The OCC Scholarship Office provides information about outside scholarship opportunities. These sites are not affiliated with the college. The sites are meant as a tool in aiding students who are researching opportunities. The information provided is periodically updated by the OCC Scholarship Office.

 

The following documents may be helpful when writing your scholarship essay.

 

Scholarship Tips
  • Be organized. Gather all applicable information or documents and watch for deadline dates. Don't wait until the last minutes.
  • Follow instructions. Most scholarships require an essay, letter of recommendation, or transcript. Make sure you proofread everything before you submit your applications.
  • Be honest and be yourself. Don't give false or exaggerate your qualifications such as your campus club participations, extracurricular, community services, GPA, or organization memberships.

Scholarship Information & Resources

These scholarships are from outside organizations that have asked Orange Coast College to make this information available to the students. These organizations are not affiliated with or endorsed by Orange Coast College. Please contact the organization directly with questions about their scholarships.

If you are an organization interested in having your scholarship featured, then email the Scholarship Office at  scholarshipoffice@occ.cccd.edu and include the scholarship name, criteria, amount, deadline, and link to complete the application on your website.

 

Chip Unsworth Scholarship

The initial Chip Unsworth Scholarship has been designed to award one student attending a United States accredited college or university.  The student must display a track record of academic excellence, leadership attributes, and innovative thinking.   Scholarship essays will be judged for quality of writing as well as originality.  The Chip Unsworth Scholarship is the initial philanthropic endeavor undertaken by Unsworth. 

Chip Unsworth Scholarship Details:

  • Award Amount – $1,000 
  • Application deadline: 1st of December 2021.
  • Winner Announcement: 15th of December 2021.
  • To apply, visit the Chip Unsworth Scholarship

 

CIA Medical Scholarship

The CIA Medical Scholarship was established to help students pursuing a post-secondary education with the cost of tuition and other expenses. Our annual essay-based scholarship is an opportunity to support the next generation of leaders and celebrate the healthcare professionals who have dedicated their lives to the service of others. For more information and to apply, check out CIA Medical Scholarship website.

 

TuffShippingContainers.com $1,000 Scholarship

Tuff Shipping Containers  offers a nationwide solution to connect our clients with steel shipping container companies in their area. With over 200 affiliates across the United States, we assist our clients when renting or buying  new and used  metal storage containers.

We care about our communities and are committed to giving back. This program offers a bi-annual scholarship valued at $1,000 to one student.  For more information and to apply, check out Tuff Shipping Containers website.  

 

College Sports Scholarships 

The Athnet Sports Recruiting Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship eligible to undergraduates attending a two to four-year college full-time, who were athletes at the high school level. You do not need to be an athlete at the college level. For more information and to apply, check out College Sports Scholarships website.

 

Caring.com Student-Caregiver Scholarship

The Caring.com Student-Caregiver Scholarship gives out 2 awards of $1,500 each to students while caring for a loved one. For more information and to apply, check out Caring.com website.

 

HEEF (Hispanic Education Endowment Fund)

HEEF scholarships are based on a combination of low-income family background, academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities, community volunteer work, church service or work-employment . For more information and to apply, check out HEEF website.

 

OCCF (Orange County Community Foundation)

The Orange County Community Foundation manages a variety of grant programs to honor our donors’ charitable intentions and help our community thrive. Through the generosity of our donors, we are able to make these grants that allow us the flexibility to meet changing community needs, now and in the future. For more information and to apply, check out OCCF website.

 

NCJW Scholarship Program

Merit-based scholarships to those who live and attend school in the greater Los Angeles area, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and Ventura counties. Scholarships are awarded regardless of race, ethnicity, religon, age, gender identity, sexuality, or national origin. Apply to the NCJW Scholarship.

General Information for students who have received outside scholarships from an organization other than OCC.

Registration Information

  • In order for the Scholarship Office to assist your outside scholarship award, you must establish an account by filling out the appropriate paperwork.
  • You are responsible for paying your tuition fees at the time of registration.  However, as a courtesy, Scholarship Office may defer your registration fees if you have an incoming scholarship award from an organization other than OCC scholarships.
    • To have your tuition fees defer, please stop fill out the  Service Request Form and Submit it to the Scholarship Office.  This process is not done automatically by the Scholarship Office. To ensure your classes are not dropped, please fill out the Service Request Form, and submit it to the Scholarship Office prior to your registration date. This must be done in person each semester.

New Account (PDF)

Service Request Form (PDF)

  • If your tuition fee is deferred, Scholarship Office will pay your registration fees after add/drop date with your scholarship fund. This allows you to finalize your schedule before registration fee is paid. If your scholarship fund is not received by the add/drop deadline, you are responsible for paying the amount due.
  • If you have paid your fees you may request reimbursement from your scholarship account. Please provide a copy of your registration receipt to the Scholarship Office, A reimbursement check will be mailed to your address within 4 weeks of receiving your registration receipt.

