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Seniors: There have been some changes to the following scholarships. Please see the details below.

  1. Cabrillo College Scholarship for High School Seniors-The deadline is March 20th at 5pm. Please apply to the scholarship online. Transcripts are not required at this time.
    1. Link is here
  2. San Jose State University Alumni Scholarship-The deadline is March 27. Please mail in your application to the following address.
    1. SJSU Alumni Association
      Santa Cruz Area Chapter
      P.O. Box 2037
      Aptos, CA  95001
  3. Please submit your California Association for Bilingual Education Scholarship application to Amie at

    California Association for Bilingual Education Scholarship

    Amount: TBD Deadline: April 23, 2020

    Submit application via email to Amie Tsang-Beck at

    Each year the California Association for Bilingual Education, Pájaro Valley Chapter 66, awards several scholarships to graduating bilingual high school students.  These awards are determined on a competitive basis and require the submission of autobiographical essay questions.  All bilingual students (English and another language) are encouraged to participate in this process.

  4. California School Employees Association (Pajaro Valley Chapter) Scholarship

    Amount: $300  Deadline:April 10, 2020 4pm

    Update: Submit your application  to

    Applicant must have a parent who works for the PVUSD as a classified CSEA union member. Open to students who: are graduating seniors; must be planning on entering an accredited college (community college, trade or vocational school, and 4-year institution) by fall term after graduation; is a IRS dependent and have at least one parent or legal guardian who is a "Member in Good Standing" of the CSEA. Note: if the CSEA member parent has deceased within the past school year, being in good standing at the time of death, the applicant is still eligible. Minimum GPA 2.0

Juniors: College Prep Scholars Program-Updates for Juniors link here

See Letter from Questbridge: 

  • The deadline for the College Prep Scholars Program application — including recommendations — has been extended to Tuesday, April 21, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. The new April 21 deadline is for the application and all components (recommendation, transcript, test scores, and School Profile).
  • We will accept and review applications with missing materials. We encourage all applicants to fill out the application to the best of their ability. Applications with missing materials, such as recommendations or transcripts, will be reviewed with more flexibility, and test score reports are still optional, as they have always been. Remember that we accept unofficial transcripts.
  • The 2020 QuestBridge National College Admissions Conferences will be replaced with a virtual event for all College Prep Scholars. We are working on the logistics to host a meaningful virtual event, and our 42 college partners are eager to connect with students through this opportunity. 
  • In-person summer programs that begin before July 1 will not be offered through QuestBridge to ensure the well-being of our students. Along with our partners, we will continue to closely monitor the situation to make any additional adjustments. You can check the status of college summer program opportunities on our website.
  • All QuestBridge Staff are temporarily working remotely, and we are available to assist you through AskQB, our online help portal. Unfortunately, we will not be able to assist you over the phone at this time, but you can email us at

We hope these changes will help make this unprecedented situation a little more manageable for both students and educators. We will be in touch if we have further updates, and you can always see the most recent information on our COVID-19 Updates page.

Please take good care of yourself — and others — during this time. 

Most sincerely,

Ana McCullough
QuestBridge Co-Founder and CEO

PVUSD Local Scholarship Application@AHS

The PVUSD Local Scholarship Program includes scholarships sponsored by local businesses and individuals who donate funds to support students from the local community. Each year, many thousands of dollars are generously awarded to PVUSD seniors who apply to the Local Scholarship.


The Local Scholarship Application is now open. Click here for the application.


Questions? Contact Cheryl Nickel, Library Media Tech in the AHS Library.

Scholarship Search


Where do I look for scholarships?

 Naviance: Log in to your Naviance and click on Colleges > Scholarships and Money >Scholarship List.  You can now view all open opportunities.  Use the filter tab to quickly search specific criteria that is relevant to you. Make it a point to check at least once a week for new opportunities added. December through May, check several times a week as new opportunities are added daily. (Watch for Naviance email messages for potential opportunities. Ensure that your personal email address is added to your Naviance account, so you can receive any correspondence without having to log in).

Internet: (NEVER PAY TO APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP) Use a search engine to view scholarship opportunities. Think about your individual situation; major, interests, hobbies, ethnic background, religious background, volunteer, college choice, disabilities, various medical conditions of yourself or of a member in your immediate family. Type your specific criteria into the search field and remember to include the current graduation year to limit out of date information from being displayed.

Parent/ Guardian/Grandparents etc.Talk to your parents, guardians, grandparents, family members and friends about any scholarship opportunities offered through their job. If your parent/guardian or grandparents belong to a union, research any opportunities open from the union. Ask if your contacts belong to any clubs or organizations that offer high school scholarships. 

