complete the FAFSA.
  • Federal Supplemental Grant: Federal. Based on exceptional need. Must complete the FAFSA.
  • Cal Grant: State. A maximum parent income (middle range) applies. A GPA of 3.0 is required for 4 year colleges, and a GPA of 2.0 is required for 2 year or specialty colleges. Must complete the FAFSA or the Dream Act application (for undocumented students).
  • Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW): State. Pays the enrollment fees at a community college. Must complete the FAFSA.
  • CSU State University Grant (SUG): Institutional. Must complete the FAFSA.
  • UC Grant: Institutional. Limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to undergraduates who are eligible and whose Financial Aid Notice and all required documents are complete.
  • California Chafee Grant Program: Federal. For current or former foster youth to use for career and technical training or college courses. Must complete the FAFSA.
  • Institutional Scholarships: Many institutions offer their own merit-based and/or need-based scholarships. Students are often automatically considered when they apply to the institution. Sometimes an institutional scholarship will require a separate application. Check each school’s website for detailed information.
  • Private Scholarships: Many organizations offer scholarships to students who meet certain criteria. Visit your College and Career Center to learn about available organizational scholarships. You may also use scholarship search engines such as FastWeb (



Work Study


A program to help students earn money while in school. Students do not pay taxes on work study income. Must complete the FAFSA and indicate interest in work study.




  • Federal Stafford Subsidized Loans: Based on financial need. The federal government pays the interest until six months after the student stops attending college. The interest rate is variable %.
  • Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loans: Not based on financial need. Interest can be paid while in school or accrued, with a 6-month grace period. The interest rate is variable %.
  • Federal Perkins Loans: Based on exceptional financial need. Eligibility for a Pell Grant is determined first. This is federal money but the school serves as a lender. This loan is given to the student, carries an interest rate of 5%, holds a 9-month grace period, and will be cancelled for careers like teacher, nurse, and law enforcement.
  • Parent PLUS Loans: Granted to parents of students (biological or adoptive, not guardians). Not based on financial need. The loan is subject to a credit check. May cover the entire cost of attendance. Repayment begins within 60 days of the final disbursement.
  • Private Loans: Not sponsored by the federal government. They are credit and income based. The interest rate is usually higher than Stafford or PLUS loans.