Books Account and School Supplies 

  • You  may request a reimbursement from your scholarship if you have purchased your textbooks already. Please provide copies of your book receipts to the OCC Scholarship Office. A reimbursement check will be mailed to your home within 4 weeks of receiving your bookstore receipts.
  • You may also request the Scholarship Office to set up a Bookstore Account for you to charge through the OCC Bookstore. The Scholarship Office will pay the bookstore using your scholarship fund. 
    • To request a bookstore account fill out the Service Request Form in the Scholarship Office.
    • It takes 24 to 48 hours to set up a bookstore account, please plan ahead.
  • The account will be active for one semester at a time. Try to request enough to cover your needs for the semesters. At the end of each semester, any unused funds will be transferred back into your scholarship account.
  • Students need to request a book account open every semester, it is not done automatically. 

Reimbursement for school expenses

If you pay all your school expenses out of pocket, you may request a reimbursement of your expenses. 
  • Please provide copies of your receipts to the OCC Scholarship Office. A reimbursement check will be mailed to your home within 2 to 6 weeks of receiving your receipts.

Keep in Mind

  • Use your funds wisely, especially if you plan on transferring to a four-year college or university.  Any remaining balance may transfer with you to higher institution. 
  • Your account will remain active while you are at OCC. Once you transfer or terminate your education at OCC, your remaining balance may return to donor/organization. SO has an obligation to follow the guidelines set by the organization that awards the scholarship to you.
  • Scholarship accounts are evaluated once a year in the summer.  If your account has been in-active for at least a year, the funds  may be returned to your donor/organization
  • Contact the Scholarship Office if you take a break in your education. Appropriate steps are needed to manage the remaining balance. 
These websites are provided for informational purposes only and are not endorsed or affiliated with Orange Coast College. For scholarship scam information, check out the following web article. To report a scam, contact The Federal Trade Commission or the National Fraud Information Center.​

 

iGrad

Orange Coast College's personalized Scholarship Search database and Financial Wellness planning page.

Scholarships.com

Search Over 3.7 Million College Scholarships & Grants, About $19 Billion in Financial Aid to Help You Pay for College.

FASTWEB

This is one of the more popular Scholarship Search sites with a database of 1.5 million scholarships worth $3.4 billion. Create a profile through Fastweb at no cost and they will match you with scholarship opportunities. Fastweb has a thorough screening process for scholarships. 

School Soup

The SchoolSoup.com website is new, but it's experience in college and scholarship research is not. School Soup began accumulating college and scholarship information in 1988 and developed one of the first computerized scholarship search programs. School Soup has one of the largest scholarship databases. 

WeirdScholarships.net

WeirdScholarships.net features thousands of small and unique scholarship opportunities. Most students forget about the smaller awards, but in many cases, these are the best opportunities for students.This site is dedicated to helping students find less competitive awards tailored to their personality, interests, and career goals. 

Affordable Colleges Online

Affordable Colleges Online provides community resources and tools related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation. Affordable Colleges Online provides financial aid resources for women, minorities, and professions that assist in making higher education more affordable.

East Bay Consortium

This site provides links to numerous scholarship opportunities in their Scholarship Directory. Search by field of interest, ethnicity, or browse all categories.

UNIGO

3.6 million college scholarships worth over $14 billion.

Cappex

We’ve Got More Than $11 Billion in Scholarships.

Scholarship Monkey

Search for grants and scholarships three simple ways using Scholarship Monkey. Rated one of the 10 best scholarship search sites by USA Today.

FinAid

FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools -- on or off the web. 

Minority Corporate Counsel Association

This site has links to over 100 minority scholarship opportunities. 

Peterson's College Scholarship Search

Peterson's College is a free scholarship search similar to FastWeb. Start by clicking on the "Sign Up Now" button in the bottom right hand corner or follow any of the links provided to various scholarship opportunities.

Go College

GoCollege.com is one of the oldest and most trusted resources to guide students on how to finance and succeed in college. The site is divided into four categoriesto answer any college questions: Financial Aid, Admissions, Education Options, and College Survival.

Fisher House

For children of active duty, reseve/guard, or retired personnel or who are the survivor of a deceased member. Must have a military dependent I.D. card and plan to attend a college or university.

Supercollege

Resources to help you to get into and pay for college. 

Orange County Community Foundation

This site has many opportunities - one application can be used for as many scholarships as you qualify for.

The Best Colleges - Scholarships for Women

The following scholarships are only available to women. While some financial aid for women may have restrictions and special requirements, this grouping is the most widely available category of scholarships for women. Each of the following college scholarships for women requires the applicant to be enrolled in a university or college program.

AmeriCorps

Corporation for National & Community Service/Domestic Peace Corp. Service makes student eligible for an educational award. 

Armed Forces Communication & Electronics Association

There are six general categories of scholarship assistance available for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled full time at four-year colleges or universities in the U.S. Please apply for one scholarship only.

Federal Employee Education & Assistance Plan