These scholarships/contests require their own application/form, have varied criteria/deadlines & are independent of District Scholarship Application.
Updated 1/11/18

The scholarships below consist of various scholarships which are and will be available throughout the year.  Some reflect last year's applications and are here for your information so you will be aware of their existence.  Please check back for this year's application (indicated by 2017-2018).

You may need a family member's MILITARY RECORDS to qualify for a scholarship.  If you don't have this information, you may request it.  This could take time so do it now

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American Legion Auxiliary Children of Warrior's National Presidents Scholarship 2017-2018 
Open to children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren of veterans who served during eligible dates (see app for dates). Due to Barbara Ross by February 22, 2018

American Legion Auxiliary Department of CA Past Presidents' Parley Nurses Scholarship 2017-2018
Must be planning on pursuing nursing at a California college and be a child of a military veteran.  This may be evaluated for a local scholarship as well as California State level scholarship.  Turn into Barbara Ross by March 23, 2018

American Legion Auxiliary Frank Gallino Unit 130 Past Presidents' Parley Nurses Scholarship 2017-2018 Must be planning on pursuing nursing at a California college open to to a child of a military veteran and/or students without military affiliation.  (Disregard the language requiring military affiliation, if not applicable).  Turn into Barbara Ross by March 23, 2018
American Legion Auxiliary Department of CA Scholarship App for Funds for Educational Assist 2017-18  
Students must be a child of a military veteran planning on attending a California college, university or trade school (vocational school) Due to Barbara Ross by March 1, 2018

American Legion Auxiliary District 7 Gold Country Education Gift Scholarship 2016-2017
Must be a child or grandchild of a veteran planning on attending a California College or University or Trade School. Return to Barbara Ross. Due March 11, 2017

American Legion Auxiliary Frank Gallino Unit #130 Arline Kenney Vocational/Technical Scholarship 2017-2018  
While NO military affiliation is required for this scholarship, the scholarship is open to children of military veterans.  Must be planning on attending a California College/University/or Trade School. Turn into Barbara Ross. Due February 28, 2018

American Legion Auxiliary Gold Country District 7 Past Presidents' Parley Nursing Education Gift Scholarship 2017    Must be planning on pursuing a nursing major.  May be a child or grandchild of a military veteran.  Turn into Barbara Ross.  Due March 30, 2017
Auburn Aviation Association Student Pilot Scholarship 2017 2018 
Auburn Aviation Association is offering 2 $2,500 Scholarships to students in Auburn and the surrounding area to expose them to general aviation. Must be 16 by March 1.  Due March 30, 2018

Beale Officers' Spouses Club Scholarship 2016-2017 
Must be a dependent of: an active duty or reserve military member (officer or enlisted) assigned to Beale, a retired U. S. military member residing in Yuba/Sutter/Nevada/Placer/or Butte County, or a deceased U. S. military member. Due March 10, 2017

Bean Jr., William C. Memorial Scholarship 2017-2018
Open to Bear River high school seniors who exemplify characteristics and ideals of scholarship, athletic achievement, leadership, service to community, and caring for others. Submit completed application and confidential report from a staff person to Barbara Ross by placing it in her mailbox in the front office at Bear River by due date. Due May 1, 2018

Blood Source Scholarship 2016 2017  
For seniors who worked a blood drive their senior year.  Blood Source is excited to have revamped their scholarship process to allow students to receive upwards of $2,500 and they will no longer limit recipients to one per school.  Due March 31, 2017

Caltrans Arun Sudhakar Memorial Scholarship 
Open to graduating high school seniors who are sons or daughters of Caltrans employees. Must be pursuing a degree in engineering, architecture or urban studies.  Due April 28, 2017

Caltrans District 3 Transportation Scholarship  
For high school graduating seniors pursuing a career in transportation requiring college instruction or vocational training. Must have been involved in community or school extracurricular activities and have financial need. Due April 28, 2017