College: Contact the financial aid department of the colleges you would like to attend. 

Scholarship Tips:

National vs. Local Scholarships vs. Contest: National scholarships are offered to seniors across the entire country and at times internationally. Always apply to scholarships if you meet the donor’s criteria, but understand they are very competitive. Local scholarships are available to a smaller pool of candidates. You may be competing with students from a few local counties, cities or just other seniors at your school. Scholarship contests are just as it states, a contest. There are usually no specific criteria for a contest but be wary of providing too much personal information. 

Need Based Scholarships: Need based scholarships are centered on financial need. Complete the FAFSA application. Applying is FREE, if the site is requesting payment, you are not on the official website. There is a FREE FAFSA workshop offered at school. Check the daily bulletin for the date. FAFSA opens on October 1 of each year. (Remember, that each year you must reapply!!). ALL STUDENTSEnsure that you file the FAFSA, even if you don’t think you will qualify for any type of financial aid. Not only does it open you up to the college’s scholarships and grants, a lot of outside scholarship donors ask about your FAFSA report, even if the scholarship is merit based. 

Merit Based Scholarships: Merit based scholarships focus on criteria not related to financial need (although some merit-based scholarships may take need into consideration) Merit based scholarships take into account the students GPA, SAT and/or ACT scores, community service, interests, clubs, major and other attributes. 

Community Service: Whether you qualify for Need Based, Merit Based or both types of scholarships, frequently the one common standard is community service. Make sure you report all hours of community service that you complete. Not only can your community service benefit you in scholarship applications, it is a great advantage on a resume, creating a network for potential employment and makes you a better person. 

Do Deadlines Really MatterYES!!!! We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to get a completed application done by the deadline. Always plan ahead! Try to have a fully completed application done 3 days before it is due, especially if it has to be mailed. 

Letters of Recommendation: Always allow plenty of time to request your letters of recommendation. Do not expect to receive the letter immediately. Provide a short brag sheet of your accomplishments. (ie: a teacher or counselor may know about your achievements in the classroom but is unfamiliar with your activities outside of school). To access the Senior Profile/Brag sheet, log in to your Naviance > About Me > My Surveys > Surveys not started > Senior Profile/Brag Sheet

Give at least two weeks’ notice to receive any letters you request. Each scholarship has specific criteria on what types of letters of recommendation they accept. (teacher, counselor, neighbor, boss, clergy etc.) Be sure you follow the instructions and provide as many letters as the donor requests. Start requesting any letters of recommendation now, so you have it ready for when it is needed. It is always a nice gesture to send a thank you note to anyone you ask to provide a letter for you.

Should I Only Apply to Scholarships that have a High Dollar Amount:  If you meet the criteria of the scholarship, apply regardless of the amount. In the past students have applied to numerous scholarships and received almost $10,000 in awards by the end of the school year. This was accomplished by applying to every $200, $300 or $500 award they qualified for. If the scholarship is open and you meet the criteria, apply regardless of the amount of the award. 

Essay: When writing an essay for your scholarship application, be sure to answer any questions the donor requires. Copying and pasting an essay used for all scholarships may not answer specific questions the donor has asked and will result in your application being disqualified.

Scholarship Contacts

Cheryl Carroll-Nickel (831) 728-7832 ex: 5184 Library Media Tech
Nicole Morasca (831) 728-7832 ex: 0000 / Scholarships & College Pathways Counselor

Scholarship Websites

Senior Scholarship Profile and Local Scholarship Application


Senior Scholarship ProfileThe Senior Scholarship Profile is completed at the beginning of the school year. It gives the scholarship coordinator preliminary information to help identify open opportunities available to students prior to the Local Scholarship Application start date. To access the Senior Scholarship survey, log in to your Naviance > About Me > My Surveys > Surveys not started > Senior Scholarship Survey. 

Please note, the scholarship profile is informational only and is NOT a scholarship application


Local Scholarship Application


What is the Local Scholarship Application? There are a number of donors that offer scholarships directly to seniors at Aptos High. The only way to apply for these opportunities is by completing the local scholarship application through the high school website. You complete the application and you will automatically apply to approximately 15 open scholarships. 


When Do I Complete the Local Scholarship Application:  The application opens in December and closes in mid-February. Please listen to announcements and check your email for the date the application opens each year. Once you have completed the application, you are required to return a letter of recommendation from a teacher and a copy of the front page of your parent’s tax return if you want to be considered for any need-based scholarships. If we do not receive the letter of recommendation and/or the tax returns by the deadline, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be forwarded to the scholarship committee.