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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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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.

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:

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 their website at: $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 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: Student-Caregiver Scholarship

The 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 their website at:

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 their website at:

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 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.