Caltrans Division of Engineering Services 2016 Engineering/ Architectural Scholarship:  Open to high school seniors intending to enroll in engineering or architectural curriculum at a California Community College or State College or University.  Mut intend on a career in transportation.  Due March 14, 2016

Caltrans James E Roberts Engineering Scholarship 
Open to graduating high school seniors planning on majoring in civil engineering and a career in transportation. Due April 28, 2017
Chapa-De April Moore Memorial Scholarship:  To qualify for this scholarship an applicant must plan to pursue vocational training or a college degree in a healthcare related field and must have attended high school in Nevada, Placer, Sacramento or Sierra County in California. For additional details please visit the Chapa-De website at or call 530-889-3760.  Due March 31, 2017 

CIEN Amigos College Scholarship AND High School Grants 2015 (PDF - 54 KB)
Open to graduating high school seniors of Mexican origin or Latino students or AB540 students from a low income household, with a minimum 2.5 gpa. Letter of acceptance to a college or university in Northern California you plan to attend must be provided. The high school grants require the same eligibility except they are to support juniors and seniors in submitting applications, buy SAT materials, pay College Board enrollments or take prep courses to enter college.  Due February 28, 2018
Daedalians Matching Scholarship Grant  Open to college-bound high school seniors who intend to make a career in military aviation, including Service Academy appointees.  Compete the application and send to:
Ken Tupper
2749 Adriatic Way
Sacramento  CA  95826 
or email to
to be considered for a matching scholarship grant.  Due:  Estimated May 1, 2017 (ASAP) 

DAR American Indian Scholarship 2018 
Must provide proof of Indian blood, min 3.25 gpa on 4.0 scale. No SAT or ACT scores required.  Mail to:       National Vice Chairman, DAR American Indians Committee 
5990 US 64
Farmington, NM 87410-1507
Due Feb 15 Must be postmarked by Feb 10, 2018
Complete and submit this form with the DAR application as required.

DAR Scholarship Application 2017 
See various DAR scholarships in District Scholarship Packet for criteria. Due Feb 15

Darlington, John H. Scholarship 2018 
Open to graduating high school seniors who are Nevada County residents pursuing a degree in Chemical Dependency Studies or a certification in alcohol or drug abuse counseling at a 2 or 4-year college or university.  Due June 30, 2018
Davis, Richard C Scholarship 2017  
For high school seniors attending an alternative school (North Point Academy, NU Tech, Silver Springs, etc.) or continuation school. Must be 18 years or younger. This scholarship is designed to recognize the resilience of students who overcome personal obstacles to graduate high school and continue their education or pursue advance training to develop entry level skills leading to gainful employment. Due April 1, 2017

EAA Scholarship Application 2018  
Scholarship covers transportation, lodging, and food. Open to Nevada county residents who are between 14 and 15 years of age. Requires oral interviews for selected finalists. Due February 8, 2018
ESKWELA NATIN OUR FILIPINO SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP:  Open to graduating seniors of Filipino descent who plan on attending a 2 or 4 year college or university.  Due April 29, 2016 

First U.S. Community Credit Union Scholarship 2017 
This $1,000 scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors with a minimum 3.0 gpa. You must be a First U. S. member in good standing. Due July 28, 2017

Foothill Quilters Guild Scholarship 2017-2018
Open to students who have displayed in interest in furthering their education. This scholarship is a textile based project based award.  Textiles include fabrics, yarn, or other fiber based materials. This fiber arts project may be a class or group project, or one done on your own.  For example, projects might use quilting, sewing, weaving, basketry, or knitting, in their construction and might be a quilt, garment, an art project or something else that fits the criteria.  A requirement for the scholarship recipient will be to present the completed textile related project to the Foothill Quilters Guild at one of their monthly meetings.  Mail complete app to address shown postmarked by April 10, 2018

49er United Soccer Club Scholarship (PDF - 130 KB)
This scholarship is open to graduating seniors who have played on a 49er United Soccer Club Team for 2 or more seasons. Must have a min 2.5 gpa and have made a contribution back to the soccer community (including volunteer or paid service). Mail to: 49er United Soccer Club Scholarships, PO Box 284, Auburn, CA 95604 Due April 12, 2013

