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Outside Scholarship Opportunities

​​​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.

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

FastWeb Tips on Writing a Scholarship Essay   WritingaScholarshipEssay_.pdf
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by Chuck Whitchurch, Honors Transfer Council of Caifornia


Featured Scholarships

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 and include the scholarship name, criteria, amount, deadline, and link to complete the application on your website.


Women in Computing Scholarship

Dotcom-Monitor would like to encourage and support female undergraduate students who are pursuing careers in computing by assisting them with the rising cost of higher education. Each year one applicant will be selected to receive the Dotcom-Monitor Women in Computing Scholarship of $1,000 to support their education and pursuit of a career in computing. The deadline is April 1st, 2018. Fo mor information, check out their website at:


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. The application deadline is June 1st, 2018. For more information and to apply, check out their website at:


TFC Title Loans Scholarship  

The TFC Title Loans "Scholarship for Financial Innovation" is a $1,000 scholarship offered to an undergraduate student working towards a degree in Mathematics, Business, Finance, or Economics. Applicants must complete a 2000 word essay based on the topic outlined and submit by August 1st, 2018. For more information and to apply, check out their website at:


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 their website at:


Adoption Network Law Center Scholarship 

In our effort to give back to the adoption community and to show our loyalty to everyone in the adoption triad: Adoptive Parents, Birth Parents, and Adoptees. This scholarship is available to any birth parent who has previously placed a child for adoption, as well as to individuals who are adopted themselves (i.e. Adoptees) pursuing higher education.  Applications are due May 1st. For more information and to apply, go to:


Grasshopper Entrepeneur Scholarship

The Grasshopper Entrepreneur Scholarship is designed to help young entrepreneurs afford the rising cost of education and help them along the road to entrepreneurship. Grasshopper will award one (1) $5,000 scholarship for the best submitted entry determined by our judges. The scholarship will be awarded in check form, made payable directly to the university that the winner is, or will be, attending for a school term in 2018. The deadline for the 2018 scholarship is April 30, 2018. For more information and to apply, check out their website at: Student-Caregiver Scholarship

The Student-Caregiver Scholarship gives out 2 awards of $1,500 each to students while caring for a loved one. The application deadline is June 30th, 2018. For more information and to apply, check out their website at:


KidGuard for Education Scholarship Program

KidGuard offers multiple scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 with the deadline (Annually) on October 31st (11:59pm). Applicant must complete an essay from a designated prompt. For more information and to apply, check out their website at:


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.

Download the application online at


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.