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Make applying for scholarships easier and more streamlined with Going Merry!!

Serrano High School students,

Going Merry www.goingmerry.com is an awesome new scholarship website - it makes scholarship applications as easy as college applications are when you use the Common App! There is a big waiting list but all of you can skip it when you sign up here: www.goingmerry.com/sign-up.

Good luck with your scholarship applications!

Going Merry is completely different from the older scholarship search engines:

  • Matching - Once you fill out your profile, you are automatically matched with scholarships you are most eligible for.
  • Direct Applications - You can apply directly to multiple scholarships, you never need to leave the site.
  • Autofilled Applications - All of the information from your profile is autofilled into each application, saving you time.
  • Estimated Application Times - Every scholarship has estimated application time to help you prioritize them.
  • Scholarships Grouped By Essay Topics - Scholarships are grouped by common essay topics so you can minimize the number of essays you have to write.




  • Applications are due 10/25/18 at 11:59pm EST
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis, so applying early is helpful
  • Applications received after Thursday, 10/25/18 will not be considered
  • Applicants must have DACA
  • Strong preference will be given to those interested in one of the following fields or one similar; Engineering, Computer Science, Technology or Math
VISIT WWW.GOLDENDOORSCHOLARS.ORG for program details and to apply.
Applications are open for the ACT Student Champion Award! The ACT Student Champion Award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place. 

ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, and state-level recognition. 

Please encourage students in the graduating class of 2019 who have taken the ACT who fit the following criteria to apply: 
  • High school seniors who have overcome challenges and can articulate their education and/or career actions 
  • At a minimum students must have a composite ACT score of 22 on a single test date OR a Gold ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® 
Applications can be found www.act.org/readinesschampions. Applications are due October 31, 2018, and champions will be notified on or before January 31, 2019. 

All questions may be directed to ccrc@act.org

2018 - 2019 International Achievement Week Observance 
Theme: “Omega Men: Effecting Positive Change in Communities Worldwide”

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Announcement of our Annual

International High School Essay Contest

As a mandated element of the Annual International Achievement Week Observance 
November 11 - 17, 2018

Awards: Four College Scholarships

1st Scholarship: $5,000; 2nd Scholarship: $3,000; 3rd Scholarship: $2,000; 4th Scholarship: $1,000

Eligibility: The Contest is open to all college-bound, high school seniors who submit an essay application through a Chapter of the Fraternity
Contest Closes: October 19, 2018

Applications should be submitted to:


Attn: Scholarship Committee

418 Tanner Circle

Riverside, CA 92507

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. Created in 1995 by Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the program honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be in grades 5-12 as of November 6
  • be a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C.
  • have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during the 12 months prior to the date of the application
  • submit a completed application to a school or the head of an official designated local organization by November 6.

AXA Scholarship

Are you active in your community?
Have you lead a project that benefits others?
Have you overcome personal challenges?
Then you may want to consider applying for this nationwide scholarship that is open to all seniors. Scholarships are awarded in the amounts of $2500, $10,000, and $25,000. Only the first 10,000 applicants are accepted, so be sure to apply early.
Application deadline is December 14, 2018.
Refer to the link below for more information.
Established by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS) in 2017, the Notes for the Future Scholarship Program aims to support student musicians through scholarship funding to recipients as well as a free opportunity – for all applicants – to have their audition reviewed by departments of music from colleges and universities nationwide. The program awards scholarships of up to $1,000 to promising young musicians in the United States.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a high school sophomore, junior or senior
  • Plan to study music (to any extent, e.g., composition, performance, music minor) in college
  • Submit an audio or video recording of you singing and/or performing the instrument(s) with which you possess the most skill

Application Process

1. Go to https://aim.applyISTS.net/NFTF (program key NFTF) to create an AIM account using your e-mail address and chosen password

2. Log in to your AIM account to be taken directly to the Welcome page of Notes for the Future Scholarship Program application

3. Complete all required fields in the online application, provide your audition link(s) and upload your high school transcript

4. Click the Submit button on the Save/Submit page of the online application


Support Options

Need Assistance? ISTS Customer Care is available Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm Central.

E-mail: ContactUs@applyISTS.com

Toll-Free Phone: (855) 670-ISTS

Other: Self-Help Portal

Rice University has unveiled a new initiative to make higher education more affordable by dramatically expanding financial aid provided to students from low-income families to those with incomes up to $200,000.


Starting in fall 2019, Rice undergraduates will be eligible for The Rice Investmentone of the nation’s most generous financial aid initiatives that increases access to an affordable, quality education for low- and middle-income students. The Rice Investment will provide extraordinary opportunity for extraordinary students to seek a top-tier college education at a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet. Going forward, low- and middle-income families with typical assets will receive scholarships and grants as outlined below:

Family Income Range* The Rice Investment Grant to Include
$65,000 and below Full Tuition, Fees, Room and Board
$65,001 - $130,000 Full Tuition
$130,001 - $200,000 Half Tuition

*Some families may qualify for additional need-based aid beyond The Rice Investment.


The Rice Investment will also reduce the burden of student debt. Beginning in fall 2019, degree-seeking undergraduate students from families with incomes up to $200,000 who qualify for The Rice Investment will no longer be required to take out loans as part of their need-based financial aid packages.


Rice has a legacy of helping students afford college, dating back to our founding. While we believe that students and their families have a role in helping to pay for college, we never want their financial circumstances to be the reason they can't realize their dreams at Rice.


Check out their ongoing scholarship.
To qualify for the College Peas Standout Student Scholarship you must be a current high school student and:

- Be a current high school student that Intends to enroll full-time at a four-year college.
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.0/4.0.
- Submit a short essay describing a special skill, talent or interest that helps you standout from your peers. The essay should be no longer than 100 words.


High Desert Commitment: The High Desert Commitment is the first year experience program dedicated to providing support for students who assess in basic skills/developmental skills courses.

Program Services:
Counseling, Student Support Network, Culturally Enriching Activities, Academic Success Workshops, University Tours, Book Assistance (up to $500 per semester), 2nd Year Assistance & Follow Up, Student Leadership Training/Opportunities, Linked Courses, Mentoring.

How to Apply: Go to the following link and complete First Year Experience Application:

Submit completed Student Success and Equity First Year Experience Application, including personal statement (200-300 word essay describing why you should be selected to participate in this program), and high school transcripts.


For a comprehensive look at scholarship search tools--how they work, the benefits of them, and several options--check out the information on this link.

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Scholarships for Juniors!!

Check out this link to find some amazing scholarships that are intended for students who are currently in their junior year.

Scholarships for Seniors!!

Check out this link to find some amazing scholarships that are intended for students who are currently in their senior year.

Victorville Masonic Lodge 634

The lodge is offering four $500 scholarships, for which all High Desert seniors who will be enrolled in college in the 2019/2020 school year and have a high school GPA of a 3.5, or higher, are eligible to apply.
To be considered for the scholarship, students must present to the lodge an essay of 200 words or more on the history of Free Masonry and how Free Masonry has affected the character of our country. Please list specific influences Free Masons have made to this country. List at least 5 Masons who affected the course of this country and your opinion on how Free Masonry has affected your life.
The essay must be submitted by March 15, 2019 to Mrs. Scribner in the counseling office. All entries will then be forwarded to  and judged by members of Victorville Masonic Lodge 634, who will select the four winners. Winners will be notified by their respective schools.
Please see Mrs. Scribner if you have any questions.
Follow this link to register to receive e-mails to get helpful college tips and resources, and enter to win a scholarship! Throughout the year, 11 eligible students or parents will be randomly selected to win a $10,000 Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award to help cover college expenses.