Gold Country Kiwanis Youth Leadership Persuasive Writing/Speech Contest:  Open to high school juniors and seniors.  Write a 2-3 page essay, top 3 will be give a speech on their paper competing for 1st Place $500, 2nd Place $300 and 3rd Place $200.  Deadline extended to 2/1/18
Golden Empire Flying Association Scholarship Fact Sheet(PDF - 76 KB)
This scholarship is to assist a high school student and Nevada County resident in pursuing their private pilot's license. Must be at least 16. Please submit to Barbara Ross no later than  5/1/15

Golden Empire Flying Association Scholarship 2015 (PDF - 86 KB)
This scholarship is to assist a high school student and Nevada County resident in pursuing their private pilot's license. Must be at least 16. Please submit to Barbara Ross no later than 5/1/15.

HOBY Outstanding Young Alumni Award (PDF - 176 KB)
Nominate a former HOBY delegate or former HOBY delegate may nominate themselves for this $500 scholarship toward their college or for the non-profit of their choice. Due January 9
Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship 2017-2018 
Must be received no later than March 15, 2018

Lions Club, Grass Valley Host Jeff Lamb Scholarship Application 2018 
Open to graduating seniors in ROP or CTE. Due to Barbara Ross extended to March 9, 2018

Model A Ford Club Youth Scholarship 
Seniors who are children/grandchildren, or a youth member, of the Model A Ford Club of America (MAFCA) (Gra Neva Model A Club) or Model “A” Restorers Club (MARC). Membership for one year prior to application in either national club is required. Due May 1, 2018

Moose Youth and Drug Awareness Scholarship Program Packet 
This is a program for students to present a program to youth ages 4-9 years old regarding topic like anti-bullying, internet safety, peer pressure, etc. Training through the Moose Lodge on Allison Ranch Road. Check with the Moose Lodge in the fall timeframe if you are interested.  Top national scholarship $12,000

Nevada County Bar Association High School Essay Scholarship Contest 2017-2018
Open to all high school students. Due October 30, 2017

Nevada County Concert Band Jerry Foote Scholarship Application 2017-18 
This scholarship is open to students who are at least sophomores in high school (and college students up to age 25) who play a band instrument. Must be a resident of Nevada County.  Min 3.0 GPA required.  May be used for assistance with music instruction or for college tuition to study music.  Complete page 3 of the forms.  To satisfy the proof of gpa requirement, include a current transcript.   Due January 12, 2018
Open to freshmen through seniors.  Must have attended 5 out of the 6 Speaker Series.  Must have been an exhibitor (still exhibit or livestock) at he 2017 Nevada County Fair.   Due May 18, 2018   
Nevada County JJDPC Scholarship:  (PDF -50 KB) Open to students under age 24 who are Nevada County residents, currently or previously involved in the Nevada County juvenile justice system and/or on probation with the Nevada County Probation Department.  Must be accepted to or enrolled in a post high school education program including college, vocational program specialized career training, etc.  (if you are not yet accepted or enrolled, you may provide a statement explaining why not).  Due April 30, 2017

NMSU Girl Scout Scholarship 2016 -2017 (PDF - 144 KB)
Open to graduating high school female seniors who have been Girl Scouts for 5 years with a min 3.0 gpa. Due April 30, 2017

North and North Central District American Assoc. of Family and Consumer Science Scholarship 2018  
Must be a graduating high school senior pursuing career studies in any related Family & Consumer Science field (Consumer Science, Early Child Development (not primary school education), Food Science, Dietetics and Nutrition, Family & Consumer Science Education, Food Service and Hospitality, Fashion Design, Interior Design and Furnishings) at an accredited Community College or Technical, Vocational Institution or State College or University.  Due March 10, 2018

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Scholarship 
Must be a graduating senior of Japanese American descent with a minimum 2.5 gpa (on 4.0 scale) and involved in your community.  Two winners will each receive $2,500.  Postmark no later than Saturday, March 14 and send to the Cherry Blossom Festival Scholarship Committee, 2441 Farrol Avenue, Union City, CA 94587-5258.  Due - Must be postmarked by March 10, 2018

P.E.O. Chapter GQ Scholarship Application 2017 (PDF - 50 KB)
Open to Bear River high school female seniors. Must be planning on attending an accredited college in OR out-of-state. Min 2.5 gpa. If the space on the application is not sufficient, you may add additional attachments.  You don't have to know which college you plan on attending at the time of application.  If you don't know, indicate the colleges you have applied to.  If you receive the award, you will need to let them know to which college to send the award.  Due April 1, 2017
This scholarship essay contest is open to graduating seniors from Sacramento and surrounding counties. Information online at  Due March 24, 2018

Placer Community Theater 2018 Scholarship Application 
This scholarship is available to students graduating in 2018 from schools in Placer and Nevada County, who will pursue a major or minor in acting or technical theater at an accredited institution of higher learning in the fall of 2016. Applicants must demonstrate active involvement in theater arts through participation in school or community theatrical productions either on stage or behind-the-scenes. Due April 1

Placer Nevada Cattlewomen Scholarship (PDF - 49 KB)
Must be a student in Nevada or Placer County, have a 3.0 gpa or higher, plan on going to college or university full time as an Ag major. Email completed application to no later than March 1

PHCS Portuguese Historical & Cultural Society Scholarship
Open to high school graduating seniors of Portuguese descent of northern California with a min 3.0 gpa. Must submit 1 letter of recommendation from either a teacher, counselor, principal, pastor, club leader, or employer. Must submit a 300 word minimum essay on any subject touching on the applicant's Portuguese heritage. Applications will be judged on: gpa (20-35 pts), extra-curricular activities (0-15 pts), Portuguese community involvement (0-5 pts), leadership (0-15 pts), and essay (0-30 pts). Due March 1, 2018

Parents or legal guardian must be an active (or deceased or medically retired) member of PORAC (Police Officer), min 2.0 gpa, Due April 1

Region 14 Of The American Iris Society Scholarship 2015 (PDF - 9 KB)
For high school seniors pursuing a degree/career in horticulture, florticulture, landscaping, nursery production, or a related field. Due April 10, 2015

Reno High Sierra Chapter Ninety-Nines Aviation Scholarship 2012 (PDF - 102 KB)
For female student pilots and female pilots who reside within 100 nautical miles of Reno Tahoe International Airport. $2,000 towards private pilot certificate & $3,000 towards advanced rating. Due April 30, 2012

Rotary Instrumental Music Contest App 2017-2018 
This is for the 2017-2018 school year and is open to 9th-12th graders. The club level competitions will be the first and second week of February and the area level competition will to be the first part of March.  The scholarship coordinator will work with the competitors to place them with a Rotary Club sponsor. Competition is limited to first come first serve. Return signed form to Barbara Ross asap but no later than January 19, 2018.

Rotary Music Contest Rules and Judging Criteria 2017-2018
While this states 2017 Contest, this is the form and information for this current year's competition.  The club level contests are yet to be determined but anticipate they will be held the first week in February, 2018 and the Area Contest is TBD, but expect it to be around the end of March to early April. Barbara Ross will coordinate your club sponsorship so you don't need to have that before you submit the application. Contestants will be taken on a first come basis. Please submit the completed form to Barbara Ross asap.

Rotary Speech Contest Rules and Application 2017 2018
This is for the 2017-2018 school year and is open to 9th-12th graders. The club level competition dates will be around the first of March, 2018. The scholarship coordinator will work with the competitors to place them with a club sponsor.  Deadline to submit application to Barbara Ross is January 19, 2018. There are limited spots for competition, which will be filled on a first come first serve basis, so recommend you return your completed app to Barbara Ross asap, but no later than January 19.

Sacramento State University Alumni Scholarship 2015 or Sacramento State University Alumni Scholarship 2015 (PDF - 215 KB)
Open to high school seniors who are planning to Sac State (any major). Must have min 3.7 gpa. Applications will be rated on ability to achieve academic success, demonstrated leadership and participation, service to community and school, hardships and obstacles (financial or otherwise)and the quality of the application materials. Due March 2, 2015

SAFE will award $10,000 in scholarships this year to exceptional college-bound seniors from high schools in the greater Sacramento area.  Criteria are:  academic achievement, financial need, a personal statement, letters of recommendation, community involvement.  Due March 2, 2015

Scott, Janice Memorial Scholarship Criteria (PDF - 11 KB)

Scott, Janice M. Memorial Scholarship (PDF - 30 KB)
Min 3.0 gpa, community service, need based. Due March 31, 2015
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Introduction 2017--2018  Open to graduating high school seniors pursuing a major in the medicine or a medically-related field. Min 3.0 gpa.  Due Jan 31, 2018 
Society of Women Engineers Sierra Foothills Scholarship Application 2017 (XLS - 192 KB)
For high school senior women who are majoring in engineering or computer science even starting at a community college. Corporate Scholarships for engineering or computer science majors. On the financial page, it should have stated for the year 2017-2018 and should be answered as such. This information you provide is to give their committee an understanding of financial need for the school year in which the student applicant may receive a scholarship.  Due April 1, 2017

Soroptimist International Violet Richardson Award (American River Auburn Chapter) App 2015-2016 (PDF - 349 KB)
Open to Bear River girls 14-17 years of age (cutoff date is Dec 1).  Include two short letters of recommendation with your application.  The award is based solely on the applicant's volunteer work and leadership qualities.  Due February 1, 2016

Soroptimist of Auburn Violet Richardson Award 2013 (PDF - 348 KB)
This scholarship is open to girls from age 14-17 (by Dec. 1, 2013). Recipient and their choice of non-profit organization will each receive $250 as well as the opportunity to compete for $1,000 at the regional level. Due January 1, 2014

Soroptimist International Violet Richardson Award (Grass Valley Club) Application 2013-14 (PDF - 333 KB)
Soroptimists Violet Richardson Award is open to young women 14-17 years of age (Dec 1 cutoff) attending Nevada Union. The submitted application is for Grass Valley Soroptimists Club. Winners and the organization for which they volunteer will each receive a monetary award. Deadline Extended to December 1, 2013

Stafford, Gordon Scholarship for Minorities Majoring in Architecture Application (PDF - 251 KB)
Open to minority students pursuing a career in architecture. Due June 20, 2016
Stafford, Gordon Scholarship for Minorities Majoring in Architecture Criteria
Sutter Buttes 99s Scholarship Application and Information 2017
This is information regarding the Sutter Buttes 99 Scholarship.  Open to high school seniors.  Due April 10, 2017 

Team Tina Scholarship 2014 (PDF - 1.59 MB)
Open to graduating high school seniors who have had some difficulties/ troubles in the past, but are trying to get back on the right path. One $1,500 scholarship towards college, trade or vocational school awarded. Open to NPA, NU Tech, Silver Springs, or Earl Jamieson only) Due May 1 to your school counselor
Tzu Chi Scholarship Checklist and Application 2017
For high school graduating seniors with minimum 3.0 gpa and demonstrated financial need. Due March 3, 2017

VIP Women in Technology Scholarship 2015 (PDF - 155 KB)
Open to high school female seniors pursuing a degree at a 2 or 4-year college in a technology related field. Due March 9, 2015

Women in Mining Scholarship 2014-2015 (PDF - 37 KB)
This is open to seniors (young women OR young men) with a min 3.0 gpa who are pursuing a degree in engineering, geology, mining, or environmental studies. Must be a California resident, but may plan on attending college out of state. Due April 3, 2015
Open to graduating high school seniors from Nevada County.  Include a 200 word maximum essay describing your cycling experience, and future plans with the sport in regards to wellness and lifestyle.  Letter of recommendation from coach or adult mentor must accompany the application and placed in a sealed envelope.  Due May 22, 2015   
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